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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Itao Itsuji reportedly having an affair with gravure idol Toyoda Serina

Itao Itsuji is reportedly having an affair with gravure idol Toyoda Serina who is half his age i.e. 27 years old according to an article published in the electronic version of tabloid "FLASH" on 17 November. Itao and Toyoda were caught having a meal together at a restaurant in Shibuya before going to a karaoke and love hotel nearby where they spent a total of three hours together. As they left the love hotel, the reporters tried to interview them but they did not answer any of the questions.

Seto Koji's younger sister Seto Saori to get her first leading role in new movie "Ai no Yamai"

Seto Koji's younger sister Seto Saori who is a former non-no model, will be taking on her first leading role in the new movie "Ai no Yamai" (The sickness of love) which will be shown in cinemas from 6 January 2018. The movie directed by Yoshida Kota is based on the true story of a murder-cum-assault case which took place at Wakayama in 2002 and led to the death of one person and another to be seriously injured. A woman who was living in Wakayama and worked in a company, had collaborated with an unemployed man she met on an online dating site to kill a woman living in Osaka for the sake of money. The corpse was then burnt and dumped in the mountains of Wakayama. It was later found out that the woman had dated the victim's younger brother prior to the crime. Both the woman and man were sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005.

Abe Hiroshi & Kagawa Teruyuki to return in new NHK drama SP "Sniffer SP" next year

Abe Hiroshi and Kagawa Teruyuki will be back in the new NHK drama SP "Sniffer SP" which is due to be shown at 10pm on 21 March 2018 as the continuation to the original series shown in autumn 2016. The original drama was a remake of the 2013 hit Ukranian drama series and features Abe as the lead character Hanaoka Shinichiro who has a strong sense of smell and nicknamed as "Sniffer". He makes use of his ability to solve difficult cases by being able to tell a person's age, gender, lifestyle type and what he or she had eaten with his nose. Kagawa plays his buddy Komukai Tatsuro who is somewhat like his guardian angel and yet at odds with him while Igawa plays the role of Suenaga Yuki, a ENT doctor who is intrigued by Hanaoka's ability.

Japan premiere event of new movie "Tantei wa BAR ni iru 3"

The Japan premiere event of new movie "Tantei wa BAR ni iru 3" was held at Shinagawa Prince Hotel's Ichouzaka on 24 October which was attended by the director Yoshida Teruyuki and cast members Ooizumi Yo, Matsuda Ryuhei, Kitagawa Keiko, Maeda Atsuko and Lily Franky. The movie is scheduled to be shown in cinemas from 1 December.

Otani Ryohei & Honda Tsubasa to star in new Amazon drama series "Chase Daiisshou"

Otani Ryohei and Honda Tsubasa will be starring in the new Amazon drama series "Chase Daiisshou" (Chase The First Chapter) which will be streamed via Amazon Prime Video from 22 December and updated every Friday. The second chapter is expected to be shown in spring 2018. The drama is directed by Fukagawa Yoshihiro and the story is written by Fukuda Yasushi. The theme song "Working men blues" will be sung by Porno Graffiti.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fujiwara Norika & Suzuki Nobuyuki to star in new NTV Christmas drama SP "Nemurenu Shinju ~ Mada koi shitemo ii desuka? ~"

Fujiwara Norika will be starring in the new NTV Christmas drama SP "Nemurenu Shinju ~ Mada koi shitemo ii desuka? ~" (The sleepless pearl ~ is it fine for me to still fall in love? ~) which will be shown in two parts at 11.59pm on 21st and 28th December respectively. This will be her first appearance in a private network drama since she got married to Kataoka Ainosuke in March last year.

