Ikuta Toma to star in new drama 'Osozaki no Himawari'
On August 29th, Fuji TV has announced that actor Ikuta Toma will star in their upcoming fall drama 'Osozaki no Himawari ~Boku no Jinsei, Renewal~' (lit. 'Late Blooming Sunflower ~My Life, Renewal~'). It will be his first starring role in a drama series in three and a half years.
The drama is set at the beautiful Shimanto River in the Kochi prefecture and revolves around a group of seven men and women and the unfolding of their lives.
Ikuta plays a man named 'Joutarou', who's a typical example of the so-called 'lost generation' in Japan. The term 'lost generation' refers to people who face a scarcity of employment right after graduating from school and therefore are left without any real perspective. He was lucky to find a regular employment, but it didn't last long and he was laid off due to downsizing. Around the same time he was also dumped by his girlfriend. Fed up with his life, he somehow ends up in a 'revitalization group' of the Shimanto River area in Kochi.
Fuji TV already produced similar dramas about different individuals living together at the countryside such as 'Kita no Kuni kara' (1981~2002) set in Furano, Hokkaido and 'Hakusen Nagashi' (1996) set in Matsumoto, Nagano, which were very popular at the time. It seems, they are now aiming to transfer the same concept into the current generation.
Ikuta commented, "There have already been many great dramas about unique groups of people living together in regional towns. I want this drama to prove that our generation can create something just as wonderful as those masterpieces and meet everyone's expectations of a drama about a youthful crowd."
Actress Maki Yoko will play the heroine in the drama. You can also look forward to the appearances by Kiritani Kenta, Kashii Yu, Emoto Tasuku, Kimura Fumino, and Kuninaka Ryoko, as well.
'Osozaki no Himawari ~Boku no Jinsei, Renewal~' will air every Tuesday at 9:00 pm, starting sometime in October.
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