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Top Knot Detective (2017)

This is the story of how a failed Japanese samurai series became an instant cult classic.


Aaron McCann (story by), Aaron McCann | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshi Okuzaki Toshi Okuzaki ... Takashi Takamoto / Sheimasu Tantai / Mujina Demon Badger King
Masa Yamaguchi ... Haruto Kioke / Kurosaki Itto / Sperm
Mayu Iwasaki ... Mia Matsumoto / Saku / Yumi the Bat
Kuni Hashimoto Kuni Hashimoto ... Leiji Nishizaki
Izumi Woods Izumi Woods ... Izumi Himura / Saku
Nobuaki Shimamoto ... Detective Oshiro
Yoji Tatsuta ... Cat Talk Host / Old Man
Shinichi Matsuda Shinichi Matsuda ... Moritaro Kioke
Oscar Harris Oscar Harris ... Timestryker
Lee Lin Chin Lee Lin Chin ... Self
Guitar Wolf ... Self
Travis Johnson Travis Johnson ... Self
Dario Russo ... Self
Shonen Knife Shonen Knife ... Themselves
Des Mangan Des Mangan ... Self - Narrator


This is the story of how a failed Japanese samurai series became an instant cult classic.

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Learn the inside story about the greatest Japanese samurai series, you've never heard of before.


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Crazy Credits

POST CREDIT SEQUENCE: There is a post-credit sequence from Des Mangan doing a classing 90s style "sign off" followed by a Faux Trailer for an Italian Giallo called: "My Little Italian Stallions". See more »

Alternate Versions

Top Knot Detective (2016) was originally slated to be a webseries in Australia, currently the pilot still exists with a mix of different interviews and alternate takes. See more »


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Hilarious and touching.
29 August 2017 | by jonathan-a-chapmanSee all my reviews

If you watch the trailer, you'll know everything you need to about this fictional documentary of a short-lived TV show that never existed. It's a sober look at an utterly bonkers Japanese program, in particular the troubled but brilliant (or perhaps not) actor, writer, and director Takeshi Takamoto. The aspect of this film I appreciate the most, besides the comedy, is that it actually delivers emotional moments and the story is not so crazy that it defies plausibility. One could easily be forgiven for thinking it's a real documentary about a real show.

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Australia | Japan


Japanese | English | Cantonese

Release Date:

23 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Top Knot Detective See more »

Filming Locations:

Osaka, Japan See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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