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Lee Jong Suk and Lee Na Young team up in romcom series Romance Supplement

  October 15, 2018  
Lee Jong Suk and Lee Na Young have been cast in tvN's new romantic comedy series Romance Supplement. Lee Na Young returns to the small screen nine years after action drama The Fugitive: Plan B, while Lee Jong Suk (While You Were Sleeping) stars in his first ever romcom series. Romance Supplement will be directed by Lee Jung Hyo, the director of The Good Wife and Life on Mars.

Written by Discovery of Love and I Need Romance series screenwriter Jung Hyun Jung, Romance Supplement follows the budding love story between two colleagues in their thirties. Lee Jong Suk plays Cha Eun Ho, the youngest editor-in-chief of a publishing company. Despite being calm and strict at work, he is very warm-hearted and always treats people with enthusiasm. Lee Na Young takes the role of divorced and unemployed woman Kang Dan Yi. Though she once worked for a famous copywriting company, she is now unable to find a job because of her high educational background. She covers up her education credentials and is eventually hired by Cha Eun Ho's company.

Romance Supplement is slated to air in the first half of 2019.

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Kim Sun Ah, Lee Yi Kyung and Nam Gyu Ri in new mystery drama Red Moon, Blue Sea

  October 9, 2018  
Kim Sun Ah, Lee Yi Kyung and Nam Gyu Ri are confirmed to star in the upcoming MBC mystery series Red Moon, Blue Sea. Kim Sun Ah takes her second lead drama of the year following melodrama Shall We Kiss First, while Welcome to Waikiki star Lee Yi Kyung shows his rising popularity with his third main role in 2018. Nam Gyu Ri recently appeared in My Secret Terrius as the ex-girlfriend of So Ji Sub's role.

Kim Sun Ah plays Cha Woo Kyung, a child counselor who is pregnant with her second child and has a perfect family with her gentle husband. However, she is later involved in an accident that changes her whole life. Lee Yi Kyung co-stars as responsible police detective Kang Ji Heon while Nam Gyu Ri plays a mysterious woman named Kwon Soo Young.

Red Moon, Blue Sea will be written by The Village: Achiara's Secret screenwriter Do Hyun Jung and directed by Choi Jung Kyu (Triangle). It is scheduled to air in late November after the end of My Secret Terrius.

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53rd Golden Bell Awards

  October 8, 2018  
The 53rd Golden Bell Awards was held on October 6 in Taiwan. Qseries ratings hit A Boy Named Flora A directed by Chu Yu Ning won Best Television Series, and its star, singer-songwriter Crowd Lu, secured both Best Actor and Best Newcomer for his acting debut.

Huang Pei Jia, who played four characters in the Hakka TV drama Roseki, was awarded Best Actress. The series' leading actor Morning Mo and director Lou Yi An won for Best Writing. Peter Ho, who wrote, directed and starred in Age of Rebellion, won Best Directing in a Television Serial along with co-director Ray Jiang. Best Supporting Actor and Actress went to A Boy Named Flora A's Liu Kuan Ting and Roseki's Yang Shiau Li, respectively.

In the Mini-Series/Television Film categories, PTS Life Story series entry Where the Sun Don't Shine took the top Television Film prize as well as Best Actor for Lan Wei Hua and Best Newcomer for Iain Lu. Lu Yi Ching was crowned Best Actress for A Shui and Guo Xiang while His Hsiang (Ruan Shi Bi Hua and Her Two Men) and Liao Yi Ling (Far and Away: The Third Power) garnered Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Cheng Yu Chieh's Days We Stared at the Sun II won Best Mini-Series and Best Directing, and Tea Land won Best Screenwriting.

In the Variety section, Yesterday Once More came out on top as the Best Variety Program. Variety Get Together's A Hsiang, Hu Gua and Hsieh Hsin were named the Best Variety Program Hosts while Mr. Player's Jacky Wu and Kid are the Best Reality or Game Show Hosts.

Veteran actor Kao Cheng Pao was honored with the Special Contribution Award Known as the "Godmother of Qiong Yao dramas," late director Liu Li Li was posthumously recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Zhang Yimou's Shadow leads 2018 Golden Horse nominations

  October 3, 2018  
Nominations for the 55th Golden Horse Awards were revealed on October 1. Zhang Yimou's historical epic Shadow leads with 12 nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Actor and Actress for Deng Chao and Sun Li.

