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Masahiro Nakai (中居正広)
劇場版ATARU - THE FIRST LOVE & THE LAST KILL -
New York. Ataru belongs to the Savant Program Branch of the FBI, which has just been hit by an explosive. Meanwhile, similar tactics have been used to blow up electric rail lines in Tokyo. Wheelchair-confined chief of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Akiho Hoshi, has just put agent Sawa and his team at the First Investigative Division on the case when Larry and Ataru appear on the investigation headquarters. According to Larry, the two bombing plots originated from a financial business zone in London, orchestrated via server by a computer virus dubbed "Wizard". The virus was developed by a Brazilian-Japanese named Madoka with whom Sawa and his force had previously crossed paths as a suspect in a serial murder case. Like Ataru, Madoka bears traits similar to those of a savant and was also formerly an SPB candidate who had received training. The two remotely perpetrated bombings put the FBI and Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency in hot pursuit of Madoka.
80 min x 1 ep / 75 min x 1 ep / 60 min x 9 eps｜11 episodes
Autistic savant, Ataru, has a very unique gift. He is capable of uttering “words” that help the police in their investigations “discover, observe, perceive and deduce” evidence they had hitherto failed to notice. In fact, like a chess genius, Ataru has the ability to think tens of moves ahead of the average person. While it’s obvious to anyone that his favorite foods are tomato ketchup and honey mustard, Ataru struggles with communication, often speaking in conundrums, behaving erratically and even lapsing into hysteric fits. While his uniquely-wired brain enables him to fire off “key words” that are integrally linked to solving crime, the task of piecing his utterances together like a jigsaw puzzle falls to Detective Maiko Ebina and superior officer, Sawa. Together, they create an unlikely and dynamic trio solving one case after another.
私は貝になりたい 나는 조개가 되고 싶다 我寧願做貝殼
1944, in the depths of World War II. Toyomatsu Shimizu is a completely typical barber from a remote seaside town who lives frugally but happily with his wife Fusae and their 5 year-old son. Eventually, though, the army beckons and he is drafted. One day an officer on the battlefield orders him to kill a captured American soldier. Although Toyomatsu lacks the spirit to kill the man, and only wounds him in the arm, the victorious Americans will not accept this, and Toyomatsu is arrested and tried as a war criminal. And he receives the cruelest sentence possible...
砂の器 모래 그릇 砂之器
75 min. x 1 ep. / 65 min. x 1 ep. / 60 min. x 9 eps.｜11 episodes
Eiryo Waga is well-known musician who has begun a rapid climb to stardom, but he must keep his terrible past a secret. One day someone who knows all about his past confronts him, and Waga kills him in order to protect the fame he has obtained. Unfortunately, as Waga is leaving the scene, he runs into Asami, a budding stage actress. An investigation team is established led by two detectives, but they have difficulty making any headway. Meanwhile, by coincidence Waga bumps into Asami again. She also has her own dark past, and soon they fall in love. But Waga is already engaged to Ayaka whose father is responsible for his rapid ascent to the top of the music world. It looks like Waga’s ambitions are about to confront reality. Based on Seicho Matsumoto’s famous work that was released in 1960-61, this drama illustrates the life of a man burdened with a heavy fate in a contemporary setting.
白い影 하얀 그림자 白影
75 min. x 1 ep. / 60 min. x 9 eps.｜10 episodes
Noriko, who is building her career as a nurse, starts work at a large hospital. Naoe is a skilled doctor but he believes that medical treatment should be handled as a business. Noriko, however, does not agree. Another young doctor has a very good reputation and his more compassionate personality clashes with Naoe’s. Despite Naoe’s strict treatment of Noriko and others, she begins to see a hidden kindness in him. She begins to like him as more than just a colleague, but she senses that he is hiding something. However, she will soon find out that his secret threatens more than she could possibly imagine.
最後の恋 최후의 사랑 最後的愛情
60 min. x 11 eps.｜11 episodes
Natsume, a medical student, has fallen in love with Aki, a woman who has turned to prostitution to earn money to pay for her brother’s surgery. Will their love be enough to heal their former lives and bind them together forever? This is a heart-rending tale of true love and transformed lives.