Jul 27 2022

Ryo Yoshizawa cast in Fuji TV drama “PICU”

Ryo Yoshizawa is cast for the lead role in Fuji TV drama series “PICU: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.” The drama series will have Ryo Yoshizawa play the lead character for the first time in a drama series and the first time he will play a doctor. The screenplay is set in Hokkaido, Japan and revolves around the newly establish PICU ((Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) at a local hospital.

“PICU: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit” will first air October, 2022 in Japan.

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Jul 26 2022

Masami Nagasawa, Gordon Maeda, & Ryohei Suzuki cast in Fuji TV drama “Elpis: Hope or Disaster”

Masami NagasawaGordon Maeda, and Ryohei Suzuki are cast in Fuji TV drama series “Elpis: Hope or Disaster” (literal title). The drama series will have Masami Nagasawa, Gordon Maeda and Ryohei Suzuki playing employees of a broadcasting station. Masami Nagasawa will play Announcer Ena Asakawa, Gordon Maeda will play Director Takuro Kishimoto, and Ryohei Suzuki will play Reporter Seiichi Saito. They work together to prove the innocence of a man convicted in a serial murder case. The drama series is scripted by Aya Watanabe (“Josee, the Tiger and the Fish“) and directed by Hitoshi One (“Love Strikes!“).

“Elpis: Hope or Disaster” will first air October, 2022 in Japan (takes over Fuji TV’s Monday 10PM time slot after “Renovation Like Magic“).

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Jul 19 2022

Mei Nagano and Kyoka Suzuki cast in Netflix drama “Burn the House Down”

Mei Nagano and Kyoka Suzuki are cast in Netflix live-action drama series “Burn the House Down.” The drama series is based on manga series “Mitarai ke, Enjou Suru” by Moyashi Fujisawa and directed by Yuichiro Hirakawa (“Jin“). In “Burn the House Down,” Mei Nagano will play lead character Anzu Murata. She has a hidden agenda, as she begins to work as a housekeeper in the Mitarai home. Kyoka Suzuki will play Makiko Mitarai. She lives in the home where Anzu Murata begins to work.

“Burn the House Down” will first air sometime next year on Netflix.

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Jul 18 2022

Hiyori Sakurada cast in TBS-MBS drama “What Six Survivors Told”

Hiyori Sakurada is cast for the lead role in TBS-MBS live-acton drama series “What Six Survivors Told” (literal title). The drama series is based on manga series “Ikinokotta 6 nin ni Yoru to” by Kazune Yamamoto. Also cast in supporting roles are Reo Sano, Yurika Nakamura, Yuki Kura, Akari Takaishi, Arisa Yagi, Kosuke Tanaka, Maika Sasaki, & Yusuke Onuki. The drama series features a zombie-survival meets romantic-comedy script, with Hiyori Sakurada playing high school student Riri Mizukami. She takes shelter in a shopping mall, while everywhere outside is filled with zombies.

“What Six Survivors Told” consists of 6 episodes and will first air August 9, 2022 in Japan.

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Jun 30 2022

Yuriyan Retriever cast in Netflix drama “The Queen of Villains”

Yuriyan Retriever is cast in Netflix drama series “The Queen of Villains.” She will play real life wrestler Dump Matsumoto in the drama series. Dump Matsumoto became famous as a professional wrestler during the 1980’s as an evil wrestler. Comedian Yuriyan Retriever underwent training for a year period and gained 29 kilograms to play the role (went from 65 to 93 kg). The drama series is directed by Kazuya Shiraishi (“The Devil’s Path“) and scripted by Osamu Suzuki (“The Last Chance: Diary of Comedians“).

“The Queen of Villains” will be released sometime next year on Netflix.

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Jun 17 2022

Main trailer for movie “Akira and Akira”

Main trailer added for movie “Akira and Akira” starring Ryoma Takeuch & Ryusei Yokohama. Movie is based on novel “Akira to Akira” by Jun Ikeido (“Naoki Hanzawa“) and directed by Takahiro Miki (“The Door into Summer“). 2017 WOWOW drama series “Akira and Akira,” starring Osamu Mukai & Takumi Saito, is also based on the same novel. Meanwhile, the movie’s theme song has been announced as “Berubetto no Shi” by Back Number. The theme song “Berubetto no Shi” is featured in the trailer.

“Akira and Akira” will be released August 26, 2022 in Japan.

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Jun 16 2022

Ai Iinuma, Kento Nagao, and Hidekazu Mashima cast in TBS drama “Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter”

Ai Iinuma, Kento Nagao, and Hidekazu Mashima are cast in TBS-Paravi drama series “Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter.” The drama series is based on 2006 novel “Papa to Musume no Nanokakan” by Takahisa Igarashi and a remake of 2007 TBS drama series “Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter” starring Hiroshi Tachi & Yui Aragaki. In “Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter,” Ai Iinuma and Hidekazu Mashima will play daughter and father. They somehow switch bodies. Kento Nagao will play a teen love interest of the daughter.

“Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter” first airs  July 26, 2022 in Japan.

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Jun 13 2022

Shori Sato cast in TV Tokyo drama “Red Nurse Call”

Shori Sato is cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Red Nurse Call” (literal title). The drama series features an original horror-themed story by Yasushi Akimoto. In the drama series, Shori Sato will play a young man who gets into a car accident and wakes up in a hospital. He finds that the hospital is very strange.

“Red Nurse Call” first airs July, 2022 in Japan (follows “Kichijoji Losers” in TV Tokyo’s Monday 11 PM time slot) .

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Jun 8 2022

Marie Iitoyo & Kodai Asaka cast in NTV drama “Octo””

Marie Iitoyo and Kodai Asaka are cast in NTV-YTV drama series “Octo: Kanjo Sosakan Shinno Akari.” The drama series features an original screenplay by Hayato Miura & Natsu Hashimoto. For “Octo: Kanjo Sosakan Shinno Akari,” Marie Iitoyo will play Akari Shinno. She is a detective and has a special ability to see people’s eight emotions in color. Kodai Asaka will play Ryo Kazehaya. He is also a detective and teams up with Akari Shinno on cases.

“Octo: Kanjo Sosakan Shinno Akari” first airs July 7, 2022 in Japan.

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May 27 2022

Takuya Kusakawa & Sho Nishigaki cast in TV Tokyo drama “Wash My Heart”

Takuya Kusakawa (Bullet Train) and Sho Nishigaki are cast in TV Tokyo drama series “Wash My Heart.” The drama series is based on BL manga “Minato Shoji Coin Laundry” by Sawa Kanzume & Yuzu Tsubaki. In the drama series, Takuya Kusakawa will play a young man that operates a small laundry mat. Sho Nishigaki will play a high school student that comes to the laundry mat.

“Wash My Heart” first airs July 6, 2022 in Japan.

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