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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Gen Hoshino to star in new WOWOW drama

Hoshino Gen will be starring in the new WOWOW drama "Plage" which will be shown this summer in the Saturdays 10pm timeslot. The drama which consists of 5 episodes, is the first drama in 10 years featuring Hoshino in the leading role and based on the same-titled novel by Honda Tetsuya.

Hoshino will be playing the 32-year-old lead character Yoshimura Takao, a sales department salaryman at a travel agency who dabbles in stimulants out of fun which then leads to his arrest and dismissal by his company. To make things worse, the apartment where he lives at goes up in flames by accident. Having lost his job and place to live, Takao goes to live in the sharehouse Plage which takes in people with various backgrounds who are striving to regain their former lives or content to stay in a corner of society. Although Takao resolves to restart his life, he gets embroiled into the controversies and troubles involving the tenants there.

Hoshino commented that this must be the most useless person he has played in his career so far and he revealed that he found Takao to be the type of people he can't handle. However, from episode 3 onwards, Hoshino finally saw the charming points in Takao's character so he unwittingly found himself liking Takao by the end.

Filming began from 8 March.

Sources: Sanspo / Sponichi / Oricon / Eiga.com
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It must be a new rule in the J-Ent world that every drama has to have either Yutaka Matsushige or Kenichi Endo in the cast.

Kenichi Endo to star in FujiTV 2017 Spring special

Endo Kenichi will be starring in one of the segments within FujiTV's new "Yo ni mo Kimyou na Monogatari Spring 2017 SP" which will be shown at 9pm on 29 April. His segment titled "Tsuma no Kioku" (My wife's memories) is based on a mystery thriller web manga "Kiki Kaikai" currently serialised on the website XOY and is a somewhat strange love story.

Endo plays the role of Narita Yoichiro who is a salaryman obsessed with his work and would only return home near dawn due to entertainment and drinking sessions. One day, his wife Haruko (Harade Mieko) suddenly passes away due to a fire. Surprisingly, Haruko appears in front of Yoichiro at breakfast time on the following morning after her funeral and he turns out to be the only one who can see her while his daughter can't. While pondering over whether the Haruko he is seeing is a ghost or his hallucination, Yoichiro finds out that Haruko had dementia when she was still alive and her presence is the result of her strong desire of not wanting to be forgotten. As such, Yoichiro tries to live together with Haruko afresh based on the memories she had.

Endo commented that although the image of this series' stories tend to be of the shocking and scary type, there are some sad and strange stories as well. Although he was apprehensive as to whether he could show these elements in a 20-min segment, he found it a meaningful challenge to be able to attempt this story. Despite having difficulties with the CG filming, he had no problems working with Harada since they had played a married couple before.

Source: Oricon
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Hikari Ishida and Tsubasa Imai to star in FujiTV Spring drama

Ishida Hikari will be appearing in a drama for the first time in 14 years when she takes on the leading role in the new FujiTV Spring 2017 drama "Yaneura no Koibito" (The Attic Lover) which will begin its run from 3 June in the Saturdays 11.40pm timeslot. The drama which consists of 8 episodes, is the 8th production in the "Saturday dramas for adults" timeslot since April last year.

Ishida plays the lead character Saijo Kinuka who is a housewife and has a 17-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son with her husband. Due to the death of her father-in-law, she moves to a Western-style house in Kamakura left behind by him together with her family. Kinuka finally realises her longtime dream of opening a flower arrangement school by doing it in the salon of her new house. Just when she thinks that her life is already perfect, she is aghast to find her ex-boyfriend Seno Itsuki (Imai Tsubasa) at her housewarming party even though they had parted ways 18 years ago. Although Kinuka manages to chase Seno away that day, strange things start happening in the Saijo household as food is found to be missing from the fridge and her husband's clothing disappear for no reason. It turns out that Seno has started living in the attic of the house and this gradually causes the revelation of secrets hidden by the people around Kinuka including her husband, children, mother-in-law and best friend and leads to her being forced into a corner mentally. When a murder takes place, this then causes her fate to be affected drastically. This will be the first time that Ishida and Imai are working together in a drama.

Ishida who also has two daughters in their teens, said that she can identify with Kinuka's efforts in raising her children and pledged to do her best in this drama. As for being involved in a forbidden relationship with Imai's character, Ishida said that she felt bad about it as Imai is too young to play her love interest but she is still looking forward to working with him.

On the other hand, Imai who has not appeared in a drama in 14 years since 2003's NTV drama "Saigo no Bengonin", commented that he has never played such a character before but hopes to bring some excitement to the viewers on their Saturday nights by applying what he had learnt from doing stage plays all this while.

Sources: Sanspo / Oricon
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Perfume to star in their first drama as childhood friends

TV Tokyo will air a special drama titled "Pensees" starring the members of Perfume from March 31 to April 1.


And in case you missed it, it's available on Netflix.

Perfume drama special "Pensees" to be shown on Netflix

TV Tokyo drama SP "Pensees" starring Perfume will be streamed exclusively within Japan via Netflix from 19 April. The drama SP was first shown via TV Tokyo on 31 March and 1 April and featured the three members Nishiwaki Ayaka (Acchan), Kashino Yuka (Kashiyuka) and Omoto Ayano (Nocchi) as the leads.

The story is based on an original script written by Kizara Izumi with the themes of what it means to have a dream, work and die. Nishiwaki plays a company employee nicknamed Don-chan while Kashino plays Okamido who works as in her family business and Omoto plays Noribuu who is a freeter. The three of them became close friends since primary school as they went home together. When the three of them decide to buy a European-style bungalow which they have been eyeing for a long time, the real estate company offers to sell it to them at a very low price on the condition that they look after someone named Rikimaru. Upon agreeing to this, the trio move into the bungalow where they start to ponder over their dreams, work and death through their chats with one another.

Source: Eiga.com
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