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IRIBITO -Stranger-

いりびと‐異邦人‐

IRIBITO -Stranger-

There are people who are fascinated by art and devote their lives to it. Then there are those who are violated by art and fault it for their misery.

A visually pleasurable and intellectually stimulating mystery about art

Naho Takamura (Mitsuki Takahata) is deputy curator of a museum she took over from her grandfather, a passionate art collector. She also inherited his firm aesthetic sense and is married to a man who is the third curator of a gallery in Ginza.
While Naho, who is expecting, is in Kyoto long term to get away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, she encounters a painting by an unknown artist. It utterly fascinates her, and while trying to track down its roots and the story behind it, she gets pulled into a realm where art enthusiasts' wanton desires rule, a place where she discovers a life-changing truth.

Starring:
Mitsuki Takahata
Shunsuke Kazama
Sumire
Meiko Kaji
Yutaka Matsushige
Original story:
Maha Harada
Director:
Kentaro Hagiwara
Screenplay:
Hisayo Seki

Solomon's Perjury

宮部みゆき「ソロモンの偽証」

Solomon's Perjury

"Why don't we hold a trial ourselves?"
A grand mystery drama based on a Miyuki Miyabe story that sold over 3 million copies

It's Christmas morning. Ryoko Fujino (Moka Kamishiraishi) discovers the body of a classmate, Takuya Kashiwagi (Yuki Nomura), in the snowy yard of their high school. While the police and high school conclude his death was a suicide, Ryoko gets an anonymous letter saying that Shunji Ooide (Ryota Bando) and his friends committed the murder. Whether it was suicide or murder becomes the object of a speculation in the media and on social media. While high school principal Masao Tsuzaki (Kaoru Kobayashi) is working to deal with the situation, another incident comes along. Unconvinced and dissatisfied with the adults' handling of the two puzzling occurrences, Ryoko and Kazuhiko Kambara (Hio Miyazawa), an enigmatic student from another school, decide to take things into their own hands: "Why not hold a trial ourselves?" An unprecedented in-school court convenes!

Original story:
Miyuki Miyabe
Director:
Hajime Gonno
Screenplay:
Eriko Shinozaki
Cast:
Moka Kamishiraishi
Hio Miyazawa
Maika Yamamoto
Hidaka Ukisho
Yuki Nomura
Ryota Bando
Serena Motola
Miu Tomita

The Snitch's Serenade: Tokyo Metropolitan Police Case File

密告はうたう 警視庁監察ファイル

The Snitch's Serenade: Tokyo Metropolitan Police Case File

Tailing, stakeouts, betrayal--
A hard-boiled thriller full of suspense and mystery!

After a junior detective dies in the line of duty during an active investigation, Detective Masaki Sara (Masahiro Matsuoka) of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police First Investigation Division is transferred to Section 1 of the Personnel Division, the internal affairs unit that investigates officers suspected of misconduct. Still traumatized by his past, Masaki is forced to carry out his duties as a lonely outcast as his colleagues shun him as a snitch.
One day, a message arrives. It's a tipoff that Saiko Minaguchi (Rika Izumi), Masaki's former colleague in the First Investigation Division, is leaking confidential information. Although Masaki is reluctant to investigate someone he used to work with, he obeys his boss and starts looking into Saiko. He soon discovers a link to an unresolved murder and some buried facts about the death of his junior detective Saito (Shota Totsuka). What shocking truth awaits Masaki beyond his suspicions and inner conflict?

Starring:
Masahiro Matsuoka
Rika Izumi
Shota Totsuka
Tetsuhiro Ikeda
Sayaka Akimoto
Masaki Miura
Hidekazu Mashima
Toru Nakamura

A Story of "Grappler Baki" and Me

グラップラー刃牙はBLではないかと考え続けた乙女の記録ッッ

A Story of

Honoka Matsumoto enthusiastically plays a fujoshi who fantasizes "Grappler Baki" as a boy's love manga!

Akane Kojima (Honoka Matsumoto), who works for a stationery manufacturer, has a hobby that no one in the company knows about. It is BL (Boys' Love). She is such a fanatic about BL that she is willing to substitute even the most mundane things in her daily life for BL. One day, she stumbles upon a famous martial arts manga "Grappler Baki". While reading the manga she discovers the potential of a BL manga from the characters physical beauty and their behaviors. Rather than focusing on who is the strongest or which techniques are the best, she begins to spend her days obsessively fantasizing about the coupling between the characters including the main character, Baki Hanma. At work, she hides her true self and gets through her work without a hitch. After work, she talks about BL with her fujoshi friends and at home, she passionately discusses BL in her fantasy world... that was her happiness. But when she became close to her junior colleague, Takeno, who is getting ready for an important presentation, her boss, Kajiwara, and her old classmate, Shibamoto, her peaceful days begin to crumble... This story is a record of the fierce battle of Akane, a BL fantasist.

Starring:
Honoka Matsumoto
Amane Okayama
Fuju Kamio
Based on a book by:
Junko Kaneda
Directed by:
Santa Yamagishi
Screenplay by:
Makoto Ueda (Europe Kikaku)

Kokoro's "Tee-hee-hee!"

ショートショート劇場「こころのフフフ」

Kokoro's

Nine curious stories based on an original idea by Masatomo Tamaru, a standard-bearer of modern short-short stories

High school freshman Kokoro Okuno has easygoing parents and a sometimes-tenuous grasp of reality, making her a bit naive compared to other kids of her age. In talking with her off-the-wall classmates, her motto is "High school is a wonderful place!" when she happens upon utterances or scenes that are new to her.
She enjoys her youth when she is compelled to join the Belly Bell Club with a childhood friend Kotaro Segawa. And she gets into the fads that spread among her classmates, like the "dialect lipstick" that makes you talk with a funny accent and the "air doughnuts" everyone is so infatuated with. On a career-day outing, she visits the Navy-Blue Sock Farm where she learns how to dye socks navy blue. Happy-go-lucky and full of curiosity, Kokoro giggles innocently at all the novel things that happen to and around her, enjoying them as they come.

