Date: From 9.00 p.m., 27 July 2014
Cast: Higashiyama Noriyuki, Matsuoka Masahiro, Chinen Yuri, Nakagoshi Noriko, Okada Yoshinori, Sasaki Nozomi, Nagashima Toshiyuki, Nakamura Baijaku, Taguchi Hiromasa, Namase Katsuhisa, Wakui Emi, Nogiwa Yoko, Takahashi Hideki
Synopsis: On a day where gusty winds hint of rain, the one-armed Abekawa no Senkichi (Takahashi Hideki) appears before Watanabe Shogoro (Higashiyama Noriyuki). Their connection is a result of the death of Senkichi’s younger brother Mirokubo Ensai at Shogoro’s hands. Senkichi declares with a fearless expression, “The town of Edo will soon be in great uproar. At that time, you, Watanabe-san will finally be beheaded. Your head will be mounted on a pike in front of the prison on public display.” This ominous warning suggests a conspiracy being plotted against the Edo shogunate … … Kamon Hashinosuke (Okada Yoshinori), a young member of the shogun’s council of elders, aspires to open the country to the world. In the Edo Castle that same morning, Kamon starts to eat a sumptuous breakfast as he discloses his grand scheme to the old guard. He has been plotting to informally invite envoys from various foreign countries on a study tour of Edo. He says that by adopting and assimilating the good points of foreign countries, Japan will prosper even more. With the backing of Nakanoshima Yorimasa (Nakamura Baijaku), an influential close aide of the shogun, the shogun’s permission has already been obtained. Nakanoshima seems hopeful that the ambitious Kamon will be able to change the country. The council of elders no longer have a way of going against a well-prepared Kamon. Nakanoshima foists a demand on him. It is to take this occasion to do a “big spring clean” by making the envoys see the seamy side of Edo where the likes of extortion, robbery and lowest class of prostitutes are rampant. At that moment, Ryoji (Matsuoka Masahiro), the picture framer, is disguised as a villager at a temple in the countryside away from the turbulence in Edo. He had been asked by his acquaintance the Buddhist priest Ryusai (Nagashima Toshiyuki) to mediate with villagers quarrelling over a water well’s water supply and has been living at the temple without paying room and board. Ryoji has a peaceful time surrounded by Ryusai, Ryusai’s successor Ryusei (Chinen Yuri), Ryusei’s girlfriend Otsu (Sasaki Nozomi). However, the matter does not proceed in the way they had hoped and he ends up returning to Edo as if under pursuit. Meanwhile, at the Honmachi Magistrate’s Office where Shogoro and other constables work, the supervisor Masumura Rintaro (Namase Katsuhisa) who has received a directive from the shogunate, is flustered. The shogunate has authorised “avengers” to act as agents for revenge and retaliation in return for fees. Furthermore, Senkichi has taken the lead to open a business. Even Okiku (Wakui Emi) who was close to Senkichi is disturbed by the appearance of shogunate-sanctioned professionals. In the midst of this, Ryusei arrives in Edo with Otsu. Although Otsu has decided to start a new life, Ryusei has feelings which he keeps to himself … …
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