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Posted 8/20/08 , edited 8/26/08
Popular actress Maki Horikita has picked up her next lead drama role. She will star in the tentatively-titled "Innocent Love," scheduled to air in Fuji TV's flagship Monday night time slot this fall. As the title suggests, the show will be a romance story.

The script is an original work written by Taeko Asano, whose most recent hit was "Last Friends" this past spring. Like that show, "Innocent Love" will focus on the lives of modern youths. The shows also share a director (Yusuke Kato) and a producer (Toshiyuki Nakano).

The story centers around the tragic heroine Kanon Akiyama (Horikita). As a child, she lost both her parents to a murderer, and her older brother was arrested as the prime suspect. Shunned by her town as the sister of a killer, she heads to Tokyo and picks up a job as a housecleaner. There, she has a fateful encounter with a man, but the road to romance is fraught with difficulty.

This will be Horikita's first time starring in Fuji TV's key time slot. Last year, her popularity skyrocketed due to a starring role in "Hanazakari no Kimitachi e." Currently, she appears in the NHK taiga drama "Atsuhime." That series doesn't finish filming until the end of September, so she will briefly be shooting simultaneously for "Atsuhime" and "Innocent Love."

"Innocent Love" will premiere in October.

|by Tokyograph|



*squeals. =DD It sounds good. I really wanna know who the male lead is.
If only it was pi. Godsh, I wish they had at least ONE kissing scene damnit. I'm so anxious.


UPDATE: (Sorry, but I don't find this dude attractive whatsoever. )
Yuzu's Kitagawa to play Horikita's love interest
Tue, August 26, 2008 (2:03am EDT)



The male lead has been revealed for the Fuji TV drama series "Innocent Love," which stars popular actress Maki Horikita. Rather than casting a popular young actor for the role, the network has chosen Yujin Kitagawa, the 31-year-old leader of folk duo Yuzu.

The drama is described as a "Cinderella story," with Horikita playing Kanon, a pitiful woman who eventually finds love with a pianist named Junya (Kitagawa). Junya's character is cheerful and innocent on the surface, but his heart is full of painful sorrow.

Kitagawa actually started out his entertainment career as an actor, before Yuzu got their big break. He appeared in multiple dramas, such as "Meitantei Hokenshitsu no Obasan" in 1997, and he even starred in the 1996 horror film "All Night Long 3: Saishusho." However, he has been focused on music since Yuzu made their debut in 1997.

"Innocent Love" is filling Fuji TV's Monday 9:00pm time slot this fall.

source: tokyograph
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Posted 8/21/08
lol....i truly agree.....i want pi to be in it so badly.........lookin fwd fo her new drama...go maki chan!!!
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Posted 8/21/08
yar.. it looks interesting..
but the chance pi to be leading guy..is less than 20%
i doubt he will be hero in maki's new drama..
i hope whoever the guy is..irelly wish he can act as good as maki..
yar...
i dun care although it's not yamapi..
but wat i heard the leading guy is a new actor..
and i really hope he can take a role better..if not i will affected maki's career...
this drama is one of maki-chan's important drama..
so i dun think her agency will let her down..so i think the lead guy must be sumone superb as him..
hope the guy is hott!!
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Posted 8/21/08
Hahaha...i heard about this...I'm really excited! and I really wanna know who the leading guy is!!!!
Posted 8/22/08
yay! new drama for Maki-chan. I really doubt that the lead is Yamapi though since he's already in a summer drama with Gakky and Erika Toda.
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Posted 8/22/08
ya..i hope pi is the male lead XDD
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Posted 8/22/08
I'm goint to watch this. I hope Yamapi is her leading man again.
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Posted 8/23/08
Hehehehe. I hope that Pi will be the leading man.
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Posted 8/23/08
me too...but if not i hope it's a cute actor too
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Posted 8/24/08
yup! so exited
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Posted 8/27/08
other cast members of "Innocent Love" revealed

Updated with descriptions of the other roles!

The theme for Innocent Love is about "modern loneliness" and the heroine Kanon (Maki) who got neglected by the world around her. Kanon is trying to find happiness in this modern Cinderella story. Kitagawa will play Nagasaki Junya she is wholeheartedly falling in love with. His role is not an easy one. He is a pianist for a church's children choir who seems to have a cheerful naiveté from the outside, but in the inside he holds a deep sadness.

Other cast members include Kashii Yuu (21) who is going to play the role of Sakurai Midzuki, a childhood friend of Junya who has feelings for him since they were young. She'll be like the "first villain" who's going to bully Horikita's character.

Fukushi Seiji (25)
will be Kanon's older brother Akiyama Youji who got in juvenile prison as suspect for the murder of their parents. He is worrying about his sister and her loneliness, but he suffers due to the fact that he can't go outside these walls.

Segawa Subaru, a very close friend of Junya will be played by Narimiya Hiroki (25) who's in charge of bringing a fresh and modern feeling to that show. He himself struggles with the problem that he can't tell anybody his feelings, not about his worries about his new assignment and neither his feelings towards the person who loves him.

Shining actress Uchida Yuki (32) will play Kiyoka, the fiancé of Junya. She will be an important key role for the dorama.

According to the producer there is a reason behind every casted actor/actress. "I wanted to appoint him (Kitagawa) for a dorama before already, but this time I finally made the request. If the dorama can reflect the charm that comes out from his inside, then I think there will be a great chemical reaction. He hasn't yet shown anything to the general audience, so please take note of him."
About Kashii Yuu, "I wanted an actress who could play such an ugly character in the inside that you wouldn't be able to tell from her elegant face. It's the first bullying role and I thoroughly wanted to portray it."
"Fukushi-san showed his talent on NHK and I thought he would be the right person for that character with a lot of darkness inside of him. That's why I made him the offer. It will be fun changing him from an handsome man into a man with close-cropped hair."
And then Narimiya, "His role is really delicate with a shock-like secret he is keeping to himself. I think you will be attracted by how great he performs that difficult role."
Uchida will be in charge of the beautiful girl, but as much as she is beautiful as much can she fight and strife for something.


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Posted 8/27/08
pics of yujin kitagawa.....



wat do u think minna??wil dey make a gud couple??
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Posted 8/27/08
^^ he looks kinda old IMO.

other cast members:
Kashii Yu


Fukushi Seiji


Narimiya Hiroki


Uchida Yuki


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Posted 8/29/08
to be honest i dun think he's so bad..
i mean for his age he look younger than that..
he's 31 but his face doesn't look like it..
he's quite good looking actually..
n he has a great voice too..
i just check his duo group YUZU..
i like their style..

another pic of him..

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Posted 8/29/08

zety91 wrote:

to be honest i dun think he's so bad..
i mean for his age he look younger than that..
he's 31 but his face doesn't look like it..
he's quite good looking actually..
n he has a great voice too..
i just check his duo group YUZU..
i like their style..

another pic of him..



yep agree...not al dat bad ne......he looks cute n nt dat old.....plus nari hiroki is der.....so i m rily lookin fwd fo d drama....
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