Mar 6 2018

Hidetoshi Nishijima and Kuranosuke Sasaki cast in live-action film “Aircraft Carrier Ibuki”

Hidetoshi Nishijima and Kuranosuke Sasaki are cast in live-action film “Aircraft Carrier Ibuki” (literal title). The movie is based on manga “Kuubo Ibuki” by Kaiji Kawaguchi and directed by Setsuro Wakamatsu. Story for “Aircraft Carrier Ibuki” takes place over a 24 hour period with a group of fishing boats in the southernmost part of Japan firing upon and occupying parts of the Hateruma archipelago. The Japanese government sends in the Aircraft Carrier Ibuki in response. Hidetoshi Nishijima will play Ryota Akitsu. He is the captain of the Aircraft Carrier Ibuki. Kuranosuke Sasaki will play second-in-command Toshiya Niinami.

Filming for “Aircraft Carrier Ibuki” begins March, 2018 and the movie will be released sometime next year in Japan.

Mar 6 2018

“Welcome to Waikiki” extended from 16 to 20 episodes

Currently airing JTBC drama series “Welcome to Waikiki” has been extended from its originally planned 16 episodes to 20 episodes. The drama series has become popular with its fun story line following three men who run a guest house in Itaewon. Main cast members of Kim Jung-Hyun, Lee Yi-Kyung, Son Seung-Won, Jung In-Sun, Go Won-Hee and Lee Joo-Woo were relatively unknown prior to “Welcome to Waikiki.”

Meanwhile, “Welcome to Waikiki” will delay airing ep.11 and ep.12 from March 12th and March 13th to March 19th and March 20th respectively. The one week delay is to give the staff and cast members more time to complete filming. On March 12th and March 13th, JTBC will air a special behind the scenes of “Welcome to Waikiki” with behind the scenes footage and commentary by the performers.

Mar 5 2018

Lee Dong-Gun cast in JTBC drama series “Sketch”

Lee Dong-Gun is cast for the second lead male role in JTBC drama series “Sketch” starring Rain. In the drama series, Lee Dong-Gun will play Kim Do-Jin. He is a special forces member. Casting for the lead female role has yet to be announced, though Hwang Jung-Eum was first offered the lead female role and declined. This is Lee Dong-Gun’s first acting role since his wife Jo Yoon-Hee gave birth to their first child on December 14, 2017.

“Sketch” will first around around May, 2018 in South Korea.

Mar 5 2018

Takeru Satoh cast in movie “Million Dollar Man”

Takeru Satoh is cast for the lead role in movie “Million Dollar Man.” Also cast in supporting roles are Issei Takahashi, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kazuki Kitamura, Erika Sawajiri and Elaiza Ikeda. The film is based on movie producer Genki Kawamura second published novel “Oku Otoko.” His first novel “Sekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara” was adapted into 2016 movie “If Cats Disappeared From the World” which also starred Takeru Satoh. Story for “Million Dollar Man” follows a young man (Takeru Satoh) desperate for money and he wins the lottery, but his friend (Issei Takahashi) then steals his money. Movie is directed by Keishi Ohtomo (“Rurouni Kenshin“).

“Million Dollar Man” will be released October 19, 2018 in Japan.

Mar 4 2018

Anne Nakamura, Yuki Furukawa and Ryohei Otani cast in NTV live-action drama series “Love Rerun”

Anne Nakamura, Yuki Furukawa and Ryohei Otani are cast in NTV live-action drama series “Love Rerun.” The drama series is based on manga “Love Rerun” by Aki Amasawa. For the drama series, Anne Nakamura will play main character Sayaka Minami. She is 30 years old, but has not experienced love due to years of having unrequited love for Ryosuke Sagisawa (Ryohei Otani). One morning, she wakes up in the bed of a co-worker (Yuki Furukawa) she barely knows. He tells her that they are dating and they live together. Apparently,  Sayaka Minami has memory loss.

“Love Rerun” first airs April 5, 2018 in Japan.

Mar 2 2018

Teaser trailer for JTBC drama series “Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food”

First teaser traielr added for JTBC drama series “Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food” (literal title) starring Son Ye-Jin and Jung Hae-In. The voice over in the teaser trailer is of Jung Hae-In and he asks ” … older sister, if I ask you to buy me food tomorrow, will you buy me food?” The catchy song playing in the teaser trailer is cover song “Stand By Your Man” by Carla Bruni. Meanwhile, still images above and below is of Son Ye-Jin and Jung Hae-In together in the drama series.

“Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food” first airs March 30, 2018.

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Mar 2 2018

Aya Ueto cast in TV Tokyo drama special “Midnight Journal”

Aya Ueto is cast for the TV drama special “Midnight Journal” co-starring Yutaka Takenouchi. Drama special is based on novel 2016 novel “Midnight Journal” by Masato Honjo. In “Midnight Journal,” Aya Ueto will play newspaper reporter Yuri Fujise. 7 years earlier, she worked on a serial murder case with fellow reporter Gotaro Sekiguchi (Yutaka Takenouchi), but they made a mistake a report which caused them to be reprimanded. When two more kidnappings take place, they work together to uncover the truth.

“Midnight Journal” will first air March 30, 2018.

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Mar 2 2018

Trailer for movie “A Tiger in Winter”

Trailer for movie “A Tiger in Winter” starring Lee Jin-Wook and Ko Hyun-Jung. The pair were starring in currently airing SBS drama series “Return” before Ko Hyun-Jung left the series due to disagreements with the staff from that drama series. Movie “A Tiger in Winter” is written and directed by Lee Kwang-Kuk who has worked apprenticed under Hong Sang-Soo for several of his films and this is Lee Kwang-Kuk’s third directed feature length film.

“A Tiger in Winter” opens sometime this April in South Korea.

Mar 2 2018

Character posters and supporting cast for movie “Gyoza You Can Kiss”

Here’s two character posters for upcoming movie “Gyoza You Can Kiss” (“Kisu Dekiru Gyoza”). The character posters are of main characters Yoko Fujita (Rika Adachi) and Ryo Iwahara (Yukihisa Tamura from ‘Boys and Men’). The film follows a young woman as she attempts to revive her family’s gyoza restaurant.  Also newly announced supporting actors are Hinako Sano, Hiroki Nakajima, Rin Furukawa, Goro Oishi, Yuhi (‘Boys and Men’), Kazuyuki Asano and Yumi Asou.

Release date for “Gyoza You Can Kiss” is now set for June 22, 2018 in Japan.

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