This is another upcoming J-drama I am interested in. It is said to be the Japanese version of CSI (aka. Crime Scene Investigation). Well when they put it that way, you really can’t resist but to check it out, right? I have been meaning to write a post on it but I had nothing to work on except a short sypnosis and a teaser trailer. I’m just glad they eventually got around to put up pretty pictures of the casts on their official website and I can finally complete this post. Yay!
White Lab stars Kitamura Kazuki (Galileo 2, ATARU), Tanihara Shosuke (Top Caster, Love Shuffle), Wakui Emi (Tokyo Cinderella Story), Miyasako Hiroyuki (Zettai Reido), Yabu Kouta and Osugi Ren (Emergency Interrogation Room). It will be co-directed by Ishii Yasuharu (Ryusei no Kizuna) and Takemura Kentaro and screenplay by Masumoto Takuya.
Kitamura Kazuki has been around for years in the J-drama land and it is his first time as a male lead in a drama. Tanihara Shosuke is totally a male lead material too but strangely, he has never really been a male lead in any dramas I’ve seen and I always wonder why. He is still a second lead in this one but it has been quite awhile that I’ve seen him take on a more important second lead role so I hope he really shines and does well in this one. I had always loved him with Amami Yuki in Top Caster. P.S. He’s one of the first flower boys in the J-movie of Hana Yori Dango, LOL! 😀 I have seen some of Wakui Emi’s works too but not too many and it doesn’t look like her role will be as important as the 3 otaku in this drama. We also have an idol (the Johnny’s boys) – Yabu Kouta from Hey! Say! JUMP. Like the K-drama land, idol actor always raise an eye brows so I’m raising mine for him because I haven’t seen any good acting performances from any of the Hey! Say! JUMP members.
White Lab will premiere on April 14, Monday night on TBS.
Title: ホワイト・ラボ 〜警視庁特別科学捜査班
English Title: White Lab ~ Keishicho Tokubetsu Kagaku Sosahan
Broadcast Network: TBS
Broadcast Time: 14th April 2014 @ 20:00 (Monday)
Directors: Ishii Yasuharu, Takemura Kentaro
Screenwriter: Masumoto Takuya
Link: Official website
White Lab is the newly established scientific criminal investigation team within the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigation Division (what a mouthful!). White Lab is a special unit that is given investigative authority and consist of the knowledge of forensic science. It is made up of three main ‘science otaku’ who each possesses different personalities and specialties – former scientist Ichinose Satoshi (Kitamura Kazuki), Honda Masayuki (Tanihara Shosuke) who has the capability of detecting people’s lies and former forensic crime lab ace Okunuki Toru (Miyasako Hiroyuki). They respectfully work with each other and solve the difficult cases with their own unique techniques.
In addition, the unit is oversees by team leader Kamiyama Keiko (Wakui Emi) and head of department Kuroda Kei (Osugi Ren) with the assistance of young elite analyst Yamane Takehiko (Yabu Kouta).