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Love complex [ラブコンプレックス]

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Title:Love complex
ラブコンプレックス
Telecast:2000-10-01 to 2000-12-21
Season:Fall 2000



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Synopsis
Sorimachi Takashi and Karasawa Toshiaki star in "Love Complex". Someone has been stealing money within the company and the fingers are pointing to seven beautiful secretaries. Each who look so pure (well some of them) but at the same time, each can have a motivation for stealing the money. The company hires Sorimachi and Karasawa to find out who is stealing the money. The question is can they do so without getting involved with the women?

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Actor/Actress Cast (11)
Sorimachi Takashi
反町隆史
 
Karasawa Toshiaki
唐沢寿明
 
Kimura Yoshino
木村佳乃
 
Ryo
りょう
 
Koyuki
小雪
 
Nishida Naomi
西田尚美
 
Enami Kyoko
江波杏子
 
Itoh Misaki
伊東美咲
 
Takahashi Hitomi
高橋ひとみ
 
Danta Yasunori
段田安則
 
Ichinohe Nami
一戸奈未
 
 

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Drama Reviews (19)
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1. DEFINITE NO NO [Rating: 2/10]
Poor storytelling by the director, scriptwriter and the editor makes this the worst dorama I've seen. If you haven't seen this drama than I assure you folks, it doesn't worth your time and money.

What the heck is this drama about anyway? A horror, a suspense / thriller or was it a science-fiction? Personally, I think its a comedy and a very bad one too. Right from the first episode one can hardly figure out what the story was all about. They told you that these 2 clowns from some shadowy dept were transferred into the secretarial department to investigate about some missing money in this company.

The way they told this story with the flashback and present (events) all jumbled up together makes your head spinning like crazy just to comprehend whats taking place. Sorimachi plays a character that sometimes hallucinates just like Ally Macbeal and the director wants us to believe that this was caused by his abusive mother.

Karasawa plays Sorimachi's boss cum partner in the investigation. Both were supposed to find out the criminal. Karasawa then somehow become this strange, illogical character that can brainwash, manipulate people as he wishes. He can be a ghostbuster, driving the demon out of Ryo's body. He can also be Santa that can enter the mind of anybody he pleases to make them do horrible things. He can wrecked companies in a matter of months (thats what Ryo character told us). He is well connected. He knows senators and people with powers. More powerful than the chairman himself. In some scenes he even admits to being a god. Which makes us ask, what the heck does this guy wants in the company anyway?

They was never told us. All the ending tells us was that his deeds was due to akuma or other type of devil possessing his soul. When Karasawa dies the demon have no other choice but to enter Sorimachi's body. Actually this demon was never shown, I only assume so because I don't know any other reason why Sorimachi had to jump to his death after killing Karasawa (Think the film Exorcist and Fallen). Just like everything else in this drama its hard to logically explains anything. Still, I can't explain why Santa Claus looks like the Joker out of Batman. Notice the way Santa puts on his lipstick and dances around happily like a devil inside everybodies mind. Such stupid scenes went repeatedly for about half an hour. (Don't forget that damn song and 'melly chlistmas!'). They should have used the Grinch.

One more thing. I think this dorama should be titled as Hate Complex. There was plenty of scenes showing the hatred the characters have for each other. Love Complex gave me the impression that Sorimachi and Karasawa were involved in complex love relationship when trying to solve the case.

Overall, I hate this dorama. I gave this dorama 2 out of 10 stars cause Sorimachi is one of my favourite actor.
Reviewed by majinbads on 3 June 2003
2. Most Unique Dorama [Rating: 10/10]
This is one of the most unique J Dorama I have ever seen. Truly a twisted, mind-bending experience. This is a psychological drama (nightmare is perhaps more appropriate) with very heavy symbolism, no wonder a lot of people find it weird and cannot understand it.

