18 October 2019 00:54
With all eight episodes of Giri/Haji dropping on BBC iPlayer straight after episode one airs tonight (October 17), it's fair to say fans will become very familiar with seeing the cast in action. The binge-worthy series comes from the mind of writer Joe Barton and follows Tokyo-based detective Kenzo (played by Takehiro Hira) as he heads to London to track down his outlaw sibling Yuto (Yosuke Kubozuka). Express.co.uk exclusively spoke to the cast about the new series and what they make of their characters. Who is in the cast of Giri/Haji? Kenzo – Takehiro Hira Troubled police detective Kenzo arrives in London to find his formerly-presumed-deceased brother, Yuto.
With the help of London-based detective Sarah (Kelly MacDonald), Kenzo soon discovers the criminal world his brother was involved in back home in Japan hasn't stopped him from entering the dark underbelly of London's crime scene. Describing his character, Hira said to the BBC: "Kenzo is a determined man, who is willing to solve all his problems and fulfil his responsibilities, but I guess he's really a lonely man. "He has all these problems at work, and also filial obligations, but he doesn't have anyone to talk to. He's all bottled up, like a typical Japanese man!" READ MORE: Giri Haji BBC start date: How many episodes are in the new series? Giri/Haji cast: Sarah and Kenzo Sarah – Kelly Macdonald Golden Globe-nominee Macdonald said of the role of Sarah: "The script was completely what I imagined crack would be like, it was compelling and you need more." Sarah's a rather lonely woman working in the MET Police who's responsible for working with Kenzo on a murder case that's seen him flown to London. She's become ostracised by her colleagues after landing one of her former cohorts in trouble by grassing them up. As well as landing the role on the BBC/Netflix co-production, Macdonald's CV also boasts roles in Black Mirror, HBO's Boardwalk Empire and the Oscar-winning blockbuster No County for Old Men. READ MORE: Giri Haji BBC location: Where is it filmed? Where's it set? Giri/Haji cast: Yuto Yuto – Yosuke Kubozuka Kenzo's brother Yuto is no stranger to landing himself in hot water. In fact, Kubozuka's co-star Charlie Creed-Miles arguably sums up his character best. Creed-Miles said: "Obviously he's had to leave Tokyo in a rush after getting his Yakuza bosses daughter pregnant and he ends up in London gets involved in this brawl on one of his first nights," Not only that, Yuto's presumed dead by his own brother and finds himself working with Creed-Miles' character Abbott - London's most-feared gangster. Kubozuka revealed working on Giri/Haji had become more and more like "a dream come true" having been impressed with how "sophisticated" British dramas are before landing the role. Giri/Haji cast: Abbott Abbott – Charlie Creed-Miles London gangster Abbott is brought to life by former Peaky Blinders star Creed-Miles. Creed-Miles describes Abbott as "one of the meanest gangsters in London" and works closely with Yuto as he adjusts to life on the run in the UK. He also said to the BBC: "In a nutshell, he's a principled psychopath. To flesh that out a bit, he's a London gangland boss from a criminal family. "He's done very well for himself, thanks very much. He's a very powerful individual and he oversees quite a large criminal operation." Creed-Miles has also landed roles on the BBC in Death in Paradise and Silent Witness. Giri/Haji cast: Rodney Rodney – Will Sharpe One character who's bound to prove popular with viewers is Rodney. When Kenzo first arrives in London, he employs the cocky and outgoing Rodney to help him track down his brother. They form the unlikeliest of bonds, which Hira explained in depth. Hira exclusively said: "I feel like responsible for him, not out of something I'd done to him, but I feel like I owe him. I feel responsible in like a brotherly (way)." Sharpe's most recognisable for roles in Sherlock and hospital drama Casualty. Giri/Haji cast: Kenzo Giri/Haji cast: Kenzo and Yuto