Suna no Utsuwa 2011

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Suna no Utsuwa


  • Title: 砂の器
  • Title (romaji): Suna no Utsuwa
  • Format: Two-part Tanpatsu
  • Genre: Drama
  • Viewership rating: Part 1 16.6%, Part 2 13.1%
  • Broadcast network: TV Asahi
  • Broadcast period: 2011-Sep-10 & 2011-Sep-11
  • Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:00
  • Related drama: Suna no Utsuwa


In the early dawn of 11 December 1960, the murdered body of a middle-aged man is discovered at a shunting yard within the premises of Tokyo's Kamata station. His face has been smashed to the extent that he cannot be recognised, but it is determined that he was strangled and not beaten to death. It is presumed that he was strangled after being put to sleep, and his face battered once he was dead. A dodgy man emerges in the investigation task force's door-to-door investigation. On the night before the murder, there had been two men at a bar near Kamata station and one of these men matched the victim's appearance. Furthermore, the victim used words that appeared to be Tohoku dialect, while the man who seemed to be the criminal said “Kameda has not changed at all”. These are cited as important evidence, and a large-scale investigation around 'Kameda' begins. The female news reporter Yamashita Yoko suggests to Detective Yoshimura Hiroshi of Nishi Kamata Police Precinct, who has joined the task force as one of its members, that 'Kameda' may be the 'Ugokameda' in Akita prefecture. So Yoshimura heads to Akita. He and veteran detective Imanishi Eitaro from the First Investigative Division obtain information about the sighting of a suspicious-looking man for several days since the murder occurred. However, they have no other leads besides this … … The only incident lodged in Yoshimura's memory is the figure of the up-and-coming music composer, Waga Hideyoshi whom he had chanced upon at the train station, and the existence of the 'Nouveau Group' for young, cultured intellectuals, which Waga belongs to. --Jdrama Weblog

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