TV Asahi Matsumoto Seichou Drama Special 2011 ~ Suna no Utsuwa


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From 9.00 p.m., 10 & 11 October 2011

TV Asahi

In the early dawn of 11 December 1960, the murdered body of a middle-aged man is discovered at a shunting yard within the premises of Tokyo’s Kamata station. His face has been smashed to the extent that he cannot be recognised, but it is determined that he was strangled and not beaten to death. It is presumed that he was strangled after being put to sleep, and his face battered once he was dead. A dodgy man emerges in the investigation task force’s door-to-door investigation. On the night before the murder, there had been two men at a bar near Kamata station and one of these men matched the victim’s appearance. Furthermore, the victim used words that appeared to be Tohoku dialect, while the man who seemed to be the criminal said “Kameda has not changed at all”. These are cited as important evidence, and a large-scale investigation around ‘Kameda’ begins. The female news reporter Yamashita Yoko suggests to Detective Yoshimura Hiroshi of Nishi Kamata Police Precinct, who has joined the task force as one of its members, that ‘Kameda’ may be the ‘Ugokameda’ in Akita prefecture. So Yoshimura heads to Akita. He and veteran detective Imanishi Eitaro from the First Investigative Division obtain information about the sighting of a suspicious-looking man for several days since the murder occurred. However, they have no other leads besides this … … The only incident lodged in Yoshimura’s memory is the figure of the up-and-coming music composer, Waga Hideyoshi whom he had chanced upon at the train station, and the existence of the ‘Nouveau Group’ for young, cultured intellectuals, which Waga belongs to.

Tamaki Hiroshi as Yoshimura Hiroshi
A young detective with Nishi Kamata Police Precinct. He respects the veteran detective Imanishi Eitaro. He is tenacious in investigations.

Nakatani Miki as Yamashita Yoko
A reporter with Maicho Shimbun and a woman in the forefront of the times. She is in a romantic relationship with Yoshimura Hiroshi but draws a line between work and private life in a businesslike manner.

Sasaki Kuranosuke as Waga Hideyoshi
An up-and-coming music composer with a dark past. He has captivated the whole country with the pieces ‘Nirvana’ and ‘Eternity’.

Kobayashi Kaoru as Imanishi Eitaro
A veteran detective of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s First Investigative Division. Haiku is his hobby and he has a good-natured personality, but once he gets into an investigation he will be so completely absorbed in it that he forgets to eat and sleep.

Kato Ai as Tadokoro Sachiko
A budding sculptor. Waga Hideyoshi’s fiancee. Her father is cabinet minister Tadokoro Shigeyoshi.

Kobayashi Nenji as Tadokoro Shigeyoshi
Tadokoro Sachiko’s father. An influential politician and a member of the Diet. He has accepted Waga Hideyoshi.

Enoki Takaaki as Tatsui
Head of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s First Investigative Division.

Osugi Ren as Kurozaki
Head of the First Investigative Section, Tokyo Metropolitan Police.

Nishimura Masahiko as Inspector Tajima
An ambitious inspector at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. He repeatedly clashes with Yoshimura Hiroshi and Imanishi Eitaro, but is devoted to the investigation.

Hashizume Isao as Miki Kenichi
A sundries retailer in Okayama Prefecture. He is well liked by everyone because of his numerous good deeds when he was a police officer.

Yamamoto Manabu as Honura Chiyokichi
Miki Kenichi had been saved by him in the past.



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2 Responses to TV Asahi Matsumoto Seichou Drama Special 2011 ~ Suna no Utsuwa

  1. catgirl3344 says:

    It’ll be weird to see Tamaki Hiroshi in a film where he will not be the musician, lol. Will the role as a police detective suit him? I’m curious!

  2. junny says:

    I saw Tamaki Hiroshi and I was like “yay!”, then I saw Nakatani Miki and I was like “bleurgh”. Sigh.

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