Taiwan drama Dear Ex, the feature debut of TV screenwriter Mag Hsu and music video director Hsu Chih Yen, follows with eight nominations including Best Film, Best New Director, Best Actor for Roy Chiu, Best Actress for Hsieh Ying Xuan and Best New Performer for Joseph Huang. Wen Muye's blockbuster China comedy-drama Dying to Survive netted seven nods including Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for Xu Zheng. The remaining Best Film contenders are An Elephant Sitting Still, the first and last film of Hu Bo who received a posthumous Best New Director nomination, and neo-noir drama Long Day's Journey into Night, which also garnered a Best Director nod for Bi Gan. Jiang Wen (Hidden Man), Lou Ye (Shadow Play) and Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden (Jinpa) complete the Best Director shortlist.

Duan Yihong from Best New Director and Original Screenplay nominee Dong Yue's The Looming Storm and An Elephant Sitting Still's young lead Peng Yuchang join Roy Chiu, Deng Chao and Xu Zheng in the Best Actor race. Meanwhile, Hsieh Ying Xuan and Sun Li compete in the Best Actress category with Zhao Tao (Ash is Purest White), Zheng Meihuizi (Three Husbands) and Zhou Xun from Iwai Shunji's Last Letter. The Japanese auteur also earned a Best Original Screenplay nod for his first Chinese film.

Singer-actress Rene Liu's directorial debut Us and Them garnered five nominations including Best New Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for veteran director and sometime actor Tian Zhuangzhuang, who will compete against Lee Hong Chi (Cities of Last Things), Cheng Jen Shuo (Gatao 2: Rise of the King), Zhang Yu (Dying to Survive) and Ben Yuen (Tracey). Best Supporting Actress nominations go to last year's Best Actress winner Kara Hui (Tracey), teen actress Zhang Zifeng (Last Letter), Xu Qing (Hidden Man), Phoebe Huang (Dad's Suit) and Ding Ning (Cities of Last Things). Ho Wi Ding's Cities also garnered nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best New Performer (Hsieh Chang Ying).

The 55th Golden Horse Awards will be held in Taipei on November 17, 2018.

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Yoo Seung Ho & Jo Bo Ah in new romcom Revenge is Back

  September 28, 2018  
Yoo Seung Ho and Jo Bo Ah have been cast as the leads of the upcoming SBS romantic comedy Revenge is Back. Following his appearance in I Am Not a Robot, Yoo Seung Ho takes his second romcom drama of the year. Meanwhile, Revenge is Back marks the first romantic comedy in two years for Jo Bo Ah, who recently wrapped up the melodrama Goodbye to Goodbye. The drama is directed by Ham Joon Ho (Wok of Love) and written by rookie screenwriter Kim Yoon Young.

The high school romcom series follows Yoo Seung Ho as student Kang Bok Soo, who gets kicked out of school after being wrongly accused in a school violence case. The false accusation was made by his ex-girlfriend Son Soo Jung, played by Jo Bo Ah, and another classmate. He later returns to the school as an adult and plans to take revenge on his first love. However, Bok Soo unexpectedly ends up in different hilarious situations due to changes in the school environment.

Revenge is Back is slated to air in late November after the end of Where Stars Land.

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Yamashita Nobuhiro's Hard-Core to premiere at Tokyo Film Festival

  September 26, 2018  
Two years after My Uncle and Over the Fence, director Yamashita Nobuhiro adapts the manga Hard Core: Heisei Jigoku Brothers by Imashiro Takashi for his latest film Hard-Core. As common for Yamashita's works, Hard-Core's protagonists are misfit men played by Yamada Takayuki (Ushijima the Loan Shark), Satoh Takeru (Rurouni Kenshin) and Arakawa Yoshiyoshi (Fine, Totally Fine). The film reunites Yamada with frequent collaborator Mukai Kosuke who wrote Linda Linda Linda, My Back Page and Tamako in the Moratorium.

Yamada Takayuki stars as Gondo Ukon, a man who truly doesn't fit well into society and prefers to dig for buried gold in the mountains of Gunma. Satoh Takeru plays his younger brother Sakon who works for an elite trading company, and Arakawa Yoshiyoshi is Ukon's gentle friend and fellow gold digger Ushiyama. Instead of gold, they discover an old robot that draws the three men into unexpected circumstances. Matsu Takako also appears in the film as a mysterious woman whom Ukon encounters at a bar.

Hard-Core will have its world premiere in October at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival where Yamashita is serving as a jury member for the Asian Future section. The film opens in Japan on November 23.

