Giri/Haji: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)

Season 1

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Smart, suspenseful, and superbly shot, Giri/Haji is a near-perfect crime thriller with a surprisingly sharp sense of humor.



Critic Ratings: 24


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User Ratings: 186

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Air date: Jan 10, 2020

The killing of a young man causes yakuza clans to clash. A rival is forced into hiding as a detective is personally lured into the mystery.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2020

A detective from Tokyo travels toLondon in search of his missing brother, who had ties to the Yakuza.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2020

A surprise arrival prevents Kenzo from reaching his goal. Sarah receives a threatening message. A city is at risk of descending into chaos.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2020

Gunshots are fired as two brothers share a recollection. Betrayal reminds Sarah of past hurts.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2020

Survivors gather after a violent shootout. London and Tokyo feel unsettled. Kenzo must make a choice as Taki takes action.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2020

Rei embarks on a difficult mission while the past catches up with Rodney. Kenzo and Taki meet with the police. A leader is remembered.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2020

Kenzo and Yuto try to ward off a threat, only to learn that it is getting closer. Three women and a baby decide to flee.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2020

The brothers try to start again as love feels within their grasp. The yakuza know how to bring in new members. A fight is about to go down.

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Tv Season Info

A detective from Tokyo travels to London in search of his missing brother, who had ties to the Yakuza.

Cast & Crew

Takehiro Hira
Will Sharpe
Aoi Okuyama
Yuko Nakamura
Tony Pitts
Kazuyuki Tsumura
Chief Inspector Hayashi
Katsuya Kobayashi
Shin Endo
Yoshiki Minato
Jane Featherstone
Executive Producer
Chris Fry
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Giri/Haji Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12)

Giri/Haji is sharply shot and edited and not afraid of adopting radical devices, like switching into animation for some scenes.

Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Everything's intertwined, and the fact that the series never becomes overly messy-and manages to keep a rigid focus on its well-drawn characters... is a testament to its craftsmanship.

Dec 30, 2020 | Full Review…

I've never seen a British show filmed in the UK that is 75% in another language. I've never seen that ambition in a British show before.

Jul 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Violently stylish, and also plain violent, Giri/Haji is a filial drama crossed with a sprawling, sexy police thriller.

May 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite being filled with tangents and B-plot loop-the-loops, Barton has an incredible facility for keeping it all together. Any feeling of being momentarily lost is eventually rewarded with patience.

Apr 2, 2020 | Full Review…

The resulting tangle is highly stylised (slipping into black and white, animation and at one point what I can only describe as slow-motion interpretative ballet) and unlike anything else I've watched on the BBC.

Feb 5, 2020 | Full Review…

There is simply nothing else like this anywhere on television.

Dec 30, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

...all of the cast deserves mention, but space does not permit it. Really good stuff here, despite some bits that simply don't work. Give it a shot; I'm so very glad I did.

Apr 16, 2020 | Full Review…

...there's something fascinating, and to me kind of heartening, about the idea of old-fashioned character studies starting to demand avant-garde formal complexity from shows that might otherwise have been just some more by-the-numbers genre fare...

Feb 14, 2020 | Full Review…

A series with interesting aesthetics. [Full review in Spanish]

Feb 10, 2020 | Full Review…

[It] cross-pollinates genres - mixing cop show, yakuza thriller, love story, anime and hokey family melodrama, all spiked with bits of offbeat comedy. Giri/Haji is unlike anything else on TV.

Jan 31, 2020 | Full Review…

An intriguing mystery/family drama that spans continents and mashes together two very different cultures.

Jan 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Giri/Haji: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    Great story, set in Tokyo and London. Plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep interest.
  • May 04, 2021
    Excellent. Sharp writing that gets the blend of humour, pathos and hard-hitting drama just right.
  • Apr 28, 2021
    This is a very classy, well acted, intelligent and witty show full of drama, action and twists. Things like this don't come along that often, an absolute gem, please can we have another series?
  • Apr 22, 2021
    Wonderfully written, wonderfully shot. What a lovely transcontinental crime/drama.
  • Mar 31, 2021
    BBC produces compelling stories with complex characters. The longer episode length helps. Wish American tv shows did the same. The contrast between Japan society and British was well done. More like this please!
  • Mar 28, 2021
    Overrated. It was okay at best.
  • Feb 24, 2021
    Excellent! I enjoyed every second of it. Loved how the plot developed. I am sad to hear that the show was cancelled after its first season. M.
  • Feb 03, 2021
    The whole series is wonderful/suspenseful. My favorite scene is in the last episode on the rooftop right after the 'rescue' just beautiful.
  • Jan 24, 2021
    Just an amazing show with both visual and verbal attributes that are mesmerizing and the duality of the show goes beyond the parallel locations but is intertwined to the depth of the characters. There are some scenes that just surpass anything that I have seen on TV in recent times if not ever. Just outstanding...
  • Jan 22, 2021
    It past the time....sometimes slowly

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