It was recently announced that two works by author Minato Kanae (“Kokuhaku”) are getting live-action adaptations. Today, yet another one has been announced, based on her newest novel before the book has even been released.
Titled “Kyogu,” the novel is scheduled for release next month on October 7th. TV Asahi will air a drama special with the same title sometime this winter, starring actresses Matsuyuki Yasuko and Ryo. The drama will be directed by award-winning movie director Wakamatsu Setsuro (“Shizumanu Taiyo”).
Matsuyuki plays Yoko, a mother of a 5-year-old boy. She wins a new writer’s prize for a children’s picture book she wrote, based on the memories of her close friend Harumi (Ryo). Both of them were abandoned by their parents at a young age and raised in an orphanage.
Meanwhile, Yoko’s husband (Sawamura Ikki), a local politician, is suspected of receiving illegal campaign contributions, so his mother (Shirakawa Yumi) and his head supporter (Kishibe Ittoku) are desperate to push Yoko to popularity. The reluctant Yoko receives some encouragement from Harumi, but one day her son Yuta is suddenly kidnapped. She receives a letter demanding her to “reveal the truth” if she wants Yuta back safely. Unable to contact the police for help, she turns to Harumi for help.
The cast also includes Ishida Ayumi, Tabata Tomoko, Ichikawa Yui, Tanimura Mitsuki, Nishimura Masahiko, Azusa Mikihisa, Nogiwa Yoko, Nagura Jun, and Ashina Sei.
Before the drama is broadcast this winter, TV Asahi is releasing a spinoff drama titled “Mou Hitotsu no Kyogu” through the show’s official website. Set in an orphanage, the 7-episode story stars Duncan as a staff worker. The first episode was made available today.