Ayame Gōriki Stars in Manga-Based Kurokōchi Detective Show

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TOKIO singer Tomoya Nagase plays fellow detective in story created by 20th Century Boys' Takashi Nagasaki

Actress Ayame Gōriki (live-action Gatchaman, L DK) will star alongside TOKIO singer Tomoya Nagase in the new manga-based live-action TBS period drama, Kurokōchi, in October.

Kurokōchi is a period drama staring Tomoya Nagase as the lead detective named Keita Kurokōchi. Ayame Gōriki will be playing a rookie detective, Inspector Mayo Seike, alongside Tomoya's character. Kurokōchi is a rough detective that extorts money and information from politicians to solve a series of murders taking place in the Showa Era. Ayame's character is said to be an innocent, yet strong counterbalance to not only Tomoya's character, but the rest of the cast, including Yū Kashii, Mantarō Koichi, and Atsurō Watabe.

The story is based on an unsolved mystery of 300 million yen that went missing during the Showa era. Ayame says that she always wanted to play a big detective role in a drama one day, and that she was very happy to accept the role this time.

The drama will be produced by Akihiko Ishimaru and Yoshihiko Nakai. Takashi Nagasaki (20th Century Boys, Master Keaton) created the original story under the penname Richard Wu, and Koji Kono debuted the manga in Weekly Manga Goraku magazine in February of last year.

Ayame Gōriki has been recently cast in other live-action projects coming out this year. She will be staring in the new live-action Black Butler movie as Sebastian's new master. She will also be staring in the new live-action L DK movie alongside Kento Yamazaki. She will appear in the new Gatchaman film premiering on August 24.

The new television drama Kurokōchi will start airing in October and run every Friday on TBS. Another manga inspired by the great unsolved "300-Million-Yen Bank Robbery" of 1968, Jun Watanabe's Montage series, is inspiring a screen adaptation as well.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

Image © Richard Wu, Kōji Kōno/Nihon Bungeisha

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