Starring:
Sora Tamaki
Ten Yamasaki
Riku Ohnishi
Idea:
Masatomo Tamaru
Director:
Yoshiaki Murao

Players

演じ屋

Players

Not a spy, not a detective, but a new kind of cloaky job: So what does a "player" do?

Falsely accused of molestation, Tomoki (Hayato Isomura) decides to commit suicide after losing both his job and his fiancée. Just as he is about to jump off a building, he witnesses a woman screaming and running towards him. She (Nao) is being attacked by a knife-wielder, and Tomoki--someone who just happened to be there--gets stabbed.
It turns out later though, that this whole scene was staged by Aika, a "player," and her client. It is then that Aika teachs Tomoki about her jobs of being a "player." He decides to hire Aika to take revenge on the people who drove him into the abyss with their false accusations of molestation.

Starring:
Nao, Hayato Isomura
Shinji Kasahara
Noriko Aoyama
Hideki Kurauchi
Kosuke Imai
Original script:
Teruo Noguchi
Director:
Teruo Noguchi

Black Swan Lake

黒鳥の湖

Black Swan Lake

A mystery depicting human evil human with nothing left to the imagination

Everything is too similar to the case 18 years ago. Shota Zaizen (Naohito Fujiki), now president of Zaizen Corporation, was then a private investigator working for another PI agency.
One day Shota is asked by a man, Tanioka, to investigate the abduction of his daughter. Tanioka has a piece of her dress, pieces of her torn underwear, some of her fingernails (which had been ripped off), and some photos the perp sent him. Shota manipulated the investigation to his advantage, which led him to the success that his current glamorous lifestyle is built on; meanwhile, because of his tampering, the real perp was never caught.
Is what's before him now the work of the real perp from 18 years ago? Or is what he's seeing someone else's tampering? Shota's daughter Mika has gone missing, and somebody sent him her belongings. He starts investigating on his own, only to uncover things about the past of his wife, Yuko (Michiko Kichise).

Starring:
Naohito Fujiki
Michiko Kichise
Ken Miyake
Naomi Zaizen
Original story:
Makoto Usami
Director:
Kazuyuki Iwata
Screenplay:
Hiroyuki Komine

A Copywriter Takes Paternity Leave

男コピーライター、育休をとる。

A Copywriter Takes Paternity Leave

Isn't parental leave supposed to be like a holiday?
A new breed of "survival chronicle" you'll want to watch with those closest to you!

Yosuke Ugaeri (Koji Seto) is an ad agency copywriter. He's overjoyed when Aiko (Kumi Takiuchi) announces that she's expecting, and, on a whim, he decides to take parental leave. Six months off work is all totally unexplored territory for him and his coworkers. He's excited, but also anxious about what it all means. He makes detailed plans for someone to cover for him before asking his boss, Mr. Hamasaki (Jun Murakami), for leave in a society where the practice has only shallow roots.
While thrilled over the birth of a daughter, this is just the beginning his days of confusion and turmoil. Her birth was also when he encountered a whole new world of emotions and challenges. Childcare, making dad friends, and sharing childcare responsibilities cascade down on him, but Yosuke manages to stumble through all the uncertainties with the help of his junior coworkers. Tune in to find out what new horizons await him at the other end of his leave!

Starring:
Koji Seto
Kumi Takiuchi
Akapen Takigawa
Momoko Fukuchi
Jun Murakami
Original story:
Yohei Ugaeri
Director:
Junta Yamaguchi

GOOD LUCK! TEAM NACS

がんばれ!TEAM NACS

GOOD LUCK! TEAM NACS

"Back to the Sentai Futures"--Superheroes played by TEAM NACS in the Let's Go! TEAM NACS Project.

Their superhero costumes--all paying homage to a classic film--have been unveiled. Taking his name from a mad scientist, Doc Red is played by TEAM NACS leader Hiroyuki Morisaki. Doc Blue and Doc Pink are played by Yo Oizumi and Takuma Otoo, and Ken Yasuda fills the role of the villain, Bafun Otoko ("Horse Pie-Man"). Guiding this group of big-name celebrities is the job of the story's mastermind, TEAM NACS member Takuma Otoo--he's been running the plot around in his head for years!
What fights will they be drawn into? Perhaps ones you don't want to miss! Will the stories be full of laughter? Or perhaps tears? Bonds of friendship? Maybe even some farewells? Tune in for new kind of ultimate in entertainment!

Starring:
TEAM NACS (Hiroyuki Morisaki, Ken Yasuda, Shigeyuki Totsugi, Yo Oizumi, Takuma Otoo)
Guest star:
Yoh Yoshida
Director:
Kentaro Horikirizono, Daisuke Kamijyo
Screenplay:
Takeshi Takemura
Music:
Taisei Iwasaki

I Can Drink Alone! (working title)

ひとりで飲めるもん!

I Can Drink Alone!  (working title)

A comedic drama showing where hard-working people can get a cold one in peace and a great meal without blowing a hole in their wallets!

Mei Benikawa (Aya Ōmasa) is a 28-year-old public relations executive at a cosmetics company. She is well liked and respected by her coworkers for her good looks and her results-oriented drive. Though earning her the PR department's top job despite her age, these things have a downside: They make her a target of envy. People talk. She's finnicky, they say, a real picky eater. But she's got side they don't know. It surfaces when she's on her way home from work, and it belies the image the gossip mongers have conjured. She stops at run-of-the-mill chain restaurants for her favorite reward after a hard day--cheap but great-tasting food and some blissful suds to unwind and reset. What a way to get ready for another day!

Starring:
Aya Ōmasa
Ren Kiriyama
Karen Otomo
Mitsuki Tanimura
Momoko Kikuchi
Original story:
Misato Konari
Screenplay:
Rie Yokota, Fumie Mizuhashi, and Kiko Inoue
Director:
Takashi Ninomiya, Takehiro Shindo, and Eiki Shimomukai

Keigo Higashino's "The Hovering Blade"

東野圭吾「さまよう刃」

Keigo Higashino's

A sympathy- and tears-inspiring story exploring an eternal theme: Who should pass judgement on perpetrators? People acting on their own? The law? Society?

