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Ōedo Sōsamō

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Ōedo Sōsamō (大江戸捜査網) and Shin Ōedo Sōsamō (新・大江戸捜査網) are long-running (1970 to 1992) prime time television jidaigeki programs that originally aired from 1970 to 1992. The series was broadcast on TV Tokyo (Tokyo 12 Channel). The title literally translates as "Oedo Dragnet" ("New Oedo Dragnet" for the second series). Early on, it carried the subtitle "Ōedo Untouchables."


The central characters are a ninja group who serve as secret police agents in Edo. They work undercover under the direction of a hatamoto, and later, under Matsudaira Sadanobu (1759–1829).

A 1979 film Onmitsu Dōshin Ōedo Sōsamō starred Hiroki Matsukata, included Toshiro Mifune in the role of Matsudaira Sadanobu.

TV special

The special episode Onmitsu Doshin: Oedo Sosamo was made in 1979, guest-starring Toshirō Mifune in a rare TV role.[2]


Apart from Episode 11, which is lost (the tape has been destroyed)[citation needed], Jidaigeki Senmon Channel has rerun all the other 715 episodes via satellite and cable.[3]


This article is based on 大江戸捜査網 (Ōedo Sōsamō) in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on January 22, 2008.


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