Hana Sugisaki is cast for the main character role in new TV Asahi drama series “Haken Uranaishi Ataru.” The drama series is scripted by Kazuhiko Yukawa and directed by Kazuhiko Yukawa and Ken Higurashi. Also cast in supporting roles are Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Mirai Shida, Shotaro Mamiya, Jun Shison, Maho Nonami, Yuka Itaya, Mayumi Wakamura and Mitsuhiro Oikawa. For the drama series, Hana Sugisaki will play 21-year-old Ataru Matoba. She begins her first job and she also has a secret ability: when she makes eye contact with people she can see their troubles or permanent memories.
“Haken Uranaishi Ataru” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
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Tsubasa Honda & Amane Okayama are cast in TBS-MBS live-action drama series “Yuube wa Otanoshimi Deshita ne.” The drama series is based on manga “Yuube wa Otanoshimi Deshita ne” by Renjuro Kindaichi. The drama series has Takumi Satsuki (Amane Okayama) inviting an online video game teammate to stay at his place. They have never met before, but both persons use avatars of the opposite sex. When they meet, Takumi Satsuki is surprised that the other person is a woman (Tsubasa Honda).
“Yuube wa Otanoshimi Deshita ne” first airs January 6, 2018 in Japan.
Kentaro Sakaguchi, Haruna Kawaguchi and Naohito Fujiki are cast in NTV drama “Innocence: False Accusation Lawyer” (“Inosensu: Enzai Bengoshi”). Kentaro Sakaguch will play main character Taku Kurokawa. He is an attorney who has successfully won “not guilty” verdicts for his clients. This is pretty rare in Japan as the country has a conviction rate over 99%. Haruna Kawaguchi will play rookie attorney Kaede Wakura. She works with Taku Kurokawa on cases. Naohito Fujiki will play physics professor Kyoichiro Akiu. He helps Taku Kurokawa in crime scene demonstrations. The original screenplay is scripted by Kazunao Furuya.
“Innocence: False Accusation Lawyer” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
Yui Okada, Kenichi Endo and Yuu Shirota are cast in new TV Asahi drama series “Watashi no Ojisan: Wataoji.” The drama series is scripted by Ayuka Kishimoto. In the drama series, Yui Okada plays Hikari Ichinose. She lands a new job as an assistant director at a variety show. She works under a foul-mouthed director played by Yuu Shirota. One day, she sees Oji-san (played by Oji-san) who introduces himself as a fairy.
“Watashi no Ojisan: Wataoji” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
Shuhei Nomura and Hinako Sakurai are cast in TV Asahi live-action drama series “I Give My First Love to You” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga series “Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu” by Kotomi Aoki. 2009 movie “I Give My First Love to You,” starring Mao Inoue and Masaki Okada,
is also based on the same manga series. Also cast in supporting roles for the drama series are Fumika Baba, Airi Matsui, Honoka Yahagi, Takumi Kizu, Kentaro Tomita, Riko Fukumoto, Hitomi Korenaga, Sei Matobu and Hikari Ishida. Story for the drama series follows the romance between Takuma Kakinouchi (Shuhei Nomura) and Mayu Taneda (Hinako Sakurai). They first met at the age of 8, when they were hospital patients. They meet again as high school students.
“I Give My First Love to You” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
Teaser trailer added for movie “Dance With Me” starring Ayaka Miyoshi. Movie is written and directed by Shinobu Yaguchi. His long list of comedy hits include classics like “Waterboys,” “Swing Girl,” “Happy Flight” and “Wood Job!.” In movie “Dance with Me,” Ayaka Miyosh plays office worker Shizuka Suzuki. She is hypnotized into dancing whenever a ringtone plays.
“Dance With Me” will be released summer, 2019 in Japan.
Yoshino Kimura is cast for the lead role in Fuji TV drama series “Black Widow Business.” The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Gosaigyo” by Hiroyuki Kurokawa. 2016 movie “Black Widow Business,” starring Shinobu Otake, is also based on the same novel. Cast in major supporting character roles in Fuji TV drama series “Black Widow Business” are Katsunori Takahashi, Tae Kimura and Tsuyoshi Ihara. The screenplay has Yoshino Kimura playing Sayoko Takeuchi. She works with Toru Kashiwagi (Katsunori Takahashi) in targeting wealthy elderly man to marry. Tae Kimura will play Tomomi Nakase. Her father married Sayoko Takeuchi prior to passing away. She tries to stop Sayoko Takeuchi from gaining her father’s wealth.
“Black Widow Business” first airs January 22, 2019 in Japan.
Here’s a first promotional visual of Ryusei Yokohama for upcoming TBS live-action drama series “A Story To Read On The Day You’ve Fell In Love” (literal title). In the drama series, Ryusei Yokohama plays Kyohei Yuri. He is a disorderly high school student and as you can see in the visual has pink hair. The drama series is based on manga “Hajimete Koi o Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi” by Aki Mochida. Kyoko Fukada, Kento Nagayama and Tomoya Nakamura also play main characters.
In addition, supporting cast members for the drama series has been announced. Cast in supporting roles are You Takahashi, Kenjiro Ishimaru, Shingo Tsurumi, Yumi Adachi, Sarutoki Minagawa, Katsuhisa Namase and Fumi Dan. “A Story To Read On The Day You’ve Fell In Love” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.
Masaki Okada, Sumiko Fuji and Atsuro Watabe are cast in Fuji TV-Tokai TV drama SP “Daiyukai 2018.” The 1 episode drama special will have Masaki Okada playing Kenichi Tonami. He leads a 3 person team in kidnapping a wealthy woman played by Sumiko Fuji. Atsuro Watabe will play the detective who investigates the case.
“Daiyukai 2018” will air December 14, 2018 in Japan.
Masaki Suda & Mei Nagano are cast in NTV drama series “3rd Grade A Class: From Now On, You Are Hostages” (literal title). The drama series features an original screenplay by Shogo Muto and will be directed by Naoko Komuro & Yuma Suzuki. In the drama series, Masaki Suda plays high school homeroom teacher Ibuki Hiiragi and Mei Nagano plays his student Sakura Kayano. !0 days before graduation, Ibuki Hiiragi tells his students that they are now hostages.
“3rd Grade A Class: From Now On, You Are Hostages” first airs January, 2019 in Japan.