After Shigeki Nagamine (Yutaka Takenouchi) loses his wife, he raises Ema, his cherished high school-aged daughter, by himself . One night, Ema doesn't come home from work, and a few days later her body is found, gruesomely mutilated.
Shigeki then gets an anonymous phone call naming the perpetrators and their whereabouts. Shigeki visit the alleged apartment and toss it. He finds a video of Ema being cruelly killed. When Atsuya, one of the perpetrators, suddenly appears, Shigeki eventually kills him; he then embarks on a search for Kaiji, the crime's instigator and a juvenile delinquent. The story will leave you wondering: Is it really wrong for a father to avenge a family member while turning society, the law, and everything against himself?

Starring:
Yutaka Takenouchi
Yuriko Ishida
Takahiro Miura
Kanji Furutachi
Kumi Takiuchi
Mizuki Inoue
Hirotaro Honda
Jun Kunimura
Original story:
Keigo Higashino
Screenplay:
Noriko Yoshida
Director:
Shinzo Katayama

The Grand Family

華麗なる一族

Your Tales of the Unusual

Revival of a timeless masterpiece portraying ambition, love, and rivalry in politics and finance over riches and power

The setting is Japan's post-war period of rapid economic growth. Daisuke Mampyo heads the Hanshin Bank, the country's tenth largest in deposits, and leads the Mampyo Conglomerate, which owns many other businesses as well as the bank. Learning from Mima, his daughter Ichiko's husband and an elite finance ministry bureaucrat, of a government plan to consolidate the Japan's big urban banks, Daisuke maneuvers to ensure his empire's survival by plotting to acquire other banking majors through mergers.
On the home front, the Mampyo household includes Yasuko, Daisuke's wife; Teppei, his oldest son and a senior director of Mampyo Conglomerate stalwart Hanshin Steelworks; Gimpei, Daisuke's other son and a Hanshin Bank executive; Daisuke's daughters Tsugiko and Mitsuko; and Daisuke's mistress, Aiko, who has lived with the family for years. Family members resent Aiko's power in the household and her influence over their relationships, which only fuels ambitions and greed among them. And Teppei's desire to expand the steel business with a new mill sparks conflict with his father over financing, complicating the situation even further.

Starring:
KIICHI NAKAI
OSAMU MUKAI
TAISUKE FUJIGAYA
YUMI ASOU
YUKI UCHIDA

Farthest End

向こうの果て

Farthest End

Marika Matsumoto's first starring role in a drama series
Demonic. Temping. Dishonest. Tender. Like the sunshine: Marika plays a woman of many faces, all of them true

Tokyo, 1985. An apartment burns down in a suspected crime of passion. Ritsuko Ikematsu (Marika Matsumoto), a childhood friend of the victim, novelist Kohei Kimizuka, is arrested for arson. A prosecutor, Tsudaguchi, interviews Ritsuko, but she evades his questions, assuming a flippant air. Wanting to learn more about her, Tsudaguchi contacts people who were involved with Ritsuko in one way or another, but each describes a totally different person. Like them, Tsudaguchi is intrigued by Ritsuko herself. He eventually finds out that in the mid-1950s Ritsuko's and Kohei's fathers performed in the same folk singing troupe in the Tsugaru, Aomori region where Ritsuko and Kohei spent their early childhood. Tsudaguchi speculates that an incident between troupe members holds the key to the arson-homicide.

Starring:
Marika Matsumoto
Kohei Matsushita
Hayato Kakizawa
Original story:
Shin Takeda
Director:
Eiji Uchida

Beside A River

川のほとり

Beside A River

Ah, Life! What shall I pick up today? A story of two men living quietly beside a river, enjoying bittersweet but light-hearted days full of humor

Two old guys, Toshi-chan (Toshiki Ayata) and BB (Bengal), live in a hut they've built of tarps in a riverside area. Every day at four in the morning, they set out collecting cans in the streets to sell, and they go to sleep at 7:00 in the evening to save money on electricity. Although they lead an easy life, practicing the motto Living in the free life without imposing on others is the best, they boast of being homeless people living independently. One day, Nao, a young actress at a small theatrical company, visits them. Preparing for a role as a heroine who falls in love with the leader of a group of homeless people, she asks to interview them. A long night of deep conversation ensues. (Episode 1)

Starring:
Toshiki Ayata
Bengal
Director:
Hideyuki Hirayama

FM999: 999 Women's Songs

FM999: 999 Women's Songs

FM999: 999 Women's Songs

As she asks herself, "What is it to be a woman?" a radio begins to play inside her head, bursting with fantasy and personalities

Having just turned 16, Kiyomi is overcome by a kaleidoscope of mixed emotions. "What is it to be a woman?" No sooner than she posits the question, she hears a radio DJ's voice inside her head. "Women's songs! Radio FM 999. Here we go!" The DJ plays songs that resonate with her anxieties. Closing her eyes, she encounters all kinds of women, learning from them and the world of music she conjures in her head. One day, after school in her classroom, Kiyomi is ruminating about her future--her path after graduation, college entrance exams, the male-dominated society she'll have to contend with. She feels frustration at the thoughts running around in her head. "What is it to be a woman?" she mutters. Once again, she hears that DJ's voice, and FM 999 plays in her imagination. Coming back to herself, she's still in the classroom, but not alone. Shinkai, a boy in the class ahead of hers--and someone destined to have profound influence on her future--is there.

Starring:
Hina Yukawa
Takashi Okabe
Yuki Kura
Tarako (voice)
Singers:
Rie Miyazawa, Meirin, Rina Ohta, Aki Yashiro, Serena Motola, Mariko Goto, Rie Tomosaka, Aoi Yamada, Toko Miura, Yuriyan Retriever
Original screenplay:
Makoto Nagahisa
Director:
Makoto Nagahisa
Other directors:
Takeshi Nakamura, Kazuhiro Okuma

Suzuki Matsuo and the 30-minute Actresses

松尾スズキと30分の女優

Suzuki Matsuo and the 30-minute Actresses

Sketch comedy master Suzuki Matsuo pairs up with one actress at a time to present a WOWOW original drama series

Otona Keikaku Theater Company Chairman and Tokyo Bunkamura Theater Cocoon Artistic Director Suzuki Matsuo pairs up with four actresses in a series of sketch comedy shows, each making the most of the featured actresses' attributes.

