BBC Two has partnered with Netflix to co-produce an original eight-part drama set in Tokyo and London.
Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame) follows Kenzo Moru (Takehiro Hira), a Tokyo detective who must travel to London in search of his allegedly murderous brother Yuto (Yosuke Kubozuka), whom many believe to be already dead.
Accused of brutally killing the nephew of a Japanese mobster, Yuto’s actions threaten to unleash a gang war in Tokyo. In London, separated from any semblance of familiarity, Kenzo must navigate this strange new city to uncover whether his brother is guilty, or indeed still alive.
Kenzo’s search brings him into contact with two fellow misfits: alienated police officer DC Sarah Weitzmann (Kelly Macdonald) and a charismatic rent boy Rodney (Will Sharpe).
However, he also catches the unwanted attention of some of London’s most corrupt criminal masterminds who do not welcome his investigative advances.
As the violence of gangs in both Tokyo and London begin to intensify, Kenzo and Sarah become increasingly intertwined. Show creator Joe Barton commented: “At its heart Giri/Haji is a tragic romance about two people with an instant attraction to one another who meet at the worst possible time”.
Giri/Haji will start on BBC Two on Thursday 17th October at 9pm and will be available globally on Netflix in 2020.