”Tokyo Dogs” Star Yoshitaka Yuriko is Back in a New Japanese Drama!

  • Well-known Japanese actress from the morning drama Hanako to Anne (花子とアン), Yoshitaka Yuriko (吉高由里子) is appearing on a Wednesday NTV drama titled Tokyo Tarareba Musume (東京タラレバ娘)!

    If you have watched the live-action film Gantz, then you must be familiar with Yoshitaka Yuriko, the supporting actress of the film. Yoshitaka Yuriko, humbly known as Yuririn by her fans, is one of Japan’s top actresses. She belongs to Amuse, Inc., the same agency as Miura Haruma (三浦春馬) and Sato Takeru (佐藤健).

    Tokyo Tarareba Musume

    Tokyo Tarareba Musume replaced Ishihara Satomi’s (石原さとみ) drama, Jimi ni Sugoi! Koetsu Garu Kono Etsuko (地味にスゴイ!校閲ガール河野悦子) and started airing in January 2017.

    The drama is based on the josei manga with the same title by Higashimura Akiko (東村アキコ). Yoshitaka Yuriko will play the lead character named Kamata Rinko (鎌田倫子), a young woman who is based in Tokyo and is currently an unsuccessful screenwriter. In the drama series, Kamata Rinko is friends with two more women named Kaori (香) and Koyuki (小雪), who are young but don’t have love lives and have unsuccessful careers. They often hang out to talk about “what-if” scenarios in which they fantasize about how could their lives could be.

    Rinko wakes up one day and decides that she will find the man of her dreams and get married before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Furthermore, the manga of Tokyo Tarareba Musume, which started on March 24, 2014, is ongoing.

    “I was laughing when I read the manga. There are lots of painful moments in that touched my heart. It’s a wonderful piece of work that anyone can relate to. I will play as Kamata Rinko who is single, has no boyfriend and has no stable work. I’m 28, but my acquaintances are already married and already became moms. I thought “we are already old!” at one point. I always have a close relationship with my friends and we grew older at the same time. We have come to the age of what-ifs and girls-only gatherings, which is similar to Rinko. I wish happiness for Rinko while I also cry, laugh, struggle and enjoy while I play for this drama. Please look forward to watching it!”

    Other Roles

    Yoshitaka Yuriko made her acting debut through the adaptation film Snakes and Earrings (蛇にピアス) in 2008. She played the lead character alongside Japanese actor, Kora Kengo (高良健吾). Her part in Snakes and Earrings was her breakthrough role.

    People started to notice her again the following year and was placed in the fifth place in the Promising Actresses of Year 2009, which was conducted by Oricon. Also in 2009, she was given the role of Hayakawa Kairi (早川海里), a suicidal character in the romantic-comedy drama Love Shuffle. She appeared with Tamaki Hiroshi (玉木宏), Karina (香里奈), Matsuda Shota (松田翔太), DAIGO, Kojima Hijiri (小島聖), Kanjiya Shihori (貫地谷しほり) and Tanihara Shosuke (谷原章介) in this drama series.

    After Love Shuffle, she co-starred with Oguri Shun (小栗旬) and Mizushima Hiro (水嶋ヒロ) in the police drama Tokyo Dogs. In 2010, she acted in the drama series, Tofu Shimai (豆腐姉妹), portraying three different characters at the same time. Aside from those mentioned, she landed a lead role for a human drama series, Mioka (美丘). Yuririn played as a university student who has a brain disease yet is living her life to the fullest.

    Gaining more popularity in 2011, she took the role of Kojima Tae (小島多恵) in the two-part live-action film of Gantz with popular ARASHI (嵐) member, Ninomiya Kazunari (二宮和也). She again starred in a drama series, Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu (私が恋愛できない理由), in 2011 with a former AKB48 idol, Oshima Yuko (大島優子), and popular model and actress, Karina (香里奈). On top of that, she was part of the extended cast of the Korean drama Vampire Prosecutor (ヴァンパイア検事) in 2012. As well as those, she got a lead role in the live-action adaptation film Bokura ga Ita” (僕等がいた) with Johnny’s actor Ikuta Toma (生田斗真).

    In 2013, Yuririn again co-starred with Kora Kengo in the touching film, Yokomichi Yonosuke(横道世之介). Furthermore, she co-acted with Amuse senpai (senior), Fukuyama Masaharu (福山雅治), in the drama and film Galileo (ガリレオ). She became more successful after she acted the main role in an NHK morning drama, Hanako to Anne. Because of Hanako to Anne, she hosted the prestigious music show during New Year’s Eve, NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen (紅白歌合戦).

    Yoshitaka Yuriko is indeed a great actress, having won four awards. She won three Best Newcomer Awards at the Yokohama Festival for her work in Noriko’s Dinner Table (紀子の食卓) (2007), Japan Academy Awards and Blue Ribbon Awards for Snakes and Earrings while Yuririn won the Best Actress Award for Snakes and Earrings in Japan Movie Critics Awards in 2009.

    Rumors of Dating KANJANI8’s Okura Tadayoshi

    According to the tabloid magazine FRIDAY, Yoshitaka Yuriko was seeing KANJANI8’s Okura Tadayoshi (関ジャニ∞ 大倉忠義). The rumor first surfaced in July 2016.

    The magazine reported that the couple had a vacation in Bali, Indonesia. They were seen at Narita International Airport (成田国際空港) when they came back from Bali. Moreover, the two were reported to be leaving Japan on October 19 2016 and they went back after two nights. After going to airport procedures, they were seen getting into a van driven by another man.

    Yoshitaka got out of the van after and was seen taking a taxi towards Okura’s apartment. In addition, the magazine also approached Okura’s family and asked if they want to meet Yoshitaka. Apparently, they said yes. However, according to an entertainment reporter, Okura denied his romantic relationship with Yoshitaka and said that they were just friends.

    Personal Thoughts on Yoshitaka Yuriko

    I first learned about Yoshitaka Yuriko when I watched the drama series Tokyo Dogs and I found her really cute in that drama. I haven’t watched Yuririn’s breakthrough film Snakes and Earrings so I’m pretty curious about that film.

    I was able to watch her again in Gantz and Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu. What’s more, I found her role in Bokura ga Ita really touching. I also watched her film Yokomichi Yonosuke and cried my eyes out. The film is really moving! Her recent work is an NHK morning drama entitled Hanako to Anne. I can’t wait to watch her again in her new drama series!

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