Confession of a Wandering Soul

SMAP’s Katori Shingo for KochiKame

Posted by diopatra on June 2, 2009


It was announced yesterday that SMAP’s Katori Shingo (32) is to take on an iconic manga role. He has been named to play the lead in the first ever TV drama adaptation of the manga “Kochira Katsushikaku Kamearikoenmae Hasshutsujo,” commonly known as KochiKame. The manga has sold over 130 million copies since it first appeared in the Shuukan Shonen Jump magazine in 1976. Set in a downtown police station, it revolves around the bumbling adventures of chief patrol officer Ryotsu Kankichi, a man strong enough to survive falls from Tokyo Tower and a speeding shinkansen (bullet train)! The drama will air on TBS on Saturday nights from August, taking over the same time slot currently occupied by fellow SMAP member Kimura Takuya in “Mr. Brain.”


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