Masataka Kubota is cast in new WOWOW drama series “Hitoya no Toge.” The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Hitoya no Toge” by Takeaki Daimon and will be directed by Hideyuki Hirayama. Also cast in supporting roles are Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Shigeru Izumiya, Narushi Ikeda, Masato Hagiwara, Maho Nonami, Ryusuke Komakine, Yoji Tanaka, Yoshiki Arizono, Morooka Moro, Yukijiro Hotaru & Ikuji Nakamura.
In drama series “Hitoya no Toge,” Masataka Kubota will play main character Ryota Takeshima. He works as a guard at Kitakanto Prison which is rife with corruption. A new prison warden played by Yukiyoshi Ozawa is appointed.
“Hitoya no Toge” first airs March 19, 2017 in Japan.
Lily Franky is cast in upcoming live-action TV Tokyo drama series “Gin to Kin” starring Sosuke Ikematsu. Also cast in supporting roles are Makita Sports, Asami Usuda & Jun Murakami. In the drama series, Lily Franky will play Ginji Hira aka Gin-san (Mr. Silver). He is a tycoon trouble-solving broker and someone Tetsuo Morita (Sosuke Ikematsu) aspires to become. Drama series is based on manga series “Gin to Kin” by Nobuyuki Fukumoto
“Gin to Kin” first airs January 7, 2017 in Japan.
Kenichi Endo, Ren Osugi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Susumu Terajima, Yutaka Matsushige & Ken Mitsuishi are all cast in new TV Tokyo drama series “Byplayers.” The six well known characters actors will play themselves in the drama series. Premise for the drama series has the 6 actors cast in a new big budget drama series headlined by a famous lead actor and directed by a world renown director. The director then asks the six supporting actors to live together for 3 months to see how they interact.
“Byplayers” first airs January 13, 2017 in Japan.
Ayame Gouriki is cast in new TBS drama series “Rental no Koi.” The drama series has Ayame Gouriki playing Remi Takasugi. Her character works for the company “Rental Lovers.” She is the most popular employee there which provides women for platonic dates. Whenever she finishes a date, she never smiles and wears bandage around her neck.
“Rental no Koi” premieres January 18, 2017 in Japan.
Takako Matsu, Hikari Mitsushima, Issei Takahashi & Ryuhei Matsuda are cast in TBS drama series “Quartet.” The drama series features an original screenplay by Yuji Sakamoto and will be directed by Nobuhiro Doi. Premise for the drama series will revolve around four people in their 30’s who form a musical quartet. There is also a secret held by one of the members.
“Quartet” will first air January, 2017 in Japan.
Karina is cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Kirawareru Yuuki.” Also cast in the drama series are Shigeaki Kato (‘NEWS’) and Kippei Shiina. The drama series is based on self-improvement book “Kirawareru Yuuki” by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga. In the drama series, Karina will play Detective Ranko Ando. Her character doesn’t care what others think and does her job well. She works with detective Toshio Ooyama (Shigeaki Kato) who cares how others view him. Literal title for the drama series is “Courage to Be Hated.”
“Kirawareru Yuuki” first airs January, 2017 in Japan.
Kinya Kitaoji, Shigeru Izumiya and Kotaro Shiga are set to reprise their respective characters in TV Tokyo drama series “Sanbiki no Ossan 3.” Also cast in supporting roles and reprising their respective roles are Takuro Ohno and Azusa Mine. Drama series revolves around 3 elderly men who become involved in patrolling their neighborhood against crime.
“Sanbiki no Ossan 3” first airs January, 2017 in Japan.
Ken Watanabe, Yumi Asou, Keiko Kitagawa and Fumi Nikaido are cast in new TBS drama SP “Shiawase no Kioku.” The four will play a family with Ken Watanabe playing the ex-husband Taro, Yumo Asou playing ex-wife Junko, Keiko Kitagawa playing older daughter Natsumi and Fumi Nikaido playing younger daughter Yuka. After Taro’s business goes under, he goes through a divorce and leaves his family’s home. 5 years later, he is in financial difficulties and suddenly moves back to the home he left.
“Shiawase no Kioku” airs January 8, 2017 in Japan.
Sadao Abe & Kyoko Fukada are cast in new TBS drama series “Gekokujo Juken.” The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Gekokujo Juken” by Shinichi Sakurai which is based on the author’s own true story.
In drama series “Gekokujo Juken,” Sadao Abe & Kyoko Fukada play husband and wife Shinichi & Kanako Sakurai. They have one daughter played by Mikuu Yamada. Both Shinichi & Kanako Sakurai received only middle school level educations. When Shinichi sees his daughter’s low national test scores, he decides to help her prepare for her own middle school entrance exams.
“Gekokujo Juken” first airs January, 2017 in Japan.
Mikako Tabe & Issei Takahashi are cast in new Fuji TV drama SP “Watashi ni Unmei no Koi Nante Arienaitte Omotteta.” The drama SP is directed by Takafumi Hatano & scripted by Satomi Oshima. In “Watashi ni Unmei no Koi Nante Arienaitte Omotteta,” Mikako Tabe will play Riko Shirono. Although she works with romance apps, she doesn’t have any particular love interests in her personal life. Then she meets the CEO (Issei Takahashi) for app company TIMEIS. She helps the CEO woo a woman he is interested in, but Riko Shirono also becomes interested in the CEO.
“Watashi ni Unmei no Koi Nante Arienaitte Omotteta” will air December 20, 2016 in Japan.