TV Asahi Drama Special 2016 ~ Omiyasan

Date: From 9.00 p.m., 13 February 2016
Scriptwriter: Iwashita Yuko (Tokyo Scarlet, Keiji no Manazashi, Suzuki Sensei)
Original Work: Kusakabesho Meikyuuka Omiyasan by Ishinomori Shotaro
Cast: Watase Tsunehiko, Kanjiya Shihori, Azuma Chizuru, Washio Machiko, Hasegawa Tomoharu, Ishibashi Renji, Onodera Akira, Takigawa Yumi
Synopsis: Freelance writer Eto Ryuzo (Shinsui Sansho) is stabbed to death in a back alley in Kyoto City and the First Investigative Division of the Kyoto Prefectural Police is in an uproar. Former detective Torikai Kanzaburo (Watase Tsunehiko) takes up a position as the head of the newly established Investigative Planning Division’s Documentation Section and is given space in the First Investigative Division for the time being. He overhears investigation information about the discovery of a red scarf that was ripped in half from the dead body’s coat, and it sticks in his mind. There was actually a similar unsolved case in the past in which a red scarf was found ripped in half from the dead body. In 1969, Adachi Taeko (Kawai Michiko), a waitress who worked in a traditional Japanese restaurant, was found stabbed to death in the forests of Kyoto City. She had a tragic past living as a “lady of the night” to the Allied Occupation forces in Kobe right after the war ended and was called Red Scarf Lily by fellow workers and American soldiers. Is the scarf in this case and the 1969 case the same one? Torikai thinks so and pays a visit to former detective Hiramatsu Katsumi (Ishibashi Renji) together with Kamio Chizu (Kanjiya Shihori) who has been ordered to watch him. Hiramatsu has already retired and become a monk but he keeps Taeko’s personal effect out of guilt for not catching her murderer. However, the two scarves are analysed and prove to be completely different. The members of the First Investigative Division look dumbfounded when they realise that Torikai is hung up on a case that happened almost half a century ago. Meanwhile, the police obtains eyewitness information about Eto giving Okamoto Erika (Arakawa Chika), who attends a famous girls high school, a hard time at the shopping street three days before he was killed. Torikai and Chizu call on Erika’s mother Okamoto Sachiyo (Azuma Chizuru). Sachiyo is the proprietress of a Japanese-style inn of long standing and has not even realised that her daughter has been frequently absent from school recently because she is busy. Torikai feels something is wrong in the inn which is lavishly decorated with autumn flowers, but is only using autumn leaves for ornaments for some reason. Then they learn that Eto had been close to Ogasawara Utako (Takigawa Yumi), the former honorary chairman of the large hotel chain, Milian Hotels. Torikai is suspicious of what happened between the rogue Eto, who even has a previous conviction for blackmail, and Utako, the “empress of the hotel industry”. After that, a new murder takes place. Torikai is also attacked by someone and the case gets even more entangled …!?
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