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- Japanese actor and singer (1972-)
Originally scheduled to air in April, the second season of Takuya Kimura drama BG Personal Bodyguard has delayed its premiere in Japan to next Thursday (18 June). Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all filming was stopped and had only recently resumed operations, following the lifting of the state of emergency in Japan.
BG Personal Bodyguard follows the story of Akira Shimazaki, portrayed by Kimura, who works as a bodyguard in a private security company. Acting alongside Kimura is a strong and good-looking cast featuring Takumi Saito, Nanao and relatively young actor Shotaro Mamiya, who take on the roles of Shimazaki’s colleagues in the private security company.
In season two, the private security company is sold to a large company whose focus is on making profits. In order to stay true to his belief of becoming the shield for the weak — not just VIPs, Shimazaki decided to leave the company and go independent.
The sequel will not only see the four actors reprising their roles – there will also be new faces: Shunsuke Michieda who is Kimura’s junior in Johnny & Associates; Masanobu Katsumura who acted in drama series Hero with Kimura; Mikako Ichikawa who is known for her role in Shin Godzilla; and Toru Nakamura who will portray the nemesis of Shimazaki.
Although filming has resumed in Japan, the actors and staff are still taking extra precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. In an Instagram post by Kimura where he is seen wearing a transparent face shield, he said, “The filming for BG has resumed. There are various new rules on the set! All the staff are working together amidst some tension! Stay safe!”
In another Instagram post, Kimura explained, “Before the actual filming, we will keep the face shield and face mask on. It is only during the actual filming that we will remove them.”
While there is no news yet on whether this sequel series will be shown outside of Japan, you can catch Kimura donning a smart, matte black suit in the first season of BG Personal Bodyguard on Netflix Singapore.