Honami Suzuki is cast for the lead role in upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Nonmama Hakusho.” Also cast in supporting roles are Momoko Kikuchi, Makiko Watanabe, Nao Minamisawa & Takahiro Hamada. In the drama series, Honami Suzuki will play 49-year-old Reiko Doi. She is a divorcee and without children. While pursuing her career in her 20’s and 30’s, she was unable to have children due to the times. She now strives to continue her job while searching for love.
“Nonmama Hakusho” will first air August 13, 2016 in Japan.
Miki Nakatani is cast in upcoming TV Tokyo drama special “Mohouhan.” The 1 episode drama special is based on novel “Mohouhan” by Miyuki Miyabe. 2002 movie “Copycat Killer,” starring Masahiro Nakai, Kanji Tsuda & Takashi Fujii is also based on the same Miyuki Miyabe novel.
“Mohouhan” will air sometime later this year in Japan.
Actress Fumi Nikaido is cast in upcoming NTV drama series “Lost ID” (English title) co-starring Tatsuya Fujiwara.
In the drama series, Fumi Nikaido will play lead female role Sanae Kuramoto. Her character is the fiance of Shinichi Todo (Tatsuya Fujiwara). Soon, Shinichi Todo’s world comes crashing down as his identity suddenly disappears.
“Lost ID” will first air July 17, 2016 in Japan.
Ryoko Yonekura is set to return for season 4 of popular TV Asahi medical drama series “Doctor-X.” Also, supporting cast members set to return are Toshiyuki Nishida, Yuki Uchida, Ittoku Kishibe and Masanobu Katsumura. In season 4, Michiko Daimon (Ryoko Yonekura) goes up against Shigekatsu Hiruma (Toshiyuki Nishida) who is a director for the top university hospital in Japan.
Season 4 of “Doctor-X” will first air this October in Japan.
Actress Yo Yoshida is cast in new WOWOW drama series “Cold Case.” The drama series is a remake U.S. TV series “Cold Case” starring Kathryn Morris. In the WOWOW drama series, Yo Yoshida will play Detective Yuri Ishikawa. Her character leads the first investigation division for the Kanagawa Prefecture Police Department. Indie film director Takahisa Zeze will write some of the episode screenplays.
“Cold Case” will first air this October in Japan and the first teaser trailer can be viewed at AsianWiki.
Tomoyo Harada & Takumi Saito are cast in new NHK drama series “Unmei ni, Nita Koi.” The drama series falls within the romance genre, with Tomoyo Harada playing a divorcee in her 40’s. She supports herself and her teenage son by working for a delivering laundry service. Through her job, she meets a popular 30ish designer played by Takumi Saito.
“Unmei ni, Nita Koi” will first air September 23, 2016 in Japan.
Shuhei Nomura, Mugi Kadowaki, Takahiro Miura are cast in upcoming Fuji TV live-action drama special “Montage.” The drama series stars Sota Fukushi & Kyoko Yoshine. “Montage” is based on manga series “Sanoku en Jiken Kitan Montaju SINCE 1968.12.10” by Jun Watanabe and incorporates the real life incident of the unsolved 300 million yen robbery that occurred in 1968.
“Montage” will air June 25th and June 26th, 2016 in Japan.
Jurina Matsui (‘SKE48’) and Shigeyuki Totsugi are cast in new TBS drama series “Death Cash.” The mystery themed drama series has Jurina Matsui playing university student Yuka Minami. Shigeyuki Totsugi will play Detective Takeshi Wakamoto. In the drama series, a friend of Yuka Minami suddenly dies with large amounts of 10,000 yen bills around her body and the 10,000 yen bills are stained in black. More people around Yuka Minami then die. Yuka Minami and Detective Takeshi Wakamoto work together to solve the mysterious deaths.
“Death Cash” first airs July 13, 2016 in Japan.
Reiko Takashima, Yoshiko Miyazaki and Atsuko Takahata are cast in TV Asahi drama series “Onnatachi no Tokusou Saizensen.” In the drama series, the three actresses play women who all work at the same police station, but none of them work as detectives. One lady works in the cafeteria, the other in the PR department and the other in general affairs. Yet, the three ladies like to gather in the cafeteria to go over cases and discover clues.
“Onnatachi no Tokusou Saizensen” first airs this July in Japan.
Ryuhei Matsuda is cast in upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Eigyo Bucho Kira Natsuko” starring Nanako Matsushima. In the drama series, Ryuhei Matsuda will play Keisuke Takagi. His character works as a creative director at an advertising firm. When he first started his job, he had a hard time and worked under Natsuko Kira (Nanako Matsushima). Natsuko Kira then took a maternity leave for 3 years and she has now returned to the company. Keisuke Takagi isn’t very nice to Natsuko upon her return, but he wants to show her that he has improved at his job.
“Eigyo Bucho Kira Natsuko” will be released this July in South Korea.