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Villains: Follow-up Investigation on Offenders

悪党~加害者追跡調査~

Villains: Follow-up Investigation on Offenders

A stirring detective mystery & suspense by renowned director Takahisa Zeze.
A drama series with a star-studded cast including Masahiro Higashide and Yutaka Matsushige based on a brilliant mystery novel by bestselling author Gaku Yakumaru.

Shuichi Saeki (MASAHIRO HIGASHIDE), a cop-turned-private investigator, is commissioned by a husband and wife to follow up on a man who was released from a youth detention center where he was sent for murdering their son. Saeki, whose sister was also murdered when he was a child, is ordered by the director of the PI agency, Kogure (YUTAKA MATSUSHIGE), to start the investigation despite his own vengeance toward his sister's killers. Through his investigation, Saeki finds out that the offender named Sakagami is still a criminal, now involved in a bank transfer fraud. Saeki's clients make another request, asking him to find evidence to help them decide whether or not to forgive Sakagami. Saeki approaches Sakagami and informs his clients of his decision. After this case is closed, Saeki continues to conduct follow-up investigations on past offenders. Through his investigations, he sees how the offenders are carrying on with their lives. With help from Haruka (YUA SHINKAWA), Saeki also finds the three "villains" responsible for his sister's death. Saeki, a man driven by a burning vengeance--what does he do in the end?!

Starring:
MASAHIRO HIGASHIDE
YUTAKA MATSUSHIGE

BEHIND THE DOOR

坂の途中の家

BEHIND THE DOOR

Family love, maternal instinct, life--such universal but thought-provoking concepts are contemplated in this drama series. Mothers in today's society who are exhausted from their child-rearing duties are not even unable to complain about it.

Risako Yamasaki (KO SHIBASAKI) leads a peaceful life with her husband and 3-year-old daughter Ayaka. One day, she receives a notice from the courthouse that she is a prospective juror for a shocking criminal case. The defendant is Mizuho Ando, a stay-at-home mom around Risako's age who is being tried for fatally abusing and drowning her 8-month-old baby girl in a bathtub. After an interview at the courthouse, Risako is selected as an alternate juror, who takes place of a juror who may become ill during the trial. As a mother herself, Risako is disgusted by the woman who murdered her own child, but as the trial progresses, Risako starts seeing her own past in the circumstances surrounding Mizuho, the defendant. Behind the closed doors of a home, words exchanged between a husband and wife and parents and children are sometimes as sharp and piercing as a knife. Gradually, Risako becomes muddled in a chaos of emotions that are awakened inside her.

Starring:
KO SHIBASAKI
SEIICHI TANABE
MIKI MIZUNO

Tokyo 23 Wards Women

東京二十三区女

Tokyo 23 Wards Women

Frightening tales that are also filled with sad human drama, mystery, and suspense about real-life places in the 23 wards of Tokyo. And at the end of each story, there comes a moment of hair-raising horror...!

An unprecedented horror-mystery drama series made up of stand-alone episodes, each about one of the 23 wards of Tokyo! Freelance writer Ririko Harada and former folklore teacher Hitoshi Shimano visit places in Tokyo veiled in the mystery of spine-chilling legends. They encounter freakish incidents that occur in the 23 wards. An office worker searching for her missing mother wanders into a maze of underground tunnels in Shibuya ward. A woman hides her married lover's corpse in Yumenoshima (Dream Island) in Koto ward. A mystery about an old-age romance and the "woman of Ikebukuro." The secret of a female company owner who takes an eerie late-night taxi ride through Minato ward. A doctor's wife whose fate is upended by the "Engiri-enoki" (a shrine where people pray for divorce) in Itabashi ward. A woman who investigates crime scenes in Shinagawa ward and the chilling mystery of the Suzugamori execution grounds. Places in the 23 wards of Tokyo that everybody knows about--when their unknown history is revealed, so are their "true secrets."