Preview of "Saigo no Dousoukai" (Drama SP)

Title: Saigo no Dousoukai 最後の同窓会 (The last class reunion)
Official website: here
O.A. Date: 26 November 2017 at 10pm
Broadcast by: TV Asahi
Scriptwriter: Okada Yoshikazu
Cast: Ichimura Masachika, Kataoka Tsurutarou, Kadono Takuzou, Denden, Matsuzaka Keiko

Ichimura Masachika to star in new TV Asahi drama SP "Saigo no Dousoukai"

Ichimura Masachika will be starring in the new TV Asahi drama SP "Saigo no Dousoukai" (The Last Class Reunion) which will be shown at 10am on 26 November. The drama which is written by Okada Yoshikazu, also features Denden, Kataoka Tsurutaro, Matsuzaka Keiko and Kadono Takuzo in its cast and is one of the participating works in the 2017 National Arts Festival organised by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Matsushima Nanako to appear in new WOWOW drama "Kansayaku Nozaki Shuuhei"

Matsushima Nanako will be appearing in the new WOWOW drama "Kansayaku Nozaki Shuhei" starring Oda Yuji which will begin its run from 14 January in the Sundays 10pm timeslot. The drama which consists of 8 episodes, marks the first collaboration in 17 years for Oda and Matsushima since the 2000 movie "White Out".

Kimura Takuya to star in new TV Asahi Winter 2018 drama "BG ~ Shinpen Keigonin ~"

Kimura Takuya will be starring in the new TV Asahi Winter 2018 drama "BG ~ Shinpen Keigonin ~" (BG ~ Personal Guard) which will begin its run from January in the Thursdays 9pm timeslot. He will be playing a private bodyguard for the first time.

Top 10 ideal married couples ranking 2017 (Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance)

Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance conducts an annual survey in conjunction with "ii fuufu no hi" i.e. the good married couple day on 22 November whereby respondents choose their ideal celebrity married couple. This year's survey conducted via the Internet had 1,596 responses from married men and women between the age of 20 and 79. Numbers in brackets indicate the number of people who voted for the couple:

1) Miura Tomokazu & Yamaguchi Momoe (214)
*They have won this title for 12 times.

2) Sasaki Kensuke & Hokuto Akira (88)

3) Hiromi & Matsumoto Iyo (83)

4) Karasawa Toshiaki & Yamaguchi Tomoko (69)

5) Tanaka Masahiro & Satoda Mai (56)

6) DAIGO & Kitagawa Keiko (52)

7) Eguchi Yosuke & Moritaka Chisato (47)

8) Nakura Jun & Watanabe Marina / Watanabe Toru  & Sakakibara Ikue (42)

10) Uzaki Ryuudou & Aki Youko / Nakao Akira & Ikenami Shino (41)

Source: Oricon

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Preview of "Machikouba no Onna" - Autumn 2017

Title: Machikouba no Onna マチ工場のオンナ (The woman of the small town factory
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 24 November 2017
Timeslot: Fridays 10pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Original book by: Suwa Takako
Theme Song: "Atarashii Ashita" by Matsuda Seiko
Cast: Uchiyama Rina, Tachi Hiroshi, Nagai Masaru, Ichige Yoshie, Takenaka Naoto, Yanagisawa Shingo, Murakami Jun, Oshinari Shugo, Yoshimura Kaito, Watanabe Yutaro and Kariya Shunsuke

Screening event & press conference of new NHK drama "Machikouba no Onna"

The screening event and press conference of new NHK drama "Machikouba no Onna" was held at its Tokyo HQ on 15 November which was attended by cast members Uchiyama Rina, Tachi Hiroshi, Takenaka Naoto, Yanagisawa Shingo and Nagai Masaru. The drama which consists of 7 episodes, begins its run from 24 November in the Fridays 10pm timeslot.

Screening event & press conference of new NHK drama "Otoko no Misao"

The screening event and press conference of new NHK drama "Otoko no Misao" was held at its Tokyo HQ on 6 November which was attended by cast members Hamano Kenta, Kurashina Kana, Awano Sari, Sato Ryuta and Adachi Yumi. The drama begins its run from 12 November in the Sundays 10pm timeslot.

