Hiroki Hasegawa is cast in TBS drama special “Tocho Bakuha.” Also cast in supporting roles are Koji Kikkawa, Lily Franky, Shinobu Terajima and Atsuro Watabe. The drama special will have Hiroki Hasegawa playing Yuji Hongo. His wife and daughter become hostages at an office building by international terrorists. He slips into the building to save his wife and daughter. Movie is based on 2001 novel” Tocho Bakuha!” by Tetsuo Takashima.
“Tocho Bakuha” will air January 2, 2018 in Japan.
Kyoko Fukada and Kenichi Matsuyama are cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Tonari no Kazoku wa Aoku Mieru.” The duo will play a married couple who move into a new house and try to have a baby. “Tonari no Kazoku wa Aoku Mieru” will first air January, 2018 in Japan.
Mugi Kadowaki is cast in NTV drama series “Kiss that Kills” co-starring Kento Yamazaki. In the drama series, Mugi Kadowaki will play a mysterious woman who is able to kill with a kiss. She appears in front Otaro Dojima (Kento Yamazaki) and chases Otaro Dojima.
“Kiss that Kills” first airs January, 2018 in Japan.
Kang Ji-Young (ex Kara member) is cast in Tokai TV drama series “Orphan Black.” The drama series is a remake of Canadian TV series “Orphan Black” which first aired on Space and BBC America in 2013. In the drama series, Kang Ji-Young will play 7 different characters including a single mother, a graduate student and an assassin. One of her characters, Sara Aoyama learns that she is a clone.
“Orphan Black” will first air December 2, 2017 in Japan.
Jun Shison is cast in NHK drama series “Life As a Girl.” The drama series is based on 2016 novel “Joshi teki Seikatsu” by Tsukasa Sakaki. For the drama series Jun Shison will play Miki Ogawa. His character is a transgender person, now living as a woman. The 4 episode drama series will be scripted by Riko Sakaguchi and directed by Shinzo Nitta. Also cast in supporting roles are Keita Machida, Shiori Tamai (‘Momoiro Clover Z’), Hyunri and Fuka Koshiba.
“Life As a Girl” first airs January 5, 2018 in Japan.
Kyoko Yoshine is cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Princess Jellyfish.” The drama series is based on manga series “Kuragehime” by Akiko Higashimura which was previously adapted into 2014 live-action film “Princess Jellyfish.” In the drama series version, Kyoko Yoshine will play 20-year-old illustrator Tsukimi Kurashita. She meets Tsukimi Kurashita who likes to dress up like a woman because of his love of fashion. Her life soon changes because of him and his older brother.
“Princess Jellyfish” will be released January, 2018 in Japan.
Ryosuke Yamada (‘Hey! Say! JUMP’) is cast for the lead role in NTV drama series “Momikeshite Fuyu.” Also cast in supporting roles are Haru, Yukiyoshi Ozawa and Baijaku Nakamura. The drama series is scripted by Shigeki Kaneko and directed by Satoru Nakajima. In the drama series, Ryosuke Yamada will play Shusaku Kitazawa. He is the youngest child in a family with a middle school principal as a father and two older siblings. He works as a police officer and comes into conflict to help his family. The drama series is described as a home-comedy.
“Momikeshite Fuyu” first airs January, 2018 in Japan.
Ryusei Fujii (‘Johnny’s West’) & Takahiro Hamada (‘Johnny’s West’) cast in new NTV drama series “Sotsugyo Bakamentari.” Also cast in supporting roles are Koki Maeda, Yasunao Yoshida and Hirofumi Arai. Story for the drama series will follow four friends who will graduate from a prestigious university in 90 days. They spent most of their time studying and they try to find girls who fit their ideal types. Drama series will be scripted by Jiro and directed by Kazuaki Hashimoto.
“Sotsugyo Bakamentari” first airs January, 2018 in Japan.
Kento Yamazaki is cast in new NTV drama series “Todome no Kiss.” The drama series is based on an original screenplay by Yoshihiro Izumi. In the drama series Kento Yamazaki plays popular host Otaro Dojima. A mysterious woman then kisses him and he dies, but wakes up 7 days in the past. Casting for the female lead will be revealed on November 9th.
“Todome no Kiss” will first air January, 2018 in Japan.
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Riho Yoshioka, Kenta Kiritani and Osamu Mukai are cast in TBS live-action drama series “You Always Inhabit My Heart” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga “Kimi ga Kokoro ni Sumitsuita” by Kirin Tendo. Story for “You Always Inhabit My Heart” follows Kyoko Ogawa (Riho Yoshioka) and her relationship with two guys: Kenta Kiritani plays manga editor Kojiro Yoshizaki who is generally a nice guy and Osamu Mukai plays Kyoko Ogawa’s former boyfriend Ren Hoshina. He was controlling and treated her bad when they dated in college. Ren Hoshina then appears as her boss at her job.
“You Always Inhabit My Heart” will first air January, 2018 in Japan.