Yudai Chiba is cast for the lead role in NHK drama series “The Sunflower on the Shogi Board” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2017 novel “Banjo no Himawari” by Yuko Yuzuki (“The Blood of Wolves“). Also cast in supporting roles are Misako Renbutsu, Kohei Otomo, Naoto Takenaka, Akira Emoto and Kiyohiko Shibukawa. The drama series is a crime-mystery story with the central figure being shogi player Keisuke Kamijo (Yudai Chiba). Ryuichi Honda (“GS Wonderland“) will direct the drama series.
Filming for “The Sunflower on the Shogi Board” will begin mid-July, 2019 and finish late-August, 2019. The drama series will consist of 4 episodes and will first air September 8, 2019.