Nov 25 2015

Fuji TV to air omnibus drama special “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso”

Fuji TV is set to air omnibus drama special “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso.” The drama special consists of 3 episodes which are based on stories by popular authors Kanae Minato (“Confessions“), Shion Miura (“The Great Passage“) & Mitsuyo Kakuta (“Rebirth“). Each of these author’s past original works (“Confessions,” “The Great Passage,” and “Rebirth”) are recipients of the “Picture of the Year” and “Best Screenplay” awards at the Japan Academy Prize (Japan’s equivalent to the Academy Awards in the U.S.). The segments will be directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa (“In His Chart“), Ryuichi Hiroki (“Vibrator“) & Takahisa Zeze (“Heaven’s Story“).

Cast members for “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso” include Hiromi Nagasaku, Rei Dan, Tao Tsuchiya, Mugi Kadowaki, Kyoka Suzuki, Shinobu Terajima & Shota Sometani. “Josei Sakka Mysteries Utsukushiki Mitsu no Uso” will air January 4, 2015 in Japan.

Nov 24 2015

Shun Oguri cast in live-action film “Museum”

Actor Shun Oguri is cast in live-action film “Museum.” The film is based on manga “Museum” by Ryosuke Tomoe and directed by Keishi Ohtomo (“Rurouni Kenshin“). Premise for the film has Shun Oguri playing a detective working on a serial murder case. The murders only take place on rainy days. He then realizes his wife and child are the killer’s next target. The prime suspect wears a frog mask.

Filming for “Museum” began November 8, 2015 and the movie will be released sometime next year in Japan.

Nov 24 2015

Teaser poster and trailer for movie “Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory”

Teaser poster and trailer added for upcoming movie “Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory” starring Aoi Nakamura and Moeka Nozaki. Movie is written and directed by Lisa Takeba (“The Pinkie“). “Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory” had its world premiere at the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam earlier this year and the movie will have its general release December 5, 2015 in Japan. Aoi Nakamura does play a television that is transformed into a person in the quirky film.

Nov 24 2015

Ryu Morioka, Tomoya Maeno, Haru Kuroki & Hirofumi Arai cast in movie “Emiabi no Hajimari to Hajimari”

Ryu Morioka, Tomoya Maeno, Haru Kuroki & Hirofumi Arai are all cast in movie “Emiabi no Hajimari to Hajimari.” The movie is written and directed by Kensaku Watanabe. Kensaku Watanabe won the best screenplay award at the 37th Japan Academy Prize for his screenplay adaptation of “The Great Passage.”

Story for “Emiabi no Hajimari to Hajimari” has Ryu Morioka playing Sanemichi. His character is a member of popular manzai comedy duo “Emiabi.’ His partner (Tomoya Maeno) though dies in a car accident. Sanemich then goes with Natsumi (Haru Kuroki) to visit a young girl whose older brother died in the car accident.

“Emiabi no Hajimari to Hajimari” will be released sometime next year in Japan.

Nov 24 2015

Airing date for MBC drama special “Splash Splash Love” set for December 6th and 13th

Airing date for upcoming for MBC drama special “Splash Splash Love” is now set for December 6 and 13, 2015 in South Korea. The two episode drama special stars actress Kim Seul-Gi and Yoon Doo-Joon from Kpop group “Beast.” Story for “Splash Splash Love” has Kim Seul-Gi playing a high school student with an ability to transport herself on rainy days. She then somehow transports back in time to the Joseon Period. There, she meets a young King played by Yoon Doo-Joon.

Nov 23 2015

Daniel Henney offered role in upcoming MBC drama series “Goodbye Mr. Black”

Daniel Henney has been offered a major supporting role in upcoming MBC drama series “Goodbye Mr. Black” which has already cast Lee Jin-Wook, Moon Chae-Won, Song Jae-Rim and Kim Kang-Woo.  If Daniel Henney accepts, he will play Kim Ji-Ryoon. His character works as an adviser for an investment trust and representative of an NGO organization. He supports main female character Swan (Moon Chae-Won). Daniel Henney is currently “positively considering” the offer.

Drama series “Goodbye Mr. Black” is scheduled to begin filming this December in South Korea.

Nov 23 2015

Chiaki Kuriyama cast in TV Tokyo drama “Nobunaga Moyu”

Chiaki Kuriyama is cast in upcoming TV Tokyo historical drama series “Nobunaga Moyu” starring Noriyuki Higashiyama. The drama series is based on 2001 novel “Nobunaga Moyu” by Ryutaro Abe and revolves around powerful samurai Nobunaga Oda and his ambitions to unify Japan. In the drama series, Chiaki Kuriyama  will play Haruko Kajuji. Her character turns to Nobunaga Oda to protect the Imperial Court, but she falls in love with him in the process.

“Nobunaga Moyu” first airs January 2, 2016 in Japan.