Tokyograph: Manami Higa to star in “Dondo Bare” sequel

NHK is reviving its 2007 morning drama series “Dondo Bare” with a sequel that will be aired as a special program next year. Production on the show was announced at a press conference on Wednesday, attended by the drama’s lead actress, Manami Higa (24). […] (Via Tokyograph.) We’re big fans of Manami Higa and it’s …

Aya Ueto in “Juunen Saki mo Kimi ni Koishite” – Tokyograph

Aya Ueto (24) will star in a short drama series this fall, titled “Juunen Saki mo Kimi ni Koishite.” This will be her first time leading a series on NHK. […] The story focuses on 26-year-old Rika (Ueto), a single editor who is unskilled in love. The story starts when a man (Uchino) appears before …

Meisa Kuroki to star in TBS’s April 2010 drama “Shinzanmono”

Meisa Kuroki will be starring in the drama “Shinzanmono” which will begin airing on the TBS network from April 18, 2010. “Shinzanmono” will be Meisa’s first renzoku drama for 2010. Synopsis (from DramaWiki): Based on the popular novel by best-selling author Higashino Keigo, Kato Kyoichiro is a new detective who is assigned to solve the …

Yukie Nakama to star in the TBS’s “Japanese Americans”

This autumn, TBS plans to broadcast a five-episode drama series titled “Japanese Americans.” The drama, an original work by veteran screenwriter Sugako Hashida, focuses on a Japanese family who emigrated to the United States a century ago and lived through World War II. […] Yukie Nakama (30) plays the heroine as Ichiro’s love interest Shinobu. …

Sadao China has a big 2009

2009 has turned out to be a big year for the utasaa great, Sadao China. Perhaps the biggest was the King Records limited edition 6-CD box set “Shimauta Hyakkei” released back in October. (The box set can be purchased at our favorite online retailer, CDJapan.) Yeah, a CD box set release may not be the …

Yu Yamada to star in “Koi no Karasawagi”

NTV has revealed that its next “Koi no Karasawagi” (“Much Ado About Love”) drama special will air on September 25. Based on the variety show of that name, this will be the sixth in a series of yearly specials that started in 2004. Like the previous specials, “Koi no Karasawagi: Love Stories VI” will consist …

Meisa Kuroki teams up with Kusanagi in “Ninkyo Helper” – Tokyograph

Some details are now out about Tsuyoshi Kusanagi’s new comedy series, ‘Ninkyo Helper,’ which starts filming this week. One major cast addition is Meisa Kuroki, who will take on the heroine role. ‘Ninkyo Helper’ stars Kusanagi as the boss of a yakuza group. As part of training, his group’s parent organization orders all of its …

Namie’s “NEW LOOK” is the VMAJ 2009’s Best Female Video

Namie Amuro’s PV (promotion video) for her single “NEW LOOK” took the Best Female Video at this year’s MTV VMAJ (Video Music Awards Japan). In addition to the top female video award, her PV for the single “Sexy Girl” won the Best R&B Video award. Congrats to Namie! (Via Tokyograph.)

Watari, Ueto play father and daughter in drama special – Tokyograph

Veteran actor Tetsuya Watari is teaming up with actress Aya Ueto as co-stars in a TV Asahi drama special called ‘Kekkon.’ The drama comes from screenwriter Sugako Hashida and producer Fukuko Ishii, who have previously worked together on the TBS series ‘Wataru Seken wa Oni Bakari.’ […] (Link: “Watari, Ueto play father and daughter in …

MAX to release new single on July 22

MAX, reunited with the return of MINA in October of last year, will be releasing a new single called “Rough Cut Diamond” on July 22nd. The single, the group’s 30th, will be their first in three years and will have a tie-up with the TV Tokyo drama “Kariyushi Sensei Chibaru! (かりゆし先生 ちばる!).” The afternoon drama …