Misaki Ayame announces her divorce from her husband of one year

Misaki Ayame announced her divorce through her agency and her blog on 15 November. In her statement, Misaki explained that she and her husband had drifted apart due to her constant absence from home due to her filming commitments in various parts of Japan and overseas and her husband's busy schedule. Although she was happy to be able to form a family with her husband and thankful for the blessings she received when they got married, it was regrettable and sad for her to reach such a decision. Misaki also admitted that she had some shortcomings due to her young age and hoped that she can improve as a person and actress in future after this episode in her life.

List of artistes appearing on the 68th NHK Kouhaku Utagassen announced

Here is the list of artistes appearing on the 68th NHK Kouhaku Utagassen to be held on 31 December 2017 in alphabetical order. The numbers in brackets indicate the number of appearances to date on Kouhaku inclusive of this year:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Preview of "Yamaonna Nikki" (Drama SP)

Title: Yamaonna Nikki 山女日記 (The diary of the mountain woman)
Official website: here
O.A. Dates: 10pm on 29 October 2017 & 5 November 2017
Broadcast by: NHK
Original novel by: Minato Kanae
Cast: Kudo Yuki, Kikawada Masaya, Kurotani Tomoka, Kurokawa Mei, Natsuna, Katase Rino

Press conference of new NHK drama SP "Yamaonna Nikki"

The press conference of new NHK drama SP "Yamaonna Nikki" was held on 19 october which was attended by cast members Kudo Yuki, Kurotani Tomoka and Kikawada Masaya. The drama SP will be shown in two parts at 10pm on 29 October and 5 November and is the sequel to the original drama series shown in November last year.

Preview of "Otoko no Misao" - Autumn 2017

Title: Otoko no Misao 男の操 (A Man's Chastity)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 12 November 2017
Timeslot: Sundays 10pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Total number of episodes: 7
Original manga by: Gouda Yoshiie
Insert Song: "Otoko no Misao"
Cast: Hamano Kenta, Kurashina Kana, Kawaei Rina, Nagase Takumi, Awano Risa, Motai Masako, Adachi Yumi, Sato Ryuta

Matsuzaka Toori to star in new real-life adaptation movie "Shounen" as a call boy

Matsuzaka Toori will be starring in the new real-life adaptation movie "Shounen" (Call Boy) which is based on the same-titled Naoki Award nominee novel by Ishida Ira. The movie will be directed by Miura Daisuke who directed the stage play version in August last year also featuring Matsuzaka as the lead. Due to the sexual references in the story, the stage play got a R-15 rating but still managed to sell out during its run. For the movie version, the movie company will go out to present the story in its entirety without cutting down on the sexual references thus it is likely to earn it a restricted rating again.

Otani Ryohei to take over Koide Keisuke's role in new movie "Ie ni kaeruto tsuma ga kanarazu shindafuri wo shiteimasu"

Otani Ryohei will be taking over Koide Keisuke's role in the new movie "Ie ni kaeruto tsuma ga kanarazu shindafuri wo shiteimasu" after the latter was removed from the cast following his scandal of having sex with an underage girl in May this year and having his career suspended indefinitely. The movie starring Eikura Nana and Yasuda Ken as joint leads and playing a married couple was due to be shown in spring 2018 and the filming had been completed. However, following Koide's removal from the cast, the decision was made to re-film some parts of the movie with another actor in winter this year rather than edit Koide's scenes out from the movie as he played a rather significant character. This means that the movie's release will be pushed back to summer 2018.

