Actor Takaya Kamikawa (45) will star in a new TV Asahi drama series titled "Iryuu Sousa" this spring. He has been cast as police detective Itomura, a unique forensic investigator with a boyish personality.
TBS plans to broadcast a drama special titled "Okujo no Aru Apato" ("apartment with a rooftop") on March 21, starring actress Masami Nagasawa (23).
The story was originally a novel by Sawako Agawa, modeled after her experiences while she was living in an apartment in the United States. For the drama, the novel was adapted by screenwriter Noriko Yoshida ("Hanamizuki," "Nada Sousou").
Actor Takayuki Yamada (27) is taking on three roles in a movie called "Milocrorze," directed by Yoshimasa Ishibashi ("COLOR OF LIFE"). Some details about the story were released today, as it was also announced that the film will be screened at the 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival (March 20-April 5) and at the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternate Visions (February 18-27).
Saki Aibu (25) has the lead role in an NTV drama series called "Rebound," airing this spring on Wednesday nights at 10:00pm. The show will use special makeup to make Aibu's character appear to be as heavy as 85 kilograms in weight.
"Rebound" is an original script by screenwriter Kazuhiko Yukawa, whose past dramas include "Magerarenai Onna" and "Joou no Kyoushitsu."
D2, the "brother unit" of acting troupe D-BOYS, will star in a film called "Pole Dancing Boys," directed by Shusuke Kaneko ("Death Note," "Azumi 2"). This will be the group's first time playing the leads in a movie.
SMAP's Shingo Katori (34) will star in Fuji TV's next Monday night drama series, it has been learned. The currently untitled series will have Katori playing a marriage agency advisor who prides himself on bringing together countless couples, with his motto of "the man who sells happiness." Meisa Kuroki (22) and Naohito Fujiki (38) have also been cast.
The "Detective Conan" franchise is confirmed to be getting a third live-action drama special, airing on NTV this April. Although Shun Oguri (28) previously starred in the 2006 and 2008 drama specials, the new one will feature Junpei Mizobata (21) as the protagonist Shinichi Kudo. The female character Ran Mori will be played by actress Shiori Kutsuna (18).
On February 5, the BIG BANG's collaborative Uniqlo T-shirts went on sale. At the specialty UT Store in Harajuku, where one of the three floors was reserved for BIG BANG items, reports say that more than 1,200 people lined up from the night before until the store's opening. The resulting rush set a new record in Uniqlo history for highest single-day sales of an item, both in quantity and revenue.
The fashion-themed movie "Runway Beat" will be partially shown in 3D, it has been announced. During a preview event held on Tuesday, director Kentaro Otani revealed that the film's climactic fashion show scene was done in 3D.
Actor Joe Odagiri (34) and actress Yu Kashii (23) announced on Tuesday that they are now parents. According to the brief fax sent by Kashii's management agency to the press, Kashii recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
The timing of Kashii's return to work will depend on her health and her situation with raising the child.
Odagiri and Kashii got married in February 2008. Last September, it was announced that she was pregnant.