Thursday, August 03, 2017

Koizumi Kyoko to star in new TBS Autumn 2017 drama "Kangoku no Ohimesama"

Koizumi Kyoko will be starring in the new TBS Autumn 2017 drama "Kangoku no Ohimesama" (The Princess of the Prison) which will be shown from October 2017 in the Tuesdays 10pm timeslot. The drama which is written by Kudo Kankuro, is a comedy set in a female's prison about 5 women prisoners and their warden who get together to take revenge on a certain man.

The story begins in the current times where 5 women get together to abduct a handsome company president for the sake of taking revenge for one of them. However, things do not proceed as they imagined and there are many hiccups along the way. It is then revealed that these women had already planned this six years ago when they met in a female's prison. Koizumi plays the lead character Baba Kayo, a career woman who had a younger husband and a child but stabbed him out of anger when she found out that he was having an affair. As a result, she is serving a 5-year sentence for the conviction of attempted murder. Kanno Miho plays a charismatic housewife Katsuda Chinatsu who was caught for tax evasion and is regarded as the leader among the female inmates while Sakai Maki plays Daimon Yoko who resorted to embezzlement and fraud to get money for the purpose of supporting her favourite actor. Kaho plays Edogawa Shinobu who is the daughter of a dairy products manufacturing company's president and was framed for the killing of the vice president's lover and Morishita Aiko plays Adachi Akemi who took the rap for her gangster husband and ended up in jail for possession of illegal drugs. Mitsushima Hikari rounds up the cast as the female prisoners' strict warden Wakai Futaba who has a strong sense of justice and later participates in the revenge plot. Although the story is supposed to be full of suspense, it is peppered with a lot of funny dialogue often seen in Kudo's dramas.

Koizumi and Kudo last worked together in the 2013 NHK morning drama "Ama-chan" and she had starred in his 2003 drama "Manhattan Love Story" as the heroine. As such, Koizumi commented that as long as she follows Kudo's script, it will no doubt be very interesting. Moreover, they have a great line-up of charismatic actresses so she is eagerly looking forward to the filming of the drama. As for Kudo, he said that he had always thought that the small talk among middle-aged women is very interesting so he decided to assemble his favourite actresses to act in this drama with a rather far-fetched setting behind bars. Meanwhile, Mitsushima revealed that when the drama "Gomen ne, Seishun!" was wrapped up three years ago, Kudo actually told her about this drama and said that she will be playing a warden who only calls the prisoners by their numbers. However, she didn't think that this would come true and got a greater shock when she knew who else was in the cast. Nonetheless, she thinks that this will be a very entertaining and healing drama for all viewers. Kanno also chipped in to say that she's very excited to participate in this drama especially since she gets to act with Koizumi for the first time.

Filming will begin in late August.

Sources: Nikkansports / Sanspo 1 / Sanspo 2 / Yomiuri Hochi / Sponichi / Oricon /


Anonymous said...

Wow, kickass cast. Must watch for me now.

Anonymous said...

Another ryusei no kizuna?

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