This Tuesday night (7/21) at 9pm, we premier Zenigata Heiji! This, like the Toyama no Kinsan series we just finished airing, is a remake of an original samurai series. Does anyone remember the original Zenigata Heiji shows? The most notable actor who played Heiji was Hashizo Okawa. He played this role for 18 years (1966-1984), and I understand this earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running actor playing the same character in a one-hour series.
Despite that, many KIKU viewers associate Kinya Kitaoji as Zenigata Heiji. He played the role for seven years, from 1991-1998.
Our series remake stars Hiroaki Murakami as Zenigata Heiji. Please tune in to catch this series about a police who catches criminals by throwing coins at them.
p.s. Although you won’t see Kinya Kitaoji in this Zenigata Heiji remake, the good news is that you can see him in other shows on KIKU, including Hana Moyu, and Doctor X 3, which begins in September.