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Paddington hatsu 4ji 50pun: Shindai Tokkyuu Satsuhin Jiken (パディントン発4時50分 ~寝台特急殺人事件~ 4.50 from Paddington - Night Express Train Murder) is a Japanese language adaptation from TV Asahi of 4.50 from Paddington. In this richly-produced drama, the Miss Marple character is paralleled by Amano Toko, a successful police officer now retired and working as a consultant in risk management. Toko is played by popular Japanese actress Amami Yuki.[1][2]

Synopsis[]

The story begins one evening when, as Toko’s stepmother is aboard the Orion Express train, she witnesses a man strangling a woman. Neither the train conductor nor the police take her report seriously, assuming she was half asleep. Toko believes her and starts probing into the matter, deducing that the criminal threw the dead body from the train. Predicting that the dead body was thrown into the grounds of the palatial residence alongside the railway line, she engages “someone” to sneak in.

The residence is inhabited by the president of a company and his family - a suspicious group of characters with secrets to hide. Where did the dead body disappear to? When a second murder occurs, Toko wonders what connects the cases, and seeks to get to the bottom of it.

Comparison with original story[]

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Cast[]

Note: IMDb lists Japanese names in Western style as given name-family name. However the Japanese names here follow Japanese naming convention with family name-given name. This format is easier when searching for resources on the internet, especially those from Japanese sites. In the episode dialogue, characters are addressed in the Japanese format and this format is also used in the credits. In addition, it should be noted that the character names in IMDB are not exact.

Parallels are in brackets.

Investigators[]

Tomizawa household[]


  • Isao Hashizume as Councilor Yamaguchi
  • Tomoka Kurotani as Reiko Kimura
  • Renn Kiriyama as Detective Suzuki
  • Masanobu Katsumura as Chief Inspector Karaki

Trailer[]

4_50_from_Paddington,_by_TV_Asahi_in_Japan

4 50 from Paddington, by TV Asahi in Japan

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Filming locations[3][4][]

  • Shigeno Kawaguchiko House, Nagahama, Fujikawaguchiko Town, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture - Tomizawa mansion.[5]
  • Paleo Express Steam train on the Chichibu Railway - the train[6]

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