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Kamenashi Kazuya stars in supernatural-themed film by Nakata HideoJanuary 22, 2020
Kamenashi plays unsuccessful entertainer Yamano Yamame who starts staying in possibly haunted properties because it provides material for television appearances. As he moves from one shady home to another in search of stories, he encounters various strange phenomena, and makes a name for himself in showbiz as the comedian who lives in stigmatized properties.
The film will shoot from late January to late February. It is slated to open in Japan on August 28.
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26th Hong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsJanuary 21, 2020
Veteran actor Tai Bo, who plays a closeted married man in Suk Suk, shared Best Actor honors with Terrance Lau from Chow Kwun Wai's romance drama Beyond the Dream. This is the first time the HKFCS has selected two winners for Best Actor. Beyond the Dream's female lead, Cecilia Choi, also won Best Actress.
Derek Tsang won Best Director for his blockbuster youth drama Better Days. Also representing a younger generation of Hong Kong filmmakers, Norris Wong won Best Screenplay for her directorial debut My Prince Edward.
Beyond the Dream, Better Days and My Prince Edward were all shortlisted as Recommended Films along with the documentary Bamboo Theatre, the animated film The Great Detective Sherlock Holmes - The Greatest Jail-Breaker and Stephen Chow's The New King of Comedy.
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Big White Duel wins Best Drama at 2019 TVB Anniversary AwardsJanuary 13, 2020
Wonder Woman's Pakho Chau and Miriam Yeung won Most Popular Male and Female Character, and Chau's song "Let Love Fly High" for the series was also named the Most Popular Drama Theme Song. Barrack O'Karma also received considerable support, winning Most Popular Female Character for Selena Lee and Most Popular Onscreen Partnership for her pairing with Joel Chan.
Best Supporting Actor and Actress went to Lo and Behold's Kalok Chow and Barrack O'Karma's Candice Chiu, respectively. Owen Cheung and Kelly Cheung won the Most Improved Male and Female Artists awards.
In the variety/infotainment categories, Liza's Online hosts Liza Wang, Sammy Leung, William So and Dickson Yu won Best Host. Faraway Brides 3, A Chef and a Gentleman, Do Do Midnight Quests, Sammy on the Go and Here We Go Again were awarded the Best Non-Drama Programme prizes.
Veteran actor Lau Dan was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Gong Hyo Jin, Kim Nam Gil & Kim Dong Wook win Grand Prizes at KBS, SBS & MBC Drama AwardsJanuary 3, 2020
For SBS Drama Awards 2019, The Fiery Priest garnered a total of eight trophies, including Grand Prize (Kim Nam Gil), Top Excellence Award (Honey Lee), Excellence Award (Kim Sung Kyun), Best Supporting Actor (Go Joon), Best Supporting Team, Wayve Award, Best New Actor (Eun Mon Suk) and Best New Actress (Geum Sae Rok). Lee Seung Gi and Suzy Bae were both recognized with Top Excellence Awards and the Best Couple Award for their chemistry in Vagabond, which was selected as the winner of Hallyu Contents Award. Jo Jung Suk (Nokdu Flower) also grabbed a Top Excellence Award, and VIP's Jang Nara (Producer Award), Lee Sang Yoon (Excellence Award), Pyo Ye Jin (Best Character) and Lee Chung Ah (Best Supporting Actress) each walked away with a prize.
For KBS Drama Awards 2019, When The Camellia Blooms was the biggest winner, sweeping 12 awards including Grand Prize (Gong Hyo Jin), Top Excellence Award (Kang Ha Neul), Best Couple Awards (Kang Ha Neul and Gong Hyo Jin, Oh Jung Se and Yeon Hye Ran), Best Writer (Lim Sang Choon), Excellence Actor and Actress (Kim Ji Seok, Lee Jung Eun), Best Supporting Actor and Actress (Oh Jung Se, Yeom Hye Ran), Best New Actress (Son Dam Bi), Best Child Actor (Kim Kang Hoon) and Netizen Award (Kang Ha Neul). Top Excellence Awards were also presented to Yoon Jun Sang (Liver or Die), Jo Yeo Jeong (Woman of 9.9 Billion) and Shin Hye Sun (Angel's Last Mission: Love). Notable Excellence Award recipients include Choi Won Young (Doctor Prisoner), Jang Dong Yoon (The Tale of Nokdu), Kim So Hyun (The Tale of Nokdu), Nana (Justice), Choi Si Won (My Fellow Citizens!), Lee Si Young (Liver or Die), Ki Tae Young (Mother of Mine), Kim So Yeon (Mother of Mine) and Cha Ye Ryun (Gracious Revenge).
