Yuko Oshima To Appear In New SPEC Movies

SPEC CloseA few details of the upcoming SPEC ~Close~ movie project were released on Oricon earlier this afternoon. SPEC ~Close~ will be a 2 part film with both parts being released in the fall successively. Most of the original cast is returning and will be including some new faces, like Yuko Oshima from AKB48 and Mukai Osamu.

“Keizoku 2: SPEC” is a serial drama that follows a pair of detectives which work in a special division solving strange and unusually difficult cases. Female detective Touma Saya (played by Erika Toda) has a genius level IQ of 201 but is also extremely socially awkward. Her partner, Sebumi Takeru (played by Kase Ryo), was the department’s star detective until an incident caused him to be transferred to the less prestigious Mishou division. The two detectives solve cases and track down criminals that posses special abilities (called SPEC) that other departments are unable to handle.

After the drama concluded, a TV special and feature length movie (titled SPEC ~Ten~) was released which followed up events from the drama. The 2 new movies will continue where the first movie & special left off.

Yuko Oshima SPEC

Yuko Oshima

Original drama cast members Ryu Raita and Arimura Kasumi are set to reappear, as well as the actors with SPEC powers Shirota Yu, Yasuda Ken, Asano Yuko, Tanaka Tetsushi, Mano Erina, Kamiki Ryunosuke, and Fukuda Saki. Actors Kuriyama Chiaki & Kitamura Kazuki (both made guest appearances in the special and previous movie) will be also be returning. KENCHI (from the Japanese boy band EXILE), Endo Kenichi, and Kashii Yu are set join the project as new characters.

It was also announced that AKB48 member Oshima Yuko and actor Mukai Osamu will be making surprise appearances as well. Detals on Yuko’s role were kept minimal, but it was mentioned that she will play a mysterious woman who will be central to the story. Osamu’s role will be “Sekai”, the enigmatic man in white, who appeared at the end of the previous movie.

Just before the release of the 2 new movies, a new special will be aired this fall on TBS. The new special will be titled SPEC ~Zero~ and is an origin story which tells the events of how Toma lost her hand. The two new SPEC movies, which will also be released this fall, are titled Gekijouban SPEC ~Close~ Zen no Hen and Gekijouban SPEC ~Close~ Kou no Hen respectively.

SPEC ~Ten~, which was released in April 2012, was a box office hit with a total of 2.3 billion yen in sales (roughly 24.1 million USD).

5/20/13 – Update: The release dates have been announced. Part one, titled “Zen no Hen” will be released on Friday, November 1st 2013 while the second, “Kou no Hen” will be released 3 weeks later, on Friday, November 29th.

Source: Yahoo.co.jp (Japanese)

1 Comment

  1. Stacy Han

    May 20, 2013 at 5:57 am

    I wonder if this is Yuko’s plunge into the acting world. Will she follow Maeda? I wonder if she has the chops for it. It’s not easy, I tried to join the drama club at my school and just didn’t have what it takes. I respect actors who can cry on command like Maeda and Yuko.

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