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Kim Hee Sun and Kim Young Kwang's Room No. 9 premieres in early October

  September 21, 2018  
tvN's new fantasy mystery series Room No. 9 starring Kim Hee Sun, Kim Hae Sook and Kim Young Kwang will premiere on October 6. Originally slated to air in late September after the end of Mr. Sunshine, the drama is postponed to one week later due to Korea's Chuseok holidays.

Kim Hee Sun made a successful small-screen comeback with Woman of Dignity last year, while Kim Young Kwang's latest romcom movie On Your Wedding Day is a recent box office hit. Kim Hae Sook participated in tvN's fantasy romance series About Time earlier this year, and takes her first drama lead of the year with Room No.9.

Produced by My Fair Lady director Ji Yeong Su and The Merchant: Gaekju 2015 screenwriter Jung Sung Hee, Room No.9 depicts two women on radically different paths who exchange fates and how they strive to twist their destinies again. Veteran actress Kim Hae Sook takes the leading role of notorious death row inmate Jang Hwa Sa, who was caught for a serial poisoning murder case. While wanting to give up on life, she is miraculously given the chance to live in the body of Eulji Hae Yi (Kim Hee Sun), a successful lawyer who bows down to the powerful and stops at nothing to win in court.

Fresh off the box office success of his romcom On Your Wedding Day, Kim Young Kwang co-stars as family therapist Gi Yoo Jin, the boyfriend of Eulji Hae Yi. He seems intelligent and gentle on the outside, but is in fact devious and brutal on the inside. The cast of Room No. 9 also includes Lee Kyung Young (Misaeng), One (A Korean Odyssey), Oh Dae Hwan (Shopaholic Louis) and Kim Jae Hwa (Good Manager).

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Yamazaki Kento and Takahata Mitsuki star in otaku romance

  September 20, 2018  
Yamazaki Kento and Takahata Mitsuki have been cast in the lead roles of the live-action adaptation of the manga Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku. Fukuda Yuichi, who helmed the blockbuster live-action Gintama films, will direct the romantic comedy about two closet otakus. Yamazaki previously starred in the director's The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. adaptation.

Created by Fujita, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku has been serialized in the web manga comic POOL since November 2015. The love story revolves around the relationship between office worker Momose Narumi, who is secretly a fujoshi (fan of the boys love genre), and her childhood friend Nifuji Hirotaka, an otaku gamer.

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku was also recently adapted into an anime series that aired on Fuji TV from April to June 2018. Fukuda, who has worked on musicals like Young Frankenstein and Broadway to Judan, plans to incorporate singing and dancing scenes that aren't in the source material into the film version.

Shooting for Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku will take place in October and November 2018. The film will be released in Japan in 2019.

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Ju Ji Hoon and Jin Se Yeon star in new fantasy drama Item

  September 14, 2018  
Six years after the 2012 romantic drama Five Fingers, Ju Ji Hoon and Jin Se Yeon partner up again for MBC's upcoming fantasy Item. Following the success of the blockbuster Along with the Gods series and The Spy Gone North, Ju Ji Hoon returns to the small screen for his first TV drama in three years. The actor also has the crime thriller Dark Figure of Crime and Netflix series Kingdom coming up in late 2018. Jin Se Yeon, the star of period dramas The Flower in Prison and Grand Prince, will appear in her first modern drama in three years.

Item is directed by Kim Sung Wook (Star Nextdoor) and written by Jung Yi Do who co-wrote OCN's mystery thriller Save Me. The drama follows Ju Ji Hoon as passionate prosecutor Kang Gon who tries his best to save his niece. Jin Se Yeon takes the role of Shin So Young, a talented profiler with calm and sharp analytical skills. The two characters own items with supernatural powers which they use to unravel the conspiracy and secrets surrounding them.

Also co-starring Kim Yoo Ri (Kill Me, Heal Me) and Kim Kang Woo (Circle), Item is slated to air in late January next year.

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Nakashima Tetsuya directs horror film starring Okada Junichi

  September 13, 2018  
The World of Kanako and Confessions director Nakashima Tetsuya is adapting Sawamura Ichi's 2015 novel Bogiwan ga, Kuru, the grand prize winner of the 22nd Japan Horror Novel Awards, into the live-action film Kuru.

