Aug 1 2017

Takanori Iwata cast in movie “Kyonen no Fuyu, Kimi to Wakare”

Takanori Iwata (‘J Soul Brothers’ and ‘EXILE’) is cast for the lead role in movie “Kyonen no Fuyu, Kimi to Wakare.” Also cast in the film are Mizuki Yamamoto, Kazuki Kitamura, Takumi Saito and Reina Asami. Movie is based on 2013 novel “Kyonen no Fuyu, Kimi to Wakare” by Fuminori Nakamura and will be directed by Tomoyuki Takimoto.

In the upcoming film, Takanori Iwata will play reportage writer Kyosuke Yakumo. For his next book, he examines a burned to death murder case involving a beautiful blind woman. The suspect in the case is a talented photographer played by Takumi Saito. Mizuki Yamamoto will play the fiance of Kyosuke Yakumo, Reina Asami will play the older sister of the photographer and Kazuki Kitamura will play the editor of a weekly magazine.

Filming for “Kyonen no Fuyu, Kimi to Wakare” began July 2, 2017 and finishes mid-August, 2017. Movie will be released sometime during spring, 2018 in Japan.

Jul 31 2017

Toma Ikuta & Eita cast in movie “Yuuzai”

Toma Ikuta & Eita are cast in movie “Yuuzai.” The film is based on 2013 novel “Yuuzai” by Gaku Yakumaru and directed by Takahisa Zeze. In the film, Toma Ikuta plays Masuda and Eita will play Suzuki. Masuda begins working at a factory where Suzuki works. They develop a friendship, but Masuda begins to suspect that Suzuki is the serial killer responsible for killing children 17 years ago.

“Yuuzai” will be released May, 2018 in Japan.

Jul 25 2017

Rika Adachi and Yukihisa Tamura cast in movie “Kiss Dekiru Gyoza”

Rika Adachi and Yukihisa Tamura (‘Boys and Men’) are cast in movie “Kiss Dekiru Gyoza.” The film is written and directed by Takehiko Hata. Besides writing screenplays for numerous drama series, Takehiko Hata also wrote the original novel that the “Unfair” series is based off.

Story for “Kiss Dekiru Gyoza” will have Rika Adachi playing divorcee and single mother Yoko Fujita. While raising her daughter, Yoko Fujita tries to revive her parents’ gyoza restaurant and she falls in love with professional golfer Ryo Iwahara (Yukihisa Tamura).

“Kiss Dekiru Gyoza” will be released sometime next year in Japan.

Jul 24 2017

Poster and trailer for live-action film “Love and Lies”

Poster and trailer added for upcoming live-action film “Love and Lies” starring Aoi Morikawa, Takumi Kitamura & Kanta Sato. Movie is based on manga “Koi to Uso” by Musawo and directed by Takeshi Furusawa. Story for the film is set in the near future where the Japanese government implements a program to increase the country’s birth rate by assigning marriage partners to teens who turn 16. A high school student played by Aoi Morikawa is selected to marry high school student played by Kanta Sato, but she has feelings for her childhood friend played by Takumi Kitamura.

The main trailer features theme song “Hello” by singer-songwriter Shogo Sakamoto. The song is a cover tune originally released by Masaharu Fukuyama in 1995.


Jul 24 2017

Rio Uchida cast in live-action Fuji TV drama “Meals Shogi Player Loved”

Rio Uchida is cast in upcoming live-action Fuji TV drama “Meals Shogi Player Loved.” The drama series is based on manga “Shogi Meshi” by Nagisa Matsumoto, with screenplay adaptation handled by Yoriko Kodama. In the drama series, Rio Uchida will play main character Nayuta Toge. She is professional shogi player and her matches usually last for about 10 hours. Nayuta Toge also carefully thinks about what her meals will be during the breaks in her matches.

“Meals Shogi Player Loved” streams on FOD (Fuji TV On Demand) beginning July 31, 2017 and airs on Fuji TV beginning August 2, 2017 in Japan.


Jul 24 2017

Yuriko Yoshitaka cast in movie “Criminal for the Prosecution”

Yuriko Yoshitaka is cast in movie “Criminal for the Prosecution” starring Takuya Kimura and Kazunari Ninomiya. For the film, Yuriko Yoshitaka will play lead female character Saho Tachibana. Her character works for the prosecution administrative office. Movie is based on 2013 novel “Kensatsugawa no Zainin” by Shusuke Shizukui and directed by Masato Harada.

In addition, “Criminal for the Prosecution” has cast these actors in supporting roles: Yutaka Matsushige, Takehiro Hira, Norito Yashima, Koji Ookura, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Yajima, Takuma Otoo, Midoriko Kimura,
Sei Ashina, and Hirona Yamazaki.

Filming for “Criminal for the Prosecution” began July 12, 2017 and will finish during the early part of September, 2017.