Kinami Haruka in new “Kazoku Hakkei” drama series

This winter, actress Kinami Haruka (26) will take on her first starring role in a drama series. The drama is based on “Kazoku Hakkei,” a 1972 novel by sci-fi author Tsutsui Yasutaka (“Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo”) that was already adapted as a television drama in 1979 and 1986.

Kinami has been cast as Hita Nanase, a housekeeper with the psychic ability to read people’s minds, leading her to uncover the secrets of the households where she works. The character was previously played by Takigawa Yumi and Hori Chiemi.

Kinami entered show business in 2001 when she won Horipro’s New Star Audition. She appeared in the “20th Century Boys” movie series and was the female lead in the movie “Kimi ga Odoru, Natsu.” She has also played supporting roles in various television dramas, including “Yuusha Yoshihiko to Maou no Shiro” this past summer.

The new “Kazoku Hakkei” will be aired in a late night time slot on TBS starting in January. The series will be directed by “20th Century Boys” director Tsutsumi Yukihiko.