Jan 6 2016

still image of Shun Oguri in live-action film “Terra Formars”

Here’s the first still image Shun Oguri in upcoming live-action film “Terra Formars” directed by Takashi Miike. The still image is of a scene with Ko Honda (Shun Oguri) meeting candidates to become crew members including Shokichi Komachi (Hideaki Ito). The backdrop of the streets in Japan have turned into a slum due to the disparity between the rich and poor. Meanwhile, the selected crew members will make a trip to Mars to take out giant mutated cockroaches that are able to walk.

“Terra Formars” will be released April 29, 2016 in Japan.

Jan 6 2016

Ko Soo cast in MBC drama series “The Flower in Prison”

Actor Ko Soo is cast in upcoming MBC drama series “The Flower in Prison” which has already cast Jin Se-Yun in the lead female role. In addition, supporting cast members include Choi Tae-Joon, Kim Soo-Yeon, Jeon Kwang-Leol, Kim Mi-Sook & Jung Joon-Ho. “The Flower in Prison” is a period drama series set during Joseon Dynasty era and follows Ok-Nyeo (Jin Se-Yun), a woman was born in prison. She goes on to eventually help people in law.

“The Flower in Prison” will first air sometime this April in South Korea (takes over the time slot held by “100 Days Wife“).

Jan 5 2016

Kim Sung-Ryoung cast in SBS drama series “Mrs. Cop 2”

Actress Kim Sung-Ryoung is cast for new lead role in upcoming SBS sequel drama series “Mrs. Cop 2.” Kim Hee-Ae was first offered to reprise her role from the first season of “Mrs. Cop,” but she declined due to needing a break after filming the first series. Kim Sung-Ryoung will play new character Ko Yoon-Jung. Her character returns to South Korea after training with the F.B.I. in the United States. Ko Yoon-Jung then becomes the new squad chief.

Meanwhile, Kim Min-Jong, Son Ho-Jun and Lee Da-Hee have all been offered to play the same characters from “Mrs. Cop” and they are all considering their offers.

“Mrs. Cop 2” first airs March 5, 2016 in South Korea.

Jan 5 2016

Filming for movie “Brother” finishes

Filming for upcoming movie “Brother” (literal and working title) finished December 31, 2015 in Songpa, Seoul, South Korea. Filming took took about 2 and 1/2 months to complete. “Brother” stars Cho Jung-Seok, Park Shin-Hye & Do Kyung-Soo (EXO-K). Movie deals with the relationship between an older brother (Cho Jung-Seok) just released from prison, his younger brother (Do Kyung-Soo) that excels at judo and his judo coach (Park Shin-Hye). Movie is directed by Kwon Soo-Kyung (“Barefoot Kibong“) and screenplay by Yoo Young-A (“Miracle in Cell No.7“).

“Brother” will be released sometime this year in South Korea.

Jan 5 2016

Hyun, Nam Joo-Hyuk and Baekhyun (‘EXO-K’) cast in SBS drama “Moon Lovers”

Hong Jong-Hyun, Nam Joo-Hyuk and Baekhyun from idol group ‘EXO-K’ are all cast in supporting roles in upcoming SBS drama series “Moon Lovers” (literal title). Already cast in the drama series are Lee Joon-Gi, IU, Kang Ha-Neul and Ji Soo. The drama series has recently picked up the Korean title of “Bobogyungsim: Ryeo” from”Dalui Yeonin” (“Moon Lovers”).

In the drama series, Kang Ha-Neul will play Wang Wook. His character is the 8th prince and he was born in the same year as Wang So (Lee Joon-Gi). He dreams of becoming the King one day.

Hong Jong-Hyun will play Wang Yo. His character is also has ambitions of becoming the King. He is the 3rd prince.

Baekhyun will play Wang Hyun. His character is the 10th prince and he likes to play around.

Nam Joo-Hyuk will play Wang Wook. His character is beautiful and has elegance. He is the 13th prince.

Lastly, Ji Soo will play Wang Jung. He is the 14th prince and possesses unavoidable charm.

“Moon Lovers” airs sometime during the second half of 2016 in South Korea.

Jan 5 2016

Tsubasa Honda & Mizuki Yamamoto cast in movie “Girls”

Actresses Tsubasa Honda & Mizuki Yamamoto are cast in movie “Girls” (literal title). The film is based on the novel “Shojo” by Kanae Minato (“Confessions“) and directed by Yukiko Mishima (“Bread of Happiness“). Premise for the film follow two girls who volunteer for the summer at a paediatrics ward and a nursing home. The girls volunteer in hopes of seeing a person’s death. They have their own reasons why. “Girls” will be released sometime during this fall in Japan.

Jan 5 2016

Park Seo-Joon, Go Ara and Park Hyung-Sik cast in KBS2 drama “Hwarang”

Park Seo-Joon, Go Ara and Park Hyung-Sik (‘ZE:A’) are all cast in upcoming KBS2 drama series “Hwarang.” The period drama series depicts the lives of Hwarang (aka Flowering Knights) who were an elite group of men in the Silla Kingdom era.

In the drama series, Park Seo-Joon will play Sun Woo-Rang. His character comes from the lowest class, but he is able to become a legendary Hwarang.

Go Ara will play A-Ro. She was born from parents who came from the highest and lowest classes. She is bright and loved by Sun Woo-Rang and Sam Maek-Jong (Park Hyung-Sik).

Park Hyung-Sik will play Kim Sam Maek Jong (King Jinheung). Even though he is a King, he wanders around from the palace to avoid assassins. He is weak and emotionally fragile. He then becomes a Hwarang secretly and grows up to become a real King who leads Silla.

Filming for “Hwarang” begins sometime during the first half of this year and the drama series will first air July  in South Korea.