Alan Shirahama (‘GENERATIONS’/’EXILE’) is cast for the lead role in Fuji TV drama series “Fiction King” (literal title). Also cast in major supporting character roles are Yu Koyanagi and Nanami Sakuraba. The drama series is based on 2016 novel “Shosetsu O” by Kazumasa Hayami (“Our Family“). The drama series will have Alan Shirahama playing writer Toyotaka Yoshida.
“Fiction King” consists of 10 episodes and will first air April 22, 2019 in Japan.
Arata Furuta is cast for the lead role in NTV drama series “My Skirt, Where Did It Go?” (literal title of “Ore no Sukato, Doko Itta?”). The drama series features an original screenplay by Tomonari Sakurai and Takuya Kato. Shunsuke Kariyama and Itaru Mizuno will direct the drama series. For “My Skirt, Where Did It Go?,” Arata Furuta will play Nobuo Harada. He is a teacher who likes to dress like a woman.
“My Skirt, Where Did It Go?” first airs April 20, 2019 in Japan.
Tao Tsuchiya is cast in upcoming Fuji TV drama special “Suna no Utsuwa” co-starring Noriyuki Higashiyama, Kento Nakajima and Akira Emoto. For the drama special, Tao Tsuchiya will play Rieko Naruse. Her character is the girlfriend of composer Eiryo Waga (Kento Nakajima) and she works as a bartender. Eiryo Waga is ambitious and he decides to marry a daughter of a government official. The drama special is based on 1961 novel “Suna no utsuwa” by Seicho Matsumoto.
“Suna no Utsuwa” airs March 28, 2019 in Japan.
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Akari Hayami is cast in NTV drama special “Way To Make Women Feel Better” (literal title). Also cast in the drama special are Yuta Hiraoka, Rena Matsui and Daichi Saeki. A movie version “Way To Make Women Feel Better,” starring the same main cast members, will also be released sometime this summer. Both the NTV drama special and feature film version are based on essay “Onna no Kigen no Naoshi Kata” by Ihoko Kurokawa.
NTV drama special “Way To Make Women Feel Better” will consist of 3 episodes and will are March 16, 23, 30, 2019 in Japan.
Masataka Kubota is cast in NHK drama series “Eru.” The drama series is based on the true story of music composer Yuji Koseki and his singer-wife Kinko. Masataka Kubota will play Yuji Koseki. The drama series will be directed by Teruyuki Yoshida & Takehiro Shoen and scripted by Koji Hayashi. Filming for “Eru” will begin autumn of this year and the drama series will air April, 2020 in Japan.
Main trailer added for movie “A Long Goodbye” starring Yu Aoi, Yuko Takeuchi, Chieko Matsubara and Tsutomu Yamazaki. Movie is based on 2015 novel “Nagai Owakare” by Kyoko Nakajima (“The Little House“) and directed by Ryota Nakano (“Her Love Boils Bathwater“).
In addition, Tomoya Nakamura, Yukiya Kitamura and Rairu Sugita have been announced as supporting cast members in the film. Tomoya Nakamura will plays Michihiko. His character is romantically involved with Fumi (Yu Aoi). Yukiya Kitamura will play Arata. He is married to Mari (Yuko Takeuchi). Lastly, Rairu Sugita will play Takashi. His mother is Mari.
“A Long Goodbye” will be released May 31, 2019 in Japan.
Noriyuki Higashiyama, Kento Nakajima (Sexy Zone) & Akira Emoto are cast Fuji TV drama special “Suna no Utsuwa.” The drama series is based on 1961 novel “Suna no utsuwa” by Seicho Matsumoto. The crime-mystery-thriller will have Noriyuki Higashiyama playing lead character Detective Imanishi. Kento Nakajima will play supporting character and Akira Emoto will play supporting character Chiyokichi.
“Suna no Utsuwa” will air March 28, 2019 in Japan.
Shinobu Terajima is cast in WOWOW drama series “Poison Daughter, Holy Mother.” The drama series is an omnibus and based on short story collection “Poison Daughter, Holy Mother” by Kanae Minato (“Confessions“/”Ferris Wheel at Night“). Shinobu Terajima will appear in two episodes which have the titles of “Poison Daughter” and “Holy Mother.” The drama series consists of 6 episodes and the other four episodes are titled “Tsumibukaki Onna,” “Best Friend,” “Yasashii Hito” and “My Dearest.”
“Poison Daughter, Holy Mother” will air sometime this summer in Japan.
Issey Takahashi, Takumi Saito and Kenichi Takito are cast for lead roles in TV Asahi drama series “Tokyo Single Man” (literal title of “Tokyo Dokushin Danshi”). The drama series will feature an original screenplay by Arisa Kaneko (“It’s Not That I Can’t Marry I Don’t Marry“). The three male leads will play single men who begin to think about marriage.
“Tokyo Single Man” will first air April, 2019 in Japan.
Yo Oizumi is cast in new TBS drama series “No Side” (working title). The rugby themed drama series is based on novel “No Side” by Jun Ikeido (“Hanzawa Naoki“). For “No Side,” Yo Oizumi will play main character Hayato Kimijima. The company where he works assigns him to become the general manager for the company’s rugby team.
“No Side” will first air July, 2019 in Japan.