Aug 4 2016

Kim Joo-Hyun out as lead actress in SBS drama series “My Sassy Girl”

Actress Kim Joo-Hyun who won the lead female role in upcoming SBS drama series “My Sassy Girl” co-starring Joo Won through an audition, will no longer play the lead female character. Kim Joo-Hyun has now been offered the role of major supporting character Jung Da-Yeon. Kim Joo-Hyun will decide over the next few days whether to completely drop out of the project or play major supporting character Jung Da-Yeon. The character of Jung Da-Yeon will have a major crush on Gyun-Woo (Joo Won). Exact reason why Kim Joo-Hyun declined the lead role is not known, but it appears SBS wanted a more established actress to play the lead female character.

Now, actress Oh Yeon-Seo has been offered the lead female role and she is currently considering the offer. The lead female character is Princess Hyemyung. She is a trouble maker for the royal family.

“My Sassy Girl” will first air sometime next year in South Korea.

Aug 4 2016

Supporting cast announced for live-action film “Gintama”

Masaki Suda, Kanna Hashimoto (‘Rev. from DVL’), Masami Nagasawa, Masaki Okada, Tsuyoshi Muro, Yuya Yagira, Ryo Yoshizawa and Kankuro Nakamura are all cast in upcoming live-action film “Gintama” starring Shun Oguri. Movie is based on manga series “Gintama” by Hideaki Sorachi and directed by Yuichi Fukuda (“HK: Forbidden Super Hero“).

Masaki Suda will play Shinpachi Shimura. He works at Yorozuya which is run by Gintoki (Shun Oguri).  Yorozuya is a freelancer business which deals with anything from investigation to saving mankind.

Kanna Hashimoto will play Kagura. She also works at Yorozuya. She is bright and has a strong sense of justice.

Masami Nagasawa will play Tae Shimura. She is the older sister of Shinpachi Shimura. She looks to have a calm temperament, but when she gets angry … nothing stops her.

Masaki Okada will play Kotaro Katsura. He is the leader of Joito which is a group that opposes the Shogunate.

Tsuyoshi Muro will play Gengai Hiraga. He is a repairman and an inventor.

Yuya Yagira will play Toshiro Hijikata. He is the vice commander of the Shinsengumi which is a special police force.

Ryo Yoshizawa will play Sogo Okita. He is a member of the Shinsengumi. He frequently looks for a way to get rid of Toshiro Hijikata in order to take his position.

Kankuro Nakamura will play Isao Kondo. He is the commander of the Shinsengumi.

“Gintama” will be released sometime next year in Japan.

Aug 3 2016

Teaser poster for movie “Harmonium”

Teaser poster added for upcoming movie “Harmonium” starring Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui & Kanji Furutachi. Movie is written and directed by Koji Fukada. “Harmonium” had its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and won the jury prize. Premise for “Harmonium” is similar to Koji Fukada’s 2011 film “Hospitalite,” but turns into a darker story.

Release date for “Harmonium” is set for October 8, 2016 in Japan.

Aug 3 2016

Lee Je-Hoon offered lead role in tvN drama series “Tomorrow With You”

Lee Je-Hoon has been offered lead male role in upcoming tvN drama series “Tomorrow With You.” Currently he is “positively considering” the offer. Actress Shin Min-A previously received an offer to play the lead female role and she is currently considering the offer.  Drama series will be directed by Yoo Je-Won (“Oh My Ghost“) and screenplay by Heo Sung-Hye (“Dream High 2“).

“Tomorrow With You” will first air sometime next year in South Korea in the Friday and Saturday 8:30 PM time slot.

Aug 3 2016

First script reading for JTBC drama series “Fantastic”

First script reading for JTBC drama series “Fantastic,” starring Kim Hyun-JooJoo Sang-Wook, took place July 20, 2016 at JTBC building in Sangam, Seoul, South Korea. At the first script reading Kim Hyun-Joo, Joo Sang-Wook, Kim Tae-Hoon & Ji Soo were all in attendance. The first teaser trailer can also be viewed at AsianWiki.

“Fantastic” first airs September 2, 2016 in South Korea (takes over the Fridays and Saturdays 8:30 PM time slot after the conclusion of “Age of Youth“).