Live-action

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Shunsuke Michieda, the most recent actor to play Hajime Kindaichi

The Kindaichi Case Files franchise has been adapted into numerous live-action TV series, specials and films. Due to the main cast of the Kindaichi series being largely teenagers, most of these live-action iterations feature entirely new main casts. The various live-action iterations are generally categorised by which era of main cast they feature.

1st generation (1995-1997)[edit]

The first generation of the Kindaichi live-action franchise is made up of five works: two TV series, two standalone TV specials and a feature film. This marked the debut of the Kindaichi Case Files in live-action, and indeed on television in any form. The lead role of Kindaichi was played by idol Tsuyoshi Domoto, a trend which carried forward in subsequent generations.

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High school detective


Actor: Tsuyoshi Domoto
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Kindaichi's childhood friend


Actor: Rie Tomosaka
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Tokyo homicide detective


Actor: Masato Furuoya
# Title Source Date
TV Special 1
SP The School's Seven Mysteries Murder Case Manga - File series 8 April 1995
The Kindaichi Case Files: Season 1
1 Western Village Murder Case Manga - File series 15 July 1995
2 Legend of Lake Hiren Murder Case Manga - File series 22 July 1995
3 The Opera House Murder Case Manga - File series 29 July 1995
4 Isle of Hidden Treasure Murder Case Manga - File series 5 August 1995
5 Head Hanging School Murder Case Manga - File series 19 August 1995
6 Headless Village Murder Case (Hida Trick House Murder Case) Manga - File series 2 September 1995
7 Wax Doll Castle Murder Case Manga - File series 9 September 1995
8 Wax Doll Castle Murder Case: Final Part Manga - File series 16 September 1995
TV Special 2
SP The Yukiyasha Legend Murder Case Manga - File series 30 December 1995
The Kindaichi Case Files: Season 2
1 The Devil's Suite Murder Case CD Book 1 13 July 1996
2 Tarot Lodge Murder Case Manga - File series 20 July 1996
3 Tarot Lodge Murder Case: Final Part Manga - File series 27 July 1996
4 Kindaichi the Killer Manga - File series 3 August 1996
5 Gentleman Thief Murder Case Manga - File series 10 August 1996
6 Gentleman Thief Murder Case: Final Part Manga - File series 17 August 1996
7 Western Hotel Murder Case Manga - File series 31 August 1996
8 Graveyard Island Murder Case Manga - File series 7 September 1996
9 Graveyard Island Murder Case: Final Part Manga - File series 14 September 1996
Feature film
Film Shanghai Mermaid Legend Murder Case Light novel 5 13 December 1997

2nd generation (2001)[edit]

The second generation of the Kindaichi live-action franchise is made up of two works: a TV series and a standalone TV special.

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High school detective


Actor: Jun Matsumoto
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Kindaichi's childhood friend


Actor: Anne Suzuki
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Tokyo homicide detective


Actor: Takashi Naito
# Title Source Date
TV Special
SP Magical Express Murder Case Manga - File series 25 March 2001
The Kindaichi Case Files: Season 3
1 Ghost Passenger Ship Murder Case Light Novel 2 14 July 2001
2 Ghost Passenger Ship Murder Case: Final Part Light Novel 2 21 July 2001
3 French Silver Coins Murder Case Manga - File series 28 July 2001
4 Black Butterfly Murder Case Manga - File series 4 August 2001
5 Black Butterfly Murder Case: Final Part Manga - File series 11 August 2001
6 The Kidnapping of Reika Hayami Murder Case Manga - File series 25 August 2001
7 Murder in the Forest of the Demon Dog Manga - Case series 1 September 2001
8 Russian Dolls Murder Case Manga - Case series 8 September 2001
9 Russian Dolls Murder Case: Final Part Manga - Case series 15 September 2001

3rd generation (2005)[edit]

The third generation of the Kindaichi live-action franchise is made up of a single work: a standalone TV special.

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High school detective


Actor: Kazuya Kamenashi
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Kindaichi's childhood friend


Actor: Juri Ueno
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Tokyo homicide detective


Actor: Masaya Kato
# Title Source Date
TV Special
SP Vampire Legend Murder Case Manga - New series 24 September 2005

4th generation (2013-2014)[edit]

The fourth generation of the Kindaichi live-action franchise is made up of three works: two standalone TV specials and a TV series.

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High school detective


Actor: Ryosuke Yamada
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Kindaichi's childhood friend


Actor: Haruna Kawaguchi
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Tokyo homicide detective


Actor: Tomomitsu Yamaguchi
# Title Source Date
TV Special 1
SP The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case Manga - 20th Anniversary series 8 April 1995
TV Special 2
SP Prison Prep School Murder Case Manga - New series 8 April 1995
The Kindaichi Case Files N (Neo)
1 Demon Killer of the Silver Screen Manga - Case series 19 July 2014
2 Game Mansion Murder Case Manga - New series 26 July 2014
3 Ghost Fire Island Murder Case Light novel 4 2 August 2014
4 Ghost Fire Island Murder Case: Final Part Light novel 4 9 August 2014
5 The Death March of Young Kindaichi Manga - Case series 16 August 2014
6 The Death March of Young Kindaichi: Final Part Manga - Case series 23 August 2014
7 Yukikage Village Murder Case Manga - Case series 6 September 2014
8 Rosenkrauz Mansion Murder Case Manga - 20th Anniversary series 13 September 2014
9 Rosenkrauz Mansion Murder Case: Final Part Manga - 20th Anniversary series 20 September 2014

5th generation (2022)[edit]

The fifth generation of the Kindaichi live-action franchise is currently made up of a single work: a TV series. The series will adapt classic Kindaichi cases but change their setting to modern-day Japan. It is the first Kindaichi live-action series to be released worldwide.

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High school detective


Actor: Shunsuke Michieda
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Kindaichi's childhood friend


Actor: Moka Kamishiraishi
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Tokyo homicide detective


Actor: Ikki Sawamura
# Title Source Date
1 Academy's Seven Mysteries Murder Case Manga - File series 24 April 2022
2 Siren Island Murder Case Part 1 Manga - Returns series 8 May 2022
3 Siren Island Murder Case Part 2 Manga - Returns series 15 May 2022
4 White Snake Brewery Murder Case Manga - Returns series 22 May 2022
5 Ghost of the Abandoned Hospital Murder Case (Haunted School Murder Case) Manga - Short File series 29 May 2022
6 Kindaichi the Killer Manga - File series 5 June 2022
7 Kindaichi the Killer: Final Part Manga - File series 12 June 2022
8 Headhunting Samurai Murder Case (Hida Trick House Murder Case) Manga - File series 19 June 2022
9 Opera House Phantom Murder Case (Opera House: The Third Murders) Manga - New series 26 June 2022
10 Opera House Phantom Murder: Final Part (Opera House: The Third Murders) Manga - New series 23 July 2022