Starring:
Suzuki Matsuo
Featured actresses:
Yo Yoshida, Mikako Tabe, Kumiko Aso, Haru Kuroki
Screenplay:
Suzuki Matsuo
Director:
Suzuki Matsuo

Literary Boys! -- Reinterpreting masterpieces with Johnny's Jr. --

文豪少年! ~ジャニーズJr.で名作を読み解いた~

Literary Boys! -- Reinterpreting masterpieces with Johnny's Jr. --

Delving into the masterpieces of Japan's literary legends
This ambitious drama series attempts to convey the fun of Japanese literature to younger generations and the wider world. Going beyond being a mere visualization of classic masterpieces in the raw, it instead portrays them from a unique and modern perspective. Each episode is structured to be a self-contained reinterpretion of a masterpiece by one of Japan's greatest authors like Natsume Soseki, Dazai Osamu, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Edogawa Rampo, and Koizumi Yakumo.

Otona Keikaku Theater Company Chairman and Tokyo Bunkamura Theater Cocoon Artistic Director Suzuki Matsuo pairs up with four actresses in a series of sketch comedy shows, each making the most of the featured actresses' attributes.

Starring (by Episode) All:
Issey Ogata, host
1. "クモの糸": Koki Kuroda,
2. "メロスを待つ男": Wataru Vasayegh
3. "注文が多い店には気をつけろ": Shosei Oda, Kairu Tamura
4. "罪と罰の散歩者": Koki Kawasaki
5. "二百十日の二百十段": Kosei Hiyama, Hideki Ajima,
6: 稲荷坂の秘密": Ryusei Fukada
7. "外科室のある洋館": Nao Oriyama
8. "少年と舟": Takumi Kitagawa
9. "雪おんなの風": Waku Motoki
10. "冬の青い日傘": Sota Uchimura
Original screenplay:
Takara Komatsuya
Directors:
Shigekatsu Honda, Hiroyuki Nakao, Muso Matsui, Karibu Hobo, Hironori Kujiraoka

Influence

インフルエンス

Influence

Three murders triggered by friendship
A though-provoking, suspense-filled drama about three girls' lives intertwined by unfortunate incidents

Yuri (Kanna Hashimoto), a high school student who lives in a provincial housing project, is heartbroken by a rift that develops between herself and a classmate, Satoko (Ai Yoshikawa), when Yuri does nothing to help Satoko escape the sexual abuse of her grandfather. Yuri goes on to be friends with Maho (Wakana Aoi), a new classmate who moves from Tokyo. Maho takes everything very seriously, a personality quirk that alienates her classmates--except for Yuri, who, living in the same housing project, discretely nurtures a friendship with her. One day, a knife-wielding thug attempts to assault Maho, but Yuri intervenes and winds up stabbing him. Though sure it was self-defense, she flees and falls asleep in terror over what has happened. But when she awakens, she learns that Satoko, by now a delinquent, has been arrested for what she did.

Starring (by Episode)
Kanna Hashimoto
Wakana Aoi
Ai Yoshikawa
Jin Shirasu
Kaito Miyachika
Nene Otsuka
Honami Suzuki
Story:
Fumie Kondo
Director:
Naruhide Mizuta
Screenplay:
Eriko Shinozaki

I Recommend Books on Dating Sites (working title)

出会い系サイトで70人と実際に会ってその人に合いそうな本をすすめまくった1年のこと

I Recommend Books on Dating Sites (working title)

A drama series based on a best-selling novel that drew interest through SNS and word of mouth
How do people reflect on themselves, and what kind of life do they seek to lead when they encounter good books?

Nanako Hanada is on the verge of divorcing husband Ken. The bookstore she manages is struggling as well, and despite still being in her 30s feels her life just isn't moving forward. For a change of pace, she signs up with a dating site writing, "I'll recommend the perfect book for you" in her profile. She meets lots of interesting people, all unique and idiosyncratic and, whether man or woman, many are quite off the wall and require caution. After many encounters, she finds herself gradually drawn to a videographer named Endo, with a man with cute smile who she gets along well with and starts meeting regularly.

Starring (by Episode)
Miori Takimoto, Terunosuke Takezai, Win Morisaki
Original story:
Nanako Hanada
Screenplay:
Sorami Date
Directors:
Sumisu, Keijiro Tsubakimoto, Hiroto Totsuka

Your Tales of the Unusual

世にも奇妙な君物語

Your Tales of the Unusual

Bizarre worldviews, lots of foreshadowing, unpredictable plots. Outcomes that exceed the imagination, followed by terror. These are the stories of five people who get lost in weird, scary, even amusing worlds filled with twists and turns.

In Episode 1, "Sharing House or Not," people with stable jobs, money, and friends decide to live together. Why? Hiroko Tagami, a freelancer looking for a story to boost her career, starts an undercover investigation to find out why four men and women who seem to have everything in life, have chosen to live under the same roof. What she discovers--the real reason they're living together--goes way beyond anything she could ever imagine!

Starring:
YUINA KUROSHIMA
WAKANA AOI
SHORI SATO
RENA TANAKA
TATSUYA UEDA

Ann's Lyrics: Ann Sakuragi's Haiku Lessons

あんのリリック -桜木杏、俳句はじめてみました-

Your Tales of the Unusual

Ann Sakuragi is an art college student who, having few friends, finds great pleasure in delving into the writing on a neighborhood bulletin board and secretly composing lyrics for a rapper. Subaru Renjo is a poet working at a major ad agency where his boss, Rose, puts him on a team whose job is to work haiku into rap, a task so incongruous that it baffles him.

Ann meets Subaru by chance and starts helping him despite her hypervigilance around others. One day, she goes to a haiku gathering hosted by poet Ayuhiko Motomiya where she meets lots of interesting people and finds herself fascinated by a world of haiku she never knew existed. Then, at a business meeting a short time later, Ann has an encounter--with the popular rapper she's been writing lyrics for!

Starring:
SUZU HIROSE

Tokkai: Bad Asset Wars

トッカイ~不良債権特別回収部~

Tokkai: Bad Asset Wars

The third series in WOWOW's adaptation of Hidetoshi Kiyotake's stunning novel, this is the story of an elite team out to recover nearly ¥7 trillion in taxpayer money from malicious defaulters!

