Friday, December 16, 2016

Kubota Masataka to star in new WOWOW drama "Hitoya no Toge"

Kubota Masataka will be starring in the new WOWOW drama "Hitoya no Toge" (The thorns of the prison) which will begin its run from 19 March 2017 in the Sundays 10pm timeslot. The drama which consists of 6 episodes and is based on the same-titled novel by Daimon Takeaki, features Kubota in the role of Takeshima Ryota who is a newbie prison warden like his father and is newly assigned to the Kita Kanto Prison where bullying and illegal acts such as gambling are ignored by his corrupt colleagues who are supposed to be upright and partial. One day, a new prison chief Nakui Souichi (Ozawa Yukiyoshi) arrives at the prison and tries to eliminate the unacceptable behaviour by the wardens and makes a suggestion to Takeshima in order to achieve his aim.

Kubota commented that just like Takeshima, this is the first time that he is "working" in a prison so he hopes to be able to convey that feeling in the drama. Be it good and bad things, he hopes to convey the ugliness, gentleness and harshness from the people and incidents happening in such an environment.

Co-stars include Ikeda Narushi who plays the assistant chief warden Iwamoto Yasutaka, Izumiya Shigeru who plays Kamiya Korekiyo, a gang leader and commands power among the prisoners and Hagiwara Masato who plays Takeshima's senior Akimura Shigeharu and used to be a police officer.

Sources: Sanspo /

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