Starring:
KANA KURASHINA
YUMI ADACHI
NANAMI SAKURABA
DANMITSU
MIHO NAKAYAMA
HARUKA SHIMAZAKI

Scream

絶叫

Scream

What happened to the ordinary woman who led an ordinary life?
Poverty, a society filled with isolated people, "black corporations"... The shadows of modern society that women must step into for survival. The mystery of a lonely death, the ploy behind a murder for a life insurance payout... An intense, socially-realistic suspense and an outstanding mystery with an astonishing puzzle!

The corpse of a woman is found in an apartment in Kokubunji, Tokyo. The time of death appears to be about six months ago. The woman's pet cats have eaten her body, leaving it mangled and unidentifiable. The case is about to be written off as a typical "lonely death," but it doesn't sit right with Detective Ayano. The cats have not been trained to use the litter box, which is unthinkable if they were her pets. Were they really the dead woman's cats? Ayano finds a bank book belonging to a Yoko Suzuki (MACHIKO ONO) in an empty fish bowl. The deceased appears to be this Yoko Suzuki, age 36. She was a beautiful woman albeit an air of sadness and gloom. "What kind of life did she live?" Ayano gets curious about the victim's life.

Starring:
MACHIKO ONO
KEN YASUDA

"The Beginning Notes"

今日、帰ります。

What is a happy life?
A story about a man who keeps making excuses and his struggles to live with his family again.

A steady income, a stable life... Katsuhiro Morita, a banker in Tokyo, works hard for his family. But one day, his wife, Chika, takes their son and moves back to her parents' house in Yamanashi. A year passes by since then. Once a month, Katsuhiro has been visiting the house in Yamanashi, but now, Chika wants him to move there so they can live together again. Meanwhile at the bank, Katsuhiro is put in charge of a customer, an old woman named Namiko Kondo, a notorious troublemaker who calls and pesters her bank rep several times a day. When Namiko finds out about Katsuhiro's situation, she tells him harshly, "You're a step away from divorce." However, she proposes that he go to Yamanashi every weekend to help his father-in-law, Kozo Tabata, work on his farm. She also gives him a notebook for restarting his life, which contains a list of "things he must do to live with his family." Despite his skepticism, Katsuhiro starts checking off the items on the list.

Starring:
ATSUSHI ITO
HARUKA KINAMI
MARI NATSUKI

Keigo Higashino -Dying Eye-

東野圭吾 「ダイイング・アイ」

Keigo Higashino -Dying Eye-

Those eyes won't let you to forget.
A novel by Keigo Higashino with over a million copies in print that brutally exposes the fragile psyche of people who waver between self-preservation and a guilty conscience--this hardcore suspense unlike any of his other stories has been adapted into a drama series.

One night, Shinsuke Amemura (HARUMA MIURA), a bartender at a bar in Nishi Azabu called Myoga, is attacked by an unfamiliar man and loses a part of his memory. He eventually remembers causing a car accident a year and a half ago that killed a woman named Minae Kishinaka, and he also finds out that his attacker, who later committed suicide, was Minae's husband, Reiji. Although people close to Shinsuke keep telling him that "he's better off not remembering the bad things," he becomes suspicious about what really happened in the accident... One rainy night on Shinsuke's first day back at work, a woman wearing funeral clothes shows up at the bar. The unworldly beautiful woman with a powerful gaze introduces herself as Ruriko, and after their encounter, Shinsuke finds himself lost in an intricate maze of dark secrets. Shinsuke's girlfriend goes missing. He gets flashbacks about the accident and money exchanging hands. Who is lying? Who is trying to frame who? And Ruriko, who boldly seduces Shinsuke and turns his life upside down... Who exactly is she and what does she want?

Starring:
HARUMA MIURA
MARYJUN TAKAHASHI
NAMASE KATSUHISA

BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT THAT'S LOVE

それを愛とまちがえるから

BECAUSE YOU THOUGHT THAT'S LOVE

A romantic comedy for grown-ups full of laughter and tears that probes the marital relationship. "Grown-ups' rom-com"--WOWOW's new genre brought to you by the producers of Saigokara Niban-meno Koi (tr. The Second to Last Love).

