TBS Drama Special 2014 ~ Kono Mystery ga Sugoi!


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From 9.00 p.m., 29 December 2014

Cassiopeia no Endroll
Story: A locked room murder occurs in a suite room of the luxurious Cassiopeia limited express train bound for Ueno from Sapporo. The murder victim is the movie director, Domyoji (Tanaka Yoji). He is the only male member of the film crew of a popular movie series. Four female members who had been on the train with Domyoji are the ones who could go in and out of the suite room which was rented for the crew. They are Yoshikawa Kanae (Ishino Yoko), the producer who is a little past her prime; Kamo Izumi (Yabuki Haruna), the very sultry assistant producer; Kashimura Mana (Kawashima Umika), the young up-and-coming actress who was selected for this installment of the series, and Mochizuki Yukari (Fujiwara Norika), the popular lead actress of the series. Each female suspect has her own quirks. Two detectives, the sweet-loving, eccentric superintendent, Kano (Yoshida Eisaku) and his subordinate, Tamamura (Hamano Kenta), who happen to be riding together for a business trip, have to deal with these women. They embark on the investigation, but … …
Cast: Fujiwara Norika, Kawashima Umika, Ishino Yoko, Hamano Kenta, Yabuki Haruna, Ochiai Moe, Tanaka Yoji, Yoshida Eisaku
Scriptwriter: Nagata Yuko (Watashitachi ga Puropozu Sarenai no ni wa, 101 no Riyuu ga Atte da na, Resident, Renai NEET)
Original Work: Cassiopeia’s Endroll by Kaido Takeru

Nokosareta Senritsu
Story: Takigawa Rei (Toyota Maho), a well-known talented female pianist, is holding her first recital in three years. Rei says this is the highlight of her career and her superb performance enthralls the audience. The recital ends with resounding applause. However, right after Rei leaves the hall to continuous clapping, she dies a mysterious death in her waiting room. There is a toppled bottle of coffee laced with potassium cyanide by her side … … The people who have access to this room are Azumi Takahisa (Sato Jiro), her long-time manager and former lover; Mino Tadakuni (Hasegawa Hatsunori), the organiser of the recital and her current lover; and Rei’s estranged daughter, Takigawa Mayu (Kawaguchi Haruna), who is also a pianist. The detective in charge of the investigation, Kawarasaki Yuji (Issey Ogata), arrives at an unexpected, secret love-hate drama between Rei and the three by observing them. What is left is the “hair-raising” truth and a sorrowful “melody”… …
Cast: Kawaguchi Haruna, Toyota Maho, Hasegawa Hatsunori, Sato Jiro, Takasaki Shota, Kodama Norikatsu, Issey Ogata
Scriptwriter: Watanabe Mako, Takahashi Maki (Alice no Toge, Pin to Kona, Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de)
Original Work: Nokosareta Senritsu by Nakayama Shichiri

Kuroi Pantel
Story: Middle-aged salaryman Sudo (Katsumura Masanobu) is a humble site supervisor who works for a construction company. However, 30 years ago, when he was in his 20s, he was actually an novice actor who enjoyed fame on TV as the hero of a team of superheroes. He is married to Eiko (Takahashi Hitomi) who was his co-star at that time and the heroine, and they have one daughter, Chiaki (Koike Rina), who is now 20 years old. One day, Sudo is shown by Eiko the outfit and mask of the hero, Black Pantel, that he had worn, and he recalls an event 30 years earlier. It is the tragic accident that took place on the set of the superhero show which he starred in. At that time, the show had reached its climax and Sudo was filming the last episode. However, a fire broke out on location. Sudo ended up leaving a junior actor, Ninomiya (Shirota Yu), who was playing the enemy, Count Dracula, to die. It was a bitter experience for him. His guilty conscience rears its head again when he sees the outfit after such a long time. Meanwhile, Sudo receives a message that his daughter has been kidnapped. The kidnapper instructs him to come to rescue her in the guise of the Black Pantel. Sudo heads out to rescue his daughter with her boyfriend Tokura (Yamamoto Yusuke) … …
Cast: Katsumura Masanobu, Takahashi Hitomi, Yamamoto Yusuke, Koike Rina, Yanagi Yurina, Ono Ryo, Jinnai Sho, Kojima Yusuke, Kanehara Ryotaro, Shirota Yu
Scriptwriter: Hoshi Mamoru (Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Akujo, Dinner, Koukou Nyuushi)
Original Work: Kuroi Pantel by Inui Rokuro

Diamond Dust
Story: Tokyo is swept by a big chill which causes heavy snowfall. That night, two men who work for a sporting goods store, Okuwaki Takumi (AKIRA) and Myojin Kazuya (Yamamoto Koji) are busy preparing for the opening of a new store the next day. Only the two of them have been forced to work overtime. As the night wears on, the snowstorm intensifies. Amidst the panic caused by the breakdown of the metropolis’ infrastructure, there is a blackout at the new store. The two men have no choice but to stop what they are doing. Okuwaki decides that they should walk back to the head office from the new store. Although they are in the heart of the metropolis, a fierce snowstorm rages. Okuwaki and Myojin have the feeling that they are walking in the snowcapped mountains. Terrorised by the fury of the relentless snowstorm, two of them soon lay bare each other’s secrets and desires. Will the they be able to return to the head office safely?
Cast: AKIRA, Yamamoto Koji, Takahashi Yu, Harada Shinpei, Hamada Maha, Suda Rio, Jinbo Satoshi
Scriptwriter: Takahashi Maki (Alice no Toge, Pin to Kona, Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de)
Original Work: Diamond Dust by Anjo Tadashi

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