Actress Yo Yoshida is cast in new WOWOW drama series “Cold Case.” The drama series is a remake U.S. TV series “Cold Case” starring Kathryn Morris. In the WOWOW drama series, Yo Yoshida will play Detective Yuri Ishikawa. Her character leads the first investigation division for the Kanagawa Prefecture Police Department. Indie film director Takahisa Zeze will write some of the episode screenplays.
“Cold Case” will first air this October in Japan and the first teaser trailer can be viewed at AsianWiki.
Tomoyo Harada & Takumi Saito are cast in new NHK drama series “Unmei ni, Nita Koi.” The drama series falls within the romance genre, with Tomoyo Harada playing a divorcee in her 40’s. She supports herself and her teenage son by working for a delivering laundry service. Through her job, she meets a popular 30ish designer played by Takumi Saito.
“Unmei ni, Nita Koi” will first air September 23, 2016 in Japan.
Shuhei Nomura, Mugi Kadowaki, Takahiro Miura are cast in upcoming Fuji TV live-action drama special “Montage.” The drama series stars Sota Fukushi & Kyoko Yoshine. “Montage” is based on manga series “Sanoku en Jiken Kitan Montaju SINCE 1968.12.10” by Jun Watanabe and incorporates the real life incident of the unsolved 300 million yen robbery that occurred in 1968.
“Montage” will air June 25th and June 26th, 2016 in Japan.
Jurina Matsui (‘SKE48’) and Shigeyuki Totsugi are cast in new TBS drama series “Death Cash.” The mystery themed drama series has Jurina Matsui playing university student Yuka Minami. Shigeyuki Totsugi will play Detective Takeshi Wakamoto. In the drama series, a friend of Yuka Minami suddenly dies with large amounts of 10,000 yen bills around her body and the 10,000 yen bills are stained in black. More people around Yuka Minami then die. Yuka Minami and Detective Takeshi Wakamoto work together to solve the mysterious deaths.
“Death Cash” first airs July 13, 2016 in Japan.
Reiko Takashima, Yoshiko Miyazaki and Atsuko Takahata are cast in TV Asahi drama series “Onnatachi no Tokusou Saizensen.” In the drama series, the three actresses play women who all work at the same police station, but none of them work as detectives. One lady works in the cafeteria, the other in the PR department and the other in general affairs. Yet, the three ladies like to gather in the cafeteria to go over cases and discover clues.
“Onnatachi no Tokusou Saizensen” first airs this July in Japan.
Ryuhei Matsuda is cast in upcoming Fuji TV drama series “Eigyo Bucho Kira Natsuko” starring Nanako Matsushima. In the drama series, Ryuhei Matsuda will play Keisuke Takagi. His character works as a creative director at an advertising firm. When he first started his job, he had a hard time and worked under Natsuko Kira (Nanako Matsushima). Natsuko Kira then took a maternity leave for 3 years and she has now returned to the company. Keisuke Takagi isn’t very nice to Natsuko upon her return, but he wants to show her that he has improved at his job.
“Eigyo Bucho Kira Natsuko” will be released this July in South Korea.
Ayame Gouriki is cast in live-action TV Asahi drama series “Gu Ra Me!” The drama series is based on manga series “Gu Ra Me!~Daisaishou no Ryourinin~” by Mitsuru Nishimura. In the drama series, Ayame Gouriki plays Kurumi Ichiki. She works as a waitress at a high end traditional Japanese restaurant and is talented with cooking. She crosses paths with the executive secretary (Kenichi Takito) of the prime minister and eventually begins to work as a cook at the prime minister’s residence. Supporting actors include Kenichi Takito, Issei Takahashi, Yua Shinkawa & Risa Naito.
“Gu Ra Me!” first airs this July in Japan.
Emi Takei is cast in new TV Asahi drama special “Setouchi Shonen Yakyu dan.” The drama special is based on 1979 novel “Setouchi Shonen Yakyu dan” by Yu Aku. The novel was previously adapted into a 1984 movie of same name. Premise for the film is set after World War II. Emi Takei will play a teacher who decides to form a baseball team and becomes its coach to help inspire her students.
“Setouchi Shonen Yakyu dan” will air sometime this fall in Japan.
Haruma Miura is cast in upcoming NHK taiga drama series “Onna Joshu Naotora” starring Kou Shibasaki. Also cast in supporting character roles are Tetta Sugimoto, Naomi Zaizen, Gin Maeda, Kaoru Kobayashi, Issei Takahash, Yuya Yagira, Shihori Kanjiya, Tsuyoshi Muro, Takashi Ukaji, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Shunsuke Kariya, Denden, Toshio Kakei and Baijaku Nakamura.
In “Onna Joshu Naotora,” Haruma Miura will play Naochika Ii. His character is the fiancé of Naotora (Kou Shibasaki). “Onna Joshu Naotora” first airs January, 2017 in Japan.
Emi Takei and Hideaki Takizawa are cast in live-action TBS drama series “Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru.” Drama series is based on manga series “Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru” by Miyuki Kitagawa. Also cast in the drama series are Aoi Nakamura, Erena Mizusawa, Reina Triendl and Mitsuomi Takahashi. In the drama series, Emi Takei plays Mia Kurihara. She works in the PR department at a company. She falls in love with the Vice President at the company played by Hideaki Takizawa, but he is married.
“Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru” first airs this July in Japan.