Housewife Kaya (IZUMI INAMORI) is happily married to her hard-working husband, Tadashi (KOSUKE SUZUKI), whose personality is a perfect match with hers. They have celebrated their 15th anniversary but have been sexless for a long time. One morning, Kaya asks Tadashi, "You have a lover, don't you?" Then Tadashi responds with a question to her, "You have a lover too, don't you?" They find out that they are both being unfaithful in their marriage and meet each other's lover by happenstance. What will become of the love "square" made up of the troubled husband and wife and their lovers?!

Starring:
IZUMI INAMORI
KOSUKE SUZUKI
RIISA NAKA
MASANOBU ANDOU

STOLEN FACE

盗まれた顔 ~ミアタリ捜査班~

STOLEN FACE

"Miatari" finders--investigators that detect wanted criminals in the crowd by burning their faces into their memory. A memory-stimulating action-suspense drama.

Shirato (HIROSHI TAMAKI) of the Investigative Cooperation Department of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police is a "miatari" finder who hunts wanted criminals by their faces. He and his subordinates, Ando and Tani comb the streets, searching for the fugitives whose faces they have burned into their memory. Then one day, Shirato sees a face that he possibly couldn't have seen--that of Sunami, his senior detective who died mysteriously four years ago. Shirato is about to write it off as a figment of his imagination when he hears a disturbing rumor about Sunami. His investigation of the case provokes the Public Safety Commission and the Chinese mafia, and soon Shirato finds his own life in danger.

Starring:
HIROSHI TAMAKI
RIO UCHIDA
KEITA MACHIDA
KIYOHIKO SHIBUKAWA
AYUMI ITO
AND OTHERS

PANDORA IV: Al War

パンドラIV AI戦争

PANDORA IV: Al War

The man who developed a medical Al. Will artificial intelligence bring happiness to mankind?
The forth installation of the popular anthology series by a screenwriter Yumiko Inoue.

At the Medinox Medical Center run by an IT company, patients are diagnosed by an Al developed by medical scientist Tetsuro Suzuki (OSAMU MUKAI). The Al, which is faster and more accurate than human doctors and is even free of charge, is well received by society. Shunpei Gamo(ATSURO WATABE), the president of the IT company that implemented the Al system, aggressively advocates medical Al defending his belief that Japan shouldn't fall behind other countries. On the other hand, Naoko Arizona (HITOMI KUROKI), the chairman of the medical association, is reluctant, believing that the timing is premature, and Chizuo Ueno (TAIZO HARADA), a skilled surgeon, also finds it galling to operate on patients who have been diagnosed by Al. Then one day, a patient dies after a surgery based on an Al diagnosis.

Starring:
OSAMU MUKAI
HITOMI KUROKI
ATSURO WATABE
AND OTHERS

HOW DO YOU PLAY?

遠藤憲一と宮藤官九郎の勉強させていただきます

HOW DO YOU PLAY?

The first-of-its-kind situation drama by screenwriter Kankuro Kudo & lead Kenichi Endou & celebrity guests! What happens when the same role of the same story is played by different actors? The gloves are off as actors dive into the role.

The filming of a suspense drama in which detective Nasake Moroi (KENICHI ENDOU) pursues a serial killer. The filming is uneventfully wrapped up when an unexpected problem occurs and the scenes have to be reshot! But Endo's co-star has already left... On the spur of the moment, the part is offered to prominent actors who just happen to be nearby!

Starring:
KENICHI ENDOU
KANKURO KUDO
SHUN OGURI(CASE1)

THE TRUE CRIMINAL

真犯人

THE TRUE CRIMINAL

Two murder cases intersect - one took place in 1974 and the other in 2008. A crime mystery that probes a cold case involving the abduction of a young child.

