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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

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