Masao Kusakari, Nene Otsuka and Mirai Shida are cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama special “The Best Skilled Surgeon 2017” starring Takumi Saito. The drama special is based on manga “Saijo no Meii” by Kenzo Irie and follows 2011 TV Tokyo drama series “The Best Skilled Surgeon” and drama special “The Best Skilled Surgeon 2016.” In addition, Manami Higa and Shigeru Izumiya who appeared in the drama series”The Best Skilled Surgeon” will reprise their roles in the drama special. Story for “The Best Skilled Surgeon 2017” has Mikoto Saijou (Takumi Saito) working at a new hospital on the condition he will treat a pregnant teen patient who is having health problems.
“The Best Skilled Surgeon 2017” will air August 23, 2017 in Japan.
Marie Iitoyo and Yosuke Sugino are cast in Fuji TV Two drama special “Aoi Tori Nante.” The screenplay, by high school student Yuko Kuribayashi, is the winner of the 4th Drama Koshien contest. The contest is held by Fuji TV and they select a winning screenplay from submissions sent in by high school students. Story for “Aoi Tori Nante” will follow the relationship between two high school students as they take a bluebird to an animal clinic.
“Aoi Tori Nante” will air sometime this October in Japan.
Tadanobu Asano and Ryunosuke Kamiki are cast in new Fuji TV live-action drama series “Keiji Yugami.” The drama series is based on manga “Keiji Yugami” by Hideo Iura. For the upcoming upcoming drama series, Tadanobu Asano plays Detective Yugami and Ryunosuke Kamiki plays his rookie partner Torao Hanyu.
“Keiji Yugami” will air from October, 2017 in Japan.
Kyoko Koizumi, Hikari Mitsushima, Kaho, Maki Sakai, Aiko Morishita and Miho Kanno are all cast in new TBS drama series “Prison’s Princess” (literal title). The drama series follows five female prisoners and a prison officer (played by Hikari Mitsushima). When Kayo Baba (Kyoko Kizumi) is released from prison after 6 years, she meets with three of her former inmates. They concoct a plan to take revenge for their former cellmate Shinobu Edogawa (Kaho). She is unjustly imprisoned on murder charges. The prison officer also helps the woman in their revenge plan. Drama series is directed by Fuminori Kaneko and screenplay written by Kankuro Kudo.
“Prison’s Princess” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
Additional supporting cast members has been announced for upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Minshu no Teki” starring Ryoko Shinohara. Issei Takahashi and Yuriko Ishida have been previously announced for major supporting character roles. The new supporting cast members are Arata Furuta, Atsuko Maeda, Yudai Chiba, Kimiko Yo, Kei Tanaka, Wakadanna, Yoshihiko Hosoda and Kenya Osumi.
Story for the drama series will follow an unemployed mother played by Ryoko Shinohara who decides to run for a city council seat. “Minshu no Teki” will first air October, 2017 in Japan.
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Here’s the first visual (poster) from upcoming WOWOW drama series “Haru ga Kita” starring Kai from Kpop group ‘EXO.’ Ep.1 air date is now slotted for broadcast sometime in January, 2018. Kai is the first non-Japanese person to star in a WOWOW drama series. Drama series also stars Kana Kurashina, Shiro Sano, Atsuko Takahata and Seika Furuhata.
Tetsuji Tamayama and Nozomi Sasaki are cast for new Hulu drama series “Ame ga Furu to Kimi wa Yasashii.” Literally, the title translates to “If It Rains, You Are Nice,” which gives a good hint for the screenplay. In the drama series Tetsuji Tamayama and Nozomi Sasaki play husband and wife, but the wife has a sex addiction. On sunny days, she will sleep with other men. The drama series is scripted by Shinji Nojima and directed by Kyoji Otsuka.
“Ame ga Furu to Kimi wa Yasashii” will stream online in Japan beginning this autumn.
Kaho, Shota Sometani & Masahiro Higashide are cast in WOWOW drama series “Yocho Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha.” The drama series is based on the play “Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha” by Tomohiro Maekawa and is also a spin-off of movie “Before We Vanish.” Award winning director Kiyoshi Kurosawa will direct the drama series as he also directed the movie “Before We Vanish.” The main characters in “Yocho Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha” are different from “Before We Vanish,” but the story for the drama series will deal with aliens that invade the bodies of humans.
“Yocho Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha” first airs September 18, 2017 in Japan.
Trailer added for upcoming TBS live-action drama series “Hello, Detective Hedgehog” (English title) starring Eita and Kyoko Fukada. The drama series is based on manga “Haro Hari Nezumi” by Kenshi Hirokane and directed by Hitoshi One.
“Hello, Detective Hedgehog” first airs July 14, 2017 in Japan.
Trailer added for upcoming TBS drama series “Sorry, I Love You” starring Tomoya Nagase and Riho Yoshioka. Drama series is a remake of 2004 Korean drama series “Sorry, I Love You” which stars So Ji-Sub and Lim Soo-Jung in the respective lead roles.
“Sorry, I Love You” is set to first air July 9, 2017 in Japan.