For MBC Drama Awards 2019, Special Labor Inspector Jo and Extraordinary You led with five prizes each. Besides Kim Dong Wook's Grand Prize, Special Labor Inspector also picked up Top Excellence Award (Kim Dong Wook), Excellence Award (Park Se Young), Best Supporting Cast (Oh Dae Hwan) and Writer of the Year (Kim Ban Di). Drama of the Year winner Extraordinary You's main leads Kim Hye Yoon, Ro Woon and Lee Jae Wook all received Best New Actress/Actor Awards. Kim Hye Yoon also unexpectedly received a second prize, the Excellence Award, along with Cha Eun Woo (Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung), Oh Man Seok (Partners for Justice, Ryu Soo Young (Love in Sadness) and Park Se Wan (Never Twice). Top Excellence Awards were given to One Spring Night's Han Ji Min and Jung Hae In, Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung's Shin Se Kyung, The Golden Garden's Lee Sang Woo, Never Twice's Ye Ji Won and Welcome 2 Life's Lim Ji Yeon. No Min Woo (Partners for Justice 2) collected the Scene Stealer Award, while Shin Se Kyung and Cha Eun Woo were named the Best Couple.
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BLACKPINK's Lisa and Cai Xukun join as mentor and host for audition program Youth With YouJanuary 3, 2020
As announced earlier in October, BLACKPINK's Lisa will participate as the dance mentor, marking her first appearance on Chinese program. Cai Xukun (Kun), who came in first on Idol Producer and debuted in project group Nine Percent two years ago, now returns to the series as the "Youth Producer." S.H.E's Ella is confirmed to take part as a vocal mentor, while The Rap of China's third runner-up Jony J will join as a rap mentor.
The top nine contestants with the most votes in the finale will be selected as members of the new project group. Youth With You is slated to air in the first quarter of 2020.
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Arashi crowned Japan's best-selling artist of 2019December 24, 2019
Arashi's best-of compilation 5x20 All the BEST!! 1999-2019 sold over 2.1 million copies to become the best-selling album of the year. Their 5x20 All the BEST!! CLIPS 1999-2019 tops the DVD and Blu-ray charts with combined sales of 789,628 copies. Their single Brave also sold 709,813 copies and ranks seventh on the singles chart.
Nogizaka46 comes in second among artists with total sales of 8.2 billion yen. Their singles Sing Out! (1,200,182 copies sold) and Yoake made Tsuyogaranakutemoii (1,142,807) rank third and fourth. In addition, their album Ima ga Omoide ni Naru made also passed the half-million benchmark (518,444) and ranks third on the album chart.
King & Prince rises to third among artists with sales of 5.87 billion yen from their first album King & Prince (556,153) and First Concert Tour 2018 (351,052), which rank second on the album and DVD/Blu-ray charts, respectively.
K-pop groups Twice and BTS also pulled in over 5 billion yen as the fourth and fifth best-selling artists. Twice's album #TWICE2 ranks sixth with 308,699 copies sold. BTS comes in fifth on the album chart with their Korean album Map of the Soul: Persona (338,540) and sixth on the single chart with Lights/Boy With Luv (765,997).
48 and 46 groups dominate the single chart. AKB48 grabs the top two spots with million sellers Sustainable (1,410,206) and Jiwaru Days (1,309,063), continuing their reign for the tenth consecutive year. Besides AKB48 and Nogizaka46, Keyakizaka46 ranks fifth with Kuroi Hitsuji (920,842), and Hinatazaka46 takes the last three spots in the top ten with Kyun (621,565), Konna ni Suki ni Nacchatte Ino? (551,397) and DoReMiSoLaTiDo (535,090).