SPOILER WARNING!
Some people commented that this drama symbolizes the chaotic Corporate world of Japan. In fact, it is actually the opposite, the problems, chaos in a corporation about to decease symbolizes, in the drama, the mind of a human being, which is also composed of thousand and millions of "employees" - memories, thoughts, hope or lack of. It is the destruction of such components that lead each character to their mental breakdown. There is the inability to face a father's death, fatal obsession over weight loss, hatred steming from a lover's betrayal, etc. Everyone pretends to be normal, like the company in the drama, they hide their problems (like the stealing issue in the company) and expect everything to be fine. However, once a "virus" enters, the company structure/the human mind built on self-denial crumbles. This drama is excellent in the fact that it represents such change of emotions by utilizing humor in the beginning and chaotic even psychotic breakdown in the later half. The viewer experiences the same thing as the characters, and that is why many viewers will feel uncomfortable, disturbed. That is what is intended.

EXPLANATION OF THE CONVOLUTED ENDING AND WHO KARASAWA IS
About the ending, Sorimachi jumped out of the window after kissing Karasawa, seemingly draining the "undying virus" (represented by the transfer of the blue eyes) from him. He dies to kill that "virus" he has taken upon himself. This death is more symbolic. The virus represents human complexes - a trauma, a fear, a hatred, etc. poisons resulting from life's changes. It is what corrupts everyone's life. Karasawa, even though being the physical representation of the virus, is in fact a victim as well. From the minimal info revealed, he is the illegitamate son of a powerful politician, born from a mistress. He himself carries such virus or complex, so strong that he seeks destruction to end all misery. If you notice, when Sorimachi jumps out of the window, a drop of tear came out of Karasawa's corpse - he has been released as well.

This drama is a dark comedy, a psychological thriller, an unexplainable success. It is disturbing, mind-bending, and maddening, rightfully so. If you are up for the challenge, watch it and try to comprehend it, it is well worth the chaos.
Reviewed by FierceStriker on 22 January 2004
3. The Director Ruined This Dorama! [Rating: 2/10]
This dorama was notorious in Japan when it came out, primarily because it demonstrated how a good storyline and excellent star power in the form of Sorimachi, Koyuki, Ryo, and Kimura Yoshino could be wasted by a self-absorbed director. This clown of a director attempts to imitate French New Wave filming techniques, with fast/slow motion, abstract scene sequences, etc. Some of these techniques work, but most do not, because his storytelling lacks any semblance of cohesion or consistency. Even New Waves fans would laugh at this amateurish effort, which also strangely reflects the directors' obvious inclination towards homosexuality in a number of scenes. Of course, such up-front, aggressive scenes must have gone over just great with prime-time Japanese viewers--not.

Some reviewers here will pretend to understand the "story" which this director has tried to portray, especially regarding the last episode, which usually ties a story together. Yet in this case, the final chapter insults poor viewers who have hung in to this point, by tossing in even more outlandish subplots, including extended gratuitous violence in the form of a fatal fistfight. Typically such a director would not want his work to be fully understood except in an abstract sense. Which makes this type of dorama a complete failure for normal viewing audiences that networks usually want to attract.

I have watched dozens of doramas and love French New Wave, but this dorama is simply pathetic--The efforts of an egotistical director who went wild and lost most of his viewers in the process. The actors try to do the best with the lines they have, but they also had to be surprised with how their scenes and special effects were spliced together. Hopefully this fool will never be allowed to direct another J-dorama. And hopefully you will find much better doramas to watch--Even the English subs for Love Complex are awful and on the level with the Malaysian-Chinese version of Koi ga Shitai. Look elsewhere!
Reviewed by meruchan on 30 November 2005
4. I still have no idea what to make of it!!! [Rating: 10/10]
It's either a 1 or a 10 and I decided to give it a 10 in the end. It was first the sight of Karasawa Toshiaki and Sorimachi Takashi on the cover that prompted me to buy the drama but after watching the first episode it was no longer the the two but the strangeness of the plot and story that pulled me in. I agree with the reviews that say 'weird'. Till now I am still VERY disturbed by the show and confused as to what message it tries to send, one of this being the reason for Takashi flinging himself out of the window when he was such a champion of life!

