By Masayuki SUZUKI

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Drama - Completed 2011

A hitherto unknown story.
It happened at 4pm on July 8th. The city of Osaka ground to a halt.
And the catalyst that stirred this long-quiet brew? The unlikely pairing of 3 elite accountants from the National Audit Bureau in Tokyo and 2 local Osaka kids from the bustling economic heart of the city.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 119 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Masayuki SUZUKI
    • Writer(s)
    • Tomoko AIZAWA
    • Synopsis
    • Friday, July 8th at 4:00pm...Osaka grinds to a halt
      It started four days before, on the Monday. Two men and a woman head to Osaka from Tokyo. Matsudaira (Shinichi Tsutsumi), Torii
      (Haruka Ayase) and Gainsbourg (Masaki Okada). They are government auditors on a constant mission to check on the correct use of
      federal money. The trio of auditors pay a visit to the H.R.H. Foundation, an institution committed to the preservation of Osaka castle's
      historical heritage. The audit finds nothing and the case is closed. However, when Ms. Torii's legendary gluttony dictates that they
      grab lunch in Sanada's (Kiichi Nakai)nearby okonomiyaki restaurant, the plot thickens. No sooner have they sat down when
      Matsudaira realizes he has forgotten his phone. He heads back to the HRH Foundation on his own. When no-one answer the
      intercom, he takes a peek inside. What was previously a bustling office is now totally deserted, the ordered ranks of desks sitting
      silent and unmanned. He dials the foundation's number on his cellphone but the phones on the desks around him don't respond.
      Checking further, he sees they're not even connected and the drawers of the desks themselves lie empty. When they return the next
      day in search of some kind of explanation, the HRH Foundation's head of accounts, Mr. Chosakabe just gives them the runaround.
      Now, with his suspicions building, Matsudaira decides to launch a thorough investigation into the shadowy organization.
      Despite these efforts however, they find themselves no closer to solving the mystery. Then, Ms. Torii's throwaway remark gives
      Matsudaira the break he needs.
      TORII, “If they are lying to us, the entire city of Osaka must be in cahoots with them…”
      MATSUDAIRA, "That's it! The entire city of Osaka is in cahoots!"
      Back at the HRH Foundation's office, Matsudaira finds an unmarked door which he requests to be opened. When Chosakabe
      resolutely turns down his request, a gentle voice interjects…"Allow me to show you around." It is Mr. Sanada, the silent keeper of the
      okonomiyaki restaurant.
      Mr. Sanada has the door opened up and takes Matsudaira on a tour down a long, long tunnel. They arrive in an underground space
      bearing an exact similarity to the interior of the parliament building in Tokyo. As Matsudaira stares around in astonishment…
      SANADA, “This is the parliament of the Osaka National Government.” 
      MATSUDAIRA, “National Government?”
      Mr. Sanada replies to the astonished inquiry with the words…
       SANADA, “And I am its Prime Minister, Koichi Sanada.”
      What on earth could be next?
      The curtain is about to go up on a piece of historical speculation that produces wonderfully entertaining results!