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17 October 2019 22:54

Kelly Macdonald BBC One John Hannah

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VIEWERS are set to be hooked by a new BBC thriller, Giri/Haji, which see Japanese gangsters face off against police in London in a tense manhunt. The eight-part thriller, whose title translates to Duty/Shame is destined to become the next big crime obsession when it hits our screens on BBC2 tonight. 4 Kelly Macdonald and Takehiro Hira star in the drama Credit: BBC Press Handout The heart-stopping plot revolves around two murders, one in London and one in Tokyo, which are connected. It stars Trainspotting and The Victim actress Kelly MacDonald and Japanese actor Takehiro Hira. The show begins as a man in London is found dead after being stabbed in the back.

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We then see another man in Tokyo eating in a restaurant while looking at a photo of the dead man. 4 The series is set between Tokyo and London Credit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture 4 The eight-part series is set to be our next crime obsession Credit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture 4 Kelly Macdonald also appeared in BBC drama The Victim earlier this year Credit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture The next minute, an assassin bursts in and guns him and other patrons down. It is initially unclear how the two crimes are connected, but this will unravel over the course of the course of the twisty, complex series. The hero of the show is Detective Kenzo Mori (Hira) who is an all-round good guy but with a secret in his past. He also had a dodgy sibling, Yuto, but was mixed up in all sorts but Yuto has been assumed dead for some time.

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But when Kenzo is assigned to the Tokyo murder case, he's stunned when one of the city's prominent gangsters approaches him to say he thinks his 'dead' brother is responsible. Kenzo then finds himself in London on an undercover operation in search of his brother, who the Tokyo police reckon is connected to the underworld in the Big Smoke. Once here, he meets Sarah (McDonald) who runs the crime scene management course he is on. MOST READ IN TV & SHOWBIZ Exclusive parenting pals Eva Longoria reveals BFF Victoria Beckham is her go-to for parenting advice Exclusive POPE IDOL 2 Susan Boyle to sing for Pope for second time at Vatican Christmas Concert PRAISE YOU The Circle fans praise Zoe Ball and Fatboy Slim for 'raising Woody right' special bond Charlotte Church fans in tears at her emotional chat with terminally ill dad always there Kym Marsh says her 'heart remains broken' in sad tribute to late son Archie ON THIN ICE Jason Gardiner fears DOI's same-sex couple might be 'tokenism' Naturally, Sarah seems to have a complex history of her own which doesn't initially come to light, but it's clear she will be drawn into Kenzo's hunt for his brother. The trailer for the drama sees armed police firing guns and Japanese gangsters brandishing swords. The series also stars Japanese-English actor Will Sharpe, who starred alongside Olivia Colman in Channel 4's quirky comedy Flowers. An emotional Harry confronts Lois after learning that she kept her pregnancy a secret in BBC One's World on Fire We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at [email protected] or call 0141 420 5300 New BBC Two crime thriller Giri/Haji, made in collaboration with Netflix, is a story set in two huge cities: London and Tokyo. The show is beautifully shot and in a totally believable way. So where is Giri/Haji filmed? The show was filmed internationally in order to solidify and make real its multinational storyline. According to iNews, locations included two huge cities, London and Tokyo, as well as the small town of Hastings in East Sussex. The show's director Julian Farino spoke to the BBC about the gargantuan globetrotting task that was shooting this show, saying: "It was kind of a monster shoot: 104 days of filming for me, across eight months. It was a biggie." However, Farino said it was also "enjoyable," and that was "partly the pleasure of working with the Japanese crew and actors." He continued: "They were fantastic, just a completely different sensibility, and it was a fresh experience for them, too. They weren't used to filming the way that we film. And you know what? Across that 104 days, you could probably count the fluffs in delivery of lines on the fingers of one hand. I mean, they were immaculate." However, despite the cast and crew being a dream, the weather in each of their locations certainly was not. As the Daily Mail reports, "The production team survived a typhoon and an almost apocalyptic rainstorm in Japan, as well as Storm Gareth, a cocktail of wind and rain that conjured up 20ft waves on the Sussex coast when production moved to Hastings in March." Holy moly. BBC on YouTube And then there were the huge action scenes. The show's director Farino explained to the BBC that, for him, filming the "Battle of Soho" (a huge shoot-out in episode four) was one of the most daunting tasks of his career, but he took inspiration from a popular HBO show: "I haven't really done action on this scale before. Doing the Battle of Soho was a little scary... The question was, how do we stage this sequence which is so ambitious in its length without it feeling like it's just gunfire? How do you keep the characters at the foreground? I looked at that brilliant sequence in the first season of True Detective, where it had a kind of grandeur to it, in the way it was a single shot of brilliant staging, a sort of first-hand experience." Giri/Haji follows the story of two brothers, Kenzo and Yuto, whose formerly close relationship has ended. Kenzo is now a detective with the Tokyo police, and he faces his toughest challenge yet when tasked with searching for his own brother. Yuto is accused of having murdered a member of Japan's infamous criminal organisation, the Yakuza. Kenzo is sent to London to find his brother, if he's even alive, along with the truth of what actually happened. This sees him delving not only into the UK's police force but also the gritty underbelly of the British criminal world. The show will be in eight parts and have you gripped start to finish. Watch Giri/Haji on BBC Two on Oct 17 at 9p.m.