For albums, Hoshino Gen's Virus breaks through the idol wall at fourth with 442,325 copies sold. Virus is also the highest-selling digital album of the year. Meanwhile, Yonezu Kenshi's Lemon and Uma to Shika top the digital chart for singles. Official HIGE DANdism unsurprisingly tops the annual streaming ranking with Pretender.
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Produce 101 Japan reveals debut lineup of JO1December 13, 2019
Mamehara Issei was crowned first with a total of 261,583 votes. Tsukame~ It's Coming~'s center Kawashiri Ren came in second with 256,527 votes, while Kawanishi Takumi ranked third with 252,885 votes. The fourth to eleventh positions went to Ohira Shosei (220,594 votes), Tsurubo Shion (204,045 votes), Shiroiwa Ruki (194,919 votes), Sato Keigo (186,309 votes), Kimata Syoya (171,205 votes), Kono Junki (159,057 votes), Kinjo Sukai (157,373 votes) and Yonashiro Sho (140,003 votes).
JO1 is scheduled to debut in 2020 under Laptone Entertainment.
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Mnet's World Klass announces debut lineup of TOODecember 9, 2019
TOO, which stands for "Ten Oriented Orchestra," consists of the top ten contestants from World Klass. The new global K-pop group includes members J.You, Chan, Woong Gi, Kyung Ho, Dong Geon, Min Su, Chi Hoon, Jerome, Ji Su and Jae Yun, who ranked #11 in the finale. n.CH Entertainment announced on December 8 that Jae Yun would become the tenth member of the group after Han Jun, who placed third, was removed from the lineup.
TOO is slated to make their debut in early 2020.
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BTS again claims all four Grand Prizes at 2019 Mnet Asian Music AwardsDecember 5, 2019
Twice took home their third Best Female Group and Best Female Dance Performance (Fancy) trophies at MAMA along with Worldwide Fans' Choice Top 10 and Qoo10 Favorite Female Artist awards. Worldwide Fans' Choice Top 10 winners also include GOT7, Seventeen, TXT, ATEEZ, Monsta X, BLACKPINK, EXO and X1. Last year's Best Solo Dance Performance winner Chung Ha won again with "Gotta Go," and she got her first Best Female Artist award. Best Male Artist was presented to EXO's Baek Hyun.
Following their wins at the MMAs, TXT and ITZY again collected the Best New Male and Female Artist awards. Mamamoo walked away with Favorite Vocal Performance, while GOT7 was given Favorite Dance Performance. Monsta X and Seventeen picked up the World Performer and Breakthrough Achievement prizes, respectively. Heize prevailed in the Best Hip Hop & Urban Music category with She's Fine. Produced by Epik High's Tablo, Lee So Ra's hit single "Song Request" featuring BTS's Suga was crowned Best Collaboration.
BOL4 reclaimed the title of Best Vocal Performance Group with "BOM" and Tae Yeon won Best Vocal Performance Solo for the first time with "Four Seasons." Jannabi's "For Lovers Who Hesitate" was awarded Best Band Performance, while Gummy's "Remember Me" from Hotel Del Luna won Best OST again after the MMAs. British singer-songwrtier Dua Lipa, who was named International Favorite Artist at the ceremony, stunned audience with a collaboration stage with Mamamoo's Hwasa.
NCT's China subunit WayV won their first award, Best New Asian Artist. The rest of the Best New Asian Artist prize recipients include King Gnu (Japan), OSN (Mandarin), WANYAi (Thailand), Stephani Poetri (Indonesia) and K-ICM & Jack (Vietnam). Best Asian Artist awards went to Aimyon (Japan), Li Ronghao (Mandarin), Nont Tanont (Thailand), Andmesh Kamaleng (Indonesia) and Hoang Thuy Linh (Vietnam).
