Jun 21 2017

Akari Hayami and Tetsushi Tanaka cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Dead Stock”

Akari Hayami and Tetsushi Tanaka are cast in upcoming TV Tokyo drama series “Dead Stock” starring Nijiro Murakami. Also cast in supporting roles are Mariko Tsutsui and Yuko Nakamura. For drama series “Dead Stock,” Akari Hayami will play Saori Nikaido. She works as a director at a broadcasting station and she hates to lose. Tetsushi Tanaka will play Satoru Sayama. He is a veteran director.  Main character Riku Tsuneta (Nijiro Murakami) works as an AD and is tasked with going through archive film. He uncovers a supernatural event.

“Dead Stock” first airs July 21, 2017 in Japan.

Jun 21 2017

Visual and trailer added for dTV live-action drama series “Gintama: Mitsuba hen”

Main visual and trailer added for upcoming dTV live-action drama series “Gintama: Mitsuba hen” starring Kie Kitano, Shun Oguri, Ryo Yoshizawa and Yuya Yagira. The drama series focuses on the character of Mitsuba Okita (Kie Kitano) and her relationship with Toshiro Hijikata (Yuya Yagira), younger brother Sogo Okita (Ryo Yoshizawa) and Isao Kondo (Kankuro Nakamura).

“Gintama: Mitsuba hen” airs from July 15, 2017 in Japan (the live-action film version “Gintama” opens July 14, 2017).

Jun 20 2017

Mei Nagano is cast in NHK’s 98th asadora “Half, Blue”

Mei Nagano is cast in upcoming NHK’s 98th asadora “Half, Blue” (“Hanbun, Aoi”). The early morning drama series will air from April 2, 2018 through September 29, 2018. Mei Nagano went through auditions involving 2366 participants and was eventually selected to play main character Suzume Nireno. The drama series will follow a young woman who leaves her hometown to become a cartoonist in Tokyo, but eventually returns to her hometown divorced and with a daughter.

Jun 19 2017

Supporting cast and visual poster for TBS drama series “Maji de Koukai Shitemasu”

Main visual and supporting cast added for upcoming TBS-MBS drama series “Maji de Koukai Shitemasu” starring Marie Iitoyo and Rena Takeda. Now cast in supporting roles are Dori Sakurada, Yuhi (‘Boys and Men’), Yuki Izawa and Keita Ikemoto. The four newly announced supporting actors will play characters who team up with Marin Sakamoto (Marie Iitoyo) and Tsubame Ishikawa (Rena Takeda) in a training program for potential ship navigators. Also cast in the drama series are Keisuke Horibe, Yoichi Nukumizu, Kohki Okada and Seiko Iwaido.

For “Maji de Koukai Shitemasu,” Dori Sakurada will play Yamato Yagi. His character has a shy personality. Yuhi will play Arata Narumi. He likes to flex his muscles. Yuki Izawa will play Kensuke Kogure. He is 25-years-old and married. Lastly, Keita Ikemoto will play Shotaro Yamada. He is intelligent.

“Maji de Koukai Shitemasu” will first air July 2nd on MBS and July 4th on TBS in Japan.

Jun 14 2017

Shun Oguri cast in TV Asahi drama special “Border 2” and teaser trailer

Shun Oguri is cast in TV Asahi drama special “Border 2.” The 1 episode drama special is a sequel to 2014 TV Asahi drama series “Border.” Also set to return to their respective supporting roles are Munetaka Aoki, Haru, Arata Furuta, Kenichi Takito, Kenta Hamano, Toru Nomaguchi, Kenichi Endo and Nao Omori. Story for “Border 2”  will continue from “Border,” centering main character Ango Ishikawa (Shun Oguri). Ango Ishikawa is a detective able to see the dead.

“Border 2” will air sometime later this year in Japan.

Jun 13 2017

Nijiro Murakami is cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Dead Stock”

Nijiro Murakami is cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Dead Stock.” This will be Nijiro Murakami’s first time playing a lead character in a drama series. In the drama series “Dead Stock,” Nijiro Murakami will play Riku Tsuneta. He gets hired as a rookie AD at broadcasting station and is assigned to work through old material the TV station. Riku Tsuneta then uncovers footage of an unnatural phenomenon.

“Dead Stock” first airs July 21, 2017 in Japan.

Jun 12 2017

Trailer for movie “Hello, Goodbye”

Trailer added for upcoming movie “Hello, Goodbye” starring Minori Hagiwara, Sayu Kubota and Masako Motai. Movie is the second film directed by Takeo Kikuchi (“Dear Deer“). Story for “Hello Goodbye” follows two troubled female teenagers. The two girls are not friends, but they meet an elderly woman and eventually try to find her first love for her.

“Hello, Goodbye” had its world premiere in the Japanese Cinema Splash section of the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival and will have its general release July 15, 2017.

Jun 9 2017

Jun Matsumoto, Teruyuki Kagawa & Fumino Kimura cast in TBS drama series “99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II”

Jun Matsumoto, Teruyuki Kagawa & Fumino Kimura are cast in new TBS drama series “99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II.” Jun Matsumoto and Teruyuki Kagawa will reprise their respective lead male character roles from season 1 of “99.9 Criminal Lawyer.” Fumino Kimura will play new lead female character Maiko Ozaki. Her character is a former criminal court judge. Due to a case, she quit her job and stayed away from the law field. To help a friend, she visits Madarame Law Firm. There, Atsuhiro Sada (Teruyuki Kagawa) asks Maiko Ozaki to work at their law firm and she accepts.

“99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II” first airs January, 2018 in Japan.

Jun 8 2017

Kie Kitano cast in live-action dTV drama series “Gintama: Mitsuba hen”

Kie Kitano is cast in upcoming live-action dTV drama series “Gintama: Mitsuba hen” co-starring Shun Oguri, Ryo Yoshizawa, Yuya Yagira & Kankuro Nakamura. The drama series is based on manga series “Gintama” by Hideaki Sorachi and will be directed by Yuichi Fukuda. In the upcoming 3 episode drama series, Kie Kitano will play Mitsuba Okita. She is the older sister of Sogo Okita (Ryo Yoshizawa) and has feelings for Toshiro Hijikata (Yuya Yagira).

“Gintama: Mitsuba hen” first airs July 15, 2017 and live-action film “Gintama” will be released July 14, 2017 in Japan.

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