[2012 J-Drama] PRICELESS
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Title: Priceless ~ Aruwakenedaro, nnanmon!
Date: Mondays, 9.00 p.m. from 22nd October 2012
Station: Fuji TV


Synopsis:
Originally a mid-level manager with a promising future in a big corporation and loved by subordinates, the life of the elite Kindaichi Fumio (Kimura Takuya) changes dramatically one day. Having for some reason attracted the attention of the senior management, he is framed for a crime which he knows nothing of and forced out of the workplace. Even after that, Kindaichi is assailed by a series of surprises and in one day, he loses his house, wealth and handphone until he is without a cent to his name. At his wits end, he comes to a park where he encounters two children. Learning from them how to survive even if he does not have money, he somehow weathers this crisis and discovers the truly important and priceless things in life. The good thing about Kindaichi is that his carefree personality amazingly does not shift. It is not resentment and bitterness that become his driving force, but the love and help of the people he meets that enables him to keep go forward step by step. Nikaido Aya (Karina) works in the accounts department of the same company as Kindaichi. She is a female who attracts no attention but gets work done perfectly. The incident involving Kindaichi is the catalyst for a major turning point for Aya too. The heart of this rigid woman also changes through her encounters with him.


Cast:
Kimura Takuya
as Kindaichi Fumio

Section Chief of Miracle Thermos’ Business Development. Because he is cheerful and quick-witted, he is trusted and loved by his colleagues, superiors and subordinates. A fan of the Hiroshima Carp. He was raised single-handedly by his mother. One day, he is given a disciplinary discharge by the company for something that he knows nothing about. On top of that, he loses his apartment and handphone, and is almost penniless. At that moment, he gets acquainted with two brothers of elementary school-going age … …

Karina as Nikaido Aya

An employee at Miracle Thermos’ Accounting Division. Because of her meticulous nature, she cannot permit even a mismatch of 1 yen in the accounting work that she is in charge of. In fact, this personality stems from her upbringing. She has no relationship with Kindaichi Fumio, except the connection through her accounting work.

Nakai Kiichi as Moai Kengo

Head of Miracle Thermos’ Business Development Department. He has a wife and daughter who attends high school. He likes to play it safe and is a tremendously inconspicuous presence at the company. This matter concerns him a little. He questions Kindaichi Fumio’s dismissal, but makes an effort not to pry too much. Furthermore, even if he knows the truth … …

Fujiki Naohito as Oyashiki Toichiro

The vice president of Miracle Thermos. Following the death of his father, Oyashiki Iwao, he took over his position as company president. He has tough and ruthless management policies. He goes after Kindaichi Fumio and tosses him out for some reason. He is greatly affected by the words his father said just before he died.






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Kimura Takuya to live in poverty for new Monday drama ‘PRICELESS’



On August 14th, it was announced that SMAP’s Kimura Takuya will be starring in Fuji TV’s new “Getsu 9″ drama for the upcoming fall season.

The drama with the tentative title ‘PRICELESS‘ revolves around a salary man who falls into a life of destitution after being fired from his company. Although it will already be Kimura’s ninth starring role in a “Getsu 9″ drama, it will be the first time for him to play a character living in poverty.

At first everything seems to go well for the protagonist – living a satisfying life as a bachelor and working at the middle management of a major company. He’s also on good terms with his co-workers, but one day he gets wrapped up in an intrigue and ends up getting fired for something he hasn’t done. Before he even realized, he had become a penniless man without a phone and no place to stay. By chance he happens to get acquainted to other poor children at a park and gradually begins to realize that there are many important “priceless” things in life that you can’t buy with money.

‘PRICELESS’ is based on an original script by Furuya Kazunao (‘Ninkyo Helper’, ‘37-sai de Ishani Natta Boku’). It’s said to be a humorous drama with a lovable and cheerful protagonist who never loses his positive attitude despite those tragic turns. His positive attitude even causes the change of his unreliable boss – played by Nakai Kiichi – and one of his female colleagues, an introverted accountant played by Karina.

Just before the start of the filming, Kimura stated, “Our Japanese athletes at the London 2012 Olympics showed us impressive and PRICELESS teamwork. The staff, my co-stars and I want to form just as great of a team and make this drama our own.”

Nakai commented, “You better not miss any second of this fast-paced drama!”

Karina, whose character will eventually become the love interest of the protagonist, is also looking forward to the filming. She said, “I’m nervous since it’s my first time working together with Kimura and Nakai. My character sounds plain, but I still want to give it my all.”

The producer added, “We want to give people courage and hope with a protagonist that still lives every day to the fullest despite having lost everything.”

‘PRICELESS’ is scheduled to air its first episode in October.

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Kimura Takuya to make his return to Gekku in autumn drama "PRICELESS"


SMAP's Kimura Takuya will return to the Gekku timeslot with his autumn drama "PRICELESS" which is due to begin its run in October. Having played many characters with high-flying occupations, Kimura will play a middle-management employee in a big company where he suddenly becomes the scapegoat of a crime he didn't commit. This results in him losing his job, family and money and he has to learn how to survive in such difficult conditions after meeting various people along the way. Co-stars include Nakai Kiichi who plays Kimura's boss who cannot be counted on and Karina who plays an employee in the accounting department of the same company. Filming is due to begin soon.
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"PRICELESS" to feature a song from The Rolling Stones as its theme


The upcoming autumn drama "PRICELESS" starring Kimura Takuya will feature the 1968 hit "Jumpin' Jack Flash" from The Rolling Stones as its theme song. This is the first time that this song has been used as a drama's theme song and only the third The Rolling Stones song to be used as a Japanese drama or movie theme since 1988 movie "Hana no Asukagumi" and 1997 FujiTV drama "Face". This is also the fourth time that a KimuTaku Gekku drama is using a foreign artist's song as its theme.
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Takuya Kimura as a Poor Man in PRICELESS Drama is Unreasonable



SMAP‘s Takuya Kimura will be starring in an all-new drama this fall, titled: “PRICELESS“. The story revolves around a normal salaryman who suddenly finds himself fired from his job, losing everything he has, and starts living in streets. Kimura, who has played countless of roles,such as: Public Prosecutor, Prime Minister, and race car driver, will find himself playing the role of an impoverish man.

