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  • Sakai Masato & Ueto Aya to co-star in new TBS drama 'Hanzawa Naoki'

    May 15, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    On May 15, TBS announced that for the upcoming season they will be adapting Ikeido Jun's much-discussed novels about the economic bubble into a TV drama titled 'Hanzawa Naoki' (tentative), starring actor Sakai Masato as the protagonist. The drama is based on Ikeido's novels 'Oretachi Bubble Nyuukou-gumi' and 'Oretachi Hana no Bubble-gumi'. Sakai plays an unconventional and charming banker named 'Hanzawa Naoki' who gets employed by a major

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 04/08~04/14

    April 15, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    [caption id="attachment_294325" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'35 Sai no Koukousei' (NTV)"][/caption] More than a handful of spring dramas have premiered last week. Fuji TV unveiled both of their Tuesday prime time dramas on the same date and both of them began with a mediocre start. Neither 'Kamo, Kyoto e Iku.' - starring Matsushita Nao - nor 'Kasuka na Kanojo' - starring Katori Shingo, were able to impress with great ra

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  • Drama 'Legal High' to return with a 2nd season

    April 14, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    As announced earlier this year, a special episode of Fuji TV's lawyer comedy drama 'Legal High' - starring Sakai Masato - aired this past weekend. At the end of the special, the producers revealed that the drama would return for a full second season this fall. In the drama, Sakai portrays an eccentric lawyer named 'Komikado Kensuke' who has never lost a lawsuit in his career and boasts that justice can be bought by money. However, during t

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  • Sakai Masato & Kanno Miho register their marriage

    April 3, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Actor Sakai Masato (39) and actress Kanno Miho (35) registered their marriage on April 2, which was an auspicious day according to the Buddhist calendar.  The couple was present at a ward office in Tokyo to complete their marriage registration.  Currently, they live together and are said to be looking for a new home.  Their ceremony and reception dates have yet to be set. Through their agency, the couple commented, “We – Sakai Masato and K

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  • Sakai Masato & Kanno Miho to get married next month!

    March 22, 2013 @ 3:00 am

    It was reported that actor Sakai Masato (39) and actress Kanno Miho (35) will get married next month. The couple co-starred with each other in movie "Ooku~Eien~ [Emonnosuke・Tsunayoshi Hen]" which was released in December of last year. Apparently, they started dating after the movie was released from Sakai's approach. After the news was reported, Kanno's agency admitted it saying, "We've heard about it from her. We will make an announcemen

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  • Japan Box Office Report & Trailer Park – March 16th/17th

    March 20, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    [caption id="attachment_292102" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Platina Data' / (01) 'Doraemon' / (03) 'Precure All Stars New Stage 2'"][/caption] After the recent influx of somewhat intriguing Western movies that dominated the Japanese box office charts, it's finally the first time this year that the top 3 of the box office chart is made up of Japanese movies only. The top 3 is led by 'Doraemon' which

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  • Hirosue Ryoko & Eikura Nana to make guest appearance on upcoming 'Legal High' special drama

    March 1, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    On February 28, it was revealed that actresses Eikura Nana (25) and Hirosue Ryoko (32) will make a guest appearance on Fuji TV’s special episode of “Legal High,” which will be broadcast on April 13. Broadcast as a serial drama last April, this special episode of the comedic law drama will reunite actor Sakai Masato, who plays the role of a genius lawyer protagonist, and Aragaki Yui (24), who plays the hot-blooded and stubborn rookie lawye

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  • Fuji TV announces 'Legal High' special drama to air in April

    January 30, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    On January 31, Fuji TV announced that the lawyer comedy drama 'Legal High' - starring Sakai Masato - will be returning with a special episode on April 13. In 'Legal High', Sakai plays an eccentric, lavish and moody lawyer with a wicked tongue who partners up with a hot blooded rookie lawyer played by actress Aragaki Yui. Both will reprise their roles for the special, while actor Kitaouji Kinya has been added as the opposing lawyer in the n

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 01/21~01/24

    January 26, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

    [caption id="attachment_287257" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 01/21~01/24"][/caption] Monday --- The ratings are dropping and not only for the prime time dramas. Only a few variety specials aired this Monday and not even those were able to maintain the level of the previous week. There were some surprisingly big drop in ratings, but not much of a surprise was the slight fall of 2.1% for 'Biblia Koshodo no

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  • Japan Box Office Report – December 22nd/23rd

    December 26, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    [caption id="attachment_283389" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Les Miserables' / (01) 'ONE PIECE FILM Z' / (03) 'Kyo, Koi wo Hajimemasu'"][/caption] 'ONE PIECE FILM Z' has unsurprisingly stayed on the top of the chart during its second weekend. Over the weekend, the British musical drama 'Les Misérables' opened with a good result and managed to secure second place in the box office chart. Its populari

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