On March 22, it was revealed that AKB48 and SKE48 member Kitahara Rie (21) will play a high school student in the Fuji TV drama “Kazoku Game”, which begins airing every Wednesday at 10PM starting in April.
The drama is based off of the best seller of the same name and stars Arashi’s Sakurai Sho (31). Sakurai plays unconventional tutor Yoshimoto who resorts to violence and unconventional methods to teach his student and his student’s family.
In the drama, she plays as the girlfriend of the eldest son of a prominent family, who is an elite high school student played by Kamiki Ryunosuke (19). Her character is the ideal girl friend– smart, cute, and independent.
Kitahara, who will appear in a Fuji TV drama for the first time ever, stated excitedly, “The story is exciting and strong and I will approach the role as an actress rather than an idol.” Although AKB48 forbids romantic relationships, there will be sweet scenes as her character and Kamiki’s character will be dating in the drama.