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.
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.