Higashiyama Noriyuki stars in new WOWOW drama "Yokokuhan ~ THE PAIN ~"
Higashiyama Noriyuki stars in the new WOWOW drama "Yokokuhan ~ THE PAIN ~" which begins its run from 7 June in the Sundays 10pm timeslot. The drama which is in conjunction with the movie "Yokokuhan" featuring Ikuta Toma and due to be shown in cinemas from 6 June, will be an original story written by the original manga's author Tsutsui Tetsuya. The movie will be about a man (Ikuta) who wears a mask made of newspapers and puts criminals who are unable to be punished by the law on trial before giving them what they deserve. As the man releases videos of the process online, he is nicknamed "Shinbunshin" (Newspaper God) and worshipped for what he does. The drama will carry on one year after the ending of the movie where a mysterious group replicates what Shinbunshin had done and tries to do a mock trial in order to expose a hidden truth. Higashiyama plays a judge in the drama and will be featured in a mask at least two-thirds of the time while Toda Erika who appears in the movie as a police officer, will also be featured in the drama.