The Suspect "Bayside Shakedown Spin-off Project Part
K?sh?nin: Mashita Masayoshi
In May 2005, the Bayside Shakedown legend continues with a brand new chapter!
Bayside Shakedown, first aired as a TV mini series on Fuji Television in January 1997, eventually growing into one of the most successful Television and movie franchises in Japanese entertainment history. In October ’98, Bayside Shakedown THE MOVIE quickly became a nationwide phenomenon, drawing 7 million viewers and pulling in nearly $100 million at the box office while climbing to 5th on the all-time earnings list among Japanese feature films. Five years later, some 12.6 million moviegoers thronged the theaters to see the much anticipated sequel, Bayside Shakedown THE MOVIE 2, which wound up outperforming its predecessor at the box ($157 million) as the highest grossing Japanese movie ever. Its video and DVD release alone became a million bestseller, adding to the growing legendary status and fan base of the “Bayside” series. With so many of the series’ characters evolving into Japanese cultural icons, it is only natural that a new chapter in the evolving saga be told. Fuji Television is therefore proud to present the first full length feature installment of the new “Bayside Legends” series: “Negotiator.”
It started with a casual remark to the press.
A rear guard cop now finds himself on the front burner!
On November 24, 2003, soon after police had closed down the Rainbow Bridge to apprehend the perpetrators of the “Daiba serial murder case,” police “negotiator” Mashita (Yusuke Santa Maria) found himself surrounded by reporters outside the Bayside Police Department. “Well, yes, I’ve been getting a lot of attention as the department’s first official negotiator….” was Mashita response to a reporter’s question. One year later, that remark would come back to haunt him, embroiling he and all of Tokyo in a subway crisis of potentially disastrous proportions.
A mysterious super train, three hidden bombs and a criminal with unclear motives!
Tokyo, Dec. 24, 2004. Christmas Eve. As dusk falls, the crush of commuters mounts. Not a good time for all the city’s subways to stop running. Suddenly, the Metropolitan Police Department is faced with perhaps their biggest crisis ever. Somebody has hijacked the “Spider E4-600,” a state-of-the-art prototype super train, and is remotely controlling it via the Internet to run rampant through the massive web of underground railways that lies beneath Tokyo.
Police Superintendent Muroi (Toshiro Yanagiba) summons negotiator, Mashita, who is told, to his horror, that the mystery train jacker, who goes by the name of “Dangan (Bullet) Liner,” has named Mashita personally to “come out and play on the trains.”