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The Woman of S.R.I. 

Kasôken no onna (original title)
As criminals become more sophisticated and crimes more complex, the police must turn to speedier and more scientific means of weeding through clues and narrowing down suspects. That's where... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Yasuko Sawaguchi Yasuko Sawaguchi ...  Mariko Sasaki / ... 200 episodes, 1999-2018
Takashi Naitô Takashi Naitô ...  Kaoru Domon / ... 190 episodes, 2000-2018
Satoru Saitô Satoru Saitô ...  Kazumasa Hino / ... 175 episodes, 1999-2018
Mayumi Wakamura Mayumi Wakamura ...  Satsuki Kazaoka / ... 147 episodes, 2006-2018
Ken Tanaka Ken Tanaka ...  Makoto Sakuma / ... 106 episodes, 2004-2014
Tôru Kazama Tôru Kazama ...  Yuya usami / ... 101 episodes, 2006-2018


As criminals become more sophisticated and crimes more complex, the police must turn to speedier and more scientific means of weeding through clues and narrowing down suspects. That's where the forensics labs come into play. Mariko Sasaki is a highly talented forensics scientist who must dodge stereotypes, as well as disparaging comments from veteran detectives.

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1999 (Japan) See more »

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Investigator Mariko See more »

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TV Asahi, Toei Company See more »
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Masterpiece of crime drama
5 June 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

This is a series that started in 1999 and has been popular for the past 12 years.

Mariko Sakaki (Yasuko Sawaguchi) is a forensics expert working for SRI (Scientific Research Institute) section of Kyoto City Police Department. Her motto is "Science don't lie" and works to solve the case using latest scientific method and technology. She has a PhD from Toa University and was trained at FBI's forensics devision. She's brilliant at work, but is a relative slacker at almost everything else in her life. She works with her team to solve difficult cases (Usually involving murder) that occurs within the Kyoto city limits.

While the premise of the show sound's like the Japanese version of CSI, in actuality, the start date of this series precedes that of Hollywood's version. Since the series have been running for a long time, there are many supporting casts that came and went, each adding their unique talent to the story. Current regulars are comprised of:

1. Detective Kaoru Domon (Tsuyoshi Naito) is Mariko's counter part in the detective division. He usually works with Mariko to solve the cases, and also plays the heavy when brute force is needed.

2. Kazumasa Hino (Akira Saito) is the eldest member of Mariko's SRI team. His specialty was script profiling. He was promoted to the director's position in an episode that aired in 2011, and left the team.

3. Kenji Inui (Masayuki Izumi) is expert at voice, and photographic analysis. His expertise include analysis using computers.

4. Yasuno Yoshizaki (Erika Okuda) is a very capable woman that came to Kyoto SRI as an exchange researcher from a civilian lab. She found her niche at Kyoto SRI and transfered permanently as its member.

The true charm of this series is in the extraordinary talent of Yasuko Sawaguchi. She never misses a beat in any situation and holds the scene together. She fits the role as the cool and intelligent forensics science expert perfectly.

This series appears periodically in Japanese broadcasting networks around the world with subtitles. Highly recommended if your local station is showing the rerun of this series.

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