It’s been announced that actress Nagasawa Masami will star in a new TV Asahi drama called ‘Toshi Densetsu no Onna‘!
Nagasawa has taken up the the role of ‘Otonashi Tsukiko‘, an unconventional female detective for the MPD’s Criminal Investigations Division 1. Otonashi has a mania for urban legends, and only became a detective because she wanted to prove or bust the legends. Somehow, she always manages to find a connection between unresolved cases and various urban legends, such as the legend behind the head tomb (‘kubizuka’) of samurai Taira no Masakado.
Nagasawa expressed that she’s always wanted to try out the role of a female detective. Moreover, she personally loves urban legends, and so there wasn’t much hesitation on her part when she received the offer for this role.
“Urban legends are exciting and fascinating,” Nagasawa commented. As for the ‘urban legends’ (or rumors) related to the actress, Nagasawa said, “Most of them aren’t true, but I don’t take them seriously and just think to myself, ‘Since people are enjoying them that much, why try to take away the fun?’”
She continued, “This time I don’t want to hold back anything and add a lot of ad-libs and many little jokes.”
Nagasawa will be supported by Mizobata Junpei, who will play a guy from forensics who’s completely taken in by Otonashi’s charms. Furthermore, one of her superiors will be played by Takenaka Naoto.
Mizobata revealed that he loves urban legends related to history. He promised future viewers that, “I will devote myself to this drama, so that it will help people to loosen up at Friday night after another long and tiresome week.”
Starting in April, TV Asahi will air ‘Toshi Densetsu no Onna‘ every Friday night at 11:15 p.m. Each episode will feature a new case and its solution.
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reminds me of Trick (because its on the same time slot. XD) and for some reason her movie Magare! Spoon too. XD
“Bunshin” was originally a suspense novel by bestselling author Higashino Keigo.
Bunshin tells the story of two girls, Ujie Mariko and Kobayashi Futaba, who have been living separately in Hokkaido and Tokyo, blissfully unaware of each other’s existence.
Mariko, a student in child welfare, lives with doubts about the love of her mother, Shizue, who died in a suspected case of arson nine years ago. She bears no resemblance to her mother and has little recollection of her love. One day, Mariko finds Shizue’s possessions in a relative’s house and discovers that while her mother was alive she had been searching for the secret of Mariko’s birth in Tokyo. And so, Mariko decides to unravel this mystery by heading to Tokyo.
On the other hand, Futaba, a university student, spends all her time with her band in Tokyo, and is to make a television appearance. However, Futaba’s mother is strongly opposed to her being on television. Futaba is suspicious of her mother’s uncharacteristic behaviour. Meanwhile, Mariko sees the footage of Futaba and is surprised. Mariko and Futaba are so similar in appearance as to be the same person. When the two of them finally meet, a shocking truth about a forbidden field of bioscience and a dangerous love comes to light.
Nagasawa Masami, who plays double roles as Mariko and Futaba, says, “I was very careful with the way I spoke when acting as Mariko and Futaba because my own peculiarities would be reflected.” In real life, Nagasawa believes she is closer in character to Futaba. “She’s a little gallant and competitive, and a person whose strengths and weaknesses are not displayed very much. Perhaps she’s pretending to be strong. I think I’m like her in these aspects.”
As Futaba is the vocalist for her band in the drama, Nagasawa got to sing the musical compositions written by director Nagata Koto. “I sang with Futaba’s feelings, her many questions about her circumstances. It’s a song where I wish to convey the accumulated emotions being released from deep inside her, despite the loneliness she feels. I hope that it resonates with listeners. I’m certain as I act that the courage to move on is growing inside her through singing. A song is a very good way of getting into character.”
Nagata says Nagasawa did a terrific job. All she had to do was listen to feel happy. “At first, I wondered how Nagasawa-san’s singing would be. Then I was like, why did she not sing until now?”
The five-part drama will be broadcasted every Sunday at 10.00 p.m. from 12 February.
Watch the teaser below:
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