The drama is yet to start, but it has attracted negative reactions from fans. Even if it just a drama, fans think that it’s unreasonable for someone of Kimura’s caliber and superstar status to play a poor man‘s role. Fans are also worried if televiewers will be able to empathize with Kimura’s character since it’s a well known fact that Kimura is a millionaire and lives a comfortable life.

“He still commands millions of Yen for CMs. During his days-off, he goes out with his family for some surfing, or he can be seen playing golf with Goro Inigaki,” a person who knows Kimura stated.

Furthermore, some are wary with Karina playing the heroine. In fact, rumor has it that even Kimura showed disapproval when Karina got chosen. Although the reason is unknown, some speculates that it has something to do with Karina’s small face and height. Moreover, Kimura was vying for Ayase Haruka to play the heroine, but since Ayase has a full-packed schedule, the role went to Karina.

Lastly, whether the viewers will love the poor man KimuTaku, it’s yet remained to be seen.



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Further cast announcements for autumn 2012 drama "PRICELESS"




Fujiki Naohito will be acting as the villian opposite Kimura Takuya in the upcoming autumn 2012 drama "PRICELESS ~ Aruwake needaro, nna mon~" which is due to begin its run in October at 9pm on Mondays. Kimura plays the lead character Kindaichi Fumio who is fired by his company due to something he was made a scapegoat for while Fujiki plays Oyashiki Toichiro, the vice president of the company who is out to make life difficult for Kindaichi. This will be the first time that the two of them are working together.


In addition, Issei Ogata will play the role of Zaizen Osamu, the managing director who is an ally of Toichiro and helps in the latter's ploy. The president of the company Oyashiki Iwao will be played by Nakamura Atsuo who last worked with Kimura in 2008's "CHANGE". Kis-My-Ft2's Fujigaya Taisuke will play Enomoto Kotaro, a junior at Kimura's colleague who looks up to him and this will also be Fujigaya's first role as a salaryman. The Marioka brothers who teach Kindaichi how to survive without money and a home will be played by child actors Maeda Oushiro and Tanaka Kanau. Natsuki Mari will play the brothers' grandmother while Masu Takeshi will be the master of the drinking place which Kindaichi frequents.
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Cast members of “PRICELESS” attend press conference



On October 11th press conference for upcoming drama “PRICELESS ~Aru Wake Needaro, Nnamon!~” which stars SMAP’s Kimura Takuya, was held at Tokyo Station Hotel, and cast members (Kimura, Karina, Nakai Kiichi, Fujiki Naohito, Kis-My-Ft2‘ Fujigaya Taisuke) made appearances.

This drama will mark the 9th ‘Getsu 9′ drama for Kimura, and it revolves around the protagonist named ‘Kindaichi Fumio’ (Kimura) who is living a satisfying life as a bachelor and working in middle management at a major company. He’s also on good terms with his co-workers, but one day he gets swept up in a scheme and ends up getting fired for something he did not do. Before he even realizes, he becomes a penniless man without a phone and no place to stay. By chance he happens to get acquainted to poor children at a park and gradually begins to realize that there are many important ‘priceless’ things in life.

Kimura said, “We are in a pretty tough situation as we are not even done shooting for the first episode, but we are enjoying the shooting. I’m sure that all the viewers will be able to laugh at Kiichi-san.” When asked about what he considers to be priceless in life, Kimura answered, “Love is one thing, and family, and encounters with people… but something priceless for me that may be different from other people, in my own opinion, would be SMAP.”

“PRICELESS ~Aru Wake Needaro, Nnamon!~” will begin airing on the 22nd.
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Stills from the drama shooting


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I need to watch this, if for anything because of Karina.
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AKB48 Kojima Haruna to play a street idol in PRICELESS




AKB48’s Kojima Haruna is going to make an appearance in the upcoming Fuji TV ‘Getsu 9′ (Monday 9pm) drama ‘PRICELESS ~Aru Wake Needaro, Nnamon!~‘ starring SMAP’s Kimura Takuya.

After Shinoda Mariko in ‘Taisetsunakoto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshietekureta‘ and Oshima Yuko in ‘Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu‘, she’s only the third AKB48 member to show off her acting skills in this prestigious time slot.
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PRICELESS scores rating of 16.9% for its first episode


The first episode of FujiTV Gekku drama "PRICELESS" shown on 22 October achieved a rating of 16.9% which makes it third so far in terms of the debut episode ratings, falling behind "Aibou season 11" (19.9%) and "Doctor X" (18.6%). This is the first time that a Kimura Takuya drama has gone below the 20% mark for its first episode but considering the fact that the pro-baseball league's League Climax Series Match 6 was being shown on NTV at the same time and that the baseball match scored a high of 20.1%, this could be a reason why the ratings did not fare as well as expected.

"PRICELESS" is Kimura's first drama in two-and-a-half years following 2010's spring drama "Tsuki no Koibito ~ Moon Lovers ~".
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