Big Hit Entertainment's CEO Bang Si Hyuk was recognized as Best Executive Producer of the Year for the second consecutive year. Pdogg, who won Best Producer of the Year the last two years, received Best Composer of the Year for BTS's Boy With Luv. Howe Chen, Starr Chen and RAZOR were honored with Best Producer of the Year for producing Jolin Tsai's Ugly Beauty. Other winners of special awards include Kwon Nam Woo (Best Engineer of the Year, Crush's NAPPA), Lumpens (Best Video Director of the Year, BTS's Boy With Luv), Kiel Tutin (Best Choreography of the Year, Jolin Tsai's "Womxnly") and Yuni Yoshida (Best Art Director of the Year, Hoshino Gen's Pop Virus).
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BTS sweeps all four Grand Prizes at 2019 Melon Music AwardsDecember 2, 2019
Apart from BTS, Top 10 Artist winners include EXO, Mamamoo, Bolbbalgan4, M.C The Max, Jannabi, Jang Beom June, Chung Ha, Tae Yeon and Heize. Chung Ha also picked up the Best Dance (Female) prize with "Gotta Go," while super rookies TXT and ITZY took home the Best New Artists awards. Popular newcomer group AB6IX walked away with the Hot Trend Award.
For music genre awards, Tae Yeon won Best Ballad with her chart-topping single "Four Seasons." Heize collected Best R&B/Soul for We don't talk together featuring Giriboy, and Epik High prevailed in the Best Rap/Hip Hop race with "Lovedrunk" featuring Crush. N.Flying attended their first MMAs and received the Best Rock award for their signature hit "Rooftop."
Gummy's "Remember Me" from Hotel Del Luna was named Best OST. Hong Jin Young came first in Best Trot again for the fifth consecutive year with "Love Tonight." MeloMance was also given the Best Indie Award for the third year in a row with their megahit single You&I. Billie Eilish's bad guy won the Best Pop award.
For special awards, Seventeen's world concert tour Ode To You in Seoul was recognized as Stage of the Year, while Kang Daniel won Best Music Video with "What are you up to." After winning a rookie award last year, The Boyz returned to the MMAs this year to receive the 1theK Performance Award. Songwriter Award went to Pdogg for BTS's Boy With Luv.
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IU's Love poem sets first-day and first-week sales recordsNovember 28, 2019
Breaking the record set by Tae Yeon last month, IU now holds Korea's all-time record for highest first-day and first-week sales of a female solo album. She joins Tae Yeon as the only female soloists to surpass 100,000 copies of album sales in the first week. IU's record also puts her in the top three of first-week sales among all soloists, with first and second place belonging to Kang Daniel (Color On Me) and EXO's Baek Hyun (City Lights), respectively.
Love poem currently ranks third for the best-selling female artist albums of 2019, following Twice's Feel Special and Fancy You which both recorded sales of over 150,000.
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Arata Mackenyu, Miura Haruma & Matsuyama Kenichi in Gunjo Senki adaptationNovember 28, 2019
Brave: Gunjo Senki depicts the events that unfold when an entire sports high school is suddenly transported back in time to the Sengoku period before the Battle of Okehazama. Arata plays second-year student Aoi Nishino, a history geek and member of the archery club. With his archery skills and historical knowledge, he emerges as a leader in these dangerous times, and teams up with members of the baseball and football clubs to fight back.
Miura Haruma (Attack on Titan) will co-star as Tokugawa Ieyasu, while Matsuyama Kenichi (Death Note) will portray Oda Nobunaga. Yamazaki Hirona (As the Gods Will) plays Aoi's childhood friend and clubmate Seno Haruka.
Filming for Brave: Gunjo Senki will take place from December 2019 to January 2020. The film is expected to open in Japan in 2021.
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Wandering Earth & So Long, My Son win at 32nd Golden Rooster AwardsNovember 25, 2019
Following their wins at the Berlin Film Festival, Wang Jingchun and Yong Mei, the stars of Wang Xiaoshuai's family drama So Long, My Son, picked up Best Actor and Best Actress prizes again. The drama also won Best Screenplay.
