Feb 10 2017

Yui Aragaki and Eita cast in table tennis themed film “Mix”

Yui Aragaki and Eita are cast in new table tennis themed film “Mix.” Movie also features an impressive list of supporting cast members including Ryoko Hirosue, Kenichi Endo, Koji Seto, Mei Nagano, Yu Aoi & Yoko Maki. “Mix” will be directed by Junichi Ishikawa and scripted by Ryota Kosawa. The duo previously collaborated in 2015 film “April Fools.” Premise for “Mix” has Yui Aragaki as Tamako Tomita partnering up with Eita as Hisashi Hagiwara in a mixed doubles table tennis tournament. She does this to partly get back at her ex-boyfriend who dumped for another girl and also to revive her late mother’s table tennis club.

“Mix” will be released autumn, 2017 in Japan.

Feb 10 2017

Masaki Aiba and Emi Takei cast in Fuji TV drama series “The Aristocrat Detective”

Masaki Aiba (‘Arashi’) and Emi Takei are cast in new Fuji TV drama series “The Aristocrat Detective” (literal title). Also cast in supporting roles are Katsuhisa Namase, Haruka Igawa, Kenichi Takito, Miho Nakayama and Yutaka Matsushige. Yukie Nakama is also cast for the drama series, but her character has not yet been revealed. Drama series “The Aristocrat Detective” is based on 2010 novel “Kizoku Tantei” by Yutaka Maya. For the drama series, Masaki Aiba will play the title character who calls himself the “Aristocrat Detective.”  He doesn’t actually solve the cases himself, but has his employees like his chauffeur (Kenichi Takito), maid (Miho Nakayama) and butler (Yutaka Matsushige) carry out the investigations. Emi Takei will play Aika Takatoku. She is also a detective and competes with the Aristocrat Detective to solve cases.

“The Aristocrat Detective” first airs April, 2017 in Japan.

Feb 9 2017

Erina Mano cast in NHK drama series “There’s No Easy Job in This World”

Erina Mano is cast in new NHK drama series “There’s No Easy Job in This World” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2015 novel “Kono Yo ni Tayasui Shigoto wa Nai” by Kikuko Tsumura and will be directed by Ayato Matsuda. In the drama series, Erina Mano will play main character Kasumi. She is in her late 20’s and lands her dream job as an elementary school teacher. But she quickly burns out from her job and quits. With her finances dwindling, Kasumi decides to take on a series of short-term jobs.

“There’s No Easy Job in This World” will first air April 6, 2017 in Japan.

Feb 9 2017

Erika Sawajiri cast in NTV drama series “Become a Mother”

Erika Sawajiri cast in new NTV drama series “Become a Mother” (literal title). Also cast in major supporting character roles are Eiko Koike and Yuka Itaya. All three will play mother roles. In the drama series, Erika Sawajiri will play Yui Kashiwazaki. She came to Tokyo from Hokkaido at the age of 19. After her 3-year-old son was kidnapped, she divorced and lived alone. 9 years later her son comes back. Drama series is directed by Satoru Nakajima and scripted by Fumie Mizuhashi.

“Become a Mother” first airs this April in JApan.