May 30 2020

Supporting cast announced for movie “Midnight Swan”

Supporting cast announced for movie “Midnight Swan” starring Tsuyoshi Kusanagi. The film is scripted and directed by Eiji Uchida and has Tsuyoshi Kusanagi playing a transgender woman as the main character. Just announced for 11 supporting character roles are Misaki Hattori, Asami Mizukawa, Tomorowo Taguchi, Sei Matobu, Shunsuke Tanaka, Kaito Yoshimura, Reo Sanada, Rinka Ueno, Eriko Sato, Yusuke Hirayama, and Toshie Negishi. Notable roles include Misaki Hattori who will play Ichika Sakurada. She is a distant relative of Nagisa (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi) and they begin to live together. Asami Mizukawa will play Saori Sakurada, who is the mother of Ichika Sakurada.

“Midnight Swan” will be released sometime this autumn in Japan.

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May 29 2020

Teaser trailer & poster for movie “Soiree”

Teaser trailer and poster added for movie “Soiree” starring Nijiro Murakami and Haruka Imou. The teaser trailer plays a song from a portable radio which is “How many times did I kiss you?” by Toshio Kamei and his late wife Chieko Kamei. Toshio Kamei is the music director for the film and he made the song with Chieko Kamei, while she was fighting a disease at the hospital. The song is their love song looking back at their life. Movie is written and directed by Bunji Satoyama.

“Soiree” will be released sometime this summer in Japan.

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May 27 2020

Kaya Kiyohara cast in NHK drama series “Welcome Back, Mone”

Kaya Kiyohara is cast in NHK drama series “Welcome Back, Mone” (“Okaeri Mone”). The drama series is NHK’s 104th asadora (morning drama series). For the drama series, Kaya Kiyohara will play Momone Nagaura. She eventually becomes a weather forecaster.

“Welcome Back, Mone” first airs spring, 2021 in Japan.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Momone Nagaura (Kaya Kiyohara) lives with her parents, grandfather and younger sister on an island in Kesennuma Bay, Miyagi Prefecture. In the spring of 2014, Momone Nagaura graduates from high school and moves to the city of Tome. She fails to enter a university. While she tries to figure out what to do with her life, she begins to work as an apprentice of a forest guide. A turning point in her life occurs. A popular weather forecaster from Tokyo arrives. Momone Nagaura walks on a mountain with the weather forecaster. She hears from the weather forecaster that the weather forecaster can predict the future. Momone Nagaura becomes touched by that comment and decides to become a weather forecaster. She studies hard for the exam to become a weather forecaster. With the help of the people around her in Tome, she finally passes the exam. Momone Nagaura moves to Tokyo and begins to work at a private weather forecasting company. Working there, she grows up as a weather forecaster. Several years later, in 2019, a major typhoon approaches Japan. To help her hometown, she heads to Kesennuma Bay.

May 24 2020

Yukie Nakama cast in WOWOW drama series “24 Japan”

Yukie Nakama is cast in WOWOW drama series “24 Japan” starring Toshiaki Karasawa. The drama series is a remake of U.S. television series “24” starring Kiefer Sutherland. For the drama series, Yukie Nakama will play politician Urara Asakura. She is vying to become Japan’s first female prime minister, but an assassination plot on her life takes place.

“24 Japan” will first air October, 2020 in Japan.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Genba Shido (Toshiaki Karasawa) is the director of Team A in the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU). He is excellent at his job. He is a reasonable person, but he often has to make drastic decisions to save lives. He is separated from his wife because of marital problems. They have a daughter.

Meanwhile, Urara Asakura (Yukie Nakama) is the leader of the Minsei Party. She has strong support from the people. She is married and has a son and daughter. Urara Asakura is expected by many to become Japan’s first female prime minster. On the day of the election for the Prime Minister office, an assassination plot on Urara Asakura’s life is revealed. Genba Shido must stop the assassination attempt, but his daughter is also kidnapped at the same time.

May 22 2020

Yo Yoshida and Yo Oizumi cast in WOWOW drama series “Year 2020 Love of May”

Yo Yoshida and Yo Oizumi are cast for lead roles in WOWOW drama series “Year 2020 Love of May” (literal title). The drama series is scripted by Yoshikazu Okada (“In This Corner of the World“) and directed by Daishi Matsunaga (“Pieta in the Toilet“).