The shooting techniques are perturbing - the sudden slow motions, the story-book frames, the Blair Witch Project parody in one scene, a shot of the director introducing the film in a hair-raisingly self-parodying way, the freaky'Merry Christmas' sequences that has Toshiaki dressed up part Santa Claus part clown. No doubt a thought-provoking show that examines the psychological complexities and eccentricities of a warped society exemplified by six secretaries who perpetually wear an eerie, frozen cold smile on their faces - the pathos of a pretentious working class. What is either best or worst about the show is that till the very end I suddenly discovered I DON'T know who the criminal is or what on earth Toshiaki's true identity is, which was what the show has set out to unearth in the first place. Upon reflection the only conclusion I came up with, to dispel the idea the the scriptwriter went nuts halfway through his creation, is that it is another of the story's twist; it defies expectations and logic by proving that these are non-existent in a wrought society and proves that the story stretches beyond a suspense thriller, a mystery or examination of office politics in a large coporation to a micrscopic view of man's impulses, hidden fears and self-deception.

And these are only the first stage of my review. I believe a second watch will solicit a different perception.
Reviewed by chentnk on 3 June 2003
5. Not your typical packaged Japan drama [Rating: 10/10]
I watched this drama from a strictly artistic point of view, because i've studied cinematography and directing. Most people will probably not like this drama, because it's quiet odd. The story doesn't really make any sense, but i wasn't watching for the story. I give the director of this show a pat on the back for breaking the traditional J-drama mold, this is one of the few doramas I've ever seen that didn't feel packaged and artificial. The way this director composes his shots are truely cinematic. Most shots in this dorama are not story shots, they are more artistic and creative. It's hard to decribe unless you see it, a lot of dutch angled shots are used as apposed to your standard flat story shots. Meaning a lot of odd slanted angled shots instead of your standard balanced tripod shots. I also noticed the attempted use of slow motion in juxtapostion to speed up shots for style. not to mention the break from the traditional flat as a pancake TV series lighting. The director actually attempts to use shadowed three point and source silhouette lighting. And finally gotta give it him for boldly using all that new age music to liven up every scene. Anyways most people probably don't care about any of the stuff that I just mentioned but for those who do check this drama out gauranteed it'll be like nothing you've ever seen before in terms of doramas. Finally i think this director is wasting his time doing doramas, he should be making his move into film, because thats where creativity actually counts. Hell he could be the next Wong Kar Wai
Reviewed by Kaze on 7 December 2003
6. Sorimachi+Karasawa= unique drama [Rating: 10/10]
First time ive seen the sypnosis of this drama.. im expecting a thriller plot. and yeah im right but its has more to offer. its has many twists and turns. its like this drama is made creatively. very unique and fascinating to watch. the plot is there also you just have to understand it cause its very deep. this drama is really hard to leave specially in the middle of an episode. cause if you just go to cr or eat something and you will miss one important aspect of the story. once again starring Takashi Sorimachi and Karasawa Toshiaki (first time i saw him as an actor), good chemistry. and hilarious sometimes. and the 7 beautiful secretaries played by Japan's finest actresses: Ryo, Koyuki, Nishida Naomi, Enami Kyoko, Takahashi Hitomi, Ichinohe Nami, Itoh Misaki and Kimura Yoshino. overall if you guys like strange drama. i recommend this!!!. powerful performance by the actors and actresses. Samuel Samaniego of Quezon City, Philippines.
Reviewed by slashersam016 on 17 July 2007
