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Furuhata Ninzaburô (Episode 13) (1995)
Kôki Mitani

In the last episode of the first season of this popular Japanese detective show, the inspector must solve the mystery of the murder of an award-winning mathematician. It turns out that the murderer was another mathematician who wanted to take credit for proving Fermat's Last Theorem. As in the American show "Columbo", the main interest is not in figuring out who committed the murder, but rather watching the cat-and-mouse game as the detective and villain each try to outwit each other. Not only does Furuhata catch the murderer, he also uses modular arithmetic to beat him in a mathematical game!

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