Hong Kong filmmaker Dante Lam took Best Director for the war action blockbuster Operation Red Sea. His last film, Operation Mekong, won Best Film at the 31st Golden Rooster Awards. Dying to Survive director Wen Muye, who won Best New Director at last year's Golden Horse Awards, repeats the feat at this year's Golden Rooster.
Wu Yufang from Send Me the Clouds and Wang Zhifei from the wartime drama The Bugle from Gutian were named the Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. The Bugle was also recognized for Best Music. Chen Kaige's period fantasy Legend of the Demon Cat received two prizes for Cinematography and Art Direction. Best Editing was awarded to Enter the Forbidden City.
Previously a biennial event, the Golden Rooster Awards has become an annual ceremony starting this year.
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Chung Mong Hong's A Sun wins Best Film at 56th Golden Horse Film AwardsNovember 25, 2019
Psychological horror film Detention, which had led with 12 nominations, also bagged five awards, including Best New Director for John Hsu, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Original Song and Best Visual Effects.
Malaysian actress Yeo Yan Yan from Anthony Chen's Wet Season won Best Actress. She previously won Best Supporting Actress in 2013 for her performance in Chen's Ilo Ilo. This year's Best Supporting Actress went to Winnie Chang from the romance The Teacher, while Best New Performer went to Fandy Fan from the basketball drama We Are Champions.
Best Original Screenplay was given to Singapore director Yeo Siew Hua's Golden Leopard winner A Land Imagined, which also won for Best Original Score. Crime action film The Scoundrels scored two awards for Best Action Choreography and Best Cinematography. Midi Z's Nina Wu and Tom Lin's The Garden of Evening Mists received technical prizes for Best Sound Effects and Best Makeup and Costume Design, respectively.
Tsai Ming Liang's experimental piece Your Face was awarded Best Documentary. Best Short Film and Best Animated Short Film went to Chu Hoi Ying's 3 Generations 3 Days and Fish Wang's Gold Fish.
Shaw Brothers legend Jimmy Wang and Taiwanese New Wave pioneer Wang Toon, who was also the jury president, were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Sound recordist and documentary filmmaker Tang Shiang Chu was recognized as the Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year.
This year's Golden Horse Awards was mainly a celebration of Taiwan cinema, as the event was boycotted by mainland China and only a handful of Hong Kong entries were in the running.
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Bong Joon Ho's Parasite sweeps five prizes at 40th Blue Dragon Film AwardsNovember 22, 2019
After winning Grand Prize at this year's Baeksang Arts Awards, Jung Woo Sung also garnered the Best Actor award at the Blue Dragon's for his performance in Innocent Witness. Default's Jo Woo Jin won Best Supporting Actor, his first ever prize since debut. Best New Actor and Actress went to Park Hye Soo (By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture) and Kim Hye Jun (Another Child), respectively. E.X.I.T's Lee Sang Geun picked up the Best New Director award, while writer-director Kim Bo Ra walked away with Best Screenplay for her feature House of Hummingbird.
Making his first public appearance in two and a half years, actor Kim Woo Bin presented the Best Short Film award to Milk from director Jang Yoo Jin. Box office hit Extreme Job was given the Audience Choice Award for Most Popular Film. Lee Kwang Soo (Inseparable Bros), Honey Lee (Extreme Job), Park Hyung Sik (Juror 8) and Lim Yoona (E.X.I.T) received Popular Star Awards.
Awards for Best Cinematography – Lighting (Kim Ji Yong, Jo Gyu Young, Swing Kids), Best Editing (Nam Na Yeong, Swing Kids), Technical Award – Stunts (Yoon Jin Yool and Kwon Ji Hoon, E.X.I.T) and Best Music (Kim Tae Sung, Svaha: The Sixth Finger) were also presented.
