TV drama starring Tomohisa Yamashita, Chiaki Kuriyama premieres on Tokyo Broadcasting System
A new adaptation of the tragic, science fiction morality tale, Flowers for Algernon, is coming to the Tokyo Broadcasting System beginning in April.
Actor / singer Tomohisa Yamashita plays Sakito Shiratori, the protagonist. After undergoing experimental surgery, Shiratori goes from being a mentally handicapped man with a child-like intellect to being a genius whose IQ rapidly surpasses that of the physicians caring for him.
Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill, Battle Royale) plays Haruka Mochizuki, the researcher who develops romantic feelings for Shiratori.
Algernon is the name of the lab mouse on whom the experimental surgery was initially tested.
Flowers for Algernon is based on the 1966 American novel by Daniel Keyes. The book is a popular subject for adaptations to the stage and screen in Japan. One earlier adaptation, directed by Takehiko Shinshiro and Renpei Tsukamoto, aired on Fuji TV in 2002.
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