Feb 23 2024

Teaser trailer & poster for movie “Kingdom 4”

Teaser trailer and poster added for movie “Kingdom 4” starring Kento Yamazaki. The film is a straight continuation of “Kingdom 3” and is based on manga series “Kingdom” by Yasuhisa Hara. The teaser trailer starts off with Kento Yamazaki as Shin laying on the battle field and clearly rattled. General Ohki (Takao Osawa) stands nearby and asks him “Is it tough Shin?” Caption on the teaser poster states “An unforgettable battle begins.”

“Kingdom 4” will be released  July 12, 2024.

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Feb 22 2024

Tori Matsuzaka, Koji Yakusho, & Kyoko Yoshine cast in movie “Yuki no Hana”

Tori Matsuzaka, Koji Yakusho, & Kyoko Yoshine are cast in movie “Yuki no Hana.” Movie is based on 1988 non-fiction novel “Yuki no Hana” by Akira Yoshimura and directed by Takashi Koizumi (“A Samurai Chronicle“). Tori Matsuzaka will play lead character Ryosaku Kasahara. Set during the late Edo period, Ryosaku Kasahar works relentlessly on a way to prevent the outbreak of smallpox. Koji Yukusho will play Teisai Hino, who is a fellow doctor, and Kyoko Yoshine will play the lead character’s wife Chiho Kasahara. For Tori Matsuzaka and Koji Yakusho, this will mark their 5th time working together.

“Yuki no Hana” will be released  January 24, 2025 in Japan.

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Feb 22 2024

Choi Woo-Sik, Park Bo-Young cast in Netflix drama “Melo Movie”

Choi Woo-Sik, Park Bo-Young, Lee Jun-Young, & Jeon So-Nee are cast in Netflix drama series “Melo Movie.” The drama series is scripted by Lee Na-Eun (“Our Beloved Summer“) and directed by Oh Choong-Hwan (“Castaway Diva“). Setup for the drama series will revolve around four young people who have ties to the entertainment industry. Choi Woo-Sik will play Go Gyeom. He made the jump from a minor actor to a movie critic due to his love of movies in general. He then meets Kim Moo-Bi (Park Bo-Young) works in the movie industry and her name “Moo-Bi” even sounds like the English word “movie.”

Release date for “Melo Movie” has not yet been announced, but the still images above and below point out that the first script reading has already taken place.

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Feb 21 2024

Nao cast in live-action movie “Sensei’s Pious Lie”

Nao is cast in live-action movie “Sensei’s Pious Lie.” The movie is based  on manga series “Sensei no Shiroi Uso” by Akane Torikai and directed by Koichiro Miki (“Anonymous Noise“). The film will have Nao play high school teacher Misuzu Hara. A traumatic incident happened in her recent past with someone she knew. A student then turns to her for advice.

“Sensei’s Pious Lie” will be released July 5, 2024 in Japan.

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Feb 21 2024

First teaser trailer for KBS2 drama “Beauty and the Devoted”

First teaser trailer for KBS2 drama series “Beauty and the Devoted” (literal title) starring Ji Hyun-Woo and Lim Soo-Hyang. The teaser trailer features child actress Lee Seol-A who plays lead female character Park Do-Ra (Lim Soo-Hyang) when she was a child. As she sings on stage and then falls down, Lim Soo-Hyang’s voice appears and she states “This is a pure love story. When I am so scared that I wonder if I can stand up again, he holds his hands out to me.” That “he” in the trailer is teen actor Moon Sung-Hyun who plays lead male character Go Pil-Seung (Ji Hyun-Woo) as a teen.

“Beauty and the Devoted” is now scheduled to first air March 23, 2024 in South Korea (takes over KBS2’s Saturday and Sunday 7:55 PM time slot after “Live Your Own Life“).

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Feb 21 2024

Kazuya Kamenashi cast in WOWOW drama “Game no Na wa Yukai”

Kazuya Kamenashi is cast in WOWOW drama series “Game no Na wa Yukai.” The drama series is based on mystery novel “Game no Na wa Yukai” by Keigo Higashino, which was previously adapted into 2003 movie “G@me” starring Naohito Fujiki and Yukie Nakama. In the WOWOW drama series version, Kazuya Kamenashi will play advertising company employee Shunsuke Sakuma. His ego takes a hit, when the vice president of a car company kicks him off a project that the ad company is working on. He gets a chance to get revenge when he meets the vice president’s daughter.

“Game no Na wa Yukai” will consist of 4 episodes and will air June, 2024 in Japan.

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Feb 20 2024

Teaser poster and release date for movie “Again 1997”

Teaser poster and release date set for upcoming time-travel movie “Again 1997” starring Joe Byeong-Gyu, Koo Jun-Hoe, and Choi Hui-Seung. The film’s main character Woo-Seok is played by Joe Byeong-Gyu in his high school days and Kim Da-Hyun in the present days. He is able to travel back in time to his high school and tries to change his present day life. Caption on the teaser poster states “Life-changing project … Again 1997…I want to go back.”

“Again 1997” will be released March, 2024 in South Korea.

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Feb 20 2024

Teaser poster and release date for KBS2 drama series “Let Me Grab You by the Collar”

Teaser poster and release date added for KBS2 drama series “Let Me Grab You by the Collar” (literal title) starring Kim Ha-Neul, Yeon Woo-Jin, & Jang Seung-Jo. The drama series, which is setup as a melodrama-chase-thriller, is now scheduled to first air March 18, 2024 in South Korea moving into KBS2’s Monday & Tuesday 10 PM time slot after “Love Song for Illusion.” Caption on the teaser poster states “The truth that has been ignored will definitely come back.”

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Feb 19 2024

Haruna Kawaguchi, Haruka Kinami, and Mei Hata cast in TBS drama “9 Border”

Haruna Kawaguchi, Haruka Kinami, and Mei Hata are cast in TBS drama series “9 Border.” Haruna Kawaguchi will play lead character Nana Oba. She is the middle sister of three sisters. The oldest sister will be played by Haruka Kinami and the youngest sister played by Mei Hata. The drama series features an original screenplay that is a human love story. The three sisters begin to live under the same roof after their father disappears.

“9 Border” will first air April, 2024 in Japan.

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Feb 19 2024

Hana Sugisaki cast in Fuji TV-KTV drama “Unmet”

Hana Sugisaki is cast in Fuji TV-KTV drama series “Unmet.” The live-action drama series is based on manga  “Unmet” by Yuzuru Kojika. The original author of the manga is a former brain surgeon and her experience in that field lays out the groundwork for screenplay. Hana Sugisaki will play Miyabi Kawauchi. She was a promising neurosurgeon, but she got into an accident that caused her to lose her memory. She then meets Tomoharu Sanpei, who is himself an eccentric neurosurgeon.

“Unmet” will first air April, 2024 in Japan (takes over Fuji TV’s Monday 10 PM time slot after “When Spring Comes“).

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