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In the early 90s, a little known Japanese Samurai/Detective series hit Australia where it quickly became a cult hit. In Japan it was called ‘Ronin Suiri Tentai’ (translation: ‘Deductive Reasoning Ronin’) but in Australia it’s only known as ‘Top Knot Detective’. Created by Aaron McCann and Dominic Pearce as a throwback to the films and TV shows that were broadcasted on SBS in the 90s, this mockumentary tells the story of director and star, Takashi Takamoto, who couldn’t act, fight or write a TV show, but through various underworld connections he had the money to make himself into a star – or so he thought

Photo credit Daniel Craig - Matsu Photography, Graphic Design by Graeme Haynes

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Noongar Whadjuk peoples

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Production Information

Writer & Director

Aaron McCann

Dominic Pearce


Lauren Brunswick


A.J. Coulter

Key Cast

Toshi Okuzaki
Masa Yamaguchi
Mayu Iwasaki
Kuni Hashimoto
Izumi Woods
Yoji Tatsuta
Oscar Harris



Production Designer

Matt Willemsen

Art Director

Elizabeth Wratten

Costume Design

Nicole Ferraro

Make Up

Astrid Hansen


Steven Aaron Hughes

Dominic Pearce

Richard Eames


Malcolm Clarke

Lance Robinson

Mason Vellios

Dario Russo

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