In 1996, Akira Shibasaki (HIDEAKI ITO), a loan officer at a private bank, is seconded to the Housing Loan Administration Corporation, a state-owned entity charged with recovering dud loans made by since-bankrupt housing loan corporations. At the Housing Loan Administration, bankers like Shibasaki and ex-employees of the housing loan corporations have one priority: recover every last yen of bad debt--a whopping total of ¥6.8 trillion yen, much of it covered by an ire-inspiring ¥685 billion infusion of public money into the housing loan corporations after Japan's economic bubble burst in the early 90s.
The Tokkai ("special collections") unit was set up almost as if to make amends for that blunder. The team does valiant battle with egregious defaulters, its members risking their lives to claw back every yen of taxpayer money from swindlers, real-estate moguls, and organized criminals who thrived on the bubble.

Starring:
HIDEAKI ITO
YUMA NAKAYAMA
RYOKO HIROSUE
KENICHI YAJIMA
MASATO HAGIWARA
ISAO HASHIZUME
ORIGINAL STORY:
HIDETOSHI KIYOTAKE
DIRECTOR:
SETSURō WAKAMATSU
YOSHINORI MURATANI
SCREENPLAY:
MASASHI TODAYAMA

PENSION METSÄ

ペンションメッツア

Your Tales of the Unusual

A series highlighting the easily overlooked yet truly significant in everyday life

Satomi Kobayashi plays Tenko, proprietor of Pension Metsä (Finnish for forest), in a series of six 30-minute episodes of original stories focusing on the interactions between Kobayashi's character and a visitor to her guesthouse in a remote Nagano larch forest, each played by a distinguished guest actor.
A unique actress, Kobayashi is renowned for ability to play independent-minded loner-heroine types. Her down-to-earth Tenko's experiences show how seemingly unremarkable encounters can be significant turning points in life, ones where a person discovers something new in or about themselves. Every episode will prompt laughter, tears, and an awakening to what is truly significant in life.

Episode Titles:

#1: The Gentleman in the Mountain
#2: Yearning to be Alone
#3: Bonfire
#4: Yamabiko's Holiday Away
#5: A Man from the Past
#6: Wandering

Starring:
SATOMI KOBAYASHI
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
KANA MATSUMOTO
DIRECTOR:
KANA MATSUMOTO
MUSIC:
SHUNSUKE WATANABE

No matter how much the night is dark

夜がどれほど暗くても

Your Tales of the Unusual

How should someone who realizes that he is himself involved in an evil navigate the mercilessly thorny path ahead? More than just a story of downfall, this is also one of the transformation born of one man's regret and persistence

Michinari Shiga (TAKAYA KAMIKAWA) is deputy editor-in-chief of a magazine that keeps itself going with sensationalized stories of scandal and dirt on the people involved. But one day an incident stands Shiga's life of fulfillment and journalist's pride on their head: his college-age son stalks and murders someone, then kills himself on the spot. Suddenly the tables are turned, and now it's Shiga and his family journalists are after, sniffing around for scandal and dirt on them. His employer relegates him to another magazine, and his marriage suffers and sours. Amid the crisis, an encounter with a girl helps Shiga discover the will to pick up and move on. He begins to seek the truths about his son's incident. What rays of light will he find in the depths of the night's darkness?

Starring:
TAKAYA KAMIKAWA
SHIGEAKI KATO
YUI OKADA

The Road to Murder

殺意の道程みちのり

Your Tales of the Unusual

An innovative suspense comedy with a serious theme--revenge, depicted with minutia of the kind and realism most shows leave out!

Takaki Kubota, president of a small company in the carboard business, kills himself after being driven into a corner by Yoshiyuki Murooka, president of customer. Having been taken in by Murooka, Kubota is deeply in debt and his company fails. Despairing the loss of everything he had, he throws himself off a roof. Kazuma (ARATA IURA), his son, pairs up with Mitsuru Azuma (BAKARHYTHM), a cousin, and the two vow to take revenge on Murooka, who lives in luxury with no sign of ever being brought to justice. But Kazuma and Mitsuru, having never done anything like this before, struggle with details--like coming up with the perfect murder, getting "supplies," and practicing their plan's execution. Watching them stumble along, one begins to wonder: Will they ever be able to avenge Kubota's death?

Starring:
BAKARHYTHM
ARATA IURA
MAYU HOTTA
YUI SAKUMA
SHINGO TSURUMI

A Day-Off of RYOMA TAKEUCHI

竹内涼真の撮休

Your Tales of the Unusual

Part two of this unique show about actors who get an unexpected day off from shooting, created by an enthusiastic group of directors and writers. In this installment of the series, popular Japanese actor Ryoma Takeuchi plays himself in eight parallel stories. How will the busy actor spend his sudden day off in the midst of an otherwise busy shooting schedule? The creators give their imaginations full play in their portrayal of the actor's off-the-set persona, something fans rarely get a glimpse of.

In the first episode, "Alluring Spice Curry," Takeuchi visits a spice shop on his surprise day off from shooting. Hearing that he wants to make spiced curry, Kaoru, the shop's owner, starts giving him lessons on spices. One thing leads to another, and the two end up preparing a curry dish together. Just as they're getting into the task, a man walks into the shop. . .

Starring:
RYOMA TAKEUCHI
GUEST:
EIKO KOIKE, MARIKA MATSUMOTO, HONOKA MATSUMOTO, AOI MORIKAWA

THE CONFESSION OF SIRENS

セイレーンの懺悔

Your Tales of the Unusual

A mystery series based on a novel many thought too hard to adapt for screen, its electrifying story cuts to the chase of a journalistic taboo

Takami Asakura (YUKO ARAKI), in her second year with a major TV station's flagship news show, is a committed journalist who takes pride in her job despite a painful past. But the program is on the verge of cancellation because of a series of scandals.
One day, there's an abduction of a Tokyo high-school girl. Asakura and Taichi Satoya, a senior journalist, pair up to get a scoop on the incident that could save the show. Tailing police to a disused factory, Asakura happens upon the victim's body; her face has been burnt mercilessly. Asakura digs deeper, discovering elements of the incident that overlap with her own haunting past. But she carries on, and her persistence pays off. She lands her scoop, which leads to the perp. Then the revelation sparks another incident, prompting her to ask: Who else are bad guys here? And what, if anything, does justice mean to journalists?

