Feb 9 2021

Alan Shirahama cast in TV Asahi drama “Don’t Cry Doctor-In-Training”

Alan Shirahama (“EXILE”/”Generations from Exile Tribe”) is cast for the lead role in TV Asahi drama series “Don’t Cry Doctor-In-Training” (literal title). The drama series is based on 2019 novel “Nakuna Kenshui” by Yujiro Nakayama. In the drama series, Alan Shirahama will play intern Ryuji Ameno. He came from the countryside and now works at a hospital in Tokyo. He struggles as a doctor-in-training.

“Don’t Cry Doctor-In-Training” first airs April, 2021.

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Feb 8 2021

Masaki Suda cast in NTV drama series “Konto ga Hajimaru.”

Masaki Suda is cast for the lead role in NTV drama series “Konto ga Hajimaru.” Kasumi Arimura, Ryunosuke KamikiTaiga Nakano, and Kotone Furukawa  are also cast for the drama. The drama series will revolve around 5 people, with the three actors playing members of an unpopular comedy trio and the two actresses playing sisters. The drama series is scripted by Shigeki Kaneko and directed by Ryuichi InomataKo Kanai.

“Konto ga Hajimaru” will first air April, 2021  in Japan (takes over NTV’s Saturday 10 PM time slot after “Red Eyes“).

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Jan 20 2021

Yutaka Takenouchi and Yuriko Ishida cast in WOWOW drama “The Hovering Blade”

Yutaka Takenouchi and Yuriko Ishida are cast in WOWOW drama series “The Hovering Blade.” The drama series is based on novel “Samayou Yaiba” by Keigo Higashino. That novel was previously adapted into 2009 film “The Hovering Blade” and 2014 South Korean remake film “Broken.” Yutaka Takenouchi will play main character Shigeki Nagamine. His daughter is murdered and he kills her murderer. Yuriko Ishida will play supporting character Wakako Kijima.

“The Hovering Blade” consists of 6 episodes and will first air May, 2021 in Japan.

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Jan 20 2021

Keita Machida cast in MBS drama “Three Star Bar in Nishi Ogikubo”

Keita Machida is cast for the lead role in live-action MBS drama series “Three Star Bar in Nishi Ogikubo.” The drama series is based on manga series “Nishiogikubo Mitsuboshi Youshudou” by Sai Asai. For the drama series, Keita Machida will play Ryoichiro Amamiya. He works as a bartender at the “Three Star Bar” which is located in Nishi Ogikubo, Tokyo. In addition, the opening theme song for the drama series has been announced as “Entertainer” by rock band I Don’t Like Mondays.

“Three Star Bar in Nishi Ogikubo” will first air February 11, 2021 in Japan.

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Jan 19 2021

Jun Matsumoto cast in NHK drama series “Dou Suru Ieyasu.”

Jun Matsumoto is cast for the lead role in NHK drama series “Dou Suru Ieyasu.” The drama series is NHK’s 62nd annual taiga series and will air in 2023. Filming for “Dou Suru Ieyasu” is expected to begin summer, 2022. The drama series will depict the life of Ieyasu Tokugawa (1543-1616) and Jun Matsumoto will play the real life historical figure. Jun Matsumoto stated that he accepted the role after boy band Arashi decided to suspend its activities after January 1, 2021. He looked for a new challenge and found it in this drama series.

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Jan 15 2021

Terunosuke Takezai & Win Morisaki cast in WOWOW drama “1 Year of Meeting 70 People …”

Terunosuke Takezai and Win Morisaki are cast in WOWOW drama series “1 Year of Meeting 70 People Through Online Dating & Recommending Books That Suits Them” (literal title) starring Miori Takimoto. The drama series revolves around a bookstore manager who meets people from an online dating website and recommends books to them. The screenplay is based on essay “Deaikei Site de 70 nin to Jissaini Atte Sono Hito ni Ai Sona Hon wo Susume Makutta 1 nen no Koto” by Nanako Hanada.

For the drama series, Terunosuke Takezai will play Ken. He is married to main character Nanako Hanada (Miori Takimoto), but they are on the verge of getting a divorce.  Win Morisaki will play Endo. He works as a videographer and meets Nanako Hanada through the online dating website. They begin to meet regularly.

“1 Year of Meeting 70 People Through Online Dating & Recommending Books That Suits Them” will air from February 26, 2021 in Japan.

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Dec 21 2020

Tsubasa Honda cast in NTV-Hulu drama “20 Conditions to Date with an App”

Tsubasa Honda is cast for the lead role in NTV-Hulu drama special “20 Conditions to Date with an App” (literal title of “App de Koi Suru 20 no Joken”). Also cast in the drama series are Yosuke SuginoMaika Yamamoto , Reina SumiTakayuki Hamatsu, and Shuhei Nomura. The drama series is scripted by Noriaki Sugihara and directed by Takehiko Shinjo. The screenplay is a romantic-comedy story, revolving around 6 people and a dating app.

“20 Conditions to Date with an App” will stream on Huly from January 7, 2021 and air on NTV on January 10, 2021.

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