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Cast revealed for “Strawberry Night” movie

29 May 2012 1:56 AM, PDT | Nippon Cinema | See recent Nippon Cinema news »

On Tuesday, further cast members were announced for the upcoming Strawberry Night movie, including Takao Osawa and Tomokazu Miura as brand new characters.

It was previously known that Yuko Takeuchi would be reprising her role from the 2010 Fuji TV special and 2012 drama as the main protagonist, detective Reiko Himekawa.

The film is based on Tetsuya Honda’s 2009 novel “Invisible Rain” and features a story of forbidden love between Himekawa and a gangster played by Osawa.

The story begins with Himekawa investigating the slaughter of a low-ranking yakuza. Due to the victim’s affiliations, the case is initially written off as a gang dispute and put on the back-burner due to a lack of conclusive evidence. Later, they receive a phone tip implicating a man named Kento Yanai as the perpetrator, but the higher-ups order that no further investigation be done of that particular name.

Going against that order, Himekawa begins »

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Movie version of detective TV drama “Strawberry Night” in the works

21 March 2012 1:06 AM, PDT | Nippon Cinema | See recent Nippon Cinema news »

On Tuesday, the finale of Fuji TV’s detective series “Strawberry Night” ended with the announcement that a movie adaptation is in the works.

Based on a novel series by Tetsuya Honda, Strawberry Night originally aired as a TV special in 2010 and returned as a drama series in January of this year. Honda also wrote the novel series TV Asahi’s “Jiu Police Criminal Investigation” is based on.

The episodes were organized according to the individual books in the series, with story arcs based on “Symmetry”, “Soul Cage”, and “Kansen Yuugi”—the followup novels to Strawberry Night. Actress Yuko Takeuchi played a detective for the first time in the drama, and the cast included names like Hidetoshi Nishijima, Keisuke Koide, Takashi Ukaji, and Ryuhei Maruyama.

There’s been some logical speculation that Strawberry Night might eventually become a movie series like Fuji TV’s previous theatrical adaptations of “Unfair” and »

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