ANN/THE JAPAN NEWS – The brilliant physicist Manabu Yukawa has made a comeback on the big screen!
Chinmoku no Parade (Silent Parade) is the first film in nine years in Keigo Higashino’s hugely popular Galileo mystery series, and it recently hit theatres.
Yukawa, the protagonist of the mystery novel series, goes by the nickname Galileo. The series features 10 books, including the latest work, Tomei na Rasen (A transparent spiral), and more than 15 million copies have been printed.
The Galileo series has also been turned into a made-for-TV drama, with season one broadcast in 2007, followed by a second season in 2013.
Silent Parade is the third instalment in the series to be made into a film, after Yogisha X no Kenshin (Suspect X) in 2008 and Manatsu no Hoteishiki (Midsummer’s Equation) in 2013.
The latest film is based on the novel Chinmoku no Parade, a 2018 release. The story is centred on Saori Namiki, a student and an aspiring singer who goes missing. Her body is ultimately discovered several years later and police arrest Kanichi Hasunuma as a suspect.
But he clams up during questioning and is subsequently released.
Hasunuma was also acquitted in the past – because he kept silent – in a murder case involving a girl. Yukawa’s best friend, police detective Shunpei Kusanagi, was the lead investigator in that case.
However, the plot thickens when Hasunuma is murdered during a parade at a local summer festival when he returns to the town where the victim Saori used to live.
Every person who might have a motive to kill him has an alibi, including the members of Saori’s family, her boyfriend and the people of the local shopping district. They all remain silent.
Yukawa jumps in to help solve the mystery with Kusanagi and his young partner Kaoru Utsumi. Can they uncover the truth?
Yukawa and Utsumi are portrayed by Masaharu Fukuyama and Ko Shibasaki, both of whom played the same characters in the movie and TV adaptations.