Shingo's "Kochikame" Character Promotes Police Campaign
Thu, June 18, 2009 (3:52am EDT)
SMAP's Shingo Katori will be appearing on police posters starting next month. The work is in connection with his starring role in TBS's upcoming drama series "Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen-mae Hashutsujo," also known as "Kochikame."
Based on a long-running comedy manga by Osamu Akimoto, "Kochikame" stars Katori as a police officer named Kankichi Ryotsu.
Katori appears in uniform as Kankichi on the police poster, which promotes the prevention of traffic accidents involving children during summer vacation. Posters will be put up at various police stations throughout Tokyo starting on July 1. Katori is also scheduled to make public appearances as Kankichi at police-sponsored events.
Incidentally, TBS also announced some of the cast members for "Kochikame," which premieres in August. Karina and Mocomichi Hayami will both be playing police officers working with Kankichi. Karina will be the talented beauty Reiko Catherine Akimoto, while Mocomichi has been cast as the wealthy Keiichi Nakagawa. LaSalle Ishii, who voiced Kankichi in the anime series and played him in the stage version, will appear on the show as Kankichi's father.
Here is behind the scenes clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11zZ-c71HGs
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