2008. The owner of a regional used car dealership is murdered. In 1974, the victim Isao Sudo and his ex-wife had a young son named Mamoru Obata who was kidnapped and never found. The unsolved case was reopened by a special investigation unit in 1988, a year before the statute of limitations. Seiichiro Shigetou is a police superintendent who rose through the ranks and now leads an elite team of six detectives. He senses that there is a correlation between the two crimes and begins to investigate the cases, getting closer and closer to the truth.

Starring:
TAKAYA KAMIKAWA
KOTARO KOIZUMI
YUKI UCHIDA
MASAHIRO KOMOTO
BoBA
DENDEN
MASANOBU TAKASHIMA

EERIE - THE INVISIBLE FACE

イアリー 見えない顔

EERIE - THE INVISIBLE FACE

Joe Odagiri and Riisa Naka co-star for the first time in a tale of dark desire.
A portrayal of the fear of something slowly eating away at your life....

"Is your wife at home?" An unfamiliar woman visits the home of college professor Hirokawa just days after his wife has died of an illness. Hirokawa rushes to the door, but no one is there. Meanwhile, disquieting events beset Hirokawa's university -- the sudden death of the Chancellor and the distribution of a suspicious anonymous document. Hirokawa had been having an affair with his wife's younger sister Rei Mizushima, a lecturer at the same university. They were together the moment his wife passed. Feelings of guilt and an inexplicable sense of anxiety begin to torment Hirokawa.

Starring:
JOE ODAGIRI
RIISA NAKA

ROKUBE

黒書院の六兵衛

ROKUBE

Drama series adaptation of Jiro Asada's late Edo Period novel. Set against the backdrop of the bloodless surrender of Edo Castle, the story portrays the powerful bond between the Shogun's mysterious bodyguard and a nameless, low-ranking warrior.

In 1868, negotiations between the Shogunate and the new government result in a bloodless surrender of Edo Castle. Hayato Kakurai, a timid, low-ranking warrior of the new government is dispatched to the castle in advance to ensure a smooth handover. There, he meets a retainer named Rokube Matoya, who was the shogun's personal bodyguard. Rokube refuses to budge, creating difficulty for Kakurai who must remove him without conflict. As the two get to know each other, Kakurai begins to feel an inexplicable affinity with Rokube, the epitome of traditional values. Why does Rokube refuse to move? What will Kakurai do as the day the Emperor arrives at Edo Castle nears?

Starring:
KOJI KIKKAWA
YUSUKE KAMIJI

BLIND SHELL ~The Master of Black Money~

不発弾~ブラックマネーを操る男~

BLIND SHELL ~The Master of Black Money~

Someone is pulling the strings behind the "inappropriate" accounting practices at a major firm. A human suspense story of a female detective who follows the trail of a dark protagonist.

At the press conference of the electronics giant Mita Electric Industries, evidence is exposed of "inappropriate" accounting of 150 billion yen. The president of the company is in a state of panic while one man is pulling the strings - financial consultant Ryo Koga. Investigator Yumiko Kobori believes the "inappropriate" accounting is in fact hiding something darker. She begins to have serious doubts when the company remains listed on the stock exchange. Immediately after the chief auditor of Mita Electric commits suicide, Koga holds a secret meeting with the company's advisor Shozo Higashida. Kobori suspects the auditor's suicide involves a crime. Meanwhile, Koga smiles benignly upon his common-law wife Sachiko Murata. Who is this mysterious man?

Starring:
KIPPEI SHIINA
MEISA KUROKI

DOUBLE FANTASY

ダブル・ファンタジー

DOUBLE FANTASY

Based on an erotic love story by Naoki Prize winning Yuka Murayama. The heroine loses herself in carnal pleasures with different men while living her life to the fullest as a woman.

