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Taiyō ni Hoero! (太陽にほえろ!) literally, Bark at the Sun was a long-running prime-time television detective series in Japan, which ran from 1972 to 1986 for a total of 718 episodes.[1] The lead star was Yujiro Ishihara. It also helped further the career of actors such as Yūsaku Matsuda and Kenichi Hagiwara as well as Shigeru Tsuyuguchi and Masaya Oki. It was a police procedural set mostly in a police station. It was one of the most popular and iconic detective dramas in Japanese television history.

Taiyō ni Hoero!
GenreDetective drama
StarringYujiro Ishihara
Tetsuya Watari
Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Raita Ryū
Kenichi Hagiwara
Yūsaku Matsuda
Hiroshi Katsuno
Masaya Oki
Masaki Kanda
Shinji Yamashita
Touru Watanabe
Kunihiko Mitamura
Masanori Sera
Takeo Chii
Tappie Shimokawa
Yoshizumi Ishihara
Akira Onodera
Keiko Takahashi
Composer(s)Katsuo Ono
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes718
Production
Producer(s)Hirokichi Okada
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Toho NTV
Release
Original networkNTV
Original releaseJuly 21, 1972 – November 14, 1986

RegularsEdit

Character Nickname Actor Episodes
Shunsuke Todo Boss Yujiro Ishihara 1-458, 489 - 699, 718
Seiichi Yamamura Yama san Shigeru Tsuyuguchi 1 - 691
Jun Hayami Macaroni Kenichi Hagiwara 1 - 52
Jun Shibata jiipan ("jeans") Yūsaku Matsuda 53 - 111
Ryuichi Taki Scotch Masaya Oki 217 - 244,399 - 493

Theme musicEdit

The theme music is a Mariachi-sounding tune which is very often used on Japanese television programmes. The music for this show was composed by Katsuo Ono (大野 克夫, Ono Katsuo). The theme music has also been used in The Filthy Frank YouTube series, for his "100 ACCURATE LIFE HACKS" video on October 2, 2015. This has led to it becoming a notorious internet meme.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Takase, Masahiro (Nov 15, 2007). Showa Senbon No Dorama-Tachi [1000 TV dramas of the Showa Period] (in Japanese).