Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tsuki no Koibito (Moon Lovers) airing in April

Starring Kimura Takuya, the new Fuji TV Getsu 9 drama Tsuki no Koibito (Moon Lovers) will begin airing in April. Aside from Kimura as the male lead, his leading ladies include actresses Shinohara Ryoko and Kitagawa Keiko, as well as Taiwan's number one model, Lin Chi-ling. Lately with all the hype, many predict the drama will reach over 20% in ratings. Likewise, it has also attracted many sponsors. However, Fuji TV is not expected to make a huge profit from the production, as the costs for all the lead actors alone will take a huge portion of their budget.

Some critics have pointed out that Fuji TV had to go through a lot of trouble to get all the actors onboard for the drama. It was rumoured that Shinohara did not want to work with Kimura on the drama initially. However, she changed her mind when Fuji TV agreed to let her film a sequel and movie to her drama Unfair, as well as allowing her husband, Ichimura Masachika, to take part in a new production. As for Kitagawa, her requirements include taking the female lead for this Winter's Getsu 9 drama, as well as next Spring's Thursday night 10pm drama. While Lin Chi-ling does not have any requests, her living costs alone will add another dent to the budget, as Fuji TV will have to cover her cost of living during the filming period. These costs are estimated to be around 40 million yen.

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