During the web program "JO1&JAM 2nd Birthday Party" for the second anniversary of Japanese boy band JO1 streamed last night, it was announced that its 11 members will star in a live-action drama adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi's (Touch, MIX) short manga collection Short Program. The drama will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video worldwide on March 1, 2022.
The manga series that collected unrelated short stories that were published in various magazines were released for four volumes in Japan from 1988 to 2009. All 11 members of JO1 play the lead roles. The scripts were written by Masahiro Yamaura and Yusuke Moriguchi, and directed by Ryohei Watanabe, Takeo Kikuchi, Naho Uemura, Tetsuhiko Tsuchiya, Takashi Masuyama, and Takeshi Moriya.
According to Moriya, who also serves as a producer, the shooting was already held from the summer to winter of this year. "It is based on Mitsuru Adachi-san original manga and stars all the members of JO1. When I heard that, I honestly wondered how much I would be able to express," says Moriya, "But more than that, I wanted to witness the acting debut of the members who had infinite potential, so I took on the role of producer. Of course, the road to creating a drama with them, who had almost no experience in acting, was a difficult one. We repeated workshops with the directors and built up their roles one by one."
Announcement PV for the "Short Program" drama and the "JO1 THE MOVIE 'Mikansei' – Go to the TOP- " documentary (March 11, 2022 release):
"JO1&JAM 2nd Birthday Party"
JO1's latest MV: "Bokura no Kisetsu":
"Short Program" new edition 1st & 2nd volume covers:
Source: Movie Natalie