Starring:
YUKO ARAKI
HIROYUKI IKEUCHI
RIN TAKANASHI
MASANOBU TAKASHIMA

THE GREAT OEDO JOURNEY

大江戸グレートジャーニー ~ザ・お伊勢参り~

Your Tales of the Unusual

A good-for-nothing makes his way from Edo to the Grand Shrine at Ise in this light-hearted story that's part travelogue, part period drama

Tatsugoro (RYUHEI MARUYAMA), once a legendary gambler, has bet his way into heavy debt at an infamous gambling den. With no family, he's spent his life gambling, winning and losing as luck and skill would dictate; but now fate seems to have abandoned him. Then one day in 1830, he pulls a lot that sends him on a pilgrimage to the Grand Shrine at Ise to worship on behalf of everyone in his tenement. On the way, he encounters Okinamaru, a dog sent on the pilgrimage as a proxy for its owner; Sankichi, an indentured boy who's given his master the slip; and Saya, a woman hoping the shrine's gods will free her from her troubles. Posing as a family, the four proceed on a journey filled with unforeseen adventure as--unbeknownst to the travelers--a notorious debt collector and his sidekick are in hot pursuit!

Starring:
RYUHEI MARUYAMA
KYOKO YOSHINE
TAIYO SAITO

THE SUN STANDS STILL -THE ECLIPSE-

太陽は動かない -THE ECLIPSE-

Your Tales of the Unusual

A challenging story whose visual adaptation was said to be impossible--the ultimate rush-against-the-clock entertainment!

Outwardly AN Press is an Asian news service like any other. But on the inside, it's a secret organization handling covert operations with repercussions for all the world's countries. Agent Kazuhiko Takano (TATSUYA FUJIWARA) and his rookie partner Ryoichi Taoka (RYOMA TAKEUCHI) infiltrate a building project for the International World City Expo to take place in Tokyo three years hence. Hired by Chusonji, a powerful bureaucrat, they are mandated with gathering intelligence about a web of political intrigue over the location's land-use rights. One day, a blast lays the construction site in ruins right before their eyes.

Starring:
TATSUYA FUJIWARA
RYOMA TAKEUCHI
KOICHI SATO

PIPLE: My Married Life with an AI

ぴぷる~AIと結婚生活はじめました~

Your Tales of the Unusual

"My wife arrived today!" A heart-warming science-fiction comedy that looks into novel forms of love

It's 2030, and AI droids can marry and are even welcomed into families.
After the jolt he gets from a date gone bad with the girl of his dreams--a admired senior colleague, the drab white-collar worker Ken'ichi Tsumiki (YUKI KAJI) buys an appealing AI girl-droid "equipped" for sex, takes "her" as his wife, and names her Piple. But for some inexplicable reason, Piple (AYAKA WILSON) spurns his advances on their first night together. Visiting Piple's developers, Tsumiki meets the geeky AI researcher Kaede Miyama. She tells Tsumiki that the problem is in the way he set Piple up--something that, sadly, couldn't be changed. But Miyama has an idea, and she makes a surprising suggestion. Tune in to find out what happens when he gives it a try!

Starring:
YUKI KAJI
AYAKA WILSON
SAKURAKO OHARA

ISEKAI IZAKAYA, NOBU

異世界居酒屋「のぶ」

Your Tales of the Unusual

The long-awaited live-action version of an immensely popular novel series (over 3 million copies sold)

On a quiet street in Kyoto, Nobu--a Japanese-style pub--has an entrance that leads to Aitheria, a medieval Europe-like alternate world. Nobuyuki Yazawa (RYOHEI OTANI), its owner and a former Japanese restaurant cook, and Shinobu Senke (RENA TAKEDA), the pub's bright, sharp-witted poster-girl waitress, start catering to the citizens of Aitheria. A cold beer called Toriaezu-Nama ("a draft for starters") turns out to be a customer favorite, and the pub starts to thrive. People from all walks of life--soldiers, craftspeople, merchants, even nobles--casually drop in for a drink. Surprised and delighted by the strange food and drink Nobu offers, they relax, enjoy themselves, and leave their worries behind.

Starring:
RYOHEI OTANI
RENA TAKEDA

BONES OF STEEL

鉄の骨

Your Tales of the Unusual

A young man questions his priorities: Loyalty to company over trust in justice? Do the right thing, or accomplish the mission? Which ideals should prevail?

Heita Tomishima (RYUNOSUKE KAMIKI) is a very conscientious but awkward young man at a mid-sized construction company. He loves working on-site, but one day is suddenly transferred to Operations, a unit whose work is totally outside his comfort zone. Its remit is to land major projects, including public works, and inhouse it's cynically known as the Bid Rigging Department. Working under a crusty-old director, a crass macho type, a go-getter doyenne, and a cunning manager adept at hiding his true intentions, Heita dedicates himself to winning a public works contract worth billions. But the more he interacts with an industry fixer who manipulates the bidding process, the more Heita is witness to greed and collusion. He begins to question whether all this bid rigging is a necessary evil some sort. Despite his inner conflict over the gap between what's right and what is, Heita begins to feel a certain sense of mission in his job, which is key to his organization's future. The company is a bold innovator, making it a top bidding contender. But a powerful rival's executives are busy running interference.

Starring:
RYUNOSUKE KAMIKI
SHIDO NAKAMURA
TAO TSUCHIYA
KOYUKI
KYOHEI SHIBATA
OSAMU MUKAI
KANJI ISHIMARU
SEIYO UCHINO
ORIGINAL STORY:
JUN IKEIDO

A Day-Off of KASUMI ARIMURA

有村架純の撮休

Your Tales of the Unusual

When what was supposed to be a day of principal photography suddenly turns into a day off, how might she spend the time?

