Tatsuya Fujiwara is cast in movie “The Sun Does Not Move” (literal title) and WOWOW drama series “The Sun Does Not Move” (literal title). The movie version is based on Shuichi Yoshida novel’s “Taiyo wa Ugokanai” and “Mori wa Shitte Iru,” while the WOWOW drama series will have an original screenplay. In the movie and drama series, Tatsuya Fujiwara will play main character Kazuhiko Takano. He is part of a spy organization “An Tsuushin” and they are after innovative solar energy technology that other countries are attempting to attain. Filming for the movie and drama series will take place simultaneously and filming will take place in Japan and overseas. Eiichiro Hasumi will direct the movie and drama series.
Movie “The Sun Does Not Move” will be released in 2020 and the WOWOW drama series will air sometime in 2020.
Erika Toda & Tsuyoshi Muro are cast in new TBS drama series “Great Love: With You Who Forget Me” (literal title of “Dai Renai: Boku o Wasureru Kimi to”). The drama series is based on an original screenplay by Shizuka Oishi and directed by Fuminori Kaneko. Story for the drama series is a romance melodrama with Erika Toda and Tusyoshi Muro playing two people who have fallen in love, but Erika Toda’s character is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“Great Love: With You Who Forget Me” first airs October, 2018 in Japan.
Mitsuki Takahata is cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Boukyaku no Sachiko: A Meal Makes Her Forget.” The drama series is based on manga series “Boukyaku no Sachiko” by Jun Abe. TV Tokyo already aired a 1 episode “Boukyaku no Sachiko: A Meal Makes Her Forget” drama special version on January 2, 2018 with Mitsuki Takahata playing main character Sachiko Sasaki. Director Santa Yamagishi and screenwriter Satomi Oshima, who worked on the TV Tokyo drama special, will also return to work on the drama series version.
Boukyaku no Sachiko: A Meal Makes Her Forget” first airs October, 2018 in Japan.
Shuhei Nomura and Rin Takanashi are cast in new Fuji TV-Tokai TV drama series “Kekkon Aite wa Chusen de.” The drama series is based 2010 novel “Kekkon Aite wa Chusen de” by Miu Kakiya. Also cast in supporting roles are Ryohei Otani, Aimi Satsukawa and Mayumi Wakamura. The drama series is set around Japan implementing a new policy to combat the nation’s low birthrate. Their new policy is mandatory blind dates for single individuals from the age of 25 to 39.
“Kekkon Aite wa Chusen de” first airs October 6, 2018 in Japan.
Hiroshi Abe is cast in TBS sequel drama series “Downtown Rocket 2” (“Shitamachi Rocket”). The drama series is based on novel “Shitamachi Rocket Gosuto” by Jun Ikeido and follows 2015 TBS drama series “Downtown Rocket.” Hiroshi Abe will reprise his main character role of Ryohei Tsukuda in the sequel drama series. Also cast in supporting roles and returning from the season 1 are Danshun Tatekawa, Ken Yasuda, Soko Wada, Hiroki Konno, Ken Nakamoto and Ayumi Tanida.
“Downtown Rocket 2” will air from October, 2018 in Japan.
Hideaki Takizawa is cast in new WOWOW drama series “A Lone Scalpel” (literal title). The drama series is based on novel “Kokou no Mesu: Gekai Toma Tetsuhiko“ by Roran Takayama and directed by Akira Uchikata. 2010 film “A Lone Scalpel” starring Shinichi Tsutsumi in the main character role is also based on the same novel. Story for the drama series will follow Tetsuhiko Toma (Hideaki Takizawa) as he attempts the first internal organ transplant surgery in Japan.
“A Lone Scalpel” will first air sometime next year in Japan.
Kasumi Arimura is cast in TBS live-action drama series “Chugakusei Nikki.” The drama series is based on manga “Chugakusei Nikki” by Junko Kawakami. The story for the drama series is somewhat like 2017 film “Narratage” where Kasumi Arimura played a high school student that a teacher (Jun Matsumoto) liked, but her role is reversed this time around. For the drama series, Kasumi Arimura will play a teacher who becomes attracted to one of her students.
“Chugakusei Nikki” will first air October, 2018 in Japan.
Terunosuke Takezai and Kenta Izuka are cast in Fuji TV-FOD live-action drama series “Pornographer.” The drama series is based on manga “Pornographer” by Maki Marukido and will be directed by Koichiro Miki. Story for the drama series follows a man who causes a writer to break his arm in a bicycle accident. To repay the man, he transcribes the writer’s next story.
“Pornographer” will air from August 8, 2018 on Fuji TV and will be available to stream on FOD from July 28, 2018 in Japan.
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Masaki Okada is cast in NHK live-action drama series “Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju.” The drama series is based on manga series “Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju” by Haruko Kumota. In the drama series, Masaki Okada will play main character Yakumo. Also cast in supporting roles are Ryo Ryusei, Riko Narumi, Aya Omasa, Ikusaburo Yamazaki. The drama series is set in the early showa period (early 20th century) and follows the life of a rakugo (storytelling) performer.
“Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju” first airs October 12, 2018 in Japan.
Eri Tokunaga is cast for the lead role in TV Tokyo-Netflix live-action drama series “Love and Fortune.” The drama series is based on manga “Koi no Tsuki” by Akira Nitta. For “Love and Fortune,” Eri Tokunaga plays 31-year-old Wako Taira. She falls in love with high school student Yumeaki Iko.
“Love and Fortune” first airs July 26, 2018 in Japan and the drama series will be available to stream on Netflix from November 30, 2018.