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GenreCrime thriller
Created byJoe Barton
Written byJoe Barton
Directed by
Composer(s)Adrian Johnston
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Japanese
No. of series1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Susie Liggat
Production location(s)
  • United Kingdom
  • Japan
  • David Odd
  • Piers McGrail
  • Elen Pierce Lewis
  • Matthew Tabern
  • Dominic Strevens
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time56–60 minutes
Production company(s)Sister Pictures
Original network
Picture format4K UHD 2160p
Audio formatStereo
Original release17 October (2019-10-17) –
5 December 2019 (2019-12-05)
External links

Giri/Haji (English: Duty/Shame) is a British television series, which premiered on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2019 and was released internationally on Netflix on 10 January 2020. The series was created and written by Joe Barton and features an ensemble cast including Takehiro Hira, Kelly Macdonald, Yōsuke Kubozuka, Will Sharpe, Masahiro Motoki, Justin Long, Anna Sawai, and Charlie Creed-Miles.[1] The series takes place between London and Tokyo, with dialogue switching between English and Japanese.[1]


Kenzo Mori (Takehiro Hira), a Tokyo detective, travels to London in search of his brother Yuto (Yōsuke Kubozuka), who was previously assumed to have been dead. Yuto has been accused of murdering the nephew of a Yakuza member which, as a result, threatens to start a gang war back in Tokyo. As Kenzo attempts to navigate the unfamiliar territory of London to uncover whether his brother is indeed alive and guilty, he becomes acquainted with DC Sarah Weitzmann (Kelly Macdonald) of the Metropolitan Police and Rodney Yamaguchi (Will Sharpe), a young half-Japanese, half-British sex worker. While searching for his brother Yuto in London, Kenzo must also keep his family together back home in Tokyo. However, Kenzo's investigation brings him into contact with dangerous elements of London's corrupt criminal underworld.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Takehiro Hira as Kenzo Mori, a Japanese detective who travels to London to search for his brother[1]
  • Kelly Macdonald as Sarah Weitzmann, a detective constable alienated within the Metropolitan Police[1][3]
  • Yōsuke Kubozuka as Yuto Mori, Kenzo's younger brother and a member of the Yakuza[1]
  • Will Sharpe as Rodney Yamaguchi, a charismatic half-Japanese, half-British rent boy and drug addict living in London[1]
  • Aoi Okuyama as Taki Mori, Kenzo's rebellious 16-year-old daughter
  • Masahiro Motoki as Fukuhara, a Yakuza boss[1]
  • Charlie Creed-Miles as Connor Abbot, an organised crime boss based in London[1]
  • Justin Long as Ellis Vickers, an American who has a business partnership with Abbot[1]
  • Sophia Brown as Donna Clark, an assassin associated with Abbot
  • Yūko Nakamura as Rei, Kenzo's wife
  • Mitsuko Oka as Natsuko, Kenzo and Yuto's mother
  • Tony Pitts as Steve Angling, a detective inspector and Sarah's boss[1]
  • Anna Sawai as Eiko, Fukuhara's daughter who has a romantic relationship with Yuto
  • Tony Way as Roy, a detective from the Metropolitan Police who travels to Tokyo as part of an exchange programme
  • Togo Igawa as Hotaka Mori, Kenzo and Yuto's father[1]
  • Jamie Draven as Ian Summers, Sarah's ex-boyfriend and a former Detective Constable in the Metropolitan Police
  • Katsuya as Toshio, Kenzo's partner in the Tokyo Police Department
  • Yoshiki Minato as Jiro, a member of the Yakuza



Giri/Haji was announced in May 2017 as one of several new commissions by the BBC's Controller of Drama, Piers Wenger, alongside Informer, The War of the Worlds, Black Narcissus, A Suitable Boy, Little Women, A Very English Scandal, Come Home and Mrs Wilson for BBC One.[4] In August 2018, it was confirmed that Giri/Haji would air on BBC Two.[1] Wenger described the series as being "unlike anything we've ever seen before on British TV".[5]


Filming began in London around August 2018,[1][6] and continued in Hastings in March 2019.[7] Filming also took place in Tokyo.[3]

List of episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byOriginal air date
1Episode 1Julian Farino17 October 2019 (2019-10-17)
2Episode 2Julian Farino24 October 2019 (2019-10-24)
3Episode 3Julian Farino31 October 2019 (2019-10-31)
4Episode 4Julian Farino7 November 2019 (2019-11-07)
5Episode 5Ben Chessell14 November 2019 (2019-11-14)
6Episode 6Ben Chessell21 November 2019 (2019-11-21)
7Episode 7Ben Chessell28 November 2019 (2019-11-28)
8Episode 8Ben Chessell5 December 2019 (2019-12-05)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Casting announced as filming begins on new drama thriller Giri/Haji – Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
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  3. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (23 July 2018). "Kelly Macdonald To Star In 'Giri/Haji'; BBC One/Netflix Thriller From Sister Pictures". Deadline. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Controller of BBC Drama Piers Wenger announces raft of new commissions – Media Centre". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Robert; Mitchell, Robert (21 August 2018), "BBC, Netflix Announce International Cast for 'Giri/Haji' (Exclusive)", Variety, retrieved 23 December 2018
  6. ^ "Filming underway on Giri/Haji". The Knowledge. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  7. ^ Gladstone, Richard (11 March 2019). "Here's why film crews are in Hastings and St Leonards". Hastings & St Leonards Observer. Retrieved 31 January 2020.

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