The 94th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2017) - Best Drama

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON (FujiTV)
2) Hiyokko (NHK)
3) Kahogo no Kahoko (NTV)

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON (FujiTV)
2) Koshoku no Robot (NTV)
3) Kahogo no Kahoko (NTV)
4) Bokutachi ga yarimashita (FujiTV)
5) Uchi no otto wa shigoto ga dekinai (NTV)

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Hiyokko (NHK)
2) Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON (FujiTV) / Kahogo no Kahoko (NTV)
4) Hello Harinezumi (TBS)
5) Shimokitazawa Diehard (TV Tokyo)

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Hiyokko (NHK)
2) Yasuragi no Sato (TV Asahi)
3) Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON (FujiTV)
4) Kahogo no Kahoko (NTV)
5) Shimokitazawa Diehard (TV Tokyo)

Source: The Television

The 94th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2017) - Best Leading Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Yamashita Tomohisa - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
2) Kubota Masataka - Bokutachi ga yarimashita
3) Ishizaka Koji - Yasuragi no Sato

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Yamashita Tomohisa - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
2) Arioka Daiki - Koshoku Robot
3) Kubota Masataka - Bokutachi ga yarimashita
4) Nishikido Ryo - Uchi no otto wa shigoto ga dekinai
5) Nagase Tomoya - Gomen, Aishiteru

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Yamashita Tomohisa - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
2) Kubota Masataka - Bokutachi ga yarimashita
3) Eita - Hello Harinezumi
4) Nagase Tomoya - Gomen, Aishiteru / Fukushi Souta - Aishitetatte, Himitsu wa aru
6) Nishijima Hidetoshi - Blanket Cats

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Ishizaka Koji - Yasuragi no Sato
2) Yamashita Tomohisa - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
3) Kubota Masataka - Bokutachi ga yarimashita
4) Eita - Hello Harinezumi / Higashiyama Noriyuki - Keiji Shichinin / Arita Teppei - Wanitokagegisu

Source: The Televison

The 94th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2017) - Best Leading Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Arimura Kasumi - Hiyokko
2) Takahata Mitsuki - Kahogo no Kahoko
3) Takei Emi - Kurokawa no Techou

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Takahata Mitsuki - Kahogo no Kahoko
2) Arimura Kasumi - Hiyokko
3) Takei Emi - Kurokawa no Techou
4) Watanabe Naomi - Kanna-san!
5) Shida Mirai - Utsubokazura no Yume

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Arimura Kasumi - Hiyokko
2) Takahata Mitsuki - Kahogo no Kahoko
3) Takei Emi - Kurokawa no Techou
4) Watanabe Naomi - Kanna-san!
5) Shida Mirai - Utsubokazura no Yume

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Arimura Kasumi - Hiyokko
2) Takei Emi - Kurokawa no Techou
3) Takahata Mitsuki - Kahogo no Kahoko
4) Watanabe Naomi - Kanna-san!
5) Hirao Nanaka - Ecchan

Source: The Television

The 94th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2017) - Best Supporting Actor

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Takeuchi Ryoma - Kahogo no Kahoko
2) Morita Go - Hello Harinezumi
3) Asari Yosuke - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Asari Yosuke - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
2) Arioka Daiki - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
3) Takeuchi Ryoma - Kahogo no Kahoko
4) Konno Hiroki - Bokutachi ga yarimashita
5) Yabu Kota - Uchi no otto wa shigoto ga dekinai

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Takeuchi Ryoma - Kahogo no Kahoko
2) Morita Go - Hello Harinezumi
3) Sawamura Ikki - Hiyokko
4) Narita Ryo - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
5) Konno Hiroki - Bokutachi ga yarimashita

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Takeuchi Ryoma - Kahogo no Kahoko
2) Morita Go - Hello Harinezumi
3) Konno Hiroki - Bokutachi ga yarimashita
4) Narita Ryo - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON / Sawamura Ikki - Hiyokko / Eguchi Yosuke - Kurokawa no Techou / Okuda Eiji - Kurokawa no Techou

Source: The Televison

The 94th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2017) - Best Supporting Actress

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Aragaki Yui - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
2) Toda Erika - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
3) Kimura Yoshino - Hiyokko

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) Aragaki Yui - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
2) Toda Erika - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
3) Matsuoka Mayu - Uchi no otto wa shigoto ga dekinai
4) Higa Manami - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
5) Nagano Mei - Bokutachi ga yarimashita

