Friday, October 14, 2016

Higa Manami to star in new WOWOW drama "Honjitsu wa, Ohigara mo yoku" as speech writer

Higa Manami will be starring in the new WOWOW drama "Honjitsu wa, Ohigara mo yoku" which will be shown from 14 January 2017 in the Saturdays 10pm timeslot. The drama which is based on the 2010 novel "Anmaku no Gerunika" by Harada Maha that was one of the nominees for the 155th Naoki Award and had sold more than 300,000 copies to date, features Higa as the lead character Ninomiya Konoha who has no particular dream nor goal in life and unwittingly enters the world of speech writing after attending her childhood friend Imakawa Atsushi's (Watanabe Dai) wedding. There, she meets the legendary speech writer Kudo Kumi (Hasegawa Kyoko) and is so impressed by her ability to write good speeches. As such, she becomes a student of Kumi and later becomes the speech writer for Atsushi who decides to stand for election.

Higa commented that Kotoha is almost like a replica of herself as they are both frank and clumsy so she felt comfortable playing the character. Although everyone has been using words since they were young, this is a drama which re-emphasizes the importance of words and its ability to bring warmth and gentleness to people's hearts.

Co-stars also include Ishibashi Renji, Yachigusa Kaoru, Hayami Mokomichi and Funakoshi Eiichiro.


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