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

Tempeststageplay

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.)