SMAP singer Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, 36, and actress Yukie Nakama, 30, will debut in a TBS drama set in the 1960s, called “99-year love: Japanese-Americans." Seattle Mariners player Ichiro will also make a cameo appearance as a baseball player in the drama, appearing in real-life footage of a player at bat.
The drama tells the story of a Japanese family that immigrated to the United States 99 years prior to the story. Kusanagi will play a second-generation Japanese-American as well as, with the help of prosthetics, that character's father. Nakama appears as Kusanagi's wife in the drama.
The story deals with issues of racism. According to producers, they decided to add footage of Ichiro "because he is an example of a man that transcends racial stereotypes, to contrast the content of the show.”
The drama will begin on Nov 3, at 9 p.m., and will air in five 2-hour segments.
Kusanagi said: “I really hope this drama strikes a chord with not only Japanese viewers, but American viewers as well.”
“I feel like I've really accomplished something landing this part,” Nakama added. The mini-series co-stars Kiichi Nakai, Pinko Oizumi and Keiko Kishi.© Japan Today