Kengo Kora & Yuu Shirota are cast in WOWOW drama series “Bye Bye Blackbird.” For Yuu Shirota, he will play a woman for the first time in his acting career. The drama series is based on 2010 novel “Bye Bye Blackbird” by Kotaro Isaka. The drama series will be directed by Yoshitaka Mori and screenplay adaptation by Kenichi Suzuki.
“Bye Bye Blackbird” will air sometime next year in Japan.
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Tae Kimura is cast in NTV-YTV drama series “Black Revenge.” Also cast in supporting roles are Jiro Sato, Hiroyuki Hirayama, Arata Horii, Maya Okano and Eriko Nakamura. The drama series is based on an original screenplay by Tomoharu Sato and directed by Taro Otani. The drama series revolves around Saori Imamiya (Tae Kimura). A fabricated scandal ruined her husband’s political career and led to him committing suicide and Saori Imamiya having a miscarriage. Five years later, she sets out a plan to get revenge on those responsible for creating the scandal.
“Black Revenge” first airs October 5, 2017 in Japan.
Ikki Sawamura is cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Universal Koukokusha.” The drama series is based on 2012 novel “Hana no Sakura Doori” by Hiroshi Ogiwara. In the drama series, Ikki Sawamura plays Sugiyama. He opens up his own advertising agency in a port town that’s in decline.
“Universal Koukokusha” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
Itsuji Itao is cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Fringe Man.” The drama series is based on manga “Furinji Man” by Uhei Aoki. In the drama series, Itsuji Itao plays Masumi Ibuse. He teaches married men how to find girlfriends. Masumi Ibuse once held 11 girlfriends at the same time.
“Fringe Man” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
Mao Inoue is cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Tomorrow’s Promise” (literal title of “Ashita no Yakusoku”). In the drama series, Mao Inoue will play a 29-year-old high school counselor. She investigates the death of a male student who came to visit her. Also cast in the drama series are Asuka Kudo, Yua Shinkawa and Mitsuhiro Oikawa. Drama series will be directed by Masato Hijikata and scripted by Kazunao Furuya.
“Tomorrow’s Promise” first airs this October in Japan.
Here’s 9 character posters for upcoming tvN drama series “Argon.” The character posters are of Kim Ju-Hyeok, Chun Woo-Hee, Park Won-Sang, Shin Hyun-Bin, Park Hee-Von, Shim Ji-Ho, Cho Hyun-Chul, Ji Yoon-Ho and Ji Il-Joo. The 9 characters are members of the investigative reporting team Argon.
“Argon” first airs September 4, 2017 in South Korea.
Shota Matsuda and Tae Min (‘SHINee’) are cast for lead roles in new online Amazon drama series “Final Life.” This will be the first time for Tae Min to take part in a Japanese drama series. Also cast in supporting roles are Miori Takimoto, Shigeyuki Totsugi, Maho Nonami and Sho Aikawa.
In addition, a one minute teaser trailer for “Final Life” has been added on AsianWiki. “Final Life” first streams September 8, 2017 in Japan.
Takeru Satoh is cast for a major supporting role in NHK drama series “Half, Blue” starring Mei Nagano. For the drama series, which is NHK’s 98th asadora, Takeru Satoh will play Ritsu Hagio. He is a childhood friend of Suzume Nireno (Mei Nagano). They were born at the same hospital and on the same day. This is Takeru Satoh’s first time appearing in a NHK morning drama series (asadora).
In addition, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Kenichi Takito, Masatoshi Nakamura, Jun Fubuki, Kaisei Kamimura, Tomoyo Harada, Shosuke Tanihara, Kimiko Yo, Yuma Yamoto and Nao are all cast in supporting roles. “Half, Blue” will first air April 2, 2018 in Japan.
Supporting cast has been announced for upcoming Hulu drama series “Ame ga Furu to Kimi wa Yasashii” starring Tetsuji Tamayama and Nozomi Sasaki. Cast in supporting roles are Megumi Okina, Yuko Fueki, Ikko Furuya, Tae Kimura and Takanori Jinnai. Premise for the drama series follows a husband and wife couple. The wife (Nozomi Sasaki) has a sex disorder and will sleep with men on sunny days. For the supporting actors Megumi Okina will play the chief editor of a fashion magazine. She has a close relationship with the husband and wife. Yuko Fueki will play a mysterious writer. Ikko Furuya will play a dubious magnate writer. Tae Kimura will play a clinical psychologist. Takanori Jinnai will play the chief editor of a magazine.
The drama series is also now set to first stream September 16, 2017 in Japan.
Tatsuya Ueda (‘KAT-TUN’) is cast for the lead role in new TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Shinjuku Seven.” Tatsuya Ueda will also sing the theme song for the drama series. The drama series is based on manga “Shinjuku Seven” by Subaru Mizuki. This is the first lead acting role in a drama series for Tatsuya Ueda. In the drama series, Tatsuya Ueda will play pawn shop owner Nanase. He is an amazing appraiser and able to distinguish all fakes from originals. He also helps his clients who come to pawn items.
“Shinjuku Seven” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.