For his first feature in four years, the award-winning filmmaker collaborates with Confessions producer Kawamura Genki and playwright Iwai Hideto, who co-wrote the screenplay about the ominous events surrounding a married couple and a mystery visitor that knows the name of their unborn child. The horror film's all-star cast features Okada Junichi (Eternal 0), Kuroki Haru (The Bride of Rip Van Winkle), Confessions star Matsu Takako and The World of Kanako's Komatsu Nana and Tsumabuki Satoshi.

Tsumabuki Satoshi and Kuroki Haru play newlywed couple Hideki and Kana who are happily anticipating the birth of their daughter. One day, they learn that an unidentified visitor went to Hideki's workplace and left a message mentioning the name of their daughter, a name that only the couple knows. Soon more and more strange events happen around the couple. Okada Junichi stars as freelance writer Nozaki who begins to investigate the mysterious events and confront the threat of this unknown visitor. Komatsu Nana plays his clairvoyant girlfriend Makoto while Matsu Takako plays Makoto's sister Kotoko, a powerful spirit medium.

Kuru opens in Japan on December 7, 2018.

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Produce 48 unveils debut lineup of IZONE

  September 3, 2018  
Mnet competition program Produce 48, the third season of Produce 101, came to an end on August 31 with the announcement of the 12 members of project group IZONE.

In the last episode, the top 20 contestants were divided into two groups of performances. The first team performed Korean song "We Together" produced by Han Sung Soo, the founder of Pledis Entertainment, while the second team performed "You're In Love, Aren't You?" by AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi. The contestants then gathered together to sing "As I Dream," which is composed by Korean producing team Leegi Yongbae with lyrics by Akimoto Yasushi.

The host of the show, Lee Seung Gi, announced the name of the project group IZONE during the live broadcast. "IZ" resembles the number "12" while "ONE" represents unity, meaning the 12 members join hands and become one.

Starship Entertainment's Jang Won Young was crowned first in the final ranking to become the center of the group. HKT48's Miyawaki Sakura came in second and Stone Music Entertainment's Jo Yu Ri ranked third. The other members of the top 12 are Choi Ye Na (Yuehua Entertainment), Ahn Yu Jin (Starship Entertainment), Yabuki Nako (HKT48), Kwon Eun Bi (Woollim Entertainment), Kang Hye Won (8D Creative Entertainment), Honda Hitomi (AKB48), Kim Chae Won (Woollim Entertainment) , Kim Min Joo (Urban Works) and Lee Chae Yeon (WM Entertainment).

IZONE will promote in both Korea and Japan for two and a half years. Pledis Entertainment and Stone Music Entertainment will manage the group in Korea, while AKB48's agency AKS will be in charge of the group's activities in Japan.

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Amuro Namie's last concert tour DVD/Blu-ray sets new sales record

  September 3, 2018  
Amuro Namie has set a new record for Japanese music video sales with her namie amuro Final Tour 2018 -Finally- released on August 29. Oricon reported that the DVD and Blu-ray releases of the J-pop's diva concert tour sold 1.09 million copies combined in just the first three days of release. This is Japan's highest-ever sales for a music video product and also the first to reach the one-million benchmark.

Amuro Namie shocked the J-pop world last year with the announcement that she would retire on September 16, 2018. She held her last dome tour namie amuro Final Tour 2018 -Finally- from February to June 2018. The tour's domestic attendance of 750,000 people was the largest ever for a Japanese solo artist. The concert tour is available in five limited editions on DVD and Blu-ray.

On September 15, the day before her retirement, Amuro Namie will hold her last live event We ♥ Namie Hanabi Show Zenyasai ~ I ♥ Okinawa / I ♥ Music~ in her home prefecture of Okinawa. The festival-style event will also include appearances by Begin, Mongol800 and Hirai Ken.

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TFBOYS' Karry Wang stars in adventure series by Candle in the Tomb writer

  August 28, 2018  
Ghost Blows Out the Light series writer Tianxia Bachang's 2017 novel Tian Keng Ying Lie has been adapted into a drama series starring TFBOYS member Karry Wang and Golden Horse-winning teen actress Vicky Chen. Titled Eagles and Youngster in English, the adventure series is set in the late eighties and features other up-and-coming new-generation stars like Zheng Hao (Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy), Olivia Jiang (The Whirlwind Girl) and Ye Xiaowei (Founding of an Army). Highly sought after by production companies, Tianxia Bachang's popular fantasy stories have been turned into hit series and movies like Candle in the Tomb, Mojin - The Lost Legend and Tientsin Mystic in recent years.