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Aragaki Yui - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
2) Toda Erika - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON
3) Matsuoka Mayu - Uchi no otto wa shigoto ga dekinai
4) Kimura Yoshino - Hiyokko / Yoshioka Riho - Gomen, Aishiteru
6) Kawaei Rina - Bokutachi ga yarimashita

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Kimura Yoshino - Hiyokko
2) Wakui Emi - Hiyokko
3) Aragaki Yui - Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON / Nogiwa Yoko - Yasuragi no Sato / Naka Riisa - Kurokawa no Techou / Hashimoto Kanna - Keishicho Ikimonogakari

Source: The Televison

The 94th Drama Academy Awards (Summer 2017) - Best Theme Song

Overall Ranking Top 3
1) Wakai Hiroba - Kuwata Keisuke (Hiyokko)
2) HANABI - Mr.Children (Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON)
3) Family Song - Hoshino Gen (Kahogo no Kahoko)

Voters Ranking Top 5
1) HANABI - Mr.Children (Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON)
2) Are You There? - A.Y.T. (Koshoku Robot)
3) Family Song - Hoshino Gen (Kahogo no Kahoko)
4) Kiseki no Hito - Kanjani 8 (Uchi no otto wa shigoto ga dekinai)
5) Bokutachi ga yarimashita - DISH// (Bokutachi ga yarimashita)

TV Reporters Ranking Top 5
1) Family Song - Hoshino Gen (Kahogo no Kahoko)
2) Wakai Hiroba - Kuwata Keisuke (Hiyokko)
3) Forevermore - Utada Hikaru (Gomen, Aishiteru)
4) HANABI - Mr.Children (Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON)
5) Yumemakase - "SOIL&""PIMP""SESSIONS feat. Yojiro Noda (Hello Harinezumi) / Bokutachi ga yarimashita - DISH// (Bokutachi ga yarimashita)

Judges Ranking Top 5
1) Wakai Hiroba - Kuwata Keisuke (Hiyokko)
2) Bojou - Nakajima Miyuki (Yasuragi no Sato)
3) Yumemakase - "SOIL&""PIMP""SESSIONS feat. Yojiro Noda (Hello Harinezumi)
4) Family Song - Hoshino Gen (Kahogo no Kahoko) / Forevermore - Utada Hikaru (Gomen, Aishiteru)
6) HANABI - Mr.Children (Code Blue THE THIRD SEASON) / Papa Mama Song - Yusuke Santa Maria, Hirao Nanaka, Kadowaki Mugi, Ishida Nicole, Ando Tamae & Okamoto Kenichi (Ecchan) / TAKE MY HAND - Yoru no honki dansu (Seshiru no Mokuromi)

Source: The Televison

New NHK morning drama "Manpuku" to be shown from autumn 2018

NHK announced on 14 November that it will be showing a new morning drama "Manpuku" (All health and happiness) which consists of 151 episodes and will be shown from 1 October 2018 to 30 March 2019. The story will be written by Fukuda Yasushi who is known for his works such as "HERO", "Galileo" and "Ryomaden" and this will be his attempt at writing a morning drama. The story set from the days before WWII to the period of high economic growth in Osaka will feature a heroine modelled after Ando Masako and her husband Ando Momofuku who created the instant ramen. "Manpuku" will be the 99th morning drama in the history of NHK's morning dramas and the 42nd production by NHK Osaka.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Yamamoto Mizuki to star in new NHK drama SP "Mayonaka no Super Car"

Yamamoto Mizuki will be starring in the new NHK Nagoya drama SP "Mayonaka no Super Car" (The Super Car of Midnight) which will be shown at 10pm on 28 March 2018. The drama is set at an automobile museum housing the famous cars in history located at Nagakute City in Aichi Prefecture and describes how a group of people devote their lives to developing cars.

Hasegawa Hiroki to star in TBS New Year drama SP "Tochou Bakuha!"