7. Love Complex -> Could Have Been A Good Dorama [Rating: 7/10]
Just removes all those silly and unnecessary parts, this would be a great psychological dorama. The basic storyline is suitable for a dark psycho dorama, i just couldn't get why should they insist on adding those ridiculous parts, maybe they just want to give a little comedy for this dorama which IMO made this dorama failed to be a good one. But despite of all those things, the combination of the cool duo of Sorimachi Takashi and Karasawa Toshiaki and the 7 pretty ladies (Kimura Yoshino, Ryou, Koyuki, etc) are something to watch ^_^
Reviewed by HimuraGirl on 29 August 2002
8. Not for everyone [Rating: 10/10]
I agree it is complicated, but I have to disagree totally with those that say the plot sucks or bad, stupid storyline or anything of sort. The fact that you may like those simple hero save the day or perfect couple stays together type of story or romance doesnt give you the right to judge this drama as bad, you may hate it, but it not the usual cup of coffee that most people had. You will have to give credit for the script writer and director for making a drama that atleast makes you think and it is very interesting and artistic.
Reviewed by sseiya on 19 December 2003
9. 1 of the weirdest drama i've ever seen [Rating: 6/10]
franklly telling, i don't quite get the whole series..
this drama has lots of crappy scenes, such as the last episode, on danta yasunori.
it's just mad confusing!!
my first impression when i read the title was, "oh cool another romance drama by sorimachi" which was absolutely wroNG!
it didn't even touch a single bit on romanCE!..oh well maybe it did.. 1% of the entire drama..
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 13 September 2004
10. What you see... is what you won't get! (Storyline- [Rating: 9/10]
Very weird and not one where you can even blink as loyalties shift and the "war" between the Secretarial Section factions goes on. Yoshino and Ito convince as sexy @$$-kicking bitches. Karasawa and Sorimachi make a good tag team, but you'll be really surprised at the way they fall out (they will).
Reviewed by UWFShooter on 16 January 2002
11. Strangest thing I've ever seen [Rating: 5/10]
What drug was the writer on when the story was written? Whoa, this was one weird drama. It was like One Flew over a Cuckoo's Nest except the characters were wearing designer's clothing and not straight jackets.
Reviewed by Guam Viewer on 10 June 2002
12. Worst Drama of All Time!!!!!! [Rating: 1/10]
This is definitely not for those who like normal dramas. Dramas should be light hearted and not so heavy handed. Must be one of Sorimachi's worst dramas. Better spend your money on other dramas!
Reviewed by piglet44 on 12 April 2002
13. ... [Rating: 8/10]
It was mad confusing, but it was worth watching, I feel...since Karasawa and Sorimachi made it unbearably sexy :} I couldn't help but smile in the end.
Reviewed by vash_donutangel on 26 February 2004
14. Complex Title, Complex Story [Rating: 5/10]
As its title says.....Love complex....if you love complex story telling. Other than that, not much emotional or laughter happening in this show.
Reviewed by popdod on 21 July 2008
15. weird dorama [Rating: 8/10]
i like this dorama because it's different from others dorama n the girls so cute, besides that i like the music in these dorama.
Reviewed by thereds on 26 July 2003
16. Great Drama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!except for the ending [Rating: 10/10]
Ok many ppl think that this drama is wierd but for me i can understand but the ending was a bit wierd
Reviewed by curian4 on 27 April 2001
17. ONE OF THE WORST [Rating: 5/10]
This has to be worst drama I have ever seen. Other than the theme music, it is total garbage.
Reviewed by warren.mcclendon on 26 June 2002
18. Excelent Drama! [Rating: 10/10]
I love this drama so much as Sorimachi acted so good in this drama.
Reviewed by visualcentre on 30 July 2001
19. Weird Indeed [Rating: 5/10]
this drama is the weirdest i've seen so far. don't like it.
Reviewed by catcat on 27 July 2001