Screenwriter Natsu Takato lives in the suburbs with her househusband Shogo, who supports Natsu's career. While Natsu isn't unhappy with her life, she can't contain the desire that wells up inside her. When she confesses her feelings in an e-mail to a theater director named Shizawa, he responds that he wants a secret meeting with her. After much deliberation, Natsu begins to see Shizawa, and eventually leaves her husband to live on her own. But then, Shizawa begins to avoid her. To replace him, Natsu begins an affair with a married man named Ryosuke Iwai, who was her senior in college. She is also drawn to an up-and-coming actor named Kazuya Obayashi.

Starring:
ASAMI MIZUKAWA
KEI TANAKA
HIROAKI MURAKAMI

60 JUSTICE PROJECT

60 誤判対策室

60 JUSTICE PROJECT

A suspenseful "race-against-the-clock" thriller about an organization that challenges false charges brought against convicted felons. Will they be able to prove the criminal's innocence with only sixty minutes remaining until the execution?

Veteran detective Eiji Arima is nearing retirement at the age of 60. Arima works with an elite, young attorney named Shoichi Sera and a prosecutor relegated from the Public Prosecutor's Office named Misuzu Haruna in a government organization that investigates false charges brought against convicted death row felons. Arima is known for his formidable investigative skills, but also grapples with the guilt of having falsely accused an innocent man in the past...

Starring:
HIROSHI TACHI
YUKI FURUKAWA
MARI HOSHINO

INNOCENT DAYS

イノセント・デイズ

INNOCENT DAYS

Japanese star SATOSHI TSUMABUKI appears in dramatize of bestselling suspense-novel.

"Why did Yukino accept her death sentence?" Shinichi was at the courthouse, listening to the judgement to Yukino. She was sentenced death penalty, for killing her ex-boyfriend. As a childhood friend of her, Shinichi believes in her innocence, and goes on a quest to find out the truth. However, as Shinichi meet the people who know Yukino's past, he finds the cruel story behind her.

Starring:
SATOSHI TSUMABUKI
YUKO TAKEUCHI

BYE BYE, BLACKBIRD

バイバイ、ブラックバード

BYE BYE, BLACKBIRD

Bestselling author KOTARO ISAKA's novel is for the first time made into a serial drama.

Kazuhiko was one day captured by a monstrous and arrogant woman Mayumi, an agent from a mysterious syndicate. Since Kazuhiko owned a big debt to the syndicate, he will be taken away to "somewhere". But before departing, Kazuhiko begs Mayumi to see his five girlfriends, whom he was going out simultaneously. A strange journey of Kazuhiko and Mayumi begins, to say "goodbye" to the girlfriends.

Starring:
KENGO KORA
YU SHIROTA

SHUHEI NOZAKI - AUDITOR OF BANK

監査役 野崎修平

SHUHEI NOZAKI - AUDITOR OF BANK

Japanese top film star YUJI ODA, struggle as bank auditor to expose the fraud.

Shuhei Nozaki was a trustworthy manager of a small branch for Ozora Bank, one of the biggest mega-banks in Japan. Despite his career was far from being successful, he was one day promoted to a corporate auditor in the head office. Soon after, Nozaki witness an unbelievable fraud going on in the bank, which the bank president and the prime minister is involved. Can a single auditor confront this vast darkness? The struggle of Nozaki begins to expose the fraud.

Starring:
YUJI ODA
GORO KISHITANI
NANAKO MATSUSHIMA (SPECAL APPEARANCE)
IKKO FURUYA

SPRING HAS COME

春が来た

SPRING HAS COME

KAI from Asia's top group EXO stars in his first Japanese drama about family revival.

Naoko is a homely and drab 31-year-old single woman who works as an underwear salesperson. Her family consists of four people: her unemployed father Shuji, her shabby mother Sue, and her cheeky high-school sister Junko. By coincidence, Naoko meets a Korean photographer Lee Ji-Won and the two fall in love. After that chance meeting, the presence of Ji-won starts to change Naoko and her family little by little. However, Naoko also finds the sad story behind Ji-won's family.

Starring:
KAI (EXO) 
KANA KURASHINA 
SEIKA FURUHATA 
ATSUKO TAKAHATA 
SHIRO SANO

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