Hasegawa Hiroki will be starring in the TBS New Year drama SP "Tochou Bakuha!" (Blow up the Metropolitan Government Building!) which will be shown at 9pm on 2 January 2018. Co-stars include Kikkawa Koji, Watabe Atsuro, Terajima Shinobu and Lily Frankie. The story is based on the same-titled novel published by Takashima Tetsuo in 2001 and describes a terror incident which happens in Tokyo. About 1,000 extras are expected to be participating in the filming to show the chaos on Tokyo's streets when the incident happens.

Sano Reo, Nakagawa Taishi, Takasugi Mahiro & Yokohama Ryuusei to star in new movie "Nijiiro Days"

Sano Reo, Nakagawa Taishi, Takasugi Mahiro and Yokohama Ryuusei will be starring in the new movie "Nijiiro Days" which will be shown in cinemas during summer 2018. The movie which is based on the same-titled manga by Mizuno Minami and had an anime version in 2016, will be directed by Iizuka Ken and written by Nezu Rika. Filming will be done from mid October to November in Tokyo.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Preview of "Seirei no Moribito Saishusho" - Autumn 2017

Title: Seirei no Moribito Saishusho 精霊の守り人 最終章 (The Guardian of Spirits - The Last Chapter)
Official website: here
Official Twitter: here
O.A. Start Date: 25 Nov 2017
Timeslot: Saturdays 9pm
Broadcast by: NHK
Total number of episodes: 9
Original novel by: Uehashi Nahoko
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Itagaki Mizuki, Higashide Masahiro, Nakamura Shido, Nakagawa Akinori, Kikawada Masaya, Murakawa Eri, Watanabe Ikkei, Furuya Kenji, Kikkawa Kouji, Kamiji Yuusuke, Hanafusa Mari, Mera Yoshikazu, Takeda Tetsuya, Fujiwara Tatsuya, Kaga Takeshi, Hayashi Kento, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Kimura Fumino, Takahashi Kounosuke, Kamio Yuu, Matsuda Satoshi, Watanabe Eri, Iwasaki Udai, Hayashiya Shouzou, Magii, Toman, Takashima Reiko, Koura Kengo, Suzuki Ryohei, Oda Risa, Koichi Mantarou, Kakuda Nobuaki, Shimada Kyuusaku, Dean Fujioka, Suzuki Rio, Fukuda Kouhei, Shinagawa Tooru, Hida Yasuhito, Tomizawa Takeshi

Screening event and press conference of NHK drama "Seirei no Moribito Saishusho"

The screening event of NHK drama "Seirei no Moribito Saishusho" was held at the TV station's HQ in Shibuya, Tokyo, which was attended by cast members Ayase Haruka, Koura Kengo and Suzuki Ryohei. The drama will begin its run from 25 November in the Saturdays 9pm timeslot. Filming of the drama was done over three years and completed in spring 2017.

Ninomiya Kazunari, Arimura Kasumi & Uchimura Teruyoshi to be the hosts for "68th NHK Kouhaku Utagassen"

Ninomiya Kazunari, Arimura Kasumi and Uchimura Teruyoshi will be the hosts for the "68th NHK Kouhaku Utagassen" due to be shown on New Year's Eve from 7.15pm to 11.45pm. This is the first time that Ninomiya will be the white team's host on a solo basis although he had done this with his fellow Arashi members five years in a row from 2010 to 2014. Arimura takes on the same post for the red team two years in a row. Last but not least, Uchimura is the main host for the programme which makes it a first for him although he had appeared as a member of music unit Pocket Biscuits in the 49th edition.

