WANT. You know Korea’s been having a field day with those Flower Boy drama(s) from tvN – Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and the upcoming Shut Up: Flower Boy Band. So what if Japan combined the two? A dorama about a lead singer of a band that decides to open a restaurant, with resident panty-melting hottie Mukai Osamu in his first leading man prime time role? Well then you get Hungry! I’m sure the obasans will be hungry for something something after watching the dorama, and it’s probably not for the food porn. Starring opposite Mukai Osamu in the upcoming Winter 2012 Fuji TV dorama Hungry! as the love interest is fasting rising leading lady Takimoto Miori, who I though was beyond cute in Ikemen desu Ne, even if I found the drama a waste of time since I already watched You’re Beautiful once. Playing the older girlfriend at the start of the dorama will be Kuninaka Ryoko, who was quite lovely in Hotaru no Hikari.
Mukai Osamu plays a former bassist of a rock band who gave up his music dreams to take over his family’s traditional French restaurant. Of course there is a love triangle involving the two ladies – Kuninaka is the older girlfriend whose relationship with Mukai Osamu hits a bump when he ditches music to become a chef, and Takimoto is a college student whose initial bad impression of Mukai Osamu changes after she samples his cooking. Rounding out the cast will be SMAP’s Inagaki Goro as the owner of a rival French restaurant. After I saw the previews for Yamapi‘s new dorama, which were not terribly impressive or interesting, this is now the Winter dorama I am looking forward to the most. Hungry! airs on on Tuesdays starting January 10, 2012.