Comments From Users (67)
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1. Comments by FierceStriker [Rating: 10/10]
This is one of the most unique J Dorama I have ever seen. Truly a twisted, mind-bending experience. This is a psychological drama (nightmare is perhaps more appropriate) with very heavy symbolism, no wonder a lot of people find it weird and cannot understand it.

SPOILER WARNING!
Some people commented that this drama symbolizes the chaotic Corporate world of Japan. In fact, it is actually the opposite, the problems, chaos in a corporation about to decease symbolizes, in the drama, the mind of a human being, which is also composed of thousand and millions of "employees" - memories, thoughts, hope or lack of. It is the destruction of such components that lead each character to their mental breakdown. There is the inability to face a father's death, fatal obsession over weight loss, hatred steming from a lover's betrayal, etc. Everyone pretends to be normal, like the company in the drama, they hide their problems (like the stealing issue in the company) and expect everything to be fine. However, once a "virus" enters, the company structure/the human mind built on self-denial crumbles. This drama is excellent in the fact that it represents such change of emotions by utilizing humor in the beginning and chaotic even psychotic breakdown in the later half. The viewer experiences the same thing as the characters, and that is why many viewers will feel uncomfortable, disturbed. That is what is intended.

EXPLANATION OF THE CONVOLUTED ENDING AND WHO KARASAWA IS
About the ending, Sorimachi jumped out of the window after kissing Karasawa, seemingly draining the "undying virus" (represented by the transfer of the blue eyes) from him. He dies to kill that "virus" he has taken upon himself. This death is more symbolic. The virus represents human complexes - a trauma, a fear, a hatred, etc. poisons resulting from life's changes. It is what corrupts everyone's life. Karasawa, even though being the physical representation of the virus, is in fact a victim as well. From the minimal info revealed, he is the illegitamate son of a powerful politician, born from a mistress. He himself carries such virus or complex, so strong that he seeks destruction to end all misery. If you notice, when Sorimachi jumps out of the window, a drop of tear came out of Karasawa's corpse - he has been released as well.

This drama is a dark comedy, a psychological thriller, an unexplainable success. It is disturbing, mind-bending, and maddening, rightfully so. If you are up for the challenge, watch it and try to comprehend it, it is well worth the chaos.
2. Comments by occultangle [Rating: 10/10]
One of the few if not only dramas that I can truly call art. Do not watch this if you need clear explanations in your plots. The plot here is open for debate, discussion and interpretation, but not in the typical narrative sense of I do/don't like how character X fell in love with character Y, this is abstract and symbolic. This is a drama comparable to Evangelion in the anime world, or Twin Peaks in the western TV world (or David Lynch in general.)

It wins me over by being the only "art-house" J-drama in existence, but perhaps equally as amazing it wins me over as a comedy. I think I have never actually seen a single J-drama that I thought was actually funny outside of this.

As a warning, this is a drama that would be nearly impossible to provoke a feeling besides extreme love or extreme hate. I just so happen to be firmly in the former camp.
3. Comments by Eyrien* [Rating: 10/10]
Despite what half of the drama watching population says about this drama, it's on of MY favorites. It's a not a love story at all, in fact, it's about all the twisted ways love can show itself. All the actors/actress were very good, with incredible performances by Karasawa Toshiaki and Sorimachi Takashi. Not a light drama, so pay attention when you're watching it, or you're be totally in the blue in the end (scratch that, most likely you'll be lost no matter how much attention you've paid to it, this drama pulls a rug out from underneath you!) The ONLY drama that I've watched where it left me at a loss for words in the end and made me turn around and watch it again. A drama for the more unconventional viewer.
4. Comments by catcat [Rating: 5/10]
wouldn't recommend this to anyone. very confusing drama. didn't even talk much about the main storyline until the end when the person confessed. the subplots didn't even connect to the main storyline. the ending was so confusing that i had no idea what was going on until my friend told me. the main plot is suppose to be karasawa toshiaki and sorimachi takashi are hired to find out which of the 7 secrataries (played by kimura yoshino, ryo, etc...) were stealing the money from a company. but each secratary had problems that made the investigation even harder to solve.
5. Comments by Deceased [Rating: 6/10]
Love complex...as the title says. This dorama got a certain complex story telling. However, a praise for this dorama is it's cinematography. The way how it present to tell the story is kinda different from other doramas you watched.

But i guess this will appeal only to those film studies and art students/people. There are quite alot of metaphor and semiotic things going on in this dorama. Don't fast forward even though some parts of the show is kinda boring. Coz those parts will give you 'hints' what the story is about.
6. Comments by cindi [Rating: 8/10]
Still not too sure what to make out of this dorama. Calling it "Complex" must surely be an understatement. Karasawa Toshiaki was great, and I loved the way this wasn't the conventional JDorama despite the big names it boasted. The last episode really blurred me out though, and I'm not too sure if I even like this dorama at all. The only thing I can't quite accept is its ending; my favorite character's real identity was left unexplained. :(
7. Comments by Bsalez [Rating: 8/10]
Okashi na..Yep different than common jdrama u used to watch...No Romantic story or Tear consume scene. alot of black comedy here. Swarming with alot of Big name make this series interesting, sarcastic, alot of beautiful girls strange character and twisted