Nov 9 2019

Haru cast in NHK drama series “Ru: Taiwan Express”

Haru is cast in 3 episode NHK drama series “Ru: Taiwan Express.” The drama series is based on 2012 novel “Ru” by Shuichi Yoshida (“Villain“). Production is shared between Japan and Taiwan. For the drama series, Haru will play Haruka Tada. She is assigned to work in Taiwan after last visiting the country 6 years earlier. Back then she met a Taiwanese man Eric, but lost contact wit him.

“Ru: Taiwan Express” will air May, 2020 in Japan.

Nov 9 2019

Teaser trailer #2 for JTBC drama series “Chocolate”

Teaser trailer #2 added for JTBC drama series “Chocolate” starring Yoon Kye-Sang and Ha Ji-Won. Teaser trailer #2 starts off with the Yoon Kye-Sang’s voice stating in Korean “I thought that I would have been able to save (her)…” Around the 13 second mark, Ha Ji-Won states “I began to wonder about him.” Meanwhile, below are still images of Yoon Kye-Sang and Ha Ji-Won from the drama series.

“Chocolate” first airs November 29, 2019 in South Korea.

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Nov 8 2019

Teaser trailer for movie “Mask Ward”

Teaser trailer added for movie “Mask Ward” (literal title) starring Kentaro Sakaguchi & Mei Nagano. Movie is based on 2014 novel “Kamen Byoto” by Mikito Chinen and directed by Hisashi Kimura (“Ninkyo Gakuen“). In addition four new supporting cast members has been announced for the film: Rio Uchida, Noriko Eguchi, Ryohei Otani, and Masanobu Takashima.  Rio Uchida and Noriko Eguchi will play nurses at the nursing hospital where a masked intruder takes them hostage. Ryohei Otani will play Doctor Tsukasa Kosakai and Masanobu Takashima will play Hospital Director Tadokoro.

“Mask Ward” will be released March 6, 2020 in Japan.

Nov 8 2019

Teaser trailer & poster for movie “Hokusai”

Teaser trailer and poster added for movie “Hokusai” starring Yuya Yagira, Min Tanaka and Hiroshi Abe. The film is based on the life of painter Hokusai Katsushika, known best for his landscape prints “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.” Caption on the teaser poster states in Japanese “Madness that stays on the brush.”

“Hokusai” will be released summer, 2020 in Japan.

Nov 8 2019

Teaser trailer for movie “Baekdu Mountain”

First teaser trailer for disaster film “Baekdu Mountain” starring Lee Byung-Hun, Ha Jung-Woo, Ma Dong-Seok, Jeon Hye-Jin and Bae Suzy. The film is co-directed by Lee Hae-Jun (“Castaway on the Moon“) and Kim Byung-Seo (“Cold Eyes“). The film revolves around volcano eruptions on Baekdu Mountain which threatens the Korean peninsula. Around the 9 second mark of the teaser trailer, a voice states in Korean “Breaking news. A volcano on Baekdu Mountain erupted.” Below is the movie’s “Launching” teaser poster.

“Baekdu Mountain” will be released sometime this December in South Korea.

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Nov 7 2019

Teaser trailer & character posters for MBC drama series “Love With Flaws”

Teaser trailer and 5 character posters added for MBC drama series “Love With Flaws” starring Oh Yeon-Seo & Ahn Jae-Hyeon. The five character posters above are of Oh Yeon-Seo as Joo Seo-Yeon, Ahn Jae-Hyeon as Lee Kang-Woo, Gu Won as Lee Min-Hyeok, Kim Seul-Gi as Kim Mi-Kyung, and Heo Jeong-Min as Park Hyun-Soo. The first teaser trailer has Oh Yeon-Seo and Ahn Jae-Hyeon playing around in a colorful field, when Ahn Jae-Hyeon experiences stomach discomfort. Below are still images from the drama series.

“Love With Flaws” will first air November 27, 2019 in South Korea.

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Nov 7 2019

Teaser poster for movie “Forbidden Dream”

First teaser poster added for movie “Forbidden Dream” starring Choi Min-Sik & Han Suk-Kyu. Movie is directed by Hur Jin-Ho. This is the third film starring Choi Min-Sik & Han Suk-Kyu following 1997 film “No. 3” and 1999 film “Shiri.” Director Hur Jin-Ho and Han Suk-Kyu previously worked together in 1998 film “Christmas in August.” Movie “Forbidden Dream” is a period film and based on the true story of King Sejong (Han Suk-Kyu) and inventor Jang Yeong-Sil (Choi Min-Sik). Caption on the “launching” teaser poster states in Korean “Two geniuses of Joseon, King Sejong and Jang Yeong-Sil.”

“Forbidden Dream” is now scheduled for release December, 2019 in South Korea.

Nov 7 2019

Keiko Kitagawa cast in mystery film “First Love”

Keiko Kitagawa is cast in mystery film “First Love.” The film is based on novel “First Love” by Rio Shimamoto. This is Rio Shimamoto’s third novel to be adapted into a feature film, following 2017 movie “Narratage” and 2020 movie “Red.” Her novel “First Love” is the winner of the 159th Naoki Prize. Popular movie director Yukihiko Tsutsumi (“Trick: The Movie“) will helm the movie version. For the film, Keiko Kitagawa will play psychologist Yuki Makabe. She researches into a case where a university student girl murdered her father. Filming for “First Love” began October, 2019 and finishes mid-November, 2019. Shooting takes place in the Kanto area of Japan.

“First Love” will be released sometime during 2021 in Japan.