Starring Yusaku Matsuda
Original language(s) Japanese
Running time 45 min.
First episode date 18 September 1979
Number of episodes 27
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 27
Original network Nippon TV
Final episode date 1 April 1980
|Networks Nippon TV, Nippon Television Network System|
Genres Detective fiction, Adventure, Action fiction, Television comedy
Cast Yusaku Matsuda, Mikio Narita, Kaori Takeda, Michihiro Yamanishi, Mitsuko Baisho
Similar Kato‑chan Ken‑chan Gokigen, Taiyō ni Hoero!, Seibu Keisatsu, G‑Men '75, Abunai Deka
Tantei Monogatari (探偵物語) or Detective Story is an action Japanese TV series starring Yusaku Matsuda which was originally broadcast on Nippon TV in 27 forty-five-minute episodes from September 18, 1979 to April 1, 1980. The show had various directors including Toru Murakawa, Kiyoshi Nishimura, Yukihiro Sawada and Yasuharu Hasebe.
Shunsaku Kudō sets up office in a rundown building as a private detective after spending five years as a cop in San Francisco where he became familiar with firearms. Kudō was originally envisioned as a standard hard-boiled type but star Yūsaku Matsuda looked too much like a rebel so the character ended up riding a Vespa scooter, smoking Camel cigarettes and dressing in a black or white suit and sunglasses. Also living in the building are two young girls (American actress Nancy Cheney and Kahori Takeda) who fuss over the detective.
Tantei Monogatari with its easy-going humorous style earned high ratings while on the air and later acquired a cult following. Nippon TV published a book about the show Yomigaere! Tantei Monogatari (Come Back! Detective Story) in 1994 and Toei Video later released the whole series. Toei also released the entire series as a boxed set of Blu-ray discs in 2015.