First script reading for drama series “Tale of Gyeryong Fairy” (literal title), starring Moon Chae-Won and Yoon Hyun-Min, took place May 27, 2018 in Sangamdong, Seoul, South Korea. Main cast members including Moon Chae-Won, Yoon Hyun-Min, Seo Ji-Hoon, Ko Du-Shim, Kang Mi-Na (‘Gugudan’) and Ahn Kil-Kang attended. In the drama series, Moon Chae-Won and Ko Du-Shim will play the same character of Sun Ok-Nam. People who have a relationship with Sun Ok-Nam sees Moon Chae-Won’s figure and people who do not have a relationship sees Ko Du-Shim’s figure.
Filming of the drama series begins June 11, 2018, but the airing broadcast station has yet to be decided.
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Shun Oguri is cast in live-action film “Hibiki” starring Yurina Hirate (‘Keyakizaka46’). The movie is based on manga “Hibiki: Shousetsuka ni Naru Houhou” by Mitsuharu Yanamoto and directed by Sho Tsukikawa. For “Hibiki,” Shun Oguri will play Shunpei Yamamoto. He is a novelist and aspires to win the Akutagawa Prize.
Filming for “Hibiki” finished June 1, 2018 and the movie will be released September 14, 2018 in Japan.
Lee Seung-Gi and Bae Suzy are cast in new SBS drama series “Vagabond.” The duo will play lead roles and its the first time the pair has worked together since 2013 MBC drama series “Gu Family Book.” The first script reading for the drama series took place on June 2, 2018. “Vagabond” hopes to broadcast in South Korea, Japan and the United States simultaneously with Sony Pictures as its foreign distributor.
“Vagabond” will air sometime in the second half of this year in South Korea.
Keiko Kitagawa is cast in movie “Smartphone o Otoshita dake nanoni.” The movie is based on 2017 novel “Sumaho o Otoshita dake” by Akira Shiga and directed by Hideo Nakata. Story for “Smartphone o Otoshita dake nanoni” depicts a nightmare scenario when a smartphone is lost and then found by an unscrupulous individual. Filming for “Smartphone o Otoshita dake nanoni” began June 1, 2018 and finishes July 5, 2018.
“Smartphone o Otoshita dake nanoni” will be released November 2, 2018 in Japan.
First script reading for MBC drama series “Risky Romance” took place May 3, 2018 at MBC Broadcasting Station in Sangam, South Korea. Main cast members including Ji Hyun-Woo, Lee Si-Young, Kim Jin-Yeop, Bae Seul-Ki and Shin Won-Ho (‘CROSS GENE’) attended. The drama series follows the romance between a neurosurgeon played by Ji Hyun-Woo and an endocrinology doctor played by Lee Si-Young.
“Risky Romance” first airs July, 2018 in South Korea.
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Park Si-Ho and Song Ji-Hyo are now cast in KBS2 drama series “Lovely Horribly.” The drama series features a mixture romantic-comedy and horror. For the drama series, Park Si-Hoo will play top star Yoo Philip and Song Ji-Hyo will play screenwriter Ji Eul-Soon. They were born at the same time and seem to share fate.
“Lovely Horribly” first airs August, 2018 in South Korea (takes over KBS2’s Monday and Tuesday 10PM time slot after “Are You Human?“).
Juri Ueno and Naohito Fujiki are cast in Fuji TV drama series “Good Doctor” starring Kento Yamazaki. The drama series is a remake of 2013 KBS2 drama series “Good Doctor” starring Joo Won and Moon Chae-Won. Also cast in supporting roles are Shigeyuki Totsugi, Yuri Nakamura, Kenta Hamano, Itsuji Itao, and Akira Emoto.
In drama series “Good Doctor,” Juri Ueno will play Natsumi Seto. She is a pediatric surgeon with a kind disposition. Naohito Fujiki will play Seiji Takayama. He also works as a pediatric surgeon and has an excellent reputation.
“Good Doctor” first airs July 12, 2018 in Japan.
Song Seung-Heon and Krystal are now cast for lead roles in new OCN drama series “Player.” The drama series first had the working title of “Hustle” and then “Pan,” before selecting “Player.” For the drama series Song Seung-Heon will play Kang Ha-Ri and Krystal will play Cha A-Ryeong. They are members of a team intent on taking back ill gotten crime proceeds from criminals.
“Player” is now scheduled to air sometime during the second half of this year (will take over OCN’s Saturday and Sunday 10:20 PM time slot after “Voice 2“).
Teaser trailer for movie “Cafe Funiculi Funicula” starring Kasumi Arimura. Movie is based on novel “Coffee ga Samenai Uchi ni” by Toshikazu Kawaguchi and directed by Ayuko Tsukahara. Movie “Cafe Funiculi Funicula” is set at a cafe where one special seat allows customers to travel back in time.
“Cafe Funiculi Funicula” will be released September 21, 2018 in Japan.
Shuhei Nomura & Yurina Yanagi are cast in movie “Junpei, Think Again” (literal title). The film is based on 2011 novel “Junpei, Kangaenaose” by Hideo Okuda and directed by Toshiyuki Morioka. Other novels by Hideo Okuda that were adapted into films and drama series include “South Bound” and “Dr. Irabu, the Mental Specialist.” In the film Shuhei Nomura will play low level yakuza Junpei Sakamoto. He is tasked to kill a high ranking yakuza from a rival group. He then meets an OL played by Yurina Yanagi.
“Junpei, Think Again” will be released September 22, 2018 in Japan.