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Man on the Run: Joichiro Kijima
STORY CAST & STAFF

The Bayside Shakedown Franchise Hits the Road!
gMan on the Run: Joichiro Kijimah
A grumpy detective and an 11-year-old murder witness
as the most unlikely pair of fugitives you ever saw

The Japanese entertainment industry has never known anything like gBayside Shakedown,h an immensely popular film and television franchise that spawned two of Japanfs top five box office smashes of all time (gBayside Shakedown I and IIh) and several hit spin off films. Since it first aired on television eight years ago, Bayside Shakedown has amassed an enormous cult following, elevating its leading and supporting actors into headlining stars,
The tradition continues with gMan on the Run: Joichiro Kijimah starring Susumu Terashima, who has been a top character actor and mainstay of Takeshi Kitano movies for years but has never figured as the marquee attraction in a major production until now. But after his contribution to the success of the first Bayside Shakedown spin-off film, gNegotiator: Masayoshi Mashita,h where Terashima nearly stole the show in the supporting role of guttural-mouthed detective, Joichiro Kijima, a feature film of his own seemed only natural.
gMan on the Runh is interestingly set, however, two months prior to the events in gNegotiatorh, enabling the writer and production staff to not only tell a brand new story but also foreshadow events and develop characters already familiar to television and movie audiences. All of this adds greater continuity and mystique to the gBaysideh franchise, which fans should greatly appreciate. Though made to fit seamlessly into the growing gBaysideh family, gMan on the Run: Joichiro Kijimah stands on its own as a compelling human drama treating universal themes of love, friendship, trust and honor.

- gWhy are we heading north?h
- gBecause thatfs what fugitives do.

STORY

An 11-year-old boy is being held hostage in a Tokyo apartment. All attempts by police negotiator Masayoshi Mashita to make contact with the perpetrator have proven fruitless. So the onus is upon detective Joichiro Kijima and his special tactics team to resolve the situation by force. They succeed in apprehending the suspect and securing the safety of the boy only to find that it is the boy himself who is wanted by a special crime investigation unit. As grim-looking agents menacingly approach, the boy clutches Kijimafs arm in terror. Trusting in his instincts, Kijima disregards orders and take flight with the boy until he can figure out what is really going on, setting off a hot pursuit by police and, ostensibly, gangsters, and sending the unlikely pair on a wild journey by train, car and on foot into the Japanese countryside.
Dressed like a cheap street gangster and perennially in a foul mood, Kijima at first seems precisely the wrong person to take responsibility for a young boy. He is a street-hardened cop who has seen the worst that society can muster yet has somehow not been tainted by it, living instead according to a self-imposed moral code that includes dutifully separating his trash.
While trying to mask the shy and sensitive disposition lying just below his prickly exterior, Kijima begins to warm to the boy, dispensing nuggets of hard-earned wisdom in spite of himself.: gIf you can find one true friend in life, youfve done all right.h
The boy, it turns out, has witnessed a murder that points to the police. And as the dragnet closes in, Kijima resorts to a series of clumsily-conceived yet effective tactics to keep his pursuers at bay, culminating in an emotional standoff in Aomori, the northern tip of Honshu.

Katsuyuki Motohiro, director of the Bayside series and world view, teams with Masashi Sogo, screenwriter for gNegotiator: Masayoshi Mashitah, Akihiko Matsumoto, musical score director for the entire Bayside series, and first time director, Takafumi Hatano, a veteran of the Bayside series.

Box office earnings for:
gNegotiator: Masayoshi Mashitah - 4.2 billion yen, 3 million viewers
gThe Suspect: Muroi Shinjih - 3.5 billion yen. 2.62 million viewers. (as of Oct. 5, 2006)

Program Title: Bayside Legends Special Drama - gThe Fugitive: Junichiro Kishimah

Air Date: December 10, 2005 (Sat.)

CAST&STAFF

CAST

  • Susumu Terashima
  • Yasunori Danta
  • Yutaka Matsushige
  • Toshihide Tonesaku
  • Masanori Ishii
  • Yoko Moriguchi
  • Yusuke Santamaria
    and others

STAFF

  • Screenplay by Masashi Sogo
  • Music by Akihiko Matsumoto
  • Executive Producer : Chihiro Kameyama
  • Producers : Katsuyuki Motohiro, Kouichi Murakami, Hirotsugu Usui
  • Director : Takafumi Hatano (Assistant Director for gBayside Shakedown: The Movieh, gNegotiator: Masayoshi Mashitah)

 

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