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: In May, 2020, Yukiko (Yo Yoshida) lives her life as a single woman. She divorced her ex-husband Motoo (Yo Oizumi) 4 years ago and she now works at a big supermarket. Meanwhile, Motoo is also single after divorcing Yukiko. He works as a salesman for a mid-size design company. Yukiko and Motoo have not talked to each other in the past 4 years, but Motoo misdials and calls Yukiko.

“Year 2020 Love of May” will consist of 4 episodes and first air June 2, 2020 in Japan.

May 14 2020

Koji Kikkawa & Jun Shison cast in Fuji TV-KTV drama series “Private Detective Rintaro Yuri”

Koji Kikkawa and Jun Shison are cast in Fuji TV-KTV drama series “Private Detective Rintaro Yuri” (literal title of “Tantei Yuri Rintaro”). The drama series is based on two novels by Seishi Yokomizo: “Chocho Satsujin Jiken” & “Tsukareta Onna.” Koji Kikkawa will play main character Rintaro Yuri. He works in Kyoto as a private detective and forensic psychologist. Jun Shison will play his assistant  Shunsuke Mitsugi. Filming for the drama series has already finished and took place in Kyoto and the surrounding Kansai region.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Rintaro Yuri (Koji Kikkawa) used to work as the chief of the First Investigation Division in Tokyo. Due to a case, he resigned from the police force and moved back to his hometown of Kyoto. Now, he works as a forensic psychologist in Kyoto. After receiving requests from the police, he helps them with their investigations. His investigation method involves careful observance of the crime scenes and he uses trace techniques learned from a hunter. He met that hunter in the Rocky Mountains, USA, during his school days. His assistant in Kyoto is Shunsuke Mitsugi (Jun Shison). Shunsuke Mitsugi admires Rintaro Yuri and runs the website “Yuri Rintaro no Jikenbo,” which records Rintaro Yuri’s performance.

The 5 episode drama series first airs  June 16, 2020 in Japan.

May 12 2020

Trailer & still images for Netflix drama series “Ju-On: Origins”

Trailer and still images added for upcoming Netflix drama series “Ju-On: Origins” starring YosiYosi Arakawa, Yuina Kuroshima, Ririka, and Kana Kurashina. Drama series is directed by Sho Miyake and scripted by Hiroshi Takahashi & Takashige Ichise. Above and below are 9 still images from the drama series.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Haruka Honjo (Yuina Kuroshima) is a rookie actress. She hears the sounds of footsteps at night in her house. When she learns of psychic researcher Yasuo Odajima (YosiYosi Arakawa) from a TV variety program, she seeks counseling from him about her problem.

“Ju-On: Origins” will stream from July 3, 2020 on Netflix.

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Apr 21 2020

Tsuyoshi Muro & Mei Nagano cast in NTV drama series “Doting Parent Youth White Paper”

Tsuyoshi Muro and Mei Nagano are cast in NTV drama series “Doting Parent Youth White Paper” (literal title of “Oyabaka Seishun Hakusyo”). The drama series features an original screenplay by Ichiro Anabuki and directed by Yuichi Fukuda. For the drama series, Tsuyoshi Muro and Mei Nagano will play father and daughter. They also become schoolmates at a university.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: 40-year-old Taro Obika (Tsuyoshi Muro) is a single father and works as a novelist. After his wife died from an illness, he has raised his daughter Sakura (Mei Nagano) alone. He loves his daughter Sakura deeply. Since Sakura only attended all girls’ schools, he worries about her entering a coed university. To placate his worry, he decides to enroll in the same university as his daughter. Taro Obika begins to enjoy campus life for himself.

“Doting Parent Youth White Paper” first airs July, 2020 in Japan.

Apr 13 2020

YosiYosi Arakawa & Yuina Kuroshima cast in Netflix drama series “Ju-On: Origins”

YosiYosi Arakawa and Yuina Kuroshima are cast in Netflix drama series “Ju-On: Origins.” The drama series will consist of 6 episodes and will be available to stream on Netflix from this summer in about 190 countries. Also cast in supporting roles are RirikaKoki OsamuraKai InowakiTokio EmotoNobuko Sendo and Kana Kurashina.

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Haruka Honjo (Yuina Kuroshima) is a rookie actress. She hears the sounds of footsteps at night in her house. When she learns of psychic researcher Yasuo Odajima (YosiYosi Arakawa) from a TV variety program, she seeks counseling from him about her problem.