In the first episode, "After My Homecoming," Kasumi goes back home after a long absence. Yumiko, her mom, meets her at the station and together they head for house she grew up in. Just as they're making small talk, Makoto Ueshima, a man Kasumi's never seen before, walks in on them. As he pays his respects to her father at the household altar, Yumiko asks him to fix her bicycle in a manner hinting that they might be close. From there the story gets interesting as Yumiko invites Makoto to join them for dinner.

Starring:
KASUMI ARIMURA 有村架純
Director:
HIROKAZU KOREEDA, SANTA YAMAGISHI, RIKIYA IMAIZUMI, SATOKO YOKOHAMA, MEGUMI TSUNO

OPERATION Z

オペレーションZ~日本破滅、待ったなし~

Your Tales of the Unusual

Daring yet brutal reforms--Project Operation Z--are about to be implemented. Can default be averted? Will they lead to revitalization or total collapse?

This is a story about Japan's budget policies as it faces impending fiscal doom. The government is supposed to maintain citizens' standard of living and ensure the same for their children, but it is mired in over a quadrillion yen debt that just keeps piling up. Prime Minister Takamori Ejima declares a 50% reduction in general accounts expenditure to carry Japan into the future. He charges Atsushi Suo, Rumi Nakakoji, and two other elite bureaucrats with implementing the Operation Z project entailing massive reforms. Social programs account for the largest piece of the national budget pie, followed by national tax revenues shared with local governments. Can cutting them to the bone really avert fiscal disaster? What repercussions will Operation Z have for the nation?

Starring:
MASAO KUSAKARI
JUNPEI MIZOBATA
MARYJUN TAKAHASHI

Pareto's Miscalculation: The Case Worker Murder

パレートの誤算~ケースワーカー殺人事件

Your Tales of the Unusual

A mystery revealing a dark side of social welfare and new hope for it as the protagonist uncovers a fraud shrouded by a case worker's murder

Satomi Makino (AI HASHIMOTO) is a part-timer in the social welfare section at city hall who longs to work full-time. One day she gets asked to fill a case worker vacancy, putting her in a position to deal directly with people receiving benefits. Satomi is anxious about her new assignment but encouraged by Yamakawa, an experienced case who assures her that case working is quite fulfilling. The plot thickens a day later when Yamakawa is found dead in the aftermath of an apartment fire that's likely arson. But who would want to murder a case worker so loved and respected by the clients he served?

Starring:
AI HASHIMOTO
TAKAHISA MASUDA

THE CHOSEN FOUR -THE REASONS WE LIVE ON MARS-

ワケあって火星に住みました~エラバレシ4ニン~

THE CHOSEN FOUR -THE REASONS WE LIVE ON MARS

A sit-com set on Mars inspired by Mars One, a real-life project to colonize the red planet! The screenplay is written by Osamu Suzuki, the inimitable hit maker behind many popular drama series and variety shows in Japan.

Year 2030-scientists striving to establish a human colony on Mars start sending the chosen settlers in groups of four to the planet. Only four can be sent at a time-the selected four entrusted with the future of mankind.
As the project progresses around the world, WASA Aerospace Center in Japan launches its program. It auditions several thousand candidates and selects men and women of various generations and professional backgrounds. It is a one-way ticket to Mars. The people delegated to this mission include a chef, a banker, a police detective, a trimmer, a clothes shop clerk, a businessman, a nursery school teacher, a veterinarian...A new type of entertainment featuring teams of "four settlers on Mars" played by Japan's leading actors!

A BUTTERFLY EFFECT -THE MURDER ANALYSIS TEAM-

蝶の力学 殺人分析班

A BUTTERFLY EFFECT -THE MURDER ANALYSIS TEAM-

What is the meaning behind the blue flower planted in the victims' necks by the culprit? The Murder Analysis Team faces its most puzzling and brutal case ever!!

Hideaki Takano (MUNETAKA AOKI), whom Detective Touko Kisaragi (FUMINO KIMURA) trusts more than anybody else, is being transferred to the Public Security Department from their Section 11 of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's 1st Investigation Division. Three days before the senior detective's transfer, millionaire Hideo Amano is brutally murdered in his home. A blue flower is planted in his neck that has been split open, and his wife, Mayumi, has been missing since the day of the crime . As the police investigate Mayumi as an important material witness, the press receives an email from "Cluster 16," which claims responsibility for the murder and hints at Mayumi's whereabouts. The 1st Investigation Division, as well as the entire Tokyo Metropolitan Police, is perplexed by a series of savage murders. As Takano 's transfer draws near, the pressure and expectation to solve the case weigh heavily on Touko. However, with little progress in the investigation, she is riddled with frustration and anxiety. Will Touko and her team be able to solve the ruthless killings?! The case comes to a shocking, unimaginable conclusion!

Starring:
FUMINO KIMURA
MUNETAKA AOKI
IKKEI WATANABE
YU KOYANAGI
TOSHIYUKI KITAMI
RINKO KIKUCHI

I AM TREMIE.

悪の波動 殺人分析班スピンオフ

I AM TREMIE.

A prequel of popular crime-suspense series The Murder Analysis Team ('Cocoon of Stone' & 'Crystal's Beating') unmasks the past of the abominable Tremie!

Starring:
YUKI FURUKAWA
SUMIRE
TATSUYA FUKAZAWA
KINARI HIRANO
TETSUHIRO IKEDA
FUMINO KIMURA

THE WAY OF HEADHUNTERS

引き抜き屋〜ヘッドハンターの流儀〜

THE WAY OF HEADHUNTERS

A "business entertainment" portraying a little-known profession now begins-
The headhunters' tactics, betrayal, and deceit that unfold backstage in business scenes showcase the intrigue of this little-known profession.

"I'm getting fired?" - Saho Kanoko (NAO MATSUSHITA), an executive of Fawn, an outdoor gear manufacturer that her father presides over, is shocked. She suddenly loses her job despite her pursuit of craftsmanship that the company values. Brewing in the shadows, there is a conspiracy by a certain person who joined the company through a headhunter... Later, Saho encounters Kaori Watarai (YUKI UCHIDA) who introduces herself as a headhunter, and oddly enough, Saho is recruited into Forte Flows, the headhunting company that Kaori works for. Saho accompanies her boss, Tsuyoshi Namiki (SHINYA KOTE), to her first assignment where she meets Masaki Togari (ATSURO WATABE), a formidable rival headhunter. Through her new job that entails tactics, betrayal, and deceit, Saho meets business owners, clients, and candidates with big, colorful personalities and fosters a sense of satisfaction in her work that changes people's lives, however... A dark cloud starts hanging over Fawn's business. Lurking in its shadows is...

