Tori Matsuzaka & Mikako Tabe are cast in NTV drama series “Virtual Detective Tabito Higurashi.” The drama series follows 2015 NTV drama SP “Virtual Detective Tabito Higurashi” and both are based on 2010 novel “Tantei Higurashi Tabito no Sagashimono” by Kozaburo Yamaguchi. Also cast in supporting roles are Gaku Hamada, Moeno Sumida and Kinya Kitaoji. All 5 of these performers will reprise the same roles from 2015 NTV drama special.
“Virtual Detective Tabito Higurashi” first airs January, 2017 in Japan.
Sosuke Ikematsu is cast in live-action TV Tokyo drama series “Gin to Kin.” The drama series is based on manga series “Gin to Kin” by Nobuyuki Fukumoto (“Kaiji“). Sosuke Ikematsu will play main character Tetsuo Morita. He becomes involved in a gambling and keeps losing. He meets Ginji Hirai at the racetrack and aspires to become even more successful than him. Tetsuo Morita then steps into the world of illegal activity.
“Gin to Kin” first airs January, 2017 in Japan.
Kana Kurashina and Shohei Miura are cast in new TV Asahi drama series “Ubai Ai, Fuyu.” The drama series is scripted by Osamu Suzuki. In the drama series, Kana Kurashina and Shohei Miura play coworkers at a design company. They are also engaged. Story kicks into high drama gear when the woman’s ex-boyfriend appears out of the blue.
“Ubai Ai, Fuyu” first airs January, 2017 in Japan.
Cast in supporting roles for upcoming live-action film are “Teiichi’s Country” starring Masaki Suda are: Shuhei Nomura, Ryoma Takeuchi, Shotaro Mamiya, Jun Shison, Yudai Chiba, Mei Nagano & Kotaro Yoshida. The film is based on manga series “Teiichi no Kuni” by Usamaru Furuya and directed by Akira Nagai.
In “Teiichi’s Country,” Shuhei Nomura will play Kikuma Togo. He was the childhood friend of Teiichi (Masaki Suda) and is now hostile to Teiichi. He has an ability to collect information.
Ryoma Takeuchi will play Dan Otaka. He is a student with a bright, faithful and honest personality.
Shotaro Mamiya will play Rorando Himuro. He is a 2nd grade high school student and a candidate for the school’s student council president position.
Jun Shison will play Komei Sakakibara. He is a popular student at the high school.
Yudai Chiba will play Okuto Morizo. He is also a 2nd grade high school student and a candidate for the school’s student council president position.
Mei Nagano will play Mimiko Shiratori. She secretly dates with Teiichi.
Kotaro Yoshida will play Josuke Akaba. He is the father of Teiichi.
“Teiichi’s Country” will be released April 29, 2017 in Japan.
Mone Kamishiraishi is cast in live-action TBS drama series “Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba.” The drama series is based on manga series “Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba” by Sanami Suzuki. This will be Mone Kamishiraishi’s first lead acting role in a drama series. In the upcoming drama series, Mone Kamishiraishi will play Fumiko Yamada. Her character is a university student with shy and eccentric tendencies, but she absolutely loves to cook. She also has a doll named “Hokusai.”
“Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba” first airs January 22, 2017 on MBS and January 24, 2017 on TBS. MBS and TBS will air the drama special “Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba-Jokyo Shinkyo Meshi Keikaku hen’’ a week before the drama series airs.
Teaser poster added for WOWOW drama series “Honjitsu wa, Ohigara mo Yoku” starring Manami Higa. Drama series is based on 2010 novel”Honjitsu wa, Ohigara mo Yoku” by Maha Harada.
“Honjitsu wa, Ohigara mo Yoku” airs from January 14, 2017 in Japan.
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.
Tomokazu Miura, Hitomi Kuroki, Atsuko Maeda & Asuka Kudo are cast in upcoming TV Asahi drama series “Shukatsu Kazoku” (literally “Job Searching Family”). The four announced cast members will play a family. The family appears to be a family at peace, but an incident causes the family to unravel.
“Shukatsu Kazoku” first airs sometime January, 2017 in Japan.
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.
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.