Toda Erika joins Ichihara Hayato in “DOG x POLICE”
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 05:45 AM
Actress Toda Erika (22) has been chosen as the female lead in the movie â€śDOG x POLICE,â€ť joining starring actor Ichihara Hayato (24). Like Ichihara, she will play the role of a â€śhandler,â€ť or one who trains police dogs.
The movie, announced in February, has Ichihara playing a policeman in a special division that deals with major crimes and disaster relief missions, which includes a unit of dogs trained for tasks such as rescue. In fact, five actual police dogs that were being used in filming are currently carrying out their lifesaving duties in the earthquake-affected areas in northeastern Japan.
On the day of the big earthquake, Ichihara was filming in Saitama with Tokito Saburo and other cast members. No one was hurt, but their location became unusable, forcing the crew to halt filming for close to two weeks.
Toda will play Mizuno Natsuki, a colleague of the main character Hayakawa Yusaku (Ichihara). At first, the two are at odds with each other due to their differing viewpoints about work, but they gradually come to understand each other as work partners.
â€śDOG x POLICEâ€ť is scheduled to open in theaters on October 1, 2011.