Ishihara Satomi to star in the special drama 'Koi'
On May 13th, it was announced that actress Ishihara Satomi is going to star in the TBS special drama 'Koi' this fall.
'Koi' is based on a novel of the same name by writer Koike Mariko, and is being appraised has Koike's best work and was awarded with the Naoki Prize in 1995. The story is set in the early 1970s at the quiet summer resort in Karuizawa, while the atmosphere in Tokyo is heating up due to the rapid economic growth and the US-Japan Security Treaty. It features a plot about friendship, pure love, immorality, a love triangle, and a murder.
February 29th, 1972. The United Red Army sends shockwaves throughout Japan with the Asama-Sanspo incident in Karuizawa. At the same time another murder occurs not too far away from the place of this incident at a quiet summer resort and the protagonist 'Yano Fumiko' (Ishihara) somehow gets dragged into this murder case as a possible perpetrator.
Ishihara commented, "It's a difficult role, but I want to face the role of Fumiko with all my sincerity. Please look forward to a wonderful shape of love, an intriguing world view, and the shocking conclusion."
The special drama will be written and directed by Minamoto Takashi ('Ikon Ari Meiji Jusan Nen Saigo no Adauchi', 'Tokyo Tower'). Furthermore it's already known that the last scene is going to be slightly different from the original novel.
Author Koike commented, "The novel 'Koi' was the turning point in my life as a writer and is a very precious work to me. There were countless of offers for drama/movie adaptations, but I believe that all people who have read the novel already have a certain image in their minds, which made me hesitant to accept any of those offers. This is the first script I feel like I can give my permission for an adaptation. I cannot wait to see Ishihara Satomi as Fumiko."
The main supporting cast will be made up of Iura Arata, Tanaka Rena, Saito Takumi, Watabe Atsuro, and Harada Mieko.
TBS has yet to announce an exact date for the special drama 'Koi'.
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