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Tokyo detective Kenzo Mori is sent to London to find the brother he thought was dead, now reappeared and wanted for a vicious killing that threatens to tear both cities apart.

Kenzo Mori is a good detective and an adequate husband. He lives in a tiny Tokyo apartment with his constrained wife Rei, insubordinate teenage daughter Taki and elderly, bickering parents Hotaka and Natsuko. It is a dutiful, safe existence overshadowed by the recent death of his impulsive and much-beloved younger brother Yuto.

When Kenzo and his wise-cracking partner Toshio are called in on their day off to investigate a mass shooting, it looks like an attempt to take down reigning Yakuza boss Fukuhara – defying the city’s long-held peace treaty. Now, Fukuhara is missing and his enemies are tight-lipped. This could mean war. However, with the exception of a photograph found at the scene – a businessman gruesomely skewered by a wakizashi sword – Tokyo PD have no leads.

That is until Fukuhara turns up at Kenzo’s door in the dead of night. Fukuhara reveals the real reason he is under attack – he is being framed for the murder of the man in the photograph. The victim, Saburo Endo, was a civilian living in London and, more importantly, the nephew of Fukuhara’s rival Shin Endo. Saburo’s killing was a dishonourable act, a violation of the peace treaty and a good cause for retribution, but while Fukuhara is the obvious suspect, he knows who the actual culprit is - his former protege and Kenzo’s disgraced brother Yuto.

This is impossible. Yuto is dead. Kenzo witnessed his car being pulled from the ocean. The family grieved. And – even if he were alive – why would Yuto be in London orchestrating a murder?

Kenzo doesn’t trust Fukuhara, but he can’t deny that Yuto was the last person to be seen with the distinctive Fukuhara family sword that was used to kill Saburo. Even Kenzo’s boss Hayashi is prepared to work covertly with Fukuhara to arrest Yuto if it prevents more bloodshed. Kenzo has no choice, he must travel to London, and – if Fukuhara’s suspicions are true – bring Yuto home to face justice. The Mori family’s honour and the city’s fragile peace treaty depend on it.

Flashing back to the news that Yuto might be alive brings Kenzo’s memories rushing to the surface - Yuto in the pouring rain, crying that he may have accidentally killed a man during a botched robbery on a bookmaker’s, begging for Kenzo’s help and Kenzo’s assurance that he will fix it.

59 minutes

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Thu 17 Oct 2019 21:00

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Role Contributor
Kenzo Takehiro Hira
Sarah Kelly Macdonald
Yuto Yosuke Kubozuka
Rodney Will Sharpe
Taki Aoi Okuyama
Fukuhara Masahiro Motoki
Rei Yuko Nakamura
Natsuko Mitsuko Oka
Donna Sophia Brown
Toshio Katsuya
Angling Tony Pitts
Roy Tony Way
Saburo Masaya Mimura
Goro Eda Yoshi Sakou
Hotaka Togo Igawa
Shin Endo Katsuya Kobayashi
Jiro Yoshiki Minato
Chief Inspector Hayashi Kazuyuki Tsumura
Tiff John Mccrea
Eiji Ken Yamamura
Newsreader Yasuna Mizobata
Uniformed Cop Daikan Morishima
Shin Endo Heavy Kazuto Shimamoto
Takashi Jozef Aoki
Gangster Takahiro Kameoka
Bill Andrew Joshi
Beth Hannah Isherwood
Alex Alex Gok
Dan Joseph Kennedy
Suzume Haruka Abe
Japanese Bartender Yojiro Ichikawa
Hisateru Eiji Mihara
Sora Burger Hasegawa
Writer Joe Barton
Director Julian Farino
Producer Susie Liggat
Executive Producer Jane Featherstone
Executive Producer Chris Fry
Executive Producer Joe Barton
Executive Producer Julian Farino
Production Company Sister Pictures


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