As far as Japanese dorama police procedurals go, this one is more about the characters and less about the cases. The cases in the TV series were easy to solve, but the SP (episode 0) and this movie had some interesting premises- regarding the ease in which hackers can take control because of the ubiquity and obsession of being online all the time. Akagi Samon, the genius forensics doctor, is played by Fujiwara Tatsuya, whose baby face belies rather excellent acting skills. He plays an oddball whose social phobia and lack of social restraint makes him a pariah, as does his 4 other teammates making up the ST (Scientific Taskforce) Not much science here, more a game of wits and sleuth work. With their bumbling captain named Yurine at the helm, the group tries to stop a mad hacker who releases a virus and tries to auction off the cure. The story though is actually about friendship, and the relationship between Akagi and Yurine, two individuals (less of two men then two boys) who has a deep relationship but fail to relate to each other on the surface. It gets touching at times, especially when we find out why Akagi goes to great lengths to keep Yurine out of the case. Worth watching if you have watched the TV series, and if you like Japanese doramas. Fujiwara fans will be delighted to see his portrayal of this very quirky character.
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