Kiichi Nakai, Yusuke Santamaria and Pierre Taki are cast in upcoming 5 episode WOWOW drama series “Kinpika.” The drama series is based on novel “Kinpika” by popular author Jiro Asada. Some of Jiro Asada’s novels that have been adapted into movies include “Failan,” “When the Last Sword is Drawn,” and “Chateau de le Reine.”
Premise for drama series “Kinpika” has Kiichi Nakai playing a former yakuza member who spent 13 years in jail, Yusuke Santamaria a former secretary of a politician who became the fall guy for the politician and Pierre Taki a former self-defense official. They gather together under a retired detective (Katsuhiko Watabiki) to take revenge on those that betrayed them.
“Kinpika” first airs February 13, 2016 in Japan.
Fuji TV is set to air omnibus drama special “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso.” The drama special consists of 3 episodes which are based on stories by popular authors Kanae Minato (“Confessions“), Shion Miura (“The Great Passage“) & Mitsuyo Kakuta (“Rebirth“). Each of these author’s past original works (“Confessions,” “The Great Passage,” and “Rebirth”) are recipients of the “Picture of the Year” and “Best Screenplay” awards at the Japan Academy Prize (Japan’s equivalent to the Academy Awards in the U.S.). The segments will be directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa (“In His Chart“), Ryuichi Hiroki (“Vibrator“) & Takahisa Zeze (“Heaven’s Story“).
Cast members for “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso” include Hiromi Nagasaku, Rei Dan, Tao Tsuchiya, Mugi Kadowaki, Kyoka Suzuki, Shinobu Terajima & Shota Sometani. “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso” will air January 4, 2015 in Japan.
Chiaki Kuriyama is cast in upcoming TV Tokyo historical drama series “Nobunaga Moyu” starring Noriyuki Higashiyama. The drama series is based on 2001 novel “Nobunaga Moyu” by Ryutaro Abe and revolves around powerful samurai Nobunaga Oda and his ambitions to unify Japan. In the drama series, Chiaki Kuriyama will play Haruko Kajuji. Her character turns to Nobunaga Oda to protect the Imperial Court, but she falls in love with him in the process.
“Nobunaga Moyu” first airs January 2, 2016 in Japan.
Haruka Ayase, Haruma Miura and Asami Mizukawa are cast in upcoming romance/sci-fi TBS drama series “Never Let Me Go.” The drama series is based on novel “Never Let Me Go” by British-Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro, The novel was previously adapted into 2010 U.S. film “Never Let Me Go” directed by Mark Romanek.
Story for drama series “Never Let Me Go” deals with three people (played by Haruka Ayase, Haruma Miura and Asami Mizukawa) who attended the same isolated boarding school years ago. The three are actual clones and they were produced for eventual organ harvesting.
“Never Let Me Go” first airs January, 2016 in Japan.
Kyoko Fukada & Dean Fujioka are cast in TBS live-action drama series “Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai.” The drama series is based on manga “Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai” by Aya Nakahara (“Love Complex“). Also cast in the drama series are Shohei Miura, Maho Nonami & Mimura.
In drama series “Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai,” Kyoko Fukada plays Michio Shibata. Her character is unemployed after her prior place of employment went bankrupt. She is unable to find a new job, but then meets her boss from her last job. She was always afraid of him, but decides to work part-time at a tearoom that he now runs.
“Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai” first airs January 12, 2016 in Japan.
Ren Kiriyama is cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa.” The drama series is based on short story collection novel “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa” by Shigeaki Kato. Shigeaki Kato is a member of idol group ‘NEWS’ and will also appear in the drama series “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa.” Also cast in the drama series are Rika Adachi, Nao Minamisawa, Masanobu Sakata & Raita Ryu.
Story for “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa” has Ren Kiriyama playing aspiring writer Jun Hashimoto. His character is assigned by his editor to write a short love story for a web magazine. Jun Hashimoto doesn’t want to write the story and has difficulty coming up with an idea for the story. His friend played by Shigeaki Kato then appears and Jun Hashimoto concocts a story.
“Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa” will consist of 4 episodes and air from January 9 through January 30, 2016 in Japan.
Kazuya Kamenashi (Jpop group ‘KAT-TUN’) is cast in new NTV drama series “The Mysterious Thief Yamaneko.” The drama series is based on 2006 novel “Kaito Tantei Yamaneko Series” by Manabu Kaminaga and directed by Ryuichi Inomata (“I’m Mita, Your Housekeeper“). In the drama series, Kazuya Kamenashi will play main character Yamaneko. His character is a mysterious figure who steals from people and corporations committing evil acts. His character also exposes those evil acts.
“The Mysterious Thief Yamaneko” first airs January, 2016 in Japan.
Emi Takei is cast in upcoming Fuji TV live-action drama series “Fragile” starring Tomoya Nagase. Also cast in supporting roles are Koyuki, Kinya Kitaoji & Shuhei Nomura. Drama series is based on manga series “Fragile” by Bin Kusamizu & Saburo Megumi
In drama series “Fragile.” Emi Takei will play rookie pathologist Chihiro Miyazaki. She is full of passion and pure in her desire to save the lives of patients. Shuhei Nomura will play Chihiro Miyazaki. His character is a clinical laboratory technologist. Koyuki will play Madoka Hosoki. Her character is a surgeon and graduated from the same university as Keiichiro Kishi (Tomoya Nagase). Kinya Kitaoji will play Kaoru Nakaguma. He is a former instructor of Keiichiro Kishi.
“Fragile” first airs January 13, 2016 in Japan.
Actresses Ryoko Hirosue & Yuki Uchida are cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Naomi and Kanako” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2012 novel “Naomi to Kanako” by Hideo Okuda (“South Bound“/”Girls For Keeps“).
Story for “Naomi and Kanako” revolve around two friends who concoct a plan to kill one of the friend’s abusive husband.
“Naomi and Kanako” first airs sometime in January, 2016 in Japan.
Shingo Katori (‘SMAP’), Juri Ueno, Toshiyuki Nishida & Jun Fubuki are cast in new TBS drama series “Kazoku no Katachi.” The drama series is directed by Shunichi Hirano (“S: The Last Policeman“) and screenplay by Noriko Goto (“Glory of Team Batista“).
In drama series “Kazoku no Katachi,” Shingo Katori plays Daisuke Nagasato. His character is 39-years-old and enjoys being single. His neighbor is Hanako Kumagai (Juri Ueno). Daisuke Nagasato’s single life is threatened when his father (Toshiyuki Nishida) and step-brother move in.
“Kazoku no Katachi” will first air this January in Japan.