In January, 2001, the drama series “HERO” became a legend with unprecedented viewer ratings. Following a TV special and a film adaptation, Season 2 aired last summer, making a phenomenal comeback. Kohei Kuriu, the renegade public prosecutor who refuses to wear a suit, returns in the leading role. Kuriu and his colleagues at the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office Josai Branch will be challenged with cases that are relevant to current issues today. This summer, the timeless and ever brilliant HERO will return to the big screen. Characters from Season 2, including Keiko Kitagawa, will reprise their roles, and fans who have waited for Maiko Amamiya’s return will not be disappointed. Takuya Kimura and Takako Matsu will be reunited after an 8 year hiatus. Koichi Sato will play the antagonist, a foreign ministry official who obstructs Kuriu’s investigation. What message will Kuriu deliver about “justice” as he ventures into the inviolable territory of a diplomatic embassy? The “answer” will be stark and provocative -- a new legend will be born. This summer, we’ll witness the birth of a “HERO” to surpass all “HEROes.”
A female escort attending a party gets hit by a car on the street behind the Neustrian Embassy and dies. Public prosecutor Kuriu (Takuya Kimura) of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office Josai Branch and Administrative Official Chika Asagi (Keiko Kitagawa) question the driver who hit the victim. Then, out of the blue, Kuriu’s ex-Administrative Official Maiko Amamiya (Takako Matsu) appears.
As a public prosecutor of the Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office Namba Branch, Amamiya is pursuing a key witness in a bribery case involving the yakuza, who happens to be the victim of the hit-and-run at the embassy. They realize this was no ordinary accident. While Kuriu and Amamiya launch a joint investigation, Amamiya is dismayed that Kuriu hasn’t changed one bit after all these years. Kuriu attempts to question the staff at the Neustria Embassy about circumstances surrounding the date of the accident, but he is promptly denied. Embassies operate outside the reach of Japanese law, like foreign countries on Japanese soil. To infringe upon these international rights, even in a quest for justice, would be detrimental to diplomatic relations. But Kuriu refuses to give up and continues to approach the embassy with no success, until an official of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Koichi Sato) begins to apply pressure to drop the investigation. Kuriu is up against a formidable wall – the inviolable territory called an “embassy.”