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Parasite leads 40th Blue Dragon Film Awards nominationsOctober 31, 2019
The four box office hits will compete for Best Film alongside House of Hummingbird. Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Kang Hyung Chul (Swing Kids), Lee Byeong Heon (Extreme Job), Jang Jae Hyun (Svaha: The Sixth Finger) and Won Shin Yeon (The Battle: Roar to Victory) will go head to head for Best Director, while the directors of House of Hummingbird, E.X.I.T, Birthday, Another Child and Maggie are shortlisted in the Best New Director category. Nominees for Best Screenplay went to Default, Extreme Job, Parasite, House of Hummingbird and Svaha: The Sixth Finger.
Parasite's Song Kang Ho, Jo Yeo Jeong, Park Myung Hoon, Park So Dam and Lee Jung Eun are nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Song Kang Ho seeks a fourth Best Actor trophy against Ryu Seung Ryong (Extreme Job), Sol Kyung Gu (Birthday), Jung Woo Sung (Innocent Witness) and Jo Jung Suk (E.X.I.T). Jo Yeo Jeong is joined by Ko Ah Sung (A Resistance), Kim Hye Su (Default), Lim Yoona (E.X.I.T) and Jeon Do Yeon (Birthday) in the Best Actress race.
Apart from the Parasite cast, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations went to Kang Ki Young (Crazy Romance), Lee Kwang Soo (Inseparable Bros), Jo Woo Jin (Default), Jin Seon Kyu (Extreme Job), Kim Sae Byuk (House of Hummingbird), Honey Lee (Extreme Job) and Jang Young Nam (Metamorphosis). Notable nominees in the Best New Actress and Actor categories include Park Hye Soo (Swing Kids), Lee Jae In (Svaha: The Sixth Finger), Choi Soo Young (Miss & Mrs. Cops), Gong Myung (Extreme Job), Park Hye Soo (By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture), Park Hyung Sik (Juror 8) and Jung Hae In (Tune in for Love).
40th Blue Dragon Film Awards ceremony will be held on November 21 in Incheon, Seoul.
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Johnnie To & Wai Ka Fai team up for romance film Chasing DreamOctober 30, 2019
Taking on their biggest roles to date, Jacky Heung (League of Gods) and Nina Wang Keru (Youth) star as Lu Hu, a boxer from the countryside, and aspiring singer Du Xiaojuan, respectively. The two cross paths in the city and support each other in this youthful story of love and striving for one's dreams. Besides the leads, the cast includes Shao Bing, Ma Xiaohui, Bin Zi, Wu Yitong, Yu Wenwen and Zhang Jincheng.
Chasing Dream opens in China on November 8.
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Tae Yeon breaks highest first-day sales record for female singersOctober 30, 2019
As recorded by the Hanteo Chart, Tae Yeon's Purpose sold a record-breaking 96,749 copies on the first day of release. The previous record-holder for highest first-day album sales among female singers was BLACKPINK's Kill This Love, which sold 78,275 copies on April 5, 2019. Next on the chart are Twice's Feel Special (61,066 copies sold), IZ*ONE's HEART*IZ (46,790 copies sold) and Red Velvet's 'The ReVe Festival' Day 1 (45,080 copies sold).
Purpose's title track "Spark" achieved a "real-time all-kill" on Korean digital music charts on the first day of release. This marks the singer's third "all-kill single" of the year after "Four Seasons" and "All About You" from Hotel Del Luna.
Disney Korea has also announced that Tae Yeon will be performing the Korean version of Into the Unknown, the theme song of Frozen II.
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Ossan's Love returns with new season In the SkyOctober 29, 2019
This time, Tanaka Kei's clumsy protagonist Haruta Soichi begins a new career as a flight attendant at Tenku Peach Airlines, which is modeled after the budget carrier Peach Aviation. Yoshida Kotaro's Kurosawa Musashi is a highly skilled pilot who holds a torch for Haruta. Chiba Yudai (My Brother Loves Me Too Much) and Totsugi Shigeyuki (Good Doctor) appear respectively as co-pilot Naruse Ryu and mechanic Shinomiya Kaname, both of whom will add to Haruta's confused relationship troubles.
Ossan's Love: Love or Dead begins airing on November 2.
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