Starring:
NAO MATSUSHITA
YUKI UCHIDA
SHINYA KOTE
ATSURO WATABE

TOP LEAGUE JOURNALISTS

トップリーグ

TOP LEAGUE JOURNALISTS

Top League - a small group of reporters "on the inside" of the prime minister, the chief cabinet secretary, and the senior officers of the ruling party. The truth behind a major bribery scandal of the Showa Period exposes the darkest secret of the prime minister's office today!

Naoki Matsuoka (TETSUJI TAMAYAMA), a business reporter of a large newspaper company in Tokyo, Yamato Newspaper, is transferred to the political desk on a one-year-only assignment. At his first press conference by Chief Cabinet Secretary Kondo, he asks, "What do you think about the safe found in the Minato Ward landfill?" With this question that breaks the protocol, Matsuoka catches the chief cabinet secretary's attention and starts climbing his way into the Top League. On the other hand, Yuji Sakai, a former colleague of Matsuoka, is now a reporter tor a weekly magazine working on his story about the safe found in the landfill. Then one day, a robbery takes place. Its victim is someone who Sakai had recently interviewed about the safe ... Matsuoka and Sakai, two reporters walking down different paths. Their first reencounter in ten years exposes the darkest secret of the prime minister's office that undermines Japanese politics!

Starring:
TETSUJI TAMAYAMA
HIROYUKI IKEUCHI
YUI SAKUMA
KOYUKI
TAKANORI JINNAI
KAORU KOBAYASHI

AND LIFE GOES ON

そして、生きる

AND LIFE GOES ON

An exquisite human drama & love story dedicated to everybody alive today, starring Kasumi Arimura and Kentaro Sakaguchi.

When Toko (KASUMI ARIMURA) turns 19, she decides to take an audition in Tokyo, but the day before the audition on March 11,2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake hits the country. In fall of the same year, Toko goes to Kesennuma as a volunteer with Han (JIYOUNG) . There she meets Kiyotaka (KENTARO SAKAGUCHI), a college student from Tokyo and an administrator of a student volunteer group. Kiyotaka is mild-mannered but competently organizes the volunteer activities. Toko finds something off about his smile, unaware of the cruel trick that fate has played on him. As Toko and Kiyotaka spend time together in Kesennuma, they start to develop special feelings for each other-

Starring:
KASUMI ARIMURA
KENTARO SAKAGUCHI
JIYOUNG
AMANE OKAYAMA
MASATO HAGIWARA
KEN MITSUISHI
KAHO MINAMI

POISON DAUGHTER,HOLY MOTHER

湊かなえ ポイズンドーター・ホーリーマザー

POISON DAUGHTER,HOLY MOTHER

Mother and daughter, older and younger sisters, friends, man and woman... .An exquisite mystery spun by endearing fools. Six tales that brilliantly reflect off each other gradually merge into one world.

Actress Yumika Fujiyoshi has been troubled by her controlling mother since she was a child. To Yumika, her mother, Yoshika (SHINOBU TERAJIMA), is a "Poison parent." Even though Yumika moved to Tokyo to get away from Yoshika, she still feels trapped in her mother's clutches. One day, Yumika finds out that her boyfriend broke up with her and she lost an important job because of something Yoshika did behind her back. She accuses Yoshika on a talk show which attracts much media and public attention. On the other hand, to the people who personally know Yoshika, she is not at all a "Poison parent" but a good mother who loves her daughter. When Yoshika hears of Yumika's accusation, she looks back on her life and decides to let Yumika have her space,however ... ("Poison Daughter" and "Holy Mother"). Stories about other women are told in "Kind Person," "Sinful Woman," "My Dearest," and "Best Friends."

Starring:
SHINOBU TERAJIMA

Afro Tanaka

アフロ田中

Afro Tanaka

Hiroshi Tanaka (KENTO KAKU), born with an afro, is single and lives with his parents.Running for over 17 years, the hit comic published over 5.7 million copies.

One day, "Go to Tokyo!" Ordered by his former boss, Afro Tanaka (KENTO KAKU) is forced to move to Tokyo by himself. Digging tunnels deep under Tokyo as a construction worker, his life can never be healthier without his eccentric friends. Maki (KAHO), an office worker who despite her looks is just as awkward as Tanaka when it comes to romance. Shinji Nishida (SATORU MATSUO), a troubling senior co-worker who still acts like a junior high student.Susumu Takahashi (SHUNYA SHIRAISHI), a virgin surfer with a pure heart and a dirty mind.
Shinji Suzuki (YUKIYOSHI OZAWA), Tanaka's dating coach who is good around women.Illustrating everyday life and the subtleties of adolescence in a unique fashion, the "Afro Tanaka-World" is bound to keep you glued to your seats!

Starring:
KENTO KAKU
KAHO
SATORU MATSUO
SHUNYA SHIRAISHI
YUKIYOSHI OZAWA

Hands of God

神の手

Hands of God

Is euthanasia necessary in Japan?
With a population with an average life expectancy nearing 100 years, Japan faces two major social problems: an extremely aging society and end-of-life care.

Dr. Shirakawa (KIPPEI SHIINA), a modern-day surgeon, opts to euthanize Shotaro Kobayashi, a 21-year-old terminal cancer patient, after exhausting every possible option to treat him. Shotaro's mother Yasuyo, a high-profile journalist, presses charges against Shirakawa. On the other hand, tensions escalate between the organization that plots behind the scenes to pass the bill and radically reform Japan's healthcare system and Yasuyo, who attempts to prevent the euthanasia bill from passing by manipulating doctors opposing it and the media. Shirakawa becomes dragged into the raging torrent of the dispute.

Starring:
KIPPEI SHIINA
TETTA SUGIMOTO
SAWA SUZUKI
YUKIYA KITAMURA
MARI HOSHINO
MASAOMI KONDO

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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