Yukie Nakama to star in the upcoming NHK period drama “Tempest”


Pictured is the cast for the stage play of “Tempest” starring Yukie Nakama in the main role of Mazuru/Neion Son (真鶴・孫寧温). The play, based on the novel by Naha-born author Eiichi Ikegami, will become a 10-episode BS period drama (BS時代劇) on NHK that is projected to start airing in July 2011.

Synopsis of the stage play from Tokyograph:
“The Tempest” is based on a 2008 bestselling novel by writer Eiichi Ikegami. The story takes place in the late 19th century, during the reign of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Nakama plays a young woman who, for the sake of her country, poses as a eunuch to become an elite bureaucrat, while also dealing with problems as a woman. This is her first time having to play both a male and female character. Her supporting cast includes Yamamoto as her lover and Namase as her enemy.

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Yui Aragaki to star in first period film

Those of you waiting to see Yui Aragaki don a kimono in a jidaigeki can look forward to an upcoming film called “BALLAD: Namonaki Koi no Uta.” Yui will play the part of a princess and the film will mark her first in a period drama set during the Warring States period of Japan’s history. Don’t hold your breath though, the film won’t open until September of 2009.

(Link: Kusanagi’s “Ballad” inspired by “Crayon Shin-chan” – Tokyograph.)