Dec 3 2019

Main trailer & poster for movie “Forbidden Dream”

Main trailer and poster for movie “Forbidden Dream” starring Choi Min-Sik & Han Suk-Kyu. The main trailer begins with Han Suk-Kyu’s voice as King Sejong and he states in Korean “You made time for Joseon and open the sky of Joseon.” He is referring to historical figure Jang Yeong-Sil played by Choi Min-Sik. The film reunites Choi Min-Sik and Han Suk-Kyu, who last appeared together 20 years ago in action blockbuster film “Shiri.”

“Forbidden Dream” will be released sometime this December in South Korea.

Dec 3 2019

Mizuki Yamamoto cast for in NTV-YTV drama series “Lunch Matchmaking Private Detective”

Mizuki Yamamoto is cast for the lead role in NTV-YTV drama series “Lunch Matchmaking Private Detective” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2014 novel “Kiroi Jou” by Hiromi Mizuki. Also cast in major supporting character roles are Reina Triendl, Yuichi Kimura and Toshiki Seto. For the drama series, Mizuki Yamamoto cut her hair 35 cm. (14 in.) to play the main character of Yuika Amano. She’s an amateur sleuth who tries to solve mysteries during matchmaking luncheons.

“Lunch Matchmaking Private Detective” will consist of 10 episodes and first airs January 9, 2020 in Japan (takes over NTV-YTV’s Friday midnight time slot after “Trap the Con Man“).

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Dec 3 2019

First script reading for tvN drama series “Wise Doctor Life”

First script reading for tvN drama series “Wise Doctor Life” (literal title) took place recently in South Korea. Main cast members including Cho Jung-Seok, Kim Dae-Myung, Jung Kyoung-Ho, Yoo Yeon-Seok, Jeon Mi-Do, Kim Hae-Sook, Shin Hyun-Bin, Jung Moon-Sung, Kim Joon-Han, Kim Soo-Jin, and Ahn Eun-Jin all attended. Prior to the first script reading announcement, Kim Dae-Myung, Jung Kyoung-Ho, Yoo Yeon-Seok and Jeon Mi-Do were all considering offers to play characters in the drama series and they are now cast in the drama series. In the drama series, Cho Jung-Seok, Kim Dae-Myung, Jung Kyoung-Ho, Yoo Yeon-Seok and Jeon Mi-Do play characters who all entered the same medical university in 199. They are all friends and work together in the same hospital. The drama series is directed by Shin Won-Ho and scripted by Lee Woo-Jung who worked together in “Reply 1997,” “Reply 1994” and “Reply 1988.”

“Wise Doctor Life” first airs sometime next year in South Korea.

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Dec 2 2019

Yuriko Yoshitaka cast in NTV drama series “No Need To Know”

Yuriko Yoshitaka is cast in new NTV drama series “No Need To Know” (literal title of “Shiranakute Ii Koto”). The drama series features an original screenplay by Renpei Tsukamoto (“Bento Harassment“) and directed by Shunsuke Kariyama (“Humanoid Monster, Bem“). For the drama series Yuriko Yoshitaka plays reporter Keito Makabe. She gets a clue about her father from her mother, right before she passes away.

Plot synopsis from AsianWiki: Keito (Yuriko Yoshitaka) is a reporter for a weekly magazine. The magazine covers everything from corruption by politicians to entertainers’ scandals. She watches out for the next big scoop. Keito is also rich and enjoys her work, as well as her love life. One day, Keito’s mother suddenly dies. Anna was a single mother who raised Keito alone. She worked as a movie critic. Right before her death, Anna mentioned something about Keito’s father. The name she mentioned is that of a Hollywood star.

“No Need To Know” will first air January 8, 2020 in Japan.

Dec 2 2019

Teaser 3 & main poster for TV Chosun drama series “Selection: The War Between Women”

Teaser 3 & main poster added for TV Chosun drama series “Selection: The War Between Women” (literal title) starring Jin Se-Yun & Kim Min-Kyu. At the 48 second mark of teaser trailer #3, Jin Se-Yun states in Korean “You told me that I had the same face as the dead queen.” At 51 second mark, Eom Hyo-Seop asks “Have you made up your mind?” Lastly, at the 55 second mark Jin Se-Yun states “I will become the queen.”

“Selection: The War Between Women” first airs December 14, 2019 in South Korea.

Dec 2 2019

Mana Ashida cast in movie “Child of the Stars”

Mana Ashida is cast for the lead role in movie “Child of the Stars” (literal title). The film is based on 2017 novel “Hoshi no Ko” by Natsuko Imamura and directed by Tatsushi Omori (“Tada’s Do-It-All House“). For the film, Mana Ashida will play young teen Chihiro.

Plot synopsis from AsianWiki: When Chihiro (Mana Ashida) was a baby, she suffered from eczema. Her parents tried to find a cure, but nothing worked. Her father’s co-worker then gave him some water from a strange religious group. Chihiro was miraculously cured by the water. Her parents began to follow the strange religion and became fervent followers. Chihiro is now in the 3rd grade of middle school and she faces changes in her life.

Filming for “Child of the Stars” takes place from December, 2019 to January, 2020. “Child of the Stars” is expected to be released sometime later in 2020.

Dec 2 2019

Posters & release date for movie “Ashfall”

Main poster and release date added for movie “Ashfall” starring Lee Byung-Hun & Ha Jung-Woo. The movie’s official release date is now set for December 19, 2019 in South Korea. Caption on the main poster states in Korean “Must prevent the last eruption.” The film falls squarely in the disaster film genre which is a popular choice for release around the holiday season for some reason. Meanwhile, below are also five character posters for the movie. The character posters are of Lee Byung-Hun as Lee Joon-Pyeong, Ha Jung-Woo as  Jo In-Chang, Ma Dong-Seok as Kang Bong-Rae, Jeon Hye-Jin as Jeon Yoo-Kyung and Bae Suzy as Choi Ji-Young.

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Dec 2 2019

Jiro Sato cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Super Radical Gag Family”

Jiro Sato is cast in TV Tokyo live-action drama series “Super Radical Gag Family.” The drama series is based on manga series “Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku” by Kenji Hamaoka. Toichiro Ruto (“Ossan’s Love“) will direct the drama series and the screenplay adaptation will be handled by Makoto Ueda (“Summer Time Machine Blues“). For “Super Radical Gag Family,” Jiro Sato will play Daitetsu Osawagi.

Plot synopsis from AsianWiki: Set in Urayasu City, Japan.The Osawagai family, including father Daitetsu (Jiro Sato), reside in Urayasu that’s located near Tokyo. The family causes an assortment of troubles, which also affects their neighbors.

“Super Radical Gag Family” will first air April, 2020 in Japan (takes over TV Tokyo’s Friday 24:12 time slot after “Kotaki Brothers and Shikuhakku.”).

Dec 2 2019

Ep.1 air date set for Channel A drama series “Touch”

Ep.1 air date for Channel A drama series “Touch,” starring Joo Sang-Wook & Kim Bo-Ra, is now set for January 3, 2020 in South Korea. Meanwhile, below are the first still images of Joo Sang-Wook and Kim Bo-Ra appearing together in the drama series. Joo Sang-Wook plays make-up artist Cha Jung-Hyeok and Kim Bo-Ra plays make-up artist assistant Han Soo-Yeon.

“Touch” will appear on Channel A’s Friday & Saturday 11PM time slot from January 3, 2020.

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