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Jin Historical Medical Manga Gets 2nd Live-Action Show

posted on 2010-06-07 18:20 EDT
Takao Osawa reprise role as brain surgeon sent back to shogun-era Japan

A sequel to last year's live-action series adaptation of Motoka Murakami's Jin historical medical manga has been green-lit for a television premiere on Japan's TBS network next April. 42-year-old Takao Osawa (Tsukiji Uogashi Sandaime) will reprise his title role of a modern brain surgeon transported back in time to the Bakumatsu era, the period that spelled the end of the shoguns' rule over Japan. 25-year-old Haruka Ayase (Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror), 34-year-old Miki Nakatani (Densha Otoko, Ringu), and 41-year-old Masaaki Uchino (Ace wo Nerae!) will also return from the first series.

The manga has been running in Shueisha's Super Jump magazine on and off since 2000, and the 18th compiled book volume shipped in Japan in April. The first live-action television series aired from October to December of last year, and it regularly ranked at or near the top of the ratings charts since its October premiere. The final 79-minute episode aired on December 20 with a 25.3 rating — the highest rating not only of the series, but of any drama series last year. TBS and and producer Akihiko Ishimaru had previously denied newspaper reports that claimed that a film version had been green-lit earlier this year.

Source: Sports Hochi


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