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.
Hinako Sano, Anna Iriyama (‘AKB48’) and Yuko Fueki are cast in guest roles in currently airing Fuji TV drama series “Siren” starring Tori Matsuzaka & Fumino Kimura.
Hinako Sano and Anna Iriyama will appear in ep.3 which airs later today, November 3, 3015. Hinako Sano will play Ai and Anna Iriyama will play Rena. Their characters are hostesses at an exclusive club and they try to seduce Detective Shinobu Satomi (Tori Matsuzaka). Meanwhile, actress Yuko Fueki will appear in ep.4 which airs November 10, 2015. She will play Doctor Kuramoto.
“Siren” airs Tuesdays at 10pm in Japan.
Takumi Saito and Masataka Kubota are cast in new NTV drama series “Rinsho Hanzai Gakusha Himura Hideo no Suiri.” The drama series is based on 1992 novel “Himura Hideo Series” by Arisu Arisugawa. In the drama series, Takumi Saito will play criminologist Hideo Himura and Masataka Kubota will play mystery novel writer Arisu Arisugawa. Arisu Arisugawa assists his friend Hideo Himura to solve cases.
“Rinsho Hanzai Gakusha Himura Hideo no Suiri” first airs January, 2016 in Japan.
Munetaka Aoki & Suzuki Matsuo are cast in upcoming NHK period drama series “Chikaemon.” Drama series is based on an original screenplay by Yuki Fujimoto (“Flower in Bloom” & “Taira no Kiyomori“), but centered around real-life historical figure Monzaemon Chikamatsu.
In drama series “Chikaemon,” Suzuki Matsuo plays Monzaemon Chikamatsu. He is a dramatist of jōruri, which is an early puppet theater precursor to bunraku and kabuki. Monzaemon Chikamatsu finds himself in a writing slump, but things change when he meets a gambler played by Munetaka Aoki.
Chikaemon” first airs January 14, 2016 in Japan.
Two minute plus teaser trailer added for upcoming live-action Fuji TV drama series “Minami kun no Koibito ~ My Little Lover” starring Taishi Nakagawa & Maika Yamamoto. Drama series is based on manga”Minami kun no Koibito” by Shungiku Uchida.
“Minami kun no Koibito: My Little Lover” first airs November 9, 2015 in Japan.
Tomoya Nagase from rock group ‘TOKIO’ is cast in new live-action Fuji TV drama series “Fragile.” The drama series is based on manga “Fragile” by Bin Kusamizu and directed by Junichi Ishikawa (“Strawberry Night“/”Legal High“).
In live-action drama series “Fragile,” Tomoya Nagase plays a self-absorbed pathologist with the unusual ability to make a diagnosis without seeing his patients.
“Fragile” first airs January 13, 2016 in Japan.
Yuto Nakajima (‘Hey! Say! JUMP’) is cast in new NTV drama special “Detective Ballerino” (literal title). Also cast in the drama series are Masahiro Takashima, Hiromi Nagasaku, Takanori Takeyama, Jun Hasegawa & Tetta Sugimoto. The drama special is directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (“SPEC“) and scripted by Shigeki Kaneko (“Honey & Clover“).
“Detective Ballerino” first airs January, 2016 in Japan.
Shun Oguri is cast in upcoming TBS drama series “Kounodori” starring Gou Ayano, Mayu Matsuoka, Gen Hoshino, Yo Yoshida and Nao Omori.
In the drama series, Shun Oguri will play Hiroyuki Nagai. His character’s pregnant wife falls unconscious due to a car accident. Hiroyuki Nagai is not a regular cast member, but he will appear often in the drama series. From the middle portion of “Kounodori,” his character has an important role which affects Sakura Konotori (Gou Ayano).
“Kounodori” first airs October 16, 2015 in Japan.
Actress Karina is cast in upcoming TBS drama series ON THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING (“Kekkonshiki no Zenjitsu ni”). Also cast in the drama series are Mieko Harada, Ryohei Suzuki, Yusuke Yamamoto, Erina Mano, Jun Miho, Kyoko Enami and Kenichi Endo.
In drama series ON THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING, Karina will play a woman who learns on the 100th day before her wedding that she has a brain tumor. Her long-time estranged mother then helps her to live her life positively.
ON THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING will first air sometime this October in Japan.