Jul 9 2020

Anna Yamada and Mayu Yamaguchi cast in horror film “Suicide Forest Village”

Anna Yamada and Mayu Yamaguchi are cast in horror film “Suicide Forest Village.” The film follows 2020 movie “Howling Village” which also deals with a village known for cult activity. Both films are scripted & directed by Takashi Shimizu (“Ju-on“). Filming for the movie will begin July 11, 2020. Above and below are three international promotional visuals for the upcoming movie.

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Jul 9 2020

Sosuke Ikematsu, Joe Odagiri, & Choi Hee-Seo cast in movie “Angel of Asia”

Sosuke Ikematsu, Joe Odagiri, and Choi Hee-Seo are cast in movie “Angel of Asia” (literal title of “Asia no Tenshi”). The film is written and directed by Yuya Ishii. Filming for the movie was done entirely in South Korea from February to March, 2020. “Angel of Asia” is expected to be released spring, 2021 in South Korea and sometime during 2021 in Japan. Sosuke Ikematsu will play Takeshi Aoki, Joe Odagiri will play his older brother who lives in South Korea, and Choi Hee-Seo will play Choi Seol.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Takeshi Aoki (Sosuke Ikematsu) lives with his 8 years old son Manabu. His wife died from an illness. He has an older brother (Joe Odagiri), but they became estranged. Takeshi Aoki and his son Manabu travel to Seoul, South Korea where his older brother lives. His older brother is not doing well at all, unlike Takeshi’s expectation. His older brother practically lives from hand to mouth. Even though Takeshi is unable to speak Korean, he needs to help his brother’s work, which is to import and sell cosmetics of dubious quality.

Meanwhile, Choi Seol (Choi Hee-Seo) sings a song on the stage at a traditional market, which nobody listens to. Due to the CEO of her management agency, she is unable to sing her own song. She also has problems with her older brother and younger sister.

Takeshi and his older brother get involved with Choi Seol.

Jul 9 2020

Main poster for tvN drama series “Stranger 2”

Main poster added for tvN drama series “Stranger 2” starring Cho Seung-Woo & Bae Doo-Na. Caption on the main poster states “The one who wants silence. Everyone is an accomplice.” Appearing on the poster are Cho Seung-Woo, Bae Doo-Na, Jeon Hye-Jin, Choi Moo-Sung, Lee Joon-Hyuk, and Yoon Se-Ah. The drama series is a sequel to 2017 tvN drama series “Stranger,” with the script having the prosecutor’s office and the police on opposing sides. Prosecutor Hwang Shi-Mok (Cho Seung-Woo) and Detective Han Yeo-Jin (Bae Doo-Na) work together to solve a case.

“Stranger 2” first airs August, 2020 in South Korea.

Jul 9 2020

Trailer & poster for movie “Your Eyes Tell”

Main trailer and poster added for movie “Your Eyes Tell” starring Yuriko Yoshitaka and Ryusei Yokohama. The movie is a remake of 2011 South Korean film “Always” starring So Ji-Sub and Han Hyo-Joo. Meanwhile, the movie’s theme song has been revealed which is “Your Eyes Tell” by popular boy band BTS. Jeon Jung-Kook, the youngest member of BTS, was touched by the film and participating in composing the song as well. “Your Eyes Tell” is also included on their next Japanese album “Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~” which drops July 15, 2020.

Movie “Your Eyes Tell” will be released October 23, 2020 in Japan.

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Jul 8 2020

Koji Yakusho cast in movie “Under The Open Sky”

Koji Yakusho is cast in movie “Under The Open Sky.” The film is based on 1990 novel “Mibuncho” by Ryuzo Saki (“Vengeance Is Mine“) and directed by Miwa Nishikawa (“Sway“). The film has also cast Taiga NakanoIsao HashizumeMeiko KajiSeiji RokkakuYukiya KitamuraMasami Nagasawa, and Narumi Yasuda for supporting roles. Koji Yakusho will play main character Masao Mikami for the upcoming movie. He tries to adapt to life after serving a 13 year prison sentence. He becomes involved in a TV program about his life.

“Under The Open Sky” will be released sometime during spring, 2021 in Japan.

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Jul 8 2020

Haru & Kyoka Suzuki cast in TV Asahi drama “Women Document Detectives Season 2”

Haru and Kyoka Suzuki are cast in TV Asahi drama series “Women Document Detectives Season 2.” The two women will reprise their detectives roles from 2018 drama series “Women Document Detectives.” Also cast in the drama series for supporting roles are: Ikki SawamuraAsuka KudoTakaya YamauchiJunji Takada and Kenichi Endo. All five of these actors will also reprise their roles from the first season.

“Women Document Detectives Season 2” will first air August 6, 2020 in Japan (takes over TV Asahi’s Thursday 9PM time slot after “BG: Personal Bodyguard Season 2.”).

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Jul 8 2020

Ji Jin-Hee & Kim Hyun-Joo cast in JTBC drama “Undercover”

Ji Jin-Hee and Kim Hyun-Joo are cast in JTBC drama series “Undercover.” The drama series is a remake of BBC One television series “Undercover” starring Sophie Okonedo & Adrian Lester. For Ji Jin-Hee and Kim Hyun-Joo, the duo previously starred together in 2015 SBS drama series “I Have a Lover.”

“Undercover” will first air sometime during the first half of 2021 in South Korea.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Han Jung-Hyun (Ji Jin-Hee) is an agent of the NIS (National Intelligence Service). While he studied at the police university, he was selected by the NIS. He then worked on a top secret case and he met Choi Yeon-Soo (Kim Hyun-Joo). Using his alias, he fell in love with her and they eventually married. Meanwhile, Choi Yeon-Soo works as a civil-rights lawyer who seeks justice and the truth. She is nominated for the Chief of the Civil Servant Corruption Investigation Unit. Because of her nomination, her husband’s true identity becomes involved in an uncontrollable situation.

Jul 8 2020

Hiroshi Tamaki cast in NTV-YTV drama “The Way of the Househusband”

Hiroshi Tamaki is cast in NTV-YTV drama series “The Way of the Househusband.” The drama series is based on webcomic series “Gokushufudo” by Kousuke Oono. For the drama series, Hiroshi Tamaki will play main character Tatsu. He was once a feared yakuza, but he is now a busy househusband.

“The Way of the Househusband” will first air October, 2020 in Japan (takes over NTV’s Sunday 10:30 PM time slot after “Doting Parent Youth White Paper.”).

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Tatsu (Hiroshi Tamaki) is 38 years old. He was once a legendary yakuza and was known as “Immortal Dragon” because he was so feared. He quit the yakuza and married Miku. Tatsu then became a househusband. He buries himself in housework.

Jul 7 2020

Trailer for movie “Ninzu no Machi”

Trailer added for movie “Ninzu no Machi” starring Tomoya Nakamura. The film is written and directed by first time feature film director Shinji Araki.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Aoyama (Tomoya Nakamura) is harassed over debts. He arrives in a mysterious town. People can enter the town freely, but they can not leave. The town provides the basic necessities of life, including food, clothing and a place to live. The people there can indulge in pleasures everyday. By communicating with the people, Aoyama approaches the mystery of the town.

“Ninzu no Machi” will be released September 4, 2020 in Japan.

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