Actor Ichihara Hayato (24) will star in a historical drama for the first time. He has been chosen as the lead of an adaptation of Tezuka Osamu’s manga “Hidamari no Ki,” with Narimiya Hiroki (29) as his co-star.
Set during the end of the Edo period, “Hidamari no Ki” tells the story of a friendship between a young samurai named Ibuya Manjiro (Ichihara) and a doctor named Tezuka Ryoan (Narimiya). The story is based on the life of Tezuka Osamu’s own great-grandfather.
Kurokawa Mei plays the young woman with whom the two both fall in love. Other cast members include Tsugawa Masahiko, Nishioka Tokuma, Ikegami Kimiko, Sasano Takashi, Kotegawa Yuko, and Fueki Yuko.
Production is scheduled to begin on January 19 and finish in mid-February. The drama will be aired on NHK BS Premium sometime in April.
It was also recently announced that “Hidamari no Ki” is getting a new stage adaptation with Kamikawa Takaya and Kikkawa Koji.