Tatsuya Ueda (‘KAT-TUN’) is cast for the lead role in new TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Shinjuku Seven.” Tatsuya Ueda will also sing the theme song for the drama series. The drama series is based on manga “Shinjuku Seven” by Subaru Mizuki. This is the first lead acting role in a drama series for Tatsuya Ueda. In the drama series, Tatsuya Ueda will play pawn shop owner Nanase. He is an amazing appraiser and able to distinguish all fakes from originals. He also helps his clients who come to pawn items.
“Shinjuku Seven” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
Rina Uchiyama is cast in new NHK drama series “Machi Koba no Onna.” Also cast in supporting roles are Masaru Nagai, Shingo Yanagisawa, Jun Murakami, Shugo Oshinari, Shunsuke Kariya, Yoshie Ichige, Naoto Takenaka and Hiroshi Tachi. The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Machi Koba no Musume” by Takako Suwa. For the drama series, Rina Uchiyama will play main character Hikari Arimoto. She is a housewife, but decides to become the CEO of a company run by her terminally ill father.
“Machi Koba no Onna” first airs November 10, 2017 in Japan.
Yuta Tamamori (‘Kis-My-Ft2’), Keiichiro Koyama & Yuki Furukawa are cast in TV Asahi live-action drama series “Juyo Sankounin Tantei.” The drama series is based on manga “Juyo Sankounin Tantei” by Murako Kinuta. Renpei Tsukamoto and Tadaaki Horai will direct the drama series. Story for “Juyo Sankounin Tantei” will center around model Kei Maneki (Yuta Tamamori). He has bad luck with murder cases taking place where he works. He teams up with his model friends Itsuki Suo (Keiichiro Koyama) and Toma Shimon (Yuki Furukawa) to solve the cases and clear his name.
“Juyo Sankounin Tantei” first airs this October in Japan.
Haruka Ayase is cast in new NTV drama series “Okusama wa, Tori Atsukai Chui.” The drama series is scripted by Kazuki Kaneshiro and directed by Ryuichi Inomata. In the upcoming drama series, Haruka Ayase plays newlywed housewife Nami Isayama. She takes cooking classes and makes friends with the other housewives, but she suspects one of the housewives is the victim of domestic violence.
“Okusama wa, Tori Atsukai Chui” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
Mahiro Takasugi and Shono Hayama are cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Setoutsumi.” The drama series is based on manga series “Setoutsumi” by Kazuya Konomoto. 2016 feature film “Setoutsumi” is also based on the same manga series and stars Masaki Suda and Sosuke Ikematsu in the lead roles. The drama series follows two high school kids who have nothing better to do than sit by the river after. The slice of life story indulges in the quirky dialogue between the students.
“Setoutsumi” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
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Hiromi Nagasaku is cast in WOWOW drama series “Chinmoku Hotei.” The drama series is based on 2016 novel “Chinmoku Hotei” by Joh Sasaki. Story for the drama series follows numerous deaths by suspicious circumstances. A woman played by Hiromi Nagasaku becomes the suspect as she has worked for the victims in a housekeeping role.
“Chinmoku Hotei” first airs September 24, 2017 in Japan.
Dean Fujioka and Emi Takei are cast in new NTV drama series “Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu.” The drama series is based on 2016 light novel “Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu” by Namiya Fujiishi. In the drama series, Dean Fujioka will play Kanji Senkawa. He takes on cases that the police or private investigators are unable to handle. Emi Takei will play wealthy college student Mio Kanesaka. These two characters will work together on cases ranging from voice phishing to kidnappings.
“Ima kara Anata wo Kyouhaku Shimasu” first airs October, 2017 in Japan.
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.