A tabloid magazine article this week has forced Japanese actor Keisuke Koide to announce an indefinite hiatus in activities.
An article in the latest issue of Friday reports that Koide allegedly drank and had an “improper relationship” with a 17-year-old girl in early May during the shooting of a drama in Osaka. After confirming the validity of the report with Koide, his management agency Amuse announced on Thursday – one day before the magazine’s release – that Koide is going on indefinite hiatus.
In a statement released through Amuse, Koide admitted wrongdoing and apologized to his colleagues and the staff of the works that he’s been involved in.
On the same day, NHK announced that it is cancelling the release of television drama Kamisama kara Hito Koto – Naniwa Okyakusama Soudanshitsu Monogatari (神様からひと言～なにわ お客様相談室物語～), set to air on the public television network on June 10th. He has also been dismissed from upcoming NTV drama Aishitetatte, Himitsu wa Aru (愛してたって、秘密はある。).
Local media reports that the fate of upcoming Netflix drama Jimmy – The True Story of a True Idiot (Jimmy ～アホみたいなホンマの話～) and Toshio Lee’s comedy Ie ni Karen to Tsuma ga Kanarazu Shinda Furi wo Shite Imasu (家に帰ると妻が必ず死んだふりをしています。) – which has just finished production in the spring for a 2018 release – are also currently being discussed.
Koide also has a major supporting role in recently released Chinese period actioner God of War (蕩寇風雲) and Gukoroku – Traces of Sin (愚行録), which is set for release in Taiwan this weekend. It is unclear whether Koide’s misconduct will affect those films.
Koide is not the only actor whose misconduct has affected the release of his or her works. Following the arrest of actor Ryo Hashizume (the son of veteran actor Isao Hashizume) for alleged possession of illegal drugs last week, period drama Tatara Samurai (たたら侍) – in which Hashizume has a minor supporting role – is being pulled from cinemas on Friday, just three weeks after release.
The film’s producer announced on Thursday via the film’s official website that it is aiming to bring an edited version of the film back to cinemas as soon as possible.