Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ooizumi Yo, Tsuchiya Tao & Mukai Osamu to star in FujiTV drama SP "Drama Mysteries ~ Karisuma shotenin ga eranda jugyoku no issatsu ~"

Ooizumi Yo, Tsuchiya Tao and Mukai Osamu will be starring in the upcoming FujiTV drama SP "Drama Mysteries ~ Karisuma shotenin ga eranda jugyoku no issatsu ~" (Drama Mysteries ~ Literary gems chosen by charismatic bookstore employees ~) which will be shown at 9pm on 22 April. Three short mystery stories were chosen by charismatic bookstore employees who chose the stories they hoped to see as dramas according to a survey conducted by FujiTV. This drama SP will be directed by Inudo Isshin.

In the segment "Tsuma no onnatomodachi" (My wife's girlfriends) based on Koike Mariko's story, Ooizumi plays the role of Hironaka Hajime who leads a peaceful life with his wife and their only daughter. However, the appearance of his wife's university classmate Tada Miyuki (Takaoka Saki) causes him to become a murderer. With regard to his character, Ooizumi said that he has never played someone like this before so he was happy to be able to take on this new challenge. Although it will probably be difficult for viewers to accept Hajime's thinking and feelings readily, he hopes that they will enjoy this fascinating tale with a shocking ending.

Tsuchiya stars in the next story "Koiwazurai" (Lovesickness) from the book "Watashitachi ga seiza wo nusunda riyuu" (The reason why we stole the zodiac sign) by Kitayama Takekuni. She plays the role of Kuramoto Aki who is currently pregnant and living with her boyfriend Ueda Shun (Inowaki Kai) who used to be her senior high school classmate. However, she finds it difficult to tell him about the pregnancy especially as she suspects that he is cheating on her. Just then, she reunites with her buddy from senior high school Kayano Touko (Kishii Yukino) which subsequently leads to her life being in danger. Tsuchiya commented that this is the first time she has come across such a story which she cannot tell how it's going to progress and that her character is a big fool who seems to be waddling through a mist.

Last but not least, Mukai will be starring in "Nasake wa hito no..." (Love is a person's...) from "Nusumarete" by Imamura Aya as a part-time bartender Kitagawa Takeshi. One day, he gets approached by a middle-aged man who visits the bar where he works at and asked to take part in a kidnapping. Actually, Takeshi and his mother had been abandoned by his father Tsukahara when he was a child so he agrees to take part in the kidnapping of his half-brother Masahiko (Ohnishi Riku) who is just 10 years old for the sake of revenge. However, things develop in a direction beyond his expectations. Mukai revealed that even though the beginning of his segment may seem quite sinister at first, the ending will actually be a bit heartwarming. As he had experience being a bartender for 6 years before he became an actor, Mukai said that he wished that there were more scenes where he could show off his tricks.

Sources: Sponichi / Sanspo / Oricon

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