Karry Wang leads the young cast of Eagles and Youngster as protagonist Zhang Baoqing, a Beijing youth who travels to a mountain village in northeastern China that relies on hunting. Surrounded by nature for the first time, the city boy falls into an epic adventure in the mountains while searching for an antidote for his mentor. He is joined in his formative quest by a pair of local siblings, played by Vicky Chen and Zheng Hao.

Eagles and Youngster premieres on Youku on August 30.

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Hollywood actor Lee Ki Hong joins cast of Korean drama Prometheus

  August 28, 2018  
Korean-American actor Lee Ki Hong, best known for his role as Min Ho in The Maze Runner series, is confirmed to star in the upcoming Korean action thriller series Prometheus: War of Fire. Lee Ki Hong made a special appearance in the Korean political thriller The Mayor last year, and Prometheus: War of Fire marks his first time participating in a Korean TV drama. The actor will work with Ha Ji Won (Secret Garden), Jin Goo (Descendants of the Sun) and Park Ki Woong (Secretly, Greatly) in the star-studded spy thriller series.

Directed by Choi Ji Young who co-produced the action thriller Iris, Prometheus: War of Fire begins with the disappearance of top North Korean scientists in a foreign country. As the scientists used to work on nuclear weapons, many countries including South Korea send agents to locate them. Ha Ji Won plays South Korean NIA agent Cha Eun Seo, while Lee Ki Hong takes the role of Frank Lee, an American CIA agent who disguises himself as a tourist in order to secretly approach Eun Seo. Jin Goo plays military officer Park Hoon of the North Korean embassy and Park Gi Woong plays North Korean ambassador Choi Ryung Soo.

The cast will start filming abroad in late September. Prometheus: War of Fire is scheduled to air in the first half of 2019.

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Roger Kwok returns for sequel to TVB classic At the Threshold of an Era

  August 24, 2018  
Hong Kong broadcaster TVB's turn-of-the-millennium classic At the Threshold of an Era gets a spiritual sequel 18 years later for the station's 50th anniversary drama. Titled Another Era, the new series is set from 2008 to 2018 and revolves around the ups and downs of Hong Kong's financial world. Roger Kwok, who appeared in the original At the Threshold of an Era, returns to lead the cast of Another Era.

Aired in two parts in late 1999 and early 2000 to straddle the millennium, At the Threshold of an Era was a 106-episode undertaking chronicling the rise and fall of a real estate mogul over 20 years' time. Continuing the theme of corporate power play and family feuding amid Hong Kong's tumultuous economic changes, Another Era begins with the shake-up of the 2008 financial crisis. Roger Kwok plays ruthless and unscrupulous businessman He Tian Sheng who will stop at nothing to achieve success. Niki Chow plays Zhuo Ding Yao who takes over the family business after her tycoon father, Tian Sheng's greatest rival, collapses into coma.

Another Era co-stars Frankie Lam as a private equity agent who helps Ding Yao, and Tavia Yeung as Tian Sheng's ambitious wife. The cast also includes Linda Chung, Benjamin Yuen, Pakho Chau, Gloria Tang, Roxanne Tong, Yoyo Chen, and veterans Pat Poon, Dominic Lam and Wu Fung. The 36-episode TVB drama is made in collaboration with mainland Chinese broadcaster CCTV and online platform iQiyi on a budget of 100 million Hong Kong dollars.

In a rare triple broadcast arrangement, Another Era will premiere on iQiyi on August 29, on CCTV-8 on August 30, and on TVB on September 10.

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Song Joong Ki, Kim Ji Won & Jang Dong Gun to star in historical fantasy drama

  August 23, 2018  
Song Joong Ki and Kim Ji Won reunite two years after the megahit drama Descendants of the Sun for the upcoming tvN historical fantasy series Asadal Chronicles. Kim Ji Won makes her drama comeback a year after Fight For My Way, while the drama marks Song Joong Ki's first drama leading role after marriage. They have been confirmed as the cast along with Jang Dong Gun, who starred in KBS's Suits earlier this year.

The fantasy period series will be written by Kim Young Hyun and Park Sang Yeon, the screenwriters of Queen Seon Deok, Tree With Deep Roots and Six Flying Dragons. Acclaimed director Kim Won Seok, whose past works include Misaeng, Signal and My Mister, will direct.

