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The Dreamcast game Shenmue is the first chapter in Yu Suzuki's 16-chapter epic (of which only chapters 1, 3, 4 and 5 have been released - so far). This walkthrough will take you through the game in as complete a way as possible, although for the full experience it would be best to approach the game without help the first time through.

Before you begin, you should make sure you understand the control system, and it may also be beneficial if you familiarize yourself with the maps provided with this walkthrough.

Prologue: The Dragon Mirror[edit]

The Hazuki Dojo

The place is 1986, the place Yokosuka, Japan. The normally tranquil day-to-day life of Ryo Hazuki is suddenly and irrecoverably shattered by uninvited visitors. A man wearing dark green Chinese clothes appears at the Hazuki family home with two black-suited thugs. This man uses a powerful style of martial art, the like of which Ryo has never seen, to engage his father Iwao in a fierce battle. Ryo attempts to intervene and help his father, but the obvious disparity in power is too much. Ryo is beaten down and taken hostage as the man questions Iwao: "Where is the mirror?"

Having no other recourse, Iwao reluctantly tells him. Once this mysterious object is in the man's possession, he again attacks Iwao. "Do you remember Zhao Sun Ming..?" From these words Ryo learns of a shocking truth from the past. His father was responsible for killing someone long ago. And then, Iwao is knocked down in defeat. Ryo pulls his father close and feels him take his last breath.

"Lan Di."

The man with the ominous embroidery of a glittering dragon on his back, the man responsible. What of the stolen mirror? Who is this Lan Di? Vowing to seek revenge, Ryo embarks on a journey to uncover the mystery surrounding his father's death and deliver justice to the man responsible.

(Taken from the Shenmue manual.)