Noriyuki Higashiyama, Kento Nakajima (Sexy Zone) & Akira Emoto are cast Fuji TV drama special “Suna no Utsuwa.” The drama series is based on 1961 novel “Suna no utsuwa” by Seicho Matsumoto. The crime-mystery-thriller will have Noriyuki Higashiyama playing lead character Detective Imanishi. Kento Nakajima will play supporting character and Akira Emoto will play supporting character Chiyokichi.
“Suna no Utsuwa” will air March 28, 2019 in Japan.
Shinobu Terajima is cast in WOWOW drama series “Poison Daughter, Holy Mother.” The drama series is an omnibus and based on short story collection “Poison Daughter, Holy Mother” by Kanae Minato (“Confessions“/”Ferris Wheel at Night“). Shinobu Terajima will appear in two episodes which have the titles of “Poison Daughter” and “Holy Mother.” The drama series consists of 6 episodes and the other four episodes are titled “Tsumibukaki Onna,” “Best Friend,” “Yasashii Hito” and “My Dearest.”
“Poison Daughter, Holy Mother” will air sometime this summer in Japan.
Issey Takahashi, Takumi Saito and Kenichi Takito are cast for lead roles in TV Asahi drama series “Tokyo Single Man” (literal title of “Tokyo Dokushin Danshi”). The drama series will feature an original screenplay by Arisa Kaneko (“It’s Not That I Can’t Marry I Don’t Marry“). The three male leads will play single men who begin to think about marriage.
“Tokyo Single Man” will first air April, 2019 in Japan.
Yo Oizumi is cast in new TBS drama series “No Side” (working title). The rugby themed drama series is based on novel “No Side” by Jun Ikeido (“Hanzawa Naoki“). For “No Side,” Yo Oizumi will play main character Hayato Kimijima. The company where he works assigns him to become the general manager for the company’s rugby team.
“No Side” will first air July, 2019 in Japan.
Masataka Kubota and Tsubasa Honda are cast in Fuji TV live-action drama series “Radiation House.” The drama series is based on manga series “Radiation House” by Tomohiro Yokomaku (“The Ringside Story“). Story for “Radiaton House” is set at a general hospital and revolves around a radiographer (Masataka Kubota) and radiologist (Tsubasa Honda).
“Radiation House” first airs April, 2019 in Japan.
Teaser trailer added for upcoming live-action TBS-MBS drama series “Kakegurui Season 2” starring Minami Hamabe, Mahiro Takasugi and Elaiza Ikeda. Drama series is a sequel to 2018 TBS-MBS drama series “Kakegurui” and based on manga series “Kakegurui” by Homura Kawamoto & Toru Naomura. A live-action feature film version “Kakegurui The Movie” will be released May, 2019 after the sequel drama series.
“Kakegurui Season 2” first airs March 31, 2019 in Japan.
Masahiro Higashide and Yutaka Matsushige cast in WOWOW drama series “Villain: Perpetrator Chase Investigation” (literal title of “Akutou: Kagaisha Tsuiseki Chousa”). The drama series is based on novel “Akutou” by Gaku Yakumaru and directed by Takahisa Zeze. Takahisa Zeze previously directed 2018 feature film “My Friend A” which is also based on a novel by Gaku Yakumaru. Actress Yua Shinkawa is also cast in a supporting role for the drama series.
“Villain: Perpetrator Chase Investigation” will first air May, 2019 in Japan and consists of 6 episodes.
Erika Sawajiri is cast in TV Asahi drama series “The Great White Tower” (literal title) co-starring Junichi Okada, Kenichi Matsuyama and Akira Terao. The drama series is based on 1963 novel “Shiroi Kyoto” by Toyoko Yamasaki. Several drama series and movies were already adapted from the novel. In the drama series, Erika Sawajiri plays Keiko Hanamori . She is the girlfriend of surgeon Goro Zaizen (Junichi Okada) and she works at a hostess bar.
“The Great White Tower” will air sometime this year in Japan.
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Fumi Nikaido, Kazuya Kamenashi & Yosuke Eguchi are cast in Fuji TV drama series “Strawberry Night Saga.” The drama series is based on the novel “Himekawa Reiko Series” by Tetsuya Honda. Fumi Nikaido & Kazuya Kamenashi will play main characters Reiko Himekawa and Kazuo Kikuta. Reiko Himekawa leads a murder investigation team at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and Kazuo Kikuta is a detective that joins the investigation team. Yosuke Eguchi will play supporting character Kensaku Katsumata.
“Strawberry Night Saga” follows 2010 Fuji TV drama special “Strawberry Night” and 2012 Fuji TV drama series “Strawberry Night” and 2013 movie “Strawberry Night” which are also based on novels in the same novel series by Tetsuya Honda. In the prior versions, Yuko Takeuchi, Hidetoshi Nishijima and Tetsuya Takeda played the respective characters that Fumi Nikaido, Kazuya Kamenashi & Yosuke Eguchi will portray in the new drama series.
“Strawberry Night Saga” first airs April, 2019 in Japan.
Haruka Shimazaki, Kana Kurashina, Yumi Adachi, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsu Dan & Miho Nakayama are cast in WOWOW drama series “Tokyo Nijusan-ku Onna.” The drama series is an omnibus and revolves around the themes of scary and sad. The six female leads will star in one of the 6 episodes. Toshikazu Nagae wrote the original 2016 novel “Tokyo Nijusan-ku Onna” which the drama series is based on and will also direct the drama series.
“Tokyo Nijusan-ku Onna” first airs April 12, 2019 in Japan.