Masaki Suda & Yang Ik-June are cast in new movie “Aa, Koya.” The film is based on the novel 1966 novel “Aa, Koya” by Shuji Terayama and directed by Zenko Kishi (“Double Life“). In the film, Masaki Suda plays Shinji. His character came out of a youth detention center and later goes to a boxing gym. There he meets Barikan (Yang Ik-June) – a man with a speech impediment and extreme shyness. They become friends and pursue boxing while surrounded by bleakness. Yang Ik-June is the South Korean actor/director who directed 2009 film “Breathless.”
“Aa, Koya” will be released sometime next year in Japan.
Trailer for upcoming movie “Shippu Rondo” starring Hiroshi Abe, Tadayoshi Okura (Kanjani Eight) & Yuko Oshima (ex-AKB48). Movie is based on 2013 novel “Shippu Rondo” by Keigo Higashino.
“Shippu Rondo” will be released November 26, 2016 in Japan.
Miho Kanno is cast in new TBS drama series “Suna no Tou.” The drama series marks Miho Kanno’s first leading acting role in a drama series since 2012 TBS drama series “Wonderful Single Life.” In the drama series, Miho Kanno will play Aki Takano. Her character is a housewife who moves with her family into a new high-rise apartment building. There, she meets a scary neighbor and a connection seems to exist between the neighbor and a series of recent abductions. Drama series is scripted by Natsuko Ikeda (“Miss Double Faced Teacher“) and directed by Ayuko Tsukahara (“It’s Not That I Can’t Marry I Don’t Marry“).
“Suna no Tou” first airs this October in Japan.
Ep.1 trailer added for upcoming JTBC drama series “Age of Youth” starring Han Ye-Ri, Han Seung-Yeon, Park Eun-Bin, Hwa Young & Park Hye-Soo.
Meanwhile, promotional photos above are of the 5 leading ladies in “Age of Youth” holding up handwritten signs asking viewers to watch episode 1. “Age of Youth” premieres later tonight in South Korea.
Main trailer for live-action film “Cutie Honey: Tears” starring Mariya Nishiuchi. Movie is based on manga series “Cutie Honey” by Go Nagai.
“Cutie Honey: Tears” will be released October 1, 2016 in Japan.
Casting for the lead female role of Hong Seol in upcoming movie “Cheese in the Trap” will take place through auditions from South Korea and China. Prospective applicants can send in resumes to Mountain Movement Story (http://www.mm-story.com/) from August 1st through August 15th, but only applicants with prior acting experience will be selected to take part in the auditions. An estimated 30 applicants will be selected. A second round audition will be held in South Korea for 10 finalists pulled from the original 30 applicants and one of the 10 finalists will be selected to play Hong Seol in the film. Actress Kim Go-Eun played Hong Seol in the tvN drama series version of “Cheese in the Trap,” but she is not taking part in the movie version. So far, only actor Park Hae-Jin (who played by Yoo Jung in the tvN drama series version) is cast for the movie version.
Filming for “Cheese in the Trap” will begin early 2017.
Currently airing KBS2 drama series “Beautiful Mind,” starring Jang Hyuk and Park So-Dam, has been shortened from its originally planned 16 episodes to 14 episodes. This is due to the drama series received low ratings during its time slot. The last episode will now air on August 2, 2016 instead of August 9, 2016 as originally planned. At first, KBS suggested to screenwriter Kim Tae-Hee to shorten the series to 12 episodes, but it did not work as it influenced the story too much. After discussions with KBS and the production team, they then decided to shorten the series to 14 episodes.
Main trailer added for upcoming live-action film “Bittersweet” starring Haruna Kawaguchi & Kento Hayashi. Movie is based on manga series “Nigakute Amai” by Yumio Kobayashi.
“Bittersweet” opens September 10, 2016 in Japan.
Ep.2 trailer added for MBC drama series “W” starring Lee Jong-Suk and Han Hyo-Joo. Ep.1 premiered last night in South Korea. For curious fans, according to TNmS ratings ep.1 of “W” received 9.9% nationwide/11.6% Seoul ratings, whereas competing KBS2 drama series “Uncontrollably Fond” garnered 11.5% nationwide and 12.7% in Seoul in the same time slot.
Ep.2 of “W” airs later tonight in South Korea.
Rika Adachi is cast in upcoming movie “The Badly-Bruised Devil” (original webtoon English title). The movie is based on webtoon”Kizudarake no Akuma” by Volvox Sumikawa and directed by Santa Yamagishi (“Zenin, Kataomoi“). Also cast in supporting roles are Manami Enosawa, Kayano Masuyama, Yui Okada, Tomu Fujita, Koji Kominami.
In the upcoming film, Rika Adachi will play main character Mai Kasai. Her character is bullied at her new high school.
“The Badly-Bruised Devil” will be released February, 2017 in Japan.