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  • Mitani Koki to film another single-cut drama starring Takeuchi Yuko

    April 19, 2013 @ 4:39 am

    On April 14th, WOWOW announced that famed director Mitani Koki is working on another drama that will be filmed in one scene without a single cut titled 'Daikuko 2013 (tentative)' (lit. 'Major Airport'). 'Daikuko 2013' is written by Mitani himself and is going to be a comedy about a family that gets stuck at an airport due to bad weather and the multiple problems they face there. WOWOW already aired a similar drama project of Mitani titled

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  • 'Platinum Data' movie adaptation reveals supporting cast

    November 8, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    On November 8, the supporting cast of the upcoming movie adaptation of Higashino Keigo's novel 'Platinum Data' was revealed. 'Platinum Data', starring Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari and actor Toyokawa Etsushi, is set in 2017 and tells the story of a young brilliant scientist named Kagura Ryuhei (Ninomiya), who works as a DNA specialist for the National Police Agency in the newly created underwater DNA data center. One day, he suddenly becomes

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  • Tsutsumi Shinichi to star in live-action adaptation of 'Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake'

    July 23, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    On July 23rd, it was announced that Aono Shunju's popular manga 'Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake' will be adapted into a live-action movie. This manga made it on the 'Kono Manga ga Sugoi!' ranking in 2009 and more than 20 companies are said to have sent Aono offers regarding a live-action adaptation. The protagonist, an unappealing 41-year-old salary man named 'Oguro Shizuo' who suddenly quits his job in order to pursue his goal of becom

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  • Sakai Masato & Aragaki Yui to star as lawyers in new drama 'Legal High'

    February 13, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    Fuji TV has just announced another new drama for the upcoming spring season titled, 'Legal High'. This new drama will star actor Sakai Masato and actress Aragaki Yui as lawyers who aren't really that fond of each other. 'Legal High' is an original and thrilling comedy written by popular scriptwriter Kosawa Ryota (the "ALWAYS" series). The title "legal high" means "to get high on law", which is a direct hint at the main character, lawyer '

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  • Japan Box Office Report – November 5th/6th

    November 8, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    [caption id="attachment_202215" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Kaiji 2" / "Suteki na Kanashibari" / "The Three Musketeers""][/caption] New entries from Japan, America, and China/Hong Kong made it into the top 10 this week. The second weekend of "Suteki na Kanashibari" was a very successful one. 313,215 people went to see this film over the two days, grossing another 413,724,750 Yen (5.3 million USD).

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  • Yoshitaka Yuriko worries about Fujiwara Tatsuya's future?

    November 6, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    On November 5th, actress Yoshitaka Yuriko (23) attended the first-day opening for her starring movie, “Kaiji 2 ~ Jinsei Dakkai Game” at TOHO Cinemas in Tokyo.  During the event, she showed concern for starring actor Fujiwara Tatsuya (29)’s future. On this stage, co-actors Namase Katsuhisa (51) and Kagawa Teruyuki (45) gave hilarious, but immature greetings.  Since men around 20 to 30 years (including actor Iseya Yusuke (35)) attended this

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  • Yamada Yu holds press conference for her first stage play

    October 11, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    On October 11th, actress Yamada Yu held a press conference for her stage play, "Villa Grande Aoyama". Set in an apartment, "Villa Grande Aoyama" is a cynical comedy that portrays friendship and family love. As this marks the first time for her to participate in a stage play, Yamada nervously commented, "Last night, I felt like my heart was going to come out of my mouth, so I couldn't sleep." Yamada also shared, "Just when I was thinking

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  • More cast members for live-action drama "Ranma 1/2" announced

    October 7, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    Previously, tokyohive reported that Takahashi Rumiko's popular manga series, "Ranma 1/2", would be getting a special live-action drama adaptation starring actress Aragaki Yui. Now, it's been revealed that Nagayama Kento, Nishiyama Maki, Kanai Yuta, and Tayama Ryosei have been added to the cast! Nagayama will play the role of Ranma's rival 'Kuno Tatewaki', while Nishiyama will play Akane's elder sister 'Nabiki'. Kanai has been chosen for th

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  • Aragaki Yui to star in "Ranma 1/2" live-action drama

    September 27, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    It's just been revealed that popular manga series "Ranma 1/2" will get live-action drama adaptation starring actress Aragaki Yui! "Ranma 1/2" was created by Takahashi Rumiko and ran from 1987 to 1996 through 'Weekly Shonen Sunday'. It tells the story about a young boy named 'Saotome Ranma' who transforms into a girl when he gets splashed with cold water. Aragaki will play 'Tendo Akane', a strong-minded high school girl with fierce marti

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko to appear in NHK "Salaryman NEO" movie!

    July 16, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    Today, it was announced that AKB48's Shinoda Mariko will appear in the NHK movie, “Salaryman NEO Gekijouban (warai)” (“Salaryman NEO Movie (lol)”), based on a NHK’s unique comedy show. This movie, which stars Koike Teppei and Namase Katsuhisa, has changed its title since our previous article, but it'll still give the same atmosphere and outlook as the original TV series. The film focuses on 'Shinjo' (Koike), a new employee at NEO Beer, an

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