Saru Lock

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Saru Lock
Saru Lock vol1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
(Saru Rokku)
GenreAction, Comedy
Written byNaoki Serizawa
Published byKodansha
MagazineWeekly Young Magazine
Original run20042009
Television drama
Directed byMaeda Tetsu, Tsukamoto Renpei
Produced byAmago Daisuke
Written byFukuda Yuichi
Music byYoshioka Shoji
Original networkYomiuri TV
Original run July 23, 2009 October 15, 2009
Live-action film
Directed byTetsu Maeda
ReleasedFebruary 27, 2010 (2010-02-27)
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Saru Lock (Japanese: 猿ロック, Hepburn: Saru Rokku, trans. Monkey Lock) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Serizawa. It was adapted into a television drama in 2009 and a live action film in 2010.[1]


Yataro Sarumaru, nicknamed "Saru", is an average high school boy who daydreams about idols but otherwise has no luck with girls. While working with his father, a locksmith in Asakusa, Tokyo, he has gained exceptional skills to pick just about any lock. Using his exceptional skills, Yataro then finds himself solving various mysterious cases, while also trying his luck with the girls.


Television drama[edit]


Live-action film[edit]


Mayumi (Manami Higa) enlists the help of Yataro Sarumaru (Hayato Ichihara) to open a bank safe deposit box. This results in Yataro fleeing from the police who are in hot pursuit.



By March 14, 2010 the film had made US$3,101,844 at the box office.[3]


  1. ^ "Saru Lock Action Comedy Manga to Get TV Drama, Film". Anime News Network. June 3, 2009. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
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  3. ^ "Japanese Box Office, March 13–14". Anime News Network. March 21, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2011.

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