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11 March 2009 @ 02:32 pm
News for the upcoming drama  
Im gonna edit this if there's more article/news about the spring drama. Basically, it's all the same. LOL But who cares!

"drama first starring, and first independent starring." - http://wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/majo/Original Source: Sankei Sports

Popular young actor Toma Ikuta has a solo starring role in a drama series for the first time. The show, titled "Majo Saiban," will be the first drama to tackle the issue of Japan's new "saiban-in" (lay judge) system.

This May, Japan is reintroducing the jury system, which was previously abolished in 1943. Since then, only judges have decide the outcome of criminal cases, but under the new system, cases will be decided by a combination of judges and lottery-selected citizens.

In "Majo Saiban," Ikuta plays a typical part-timer with little interest in social issues. However, he is unexpectedly chosen as a juror in the trial of a suspected female murderer. While the mystery surrounding the case unfolds, an unknown group is secretly attempting to bribe the jury.

Actress Ai Kato plays a housewife who is also selected as a juror, while Manami Higa plays Ikuta's girlfriend, a newspaper reporter. Yuriko Ishida takes on the role of the accused.

Fuji TV will air "Majo Saiban" on Saturday nights at 11:10pm. The series starts on April 25, about a month before the actual jury system goes into effect.

Tokyograph Poll #484:
Are you a fan of Toma Ikuta? Vote here
俳優生田斗真(24)がフジテレビ系「魔女裁判」(4月25日スタート、土曜午後11時10分)で連続ドラマ初単独主演することが10日、分かっ た。同作品は、今年5月21日から始まる裁判員制度がテーマ。裁判員に選ばれたことをきっかけに事件に巻き込まれていくフリーターの青年を演じるサスペン ス。生田は07年にフジ「花ざかりの君たちへ~イケメン♂パラダイス~」でブレーク。昨年はTBS「魔王」で大野智とダブル主演。現在はフジの月9「ヴォ イス」に出演中だ。若手実力派が難テーマに真正面から取り組む。

 裁判員に選ばれたことから幸せな家庭生活が一変、事件に巻き込まれるのは初の主婦役の加藤あい(26)。生田の恋人で駆け出しの新聞記者にNHK 朝のテレビ小説「どんど晴れ」のヒロイン比嘉愛未(22)。巨額遺産をめぐる殺人事件で有罪確実と思われながら、裁判員の評が無罪へと翻る「魔女」と呼ば れる被告を石田ゆり子(39)が演じる。

 生田は裁判を傍聴するなど、今月末のクランクインに向け、すでに役作りに取り組んでいる。「裁判員制度は実際に5月から始まるので、社会的な反応 も大きいと思う。義務感とか、責任感とか、すごく身の締まる思いです。たくさんの人に興味を持ってもらえれば」。関卓也プロデューサーは「裁判員制度が暮 らしの一部になったとき、私たちの生活や考え方はどう変わるのか。このドラマを通して楽しみ、考えていただきたい」と話している。

Credit: Baidu

(Anonymous) on March 11th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
sounds cool XD
thanks for sharing!
edmantra on March 11th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Now, this is really interesting. Since the drama precedes the jury changes in the real world judicial system, I think it will generate a lot more interest in the country and may achieve high ratings. I'm really looking forward to see how he plays a contemplative role like this one. And ofcourse, I'm eager to watch Toma romancing any woman in general. :D Banzai!

immi76immi76 on March 11th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so much.

I'm going to vote for Toma. ^^
ameonna10ameonna10 on March 11th, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
so, he really has a girlfriend in this drama.

i wonder what he looks like w/ a girlfriend. :}
shunluvshunluv on March 11th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)
sound such an interesting drama^^
Higa Manami is very pretty...they would look great together XD
cant wait for more Toma next spring^^
muymuy28muymuy28 on March 11th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
Sugoi!!!!! thanks for posting gem!
kate_fireflykate_firefly on March 11th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
arigatou!! & i voted for him!

uwa!! toma's got the lead role (not his 1st though, that was H&C, right?)!! and a girlf! and the plot sounds good! that's a really cool idea to make a drama about the jury system be4 the govt starts using it again. i just hope they don't get any pressure f/the govt cuz of this...actually, i was on a jury be4 but just 4 a civil case in the usa. LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS DRAMA!! go go toma!! ^_^

(btw, strawberry_gemm, where did u get the pic for yr current avatar?? love that toma pic! thanks!)
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kate_fireflykate_firefly on March 12th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
thank u so much!! <3
.::|[ vAN*~// ]|::. o(≧∀≦)o~!bakasaru88 on March 11th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
panda3035panda3035 on March 11th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
woah.. i wonder how the drama will be like
miz_jennyx3miz_jennyx3 on March 11th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
man this drama sounds super interesting!
can't wait to see how it's like.

and toma has a girlfriendddd :DDDD that's a nice change.
nineteenprimenineteenprime on March 11th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharin!
I'm excited!! :3
(Anonymous) on March 11th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
sounds like the "last juror" by john grisham! can't wait for it!
ahhh, so japan will adopt the jury system..
TOMAranaihajja_holland on March 12th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
agree with u, 'the last juror' was the first that crossed my mind. i never read the book, but the movie is thrilling, played by john cusack, ekh??

i hope toma will gives his best too
TOMAranaihajja_holland on March 12th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
wow,toma new drama!
he seems to play serious role nowadays. i especially like him in Maoh and for sure, i think he's going to give his best for this new drama,
gambatte toma-kun

thanks for sharing