Top 10 movies box office ranking for the weekend of 11th & 12th Nov 2017

Numbers in brackets indicate the number of cinemas showing the movie:

1) HiGH & LOW THE MOVIE 3 FINAL MISSION (317)

2) It (202)

3) Thor: Ragnarok (353)

Kawaguchi Haruna to star in new Amazon drama series "Shiro to Kiiro ~ Hawaii to Watashi no Pankeeki Monogatari ~"

Kawaguchi Haruna will be starring in the new Amazon drama series "Shiro to Kiiro ~ Hawaii to Watashi no Pankeeki Monogatari ~" (White & Yellow ~ My Pancake Story with Hawaii ~) which will be shown via Amazon Prime Video in the spring of 2018. The drama consists of 25 episodes lasting 15 minutes each and the script is written by Okada Yoshikazu. Compared to an usual drama, Amazon has decided to make each episode of this drama shorter so that viewers can watch an episode during a short break e.g. during their commute on trains, lunch breaks or while waiting for someone.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Furukawa Yuuki & Fujii Takemi to star in new movie "Kaze no Iro"

Furukawa Yuuki and Fujii Takemi will be starring in the new movie "Kaze no Iro" (The colour of the wind) which is directed by South Korean director Kwak Jae-yong and due to be shown in cinemas from 26 January 2018. Co-stars include Ishii Tomoya, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Koichi Mantaro, Nakada Yoshiko and Takenaka Naoto. Takei was selected from an audition involving 10,000 people.

Matsu Takako to sing the theme song for new movie "Uso wo aisuru onna"

Matsu Takako will be singing the theme song for new movie "Uso wo aisuru onna" starring Nagasawa Masami and Takahashi Issei which will be shown in cinemas from 20 January 2018. The song titled "Tsunagumono" is Matsu's first theme song for a movie and the melody was written by Matsu a few years ago but not given a title then. It was only until the decision to make this melody into the theme song before it got its title so Matsu expressed her gratitude for the opportunity.

Sonar Pocket to sing the theme song for new movie "honey"

Sonar Pocket will be singing the theme song for new movie "honey" starring Hirano Sho and Taira Yuna which will be shown in cinemas from 31 March 2018. The movie is based on the same-titled manga by Meguro Amu and directed by Shintoku Koji. The story features Hirano as the lead character Onise Taiga who behaves like an delinquent but has a pure personality. One day, he is approached by Kogure Nao (Taira) who is afraid of Onise's reputation but asks to date him with marriage in mind. Onise is unable to reject her and has no choice but to accept her "proposal" which marks the beginning of a sweet and unlikely love story between them. Co-stars include Yokohama Ryusei, Mizutani Kaho, Asakawa Rina, Sano Gaku and Takahashi Yu.

Nominees for the 42nd Hochi Movie Awards (2017)

Here is the list of nominees for the 42nd Hochi Movie Awards this year. Numbers in the brackets indicate the number of nominees in each category. All names are presented in the Japanese alphabetical order.

Names in red are the No.1s as voted by the readers.

Winners will be announced at the end of December:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saito Takumi, Matsuda Seiko, Ihara Tsuyoshi & Bessho Tetsuya to star in new movie "Ramen Teh"

Saito Takumi, Matsuda Seiko, Ihara Tsuyoshi and Bessho Tetsuya will be appearing in the new movie "Ramen Teh" directed by Singaporean director Eric Khoo and jointly produced by Singapore, Japan and France. Other cast members include Singaporean actress Jeanette Aw and actor Mark Lee. Filming wrapped up at Takasaki City and Singapore in July this year but the release date has yet to be decided.

First-day-screening event of new movie "Saiki Kusuo no Sainan"

The first-day-screening event of new movie "Saiki Kusuo no Sainan" was held at Marunouchi Picadilly on 21 October which was attended by the director Fukuda Yuichi and cast members Yamazaki Kento, Hashimoto Kanna, Arai Hirofumi, Yoshizawa Ryo, Kasahara Hideyuki, Kaku Kento and Muro Tsuyoshi. The film is based on the same-titled popular manga by Aso Shuichi and features Yamazaki in the role of a senior high school student named Saiki Kusuo who possesses strong supernatural powers that constantly gets him into trouble. With the annual cultural festival coming up soon, Kusuo hopes that he would be able to get through it peacefully but gets embroiled into a huge mess by his strange classmates like Teruhashi Kokomi (Hashimoto) who has a wild imagination.

