Aibou to get sequel and TV series

With the incredible success of the “Aibou” movie in 2008, it was only natural that a second one would be made. On Thursday, which marked the 10th anniversary of the television drama’s premiere, it was revealed that “Aibou: Gekijoban II” has been scheduled for a December 23 release.

The first movie grossed 4.44 billion yen at the box office, making it the fifth-highest earner among domestic films in 2008. Seiji Izumi, who handled the first film and most of the television series, will again direct. Since Yasufumi Terawaki (48) has left the show, the new movie will star the detective pair of Yutaka Mizutani (57) and Mitsuhiro Oikawa (40).

The show’s anniversary is also being celebrated with the start of season 9 in October, along with the DVD release of season 8 in the same month.

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