Natsuna Watanabe and Masato Wada are cast to play new characters in upcoming TV Asahi drama series “Specialist” starring SMAP’s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi. The drama series “Specialist” follows 4 previous 1 episode drama specials of the “Specialist,” the latest of which, “Specialist 4,” airs December 12, 2015 in Japan. Also cast in the drama series “Specialist” include regular cast members from the drama specials Kaho Minami, Sei Ashina & Yuta Hiraoka.
For drama series “Specialist,” Natsuna Watanabe will play detective Maria Azuma. Meanwhile, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi’s character Yoshito Takuma gets transferred from Kyoto to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. He gets assigned to a department there that doesn’t even have a name and works with Maria Azuma.
Drama series “Specialist” will first air sometime in January, 2016 in Japan.
Hiroshi Abe & Yuki Amami are cast in new movie “Koisaika Miyamoto.” The film is based on 2013 novel “Famiresu” by Kiyoshi Shigematsu (“The Blue Bird“/”Tombi“) and directed by Kazuhiko Yukawa. This is the first film directed by Kazuhiko Yukawa who has previously written screenplays for such popular drama series as NTV’s “I’m Mita, Your Housekeeper” and “Queen of the Classroom.”
Story for “Koisaika Miyamoto” has a husband (Hiroshi Abe) and wife (Yuki Amami) living alone as a couple for the first time in 25 years after their son moves out of their home. The husband, who works as a middle school teacher, finds divorce papers by his wife, but he doesn’t have the courage to confront her about the papers. A cooking class though inspires him about an ideal family and he takes new steps with his wife.
“Koisaika Miyamoto” will be released sometime in 2017 in Japan.
Actors Kenichi Endo & Atsuro Watabe are cast in upcoming Fuji TV/KTV drama series “Otosan to Yobasete” (literally “Let Me Call You Father-in-Law”). In the drama series, both Kenich Endo and Atsuro Watabe play 51-years-old men. Kenichi Endo has been so absorbed with his work at a medium sized trading company that he has never had a chance to marry. He then meets a woman 23-years-old and hopes to marry her. Meanwhile, Atsuro Watabe plays a man that is proud of his family. He has a wife and 3 children. He’s also an executive at leading trading company. His 23-years-old daughter brings home the character played by Kenichi Endo as a perspective husband.
“Otosan to Yobasete” will first air January, 2016 in Japan.
Akari Hayami is cast in Fuji TV live-action drama special “Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles SP.” Also cast for the drama special are Karen Miyama, Seika Furuhata, Ryo Narita & Mirei Tanaka (idol group ‘Super Girls’). Ryo Narita and Mirei Tanaka play new characters not found in the 2015 Fuji TV drama series “Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles.” The drama special is based on manga series”Ramen Daisuki Koizumi san” by Naru Narumi.
For the drama special, Akari Hayami’s Koizumi character and Ryo Narita’s Mitsukuni Naruto character have a battle over their love for ramen. “Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles SP” airs January 4, 2016 in Japan.
Kiichi Nakai, Yusuke Santamaria and Pierre Taki are cast in upcoming 5 episode WOWOW drama series “Kinpika.” The drama series is based on novel “Kinpika” by popular author Jiro Asada. Some of Jiro Asada’s novels that have been adapted into movies include “Failan,” “When the Last Sword is Drawn,” and “Chateau de le Reine.”
Premise for drama series “Kinpika” has Kiichi Nakai playing a former yakuza member who spent 13 years in jail, Yusuke Santamaria a former secretary of a politician who became the fall guy for the politician and Pierre Taki a former self-defense official. They gather together under a retired detective (Katsuhiko Watabiki) to take revenge on those that betrayed them.
“Kinpika” first airs February 13, 2016 in Japan.
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.
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.
Haruka Ayase, Haruma Miura and Asami Mizukawa are cast in upcoming romance/sci-fi TBS drama series “Never Let Me Go.” The drama series is based on novel “Never Let Me Go” by British-Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro, The novel was previously adapted into 2010 U.S. film “Never Let Me Go” directed by Mark Romanek.
Story for drama series “Never Let Me Go” deals with three people (played by Haruka Ayase, Haruma Miura and Asami Mizukawa) who attended the same isolated boarding school years ago. The three are actual clones and they were produced for eventual organ harvesting.
“Never Let Me Go” first airs January, 2016 in Japan.
Kyoko Fukada & Dean Fujioka are cast in TBS live-action drama series “Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai.” The drama series is based on manga “Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai” by Aya Nakahara (“Love Complex“). Also cast in the drama series are Shohei Miura, Maho Nonami & Mimura.
In drama series “Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai,” Kyoko Fukada plays Michio Shibata. Her character is unemployed after her prior place of employment went bankrupt. She is unable to find a new job, but then meets her boss from her last job. She was always afraid of him, but decides to work part-time at a tearoom that he now runs.
“Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai” first airs January 12, 2016 in Japan.
Ren Kiriyama is cast in new Fuji TV drama series “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa.” The drama series is based on short story collection novel “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa” by Shigeaki Kato. Shigeaki Kato is a member of idol group ‘NEWS’ and will also appear in the drama series “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa.” Also cast in the drama series are Rika Adachi, Nao Minamisawa, Masanobu Sakata & Raita Ryu.
Story for “Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa” has Ren Kiriyama playing aspiring writer Jun Hashimoto. His character is assigned by his editor to write a short love story for a web magazine. Jun Hashimoto doesn’t want to write the story and has difficulty coming up with an idea for the story. His friend played by Shigeaki Kato then appears and Jun Hashimoto concocts a story.
“Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa” will consist of 4 episodes and air from January 9 through January 30, 2016 in Japan.