Nov 11 2016

Takuya Kimura cast in TBS drama series “A Life”

Takuya Kimura is cast in new TBS medical drama series “A Life.” Also cast in supporting roles are Yuko Takeuchi, Kenichi Matsuyama, Fumino Kimura, Nanao, Akira Emoto, Min Tanaka, Takashi Kobayashi, Mitsuhiro Oikawa & Tadanobu Asano.

In the drama series, Takuya Kimura will play lead character Kazuaki Okita. He tries to do his best to save patients’ lives. Tadanobu Asano will play his former friend who got him kicked out of the hospital, while Yuko Takeuchi plays his former girlfriend who is now married to the character played by Tadanobu Asano.

“A Life” first airs this January in Japan.

Nov 4 2016

Ryo Yoshizawa cast in live-action drama series / movie “Friends Games”

Ryo Yoshizawa is cast in upcoming live-action drama series “Friends Games” and live-action movie version “Friends Games.” The drama series and movie is based on manga series “Tomodachi Gemu” by Mikoto Yamaguchi. In both titles, Ryo Yoshizawa will play main character Yuichi Katakiri. Yuichi Katakiri and his friends wake up to find themselves having to take part in the game “Friends Games.”

“Friends Games” will air next year (network to be announced) and the live-action film version will also be released sometime next year in Japan.

Nov 3 2016

Supporting cast announced Fuji TV drama series “Uso no Senso”

Naohito Fujiki, Kiko Mizuhara, Fuma Kikuchi (‘Sexy Zone’), Magi, Nobuo Kyo, Ren Osugi, Mizuki Yamamoto and Ken Yasuda are all cast in upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Uso no Senso” starring Tsuyoshi Kusanagi. The characters they play are:

Naohito Fujiki plays Takashi Nishina. He is the CEO of Nishina Corporation. He will do anything to protect his family and corporation. He becomes a foe of main character Koichi Ichinose (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi).

Kiko Mizuhara plays Haruka Tokura. She is a female swindler and works with Koichi Ichinose.

Fuma Kikuchi plays Kazuki Yahiro. He is an apprentice of Koichi Ichinose.

Magi plays Yuji Momota. He taught Koichi Ichinose the ways of a swindler and is like an older brother to him.

Nobuo Kyo plays Shinji Nanao. He is the chairman’s secretary at the Nishina Corporation.

Ren Osugi plays Mamoru Sanpei. He was friends with Koichi Ichinose’s late father.

Mizuki Yamamoto plays Kaede Nishina. She is the daughter of the Nishina Corporation chairman. She disconnects from her family and works as a doctor.

Ken Yasuda  plays Akira Nishina. He is the CEO of a subsidiary company for the Nishina Corporation.

“Uso no Senso” first airs January, 2017 in Japan.

Nov 1 2016

Kengo Kora cast in NHK drama series “Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Season 2”

Kengo Kora is cast in NHK drama series “Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Season 2” starring Haruka Ayase. In the drama series, Kengo Kora will play Rauru. His character goes up against Balsa (Haruka Ayase) and Imperial Prince Chagum (Mizuki Itagaki). The drama series will consist of 3 seasons and Kengo Kora will also appear in the season 3 as well.

“Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Season 2” first airs January 21, 2017 in Japan.

 

Nov 1 2016

Yuma Nakayama cast in WOWOW drama series “Hokuto”

Yuma Nakayama (‘NYC’) is cast in new WOWOW drama series “Hokuto.” The drama series is based on 2012 novel “Hokuto Aru Satsujinsha no Kaishin” by Ira Ishida (“Ikebukuro West Gate Park“) and directed by Tomoyuki Takimoto (“Brain Man“).

For the drama series, Yuma Nakayama will play main character Hokuto Hashizume. His character was abused by his parents as a child and he never felt loved. As a teen, he moves out of a children’s home and to a home with his new foster mother Ayako Kondo. There, he feels loved for the first time, but he later becomes a murderer. During filming of the drama series, Yuma Nakayama dropped 12 kilograms to portray his character.

“Hokuto” first airs March, 2017 in Japan.

Oct 27 2016

Minami Hamabe cast in live-action drama series and film “Saki”

Minami Hamabe is cast in live-action TBS drama series “Saki” and live-action film version “Saki.” Both versions are based on manga series “Saki” by Ritz Kobayashi and will be directed by Yuichi Onuma. In the drama series and movie, Minami Hamabe will play main character Saki Miyanaga. Her character is a high school student. Saki Miyanaga and other students become fascinated by the game of mahjong. They target an upcoming national mahjong competition.

Drama series “Saki” will air on TBS and MBS this December and the movie version will open February, 2017 in Japan.

Oct 25 2016

Shinichi Tsutsumi & Kyoko Koizumi cast in live-action NTV drama series “Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai”

Shinichi Tsutsumi & Kyoko Koizumi are cast in live-action NTV drama series “Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai.” The drama series is based on manga series “Chunen Supaman Saenai si” by Fujiko F. Fujio and directed by Yuichi Fukuda (“33 Minute Detective“/”HK: Forbidden Super Hero“).

In drama series “Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai,” Shinichi Tsutsumi plays main character Mr. Saenai. He works as a regular salaryman and has a wife (Kyoko Koizumi) and two kids. Things turn unregular, when he crosses paths with an old man that makes him put on a super suit with super human powers.

“Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai” first airs this January in Japan.

Oct 21 2016

Tsuyoshi Kusanagi cast in Fuji TV drama series “Uso no Senso”

Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (‘SMAP’) is cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Uso no Senso.” The drama series will reunite Tsuyoshi Kusanagi with director Yoshishige Miyake and screenwriter Noriko Goto. They worked together last year in Fuji TV drama series “War of Money.”

In drama series “Uso no Senso,” Tsuyoshi Kusanagi will play a swindler named Koichi. He returns to Japan to take revenge on a person who killed his family many years ago. The person also framed Koichi’s father as the killer.

“Uso no Senso” first airs January, 2017 in Japan.