Set in the ancient city of Asadal during the Gojoseon Dynasty, Asadal Chronicles depicts political power struggles and the founding mythology of an empire. Jang Dong Gun plays the ambitious Ta Gon, Asadal's hero who leads the city into war and aims to become the King. Song Joong Ki plays the cursed Eun Seom, who unintentionally brings tragedy to Asadal, but later becomes the hero of the city. Kim Ji Won takes the role of Tan Ya, who is also cursed since birth but strives to change her fate and becomes a politician of Asadal.

The cast and production team held a workshop on August 21. Asadal Chronicles will start filming in September and is slated to air in the first half of 2019.

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Aragaki Yui and Matsuda Ryuhei in NTV romance from director of Mother

  August 21, 2018  
Aragaki Yui and Matsuda Ryuhei have been cast in the upcoming NTV drama Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi ("We Can't Become Beasts"). Working together for the first time since the 2007 film Tokyo Serendipity, the two star in an original love story about two people who are unable to live freely according to their true selves.

Aragaki and Matsuda play 30-year-old Fukami Akira and 33-year-old Nemoto Kosei, respectively, who meet at a bar by chance. The kind and composed Akira always maintains her smile and completes her work impeccably, but in reality, she feels lost and tired from the burden of having to play the perfect character every day. Because she works hard, she ends up with more and more work. Meanwhile, Kosei is an accountant who is popular with women and good at dealing with people, but he doesn't actually trust anyone. Although his work usually goes smoothly, he gets pushed to the limit when troubles suddenly arise. These two people who normally hide their true selves unexpectedly open up to each other when they meet at a bar after work.

Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi marks Aragaki's fourth drama with screenwriter Nogi Akiko after Public Affairs Office in the Sky, The Memorandum of Kyoko Okitegami and, most recently, the 2016 TBS hit We Got Married as a Job. The series will be helmed by Mizata Nobuo, the director of acclaimed works like Mother, anone and Maiko Haaaan.

Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi will air in Japan in October 2018.

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SNSD's Soo Young & Choi Tae Joon in Korean adaptation of So I Married an Anti-fan

  August 17, 2018  
Girls' Generation's Choi Soo Young and actor Choi Tae Joon have been cast in the Korean TV adaptation of the comic So I Married an Anti-fan. After appearing in Suspicious Partner and The Undateables, Choi Tae Joon will take his first romcom leading role in the drama. The series is the first TV drama of the year for Choi Soo Young who also has two films, Memories of a Dead End and Girl Cops, coming up.

Choi Tae Joon plays internally famous K-pop star Hoo Joon, while Choi Soo Young plays rookie reporter Lee Geun Young who is a fierce anti-fan of the star. So I Married an Anti-fan follows the two living under the same roof and the love-hate story that develops between them.

So I Married an Anti-fan will be written by Nam Ji Yeon and Kim Eun Jung and directed by Kang Cheol Woo (My Secret Romance, 1% of Anything). The comic was previously adapted into a 2016 Chinese film starring EXO's Chan Yeol, Chinese actress Yuan Shanshan and Girls' Generation's Seo Hyun.

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Writer-director Han Han announces cast of third film

  August 14, 2018  
Writer-turned-filmmaker Han Han has announced the cast of his third directorial effort Fei Chi Ren Sheng ("Speeding Life"). One of China's most well-known novelists, Han has found critical and commercial success as a director in recent years; his last film Duckweed passed the one billion yuan benchmark in 2017. For his upcoming comedy, the writer-director teams up with another box office force in comedian Shen Teng, whose Goodbye Mr. Loser, Never Say Die and the currently showing Hello Mr. Billionaire are all massive blockbusters.

Shen will reunite with his Goodbye Mr. Loser co-stars Yin Zheng and Tian Yu in the film. The announced cast also includes new-generation star Johnny Huang from Operation Red Sea and Addicted, singer Tengger who recently appeared on Singer 2018, and actors Zhao Wenxuan (Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal), Yin Fang (Operation Red Sea), Zhang Benyu (Bao Gao Lao Ban) and Liu Shuailiang (A Legend of Princess Lanling).

According to early synopses, Fei Chi Ren Sheng is about a former car racing champion who decides to return to the racing world that he once dominated. In order to relive his rebellious glory days, he endeavors to gather his old team back together and challenge a new generation of racers, but the road to comeback is full of setbacks and surprises. The film's title appears to refer back to Han Han's 2002 novel Like a Speeding Youth about rebellious youth.

Fei Chi Ren Sheng will open in China on Chinese New Year's Day 2019.

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