G-Men '75 (Gメン'75, G Men nanajūgo) was a long-running prime-time popular television detective series in Japan.[2] It aired on Saturday nights in the 9:00–9:54 p.m. time slot on the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) network from May 24, 1975 to April 3, 1982. A sequel, G-Men '82, followed, as did the specials. It had also been broadcast in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Since Hong Kong was one of the filming locations, it was very popular there.[3] With several updates and cast changes, it ran for 7 years. Selected episodes are available on DVD.

G-Men '75
GenrePolice procedural
Crime drama
StarringTetsurō Tamba
Yosuke Natsuki
Gō Wakabayashi
Yū Fujiki
Maria Mori
Mari Natsuki
Hiroshi Miyauchi
Gō Ibuki
Takeshi Kaga
Bunjaku Han
Kyōko Enami
Daijiro Harada
Yûsuke Kawazu
Narrated byTakayuki Akutagawa
Theme music composerShunsuke Kikuchi (ep.1-306)
Pierre Porte (ep.308-355, G-Men '82)
ComposersShunsuke Kikuchi (ep.1-306)
Hiroaki Yoshino (ep.308-355, G-Men '82)
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of episodes355[1]
Production
Executive producerTeru Kondo
Running time54 minutes
Production companiesToei
TBS
Teru Kondo Productions
Release
Original networkTBS
Original releaseMay 24, 1975 (1975-05-24) –
April 3, 1982 (1982-04-03)
Chronology
Followed byG-Men '82

PlotEdit

The story revolved around a special detective agency, the eponymous G-Men. The principal character, who spanned the entire series (and continued into the sequel and specials), was Superintendent Tetsuya Kuroki, who was portrayed by Tetsurō Tamba. Kuroki directed the members of the group.

The original cast also included Yasuaki Kurata as Detective Yasuaki Kusano, trained in karate. Gō Wakabayashi joined in Episode 105, and remained to the end of the series (and the sequel). His character, Lieutenant Goro Tachibana, replaced a detective who was written out of the script.

MusicEdit

Shunsuke Kikuchi wrote the opening theme songs. Various artists, including some cast members, wrote and performed the closing songs. For most years, the lyrics were by Junya Sato, set to Kikuchi's music. Veteran announcer Takayuki Akutagawa narrated the series.

Ending songsEdit

  • "Omokage" by Yuri Shimazaki (Episode 1-58)
  • "Tsuiso" by Yuri Shimazaki (Episode 59-144)
  • "Michi" by Kaori Shima (Episode 145-174)
  • "Omokage" by Yuri Shimazaki (Episode 175-204)
  • "Requiem" by Isao Sasaki (Episode 205-229)
  • "Requiem" by Yuri Shimazaki (Episode 230-233, 235)
  • "Wing" by Mari Natsuki (Episode 234, 236-248)
  • "Harukanaru Tabiji" by Popla (Episode 254-306)
  • "Again" by Yuri Shimazaki (Episode 307-354)

Opening sequenceEdit

The opening sequence featured the main cast walking along a runway with a "75" placed at the bottom, with an arrow beside it, as their characters were viewed in separate close-ups (with the name of their actors accompanying).[4] The placement of the arrow and the "75" logo were changed as the series progressed. It was intended to film the opening at Haneda Airport, but permission was not granted, so it was filmed instead at Yashio, a district of Tokyo's Shinagawa ward, and later openings at the JMSDF Tateyama Air Base.

G-Men '75 castEdit

  • Tetsurō Tamba as Tetsuya Kuroki (ep.1-355)
  • Yosuke Natsuki as Noriyuki Odagiri (ep.1-223)
  • Yasuaki Kurata as Yasuaki Kusano (ep.1-202)
  • Yū Fujiki as Hachibe Yamada (ep.1-204)
  • Daijirō Harada as Ichiro Sekiya (ep.1-33)
  • Fujita Okamoto as Shinichi Tsusaka (ep.1-104)
  • Mihoko Fujita as Keiko Hibiki (ep.1-103)
  • Gō Wakabayashi as Gorō Tachibana (ep.101-355)
  • Maria Mori as Ryoko Hayami (ep.105-203)
  • Gō Ibuki as Takeshi Nakaya (ep.105-306)
  • Mari Natsuki as Keiko Tsugawa (ep.205-251)
  • Hiroshi Chiba as Akio Taguchi (ep.205-330)
  • Toshihiko Yuuki as Tatsuya Murai (ep.205-226)
  • Yūsuke Kawazu as Yoshiaki Nagumo (ep.227-305)
  • Hiroshi Miyauchi as Kazuhiko Shimaya (ep.227-306)
  • Harumi Nakajima as Kyoko Fubuki (ep.253-306)
  • Takeshi Kaga as Shigeru Kusaka (ep.307-355)
  • Kyoko Enami as Saeko Tsumura (ep.307-355)
  • Bunjaku Han as Yoko Kagawa (ep.307-355)
  • Sarah Lowell as Mariko Teraoka (ep.307-330)
  • Masahiko Tanimura as Hajime Furuta (ep.331-355)
  • Kiyohiko Fujikawa as Daichi Kazama (ep.331-355)

G-Men '82 castEdit

  • Tetsurō Tamba as Tetsuya Kuroki
  • Gō Wakabayashi as Gorō Tachibana
  • Kyoko Enami as Saeko Tsumura
  • Bunjaku Han as Yoko Kagawa
  • Saburō Shinoda as Hayasaka
  • Kentaro Shimizu as Sawada
  • Koichi Miura as Shima

TV specialsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gメン75とは". kotobank. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "昭和の激アツ刑事ドラマ主役を総直撃 倉田保昭 和製ドラゴンが本領発揮した香港ロケ" (in Japanese). www.asagei. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  3. ^ "和製ドラゴン倉田保昭さんインタビュー" (in Japanese). www.hkpost.com.hk. Archived from the original on 23 October 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  4. ^ "名作ドラマ"至高の最終回"の謎を総直撃!1982年4月3日・Gメン'75 若林豪" (in Japanese). asagei. Retrieved 12 November 2019.

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