First episode satisfaction ranking for Autumn 2017 dramas (TV Watcher)

TV Watcher released a ranking where respondents were asked to give scores to the first episodes of Autumn 2017 dramas based on their satisfaction level after watching the first episodes. The full score is 5 while anything above 3.7 is considered high satisfaction. Note that only dramas shown in the 9pm and 10pm timeslots were considered in this ranking. Numbers in brackets indicate the score for the drama concerned:

Friday, November 10, 2017

Maki Youko quits from new movie "SUNNY Tsuyoi kimochi tsuyoi ai"; Itaya Yuka to take over her role

It was reported on 9 November that Maki Youko quit from the new movie "SUNNY Tsuyoi kimochi tsuyoi ai" starring Shinohara Ryoko just because she was about to begin filming for the movie. According to the movie company Toho, Maki's agency had submitted the request for her to be removed from the cast lineup in late October citing health reasons even though the rest of the cast had already begun filming. Since she had not begun filming, Toho decided to get a replacement and finally decided on Itaya Yuka to take over Maki's role.

Che'Nelle to sing the theme song for new movie "Konya Romance Gekijou de"

Australian singer Che'Nelle will be singing the theme song for new movie "Konya Romance Gekijou de" starring Ayase Haruka and Sakaguchi Kentaro which will be shown in cinemas from 10 February 2018. The song titled "Kiseki" is based on the theme of two people whose relationship cannot bear fruit but still want to be together. This is the second movie theme song which Che'Nelle has sung since "Believe" for the 2012 movie "BRAVE HEARTS Umizaru".

Fujisawa Ema holds her wedding ceremony and banquet at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Fujisawa Ema and her husband held their wedding ceremony and banquet at Grand Hyatt Tokyo on 3 November after they registered their marriage on 21 August. Fujisawa who appeared in her EMarie wedding dress by Ema Rie when she met the media, expressed her joy at seeing everyone at her wedding. Fujisawa revealed that she had come to know Ema Rie when she filmed the movie "Kekkon shiyouyo" and it was a happy thing for her to be able to wear a EMarie dress. Fujisawa also wore the furisode prepared by her parents who own a kimono shop in their hometown at Takamatsu after the wedding gown change.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

World premiere of new movie "Midnight Bus" at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival

The world premiere of new movie "Midnight Bus" was held during the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival on 2 November which was attended by the director Takeshita Masao and cast members Harada Taizo, Yamamoto Mirai, Konishi Manami, Nanase Kou and violinist-cum-composer Kawai Ikuko who is in charge of the music for this movie. The movie will be shown in cinemas from 27 January 2018.

Abe Sadao & Yoshioka Riho to star in new movie "Onryou wo agero tako! Nani utattennoka zenzen wakannendayo!!"

Abe Sadao and Yoshioka Riho will be starring in the new movie "Onryou wo agero tako! Nani utattennoka zenzen wakannendayo!!" (Turn up the volume Idiot! I don't understand at all what you are singing!!) which will be directed by Miki Satoshi and will be shown in cinemas next year. Filming will begin in November 2017.

Higashide Masahiro & An welcome the arrival of their third child

Higashide Masahiro and An welcomed the arrival of their third child i.e. a baby boy in early November as reported in the media on 7 November. The couple who met while playing a married couple in the 2013 NHK morning drama "Gochisousan", got married in real life on New Year's Day 2015 and already have twin daughters who were born in May 2016.

Source: Sanspo

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Nakamura Shido & Matsuoka Masahiro to star in new Mitani Koki stage play "Edo wa moeteiru ka"

Nakamura Shido and Matsuoka Masahiro will be starring in the new Mitani Koki stage play "Edo wa moeteiru ka" (Is Edo burning?) which will be performed at Shinbashi Enbujo from 3 March 2018 to 26 March 2018. The play is said to be the funniest comedy staged at Shinbashi Enbujo to date.