|Ryo Hazuki - 芭月涼|
|D.O.B.||29th November 1968|
|Family||Father: Iwao Hazuki|
|Appears in||Shenmue I|
Ryo Hazuki (Japanese: 芭月涼 Hazuki Ryō) is the main character and protagonist in the story of Shenmue. Ryo is an eighteen-year-old Japanese teenager who lives in Yokosuka, Japan. He lives at the Hazuki Residence with his father Iwao, the live-in housekeeper Ine-san, and Fuku-san, a live-in student studying the Hazuki style of Jujitsu. Ryo has been taught in the martial arts by his father, Iwao, since he was young. Ryo's mother died of a mystery illness when he was three years old.
Ryo, like his father, is a serious person, if a little reckless at times, most likely due to his youth, but is a good-hearted person.
 Shenmue I
After his father is killed by Lan Di and the Dragon Mirror stolen, Ryo swears to avenge his murder. He decides to drop out of Yokosuka High School (known colloquially as 'Suka High') whilst his friends and classmates study for the college entrance exams. As he collects information from the residents of Yamanose, Sakuragaoka, and the neighbouring town, Dobuita, Ryo is lead to New Yokosuka Harbour, and eventually to Master Chen, whose name was mentioned in a letter addressed to Ryo's father, written by Yuanda Zhu, that arrived shortly after his death, recommending that he "seek the aid of Master Chen" should he ever need help. The eventual meeting provides Ryo with information and a revelation: Lan Di is one of the leaders of a Chinese black market cartel known as the Chi You Men and that there is a second Mirror called the Phoenix Mirror which Lan Di overlooked.
After locating the Phoenix Mirror in a hidden basement beneath the dojo, and a close encounter with Chai (who wishes to bring the Mirror to Lan Di so that he may be accepted into the Chi You Men), Master Chen informs Ryo that Lan Di may have already left for Hong Kong in search of Yuanda Zhu, which provides Ryo with his next objective.
Having been swindled out of his money and ticket by Jimmy, Ryo decides to get a job at the harbour in order to get closer to the Mad Angels due to their association with Chai (and, by extension, Lan Di). and Ryo come to blows a few times at the harbour, and, as a result, they kidnap Nozomi, Ryo's friend from school. Ryo comes to her rescue and they make a deal; Terry, the leader of the Mad Angels, will take Ryo to Lan Di if Ryo beats up Master Chen's son, Guizhang, who has been causing the Mad Angels problems with their operations at the harbour. Ryo confronts Guizhang and asks for him to lose a fight with him on purpose, explaining that Terry will take him to Lan Di if he does. During the fight Terry tries to kill them both, leading the two of them to take on the entire Mad Angels gang together.
Guizhang says that he will accompany him to Hong Kong, but a confrontation between Ryo and Chai leaves Guizhang with an injury meaning he is unable to travel with him. Ryo leaves Japan heading for Hong Kong, taking the Phoenix Mirror with him and a letter of introduction from Master Chen telling him of a Martial Arts master named Master Tao who should be able to help him locate Yuanda Zhu, the author of the original warning letter to Iwao.
 Shenmue II
Ryo arrives in Aberdeen, Hong Kong and sets about trying to find Wan Chai where Master Tao is supposed to live. He runs into and befriends a young woman named Joy and later has his bag stolen by some street thugs. He eventually gets his bag back and soon finds that the address he has been given for Master Tao is no longer valid as he doesn't live there any more. Eventually Ryo manages to find the Man Mo Temple where Master Tao is said to be and finally discovers that Master Tao is in fact a young woman named Xiuying Hong.
Despite this, Xiuying is reluctant to aid Ryo with the information he needs to continue his search because she believes he is falling onto the wrong path. Ryo continues his investigations without her help by asking people around the local area about Yuanda Zhu. Soon he comes into contact with Shuqin Zhang who works for Yuanda Zhu, but even he doesn't know the whereabouts of Yuanda Zhu as he has gone into hiding from the Chi You Men. He tells Ryo there is something he can do, and that is to find Ren of Heavens, the leader of a gang that operates in Aberdeen, but warns him that Ren is a dangerous man. Ryo is later able to find Ren and finds out just how dangerous he can be, but through his persistence and Ren's thought that large sums of money must be involved in whatever is going on, Ren tells Ryo that Yuanda Zhu is in Kowloon.
Ryo heads to Kowloon with Ren where he encounters Dou Niu, the leader of the Yellow Heads gang that operates in that area and who are also looking for Yuanda Zhu in order to turn him over to the Chi You Men. Through much investigation Ryo manages to find Yuanda Zhu but before he can even ask him anything Yuanda Zhu is kidnapped by Dou Niu and taken to the Yellow Head Building, the gangs main base of operations.
Ryo and the others soon learn that the only way to get inside the Yellow Head building is to be scouted as a possible new member of the gang, so to draw attention to himself he participates in street fights around Kowloon. Eventually he is head-hunted by a scout for the Yellow Heads and arranges a meeting between himself and Ryo at one of the entrances to the Yellow Head Building. Ren decides to follow him and knocks the scout unconscious, the two of them now having access to the Yellow Head building.
The building is incredibly tall and through many, many fights with various members of the gang, including Yuan, Dou Niu's partner and second in command, they make it to the roof. By this point Joy and Wong have joined them and on the roof where they find Dou Niu with Yuanda Zhu who they are about to deliver to Lan Di who is flying overhead in a helicopter. Ryo fights with Dou Niu and eventually, remembering what he has been taught by Xiuying and what is on the line with this fight, he is able to defeat him and save Yuandha Zhu. Lan Di takes off empty handed and they all head back to Ren's Hideout.
Safely at the hideout they finally get to ask Yuanda Zhu some questions, he explains that the reason Lan Di killed Iwao was because Lan Di believes Iwao killed his father, Sunming Zhao. Yuanda Zhu doesn't know if this is true but does know that Iwao and Suming were friends and that Sunming did die. He also explains about the Dragon and Phoenix Mirrors and that when they are brought together they form a key and tells that Lan Di has probably gone to Bailu Village in Guilin where the stone for the Mirrors can be found. Ryo heads on to Guilin alone.
Once Ryo arrives in Guilin he starts the long trek towards Bailu Village where, on the way, he meets a girl, Shenhua, who offers to show him the way as it is near where she lives. They walk for two days and eventually arrive at Shenhua's house where she lives with her adoptive father. In the house Ryo comes across some drawings of the Dragon and Phoenix Mirrors, so the next morning Shenhua and Ryo go to see her father in the stone pit where he is working but find that he is missing. He has left behind a note and a sword, and, on the wall of the cave, two giant versions of the Dragon and Phoenix Mirrors.
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