Mao Inoue is cast in NHK drama series “Boy Torajiro” (literal title). The drama series is based on novel “Warugaki Shosetsu Torajiro no Kokuhaku” by Yoji Yamada. The drama series will cover the first 14 years in the life of famous fictional character Torajiro Kuruma. He is the main character in the “Tora-san” series of films directed by Yoji Yamada. In the drama series, Mao Inoue will play Mitsuko Kuruma. She is the mother of Torajiro Kuruma. Also cast in the drama series are Katsuya Maiguma, Yuki Izumisawa, Yukino Kishii and Kanji Ishimaru.
“Boy Torajiro” first airs October 19, 2019 in Japan (takes over NHK’s Saturdays 21:00 time slot after “Heron Detective“).
Teaser trailer #2 and two teaser posters for KBS2 drama series “I Wanna Hear Your Song” starring Yeon Woo-Jin and Kim Se-Jeong. Teaser trailer #2 still has Hong Yi-Young (Kim Se-Jeong) struggling to fall asleep. She then receives a phone call from a man (Yeon Woo-Jin) who asks “Would you like me to sing a song?”
Meanwhile, above and below are two teaser posters for the upcoming drama series. Caption on the first poster asks in Korean “Evening call? This man … who is he?” Caption on the second poster states “One sheep.. two sheep .. please somebody put me to sleep!”
“I Wanna Hear Your Song” will first air August 5, 2019 in South Korea.
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Kento Yamazaki & Mayu Matsuoka are cast in romance film “Theater” (literal title). The movie is directed by Isao Yukisada and based on 2017 novel “Gekijo” by actor-writer Naoki Matayoshi (“Spark“). In the film Kento Yamazaki plays a theater writer/director Nagata. He falls in love with a woman he meets on the street played by Mayu Matsuoka. Filming for “Theater” began early June, 2019 in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, Japan and is still ongoing.
“Theater” will be released sometime in 2020.
Jo Yoon-Hee & Yoon Park are cast for leading roles in KBS2 weekend drama series “Beautiful Love Wonderful Life” (literal title). Oh Min-Suk and Jo Woo-Ri are also cast for major supporting character roles. In the drama series Jo Yoon-Hee will play a housewife. Yoon Park will play a chef. His younger sister (Jo Woo-Ri) works as a secretary for the husband (Oh Min-Suk) of Jo Yoon-Hee’s character.
“Beautiful Love Wonderful Life” first airs September, 2019 in South Korea (takes over KBS2’s Saturday & Sunday 19:55 after “Mother of Mine“).
Ep.1-2 trailer added for SBS drama series “Doctor John” starring Ji Sung, Lee Se-Young and Lee Kyu-Hyung. Meanwhile, above and below are three character posters from the upcoming drama series. Featured on the posters are Ji Sung as Cha Yo-Han, Lee Se-Young as Kang Shi-Young and Lee Kyu-Hyung as Son Seok-Ki. Below those three is a teaser poster for the drama series.
“Doctor John” first airs July 19, 2019 in South Korea.
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Cho Jung-Seok is cast in tvN drama series “Wise Doctor Life” (literal title). Cho Jung-Seok will play a co-lead male role in the drama series. Actors Yoo Yeon-Seok and Kim Dae-Myung have received offers to play co-lead male roles and they are both currently “positively considering” their offers. All presumably will play doctors.
Cho Jung-Seok held interviews with various Korean media today, July 15, 2019 and he confirmed that he will appear in “Wise Doctor Life.” Cho Jung-Seok mentioned his fondness for the “Reply” drama series that was directed by Shin Won-Ho and scripted by Lee Woo-Jung. Both Shin Won-Ho and Lee Woo-Jung are also working on “Wise Doctor Life.” Cho Jung-Seok mentioned he hasn’t even seen the script yet for “Wise Doctor Life,” but he wanted to work with director Shin Won-Ho and screenwriter Lee Woo-Jung. After he completes promotional duties for upcoming film “Exit,” he will meet with director Shin Won-Ho and screenwriter Lee Woo-Jung.
“Wise Doctor Life” will first air sometime in the second half of this year in South Korea.
Seo Ji-Suk is cast in currently airing TV Chosun drama series “Joseon Survival.” Seo Ji-Suk will replace Kang Ji-Hwan and play the main character Han Jung-Rok. Seo Ji-Suk will appear in from ep.11, which is scheduled to air July 27, 2019. Kang Ji-Hwan was accused by two women of rape and sexual molestation which led to his departure from the drama series.
Trailer and main poster added for movie “Honeybees and Distant Thunder” (literal title) starring Mayu Matsuoka, , Tori Matsuzaka, Win Morisaki and Oji Suzuka. Caption on the main poster below asks in Japanese “I wonder, am I still loved by the music God?” Movie is based on 2016 novel “Mitsubachi to Enrai” by Riku Onda and directed by Kei Ishikawa.
“Honeybees and Distant Thunder” will be released October 4, 2019 in Japan.
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Kim Jung-Hyun is cast in tvN drama series “Love’s Emergency Landing” starring Hyun-Bin, Son Ye-Jin & Seo Ji-Hye. For the drama series, Kim Jung-Hyun will play Koo Joon-Hee. His character is a businessman and he is handsome, rich and smart. He suddenly disappears though. This will be Kim Jung-Hyun’s first acting role since he dropped out of 2018 MBC drama series “The Time” for health reasons.
“Love’s Emergency Landing” will first air sometime during the second half of this year in South Korea.
Shori Sato (‘Sexy Zone’) and Kaito Takahashi (‘King & Prince’) are cast in movie “Black School Rules” (literal title). Shori Sato will play the lead male character role and Kaito Takahashi will play the second lead male role. The two lead male actors will play high school students at a school that has unreasonable rules, like requiring students to have black hair. They try to change the school’s rules for a girl they both like. The film will be directed by Shintaro Sugawara and scripted by Kazuya Konomoto. Filming for “Black School Rules” will begin early, August, 2019 and finish September, 2019. The film will then have its general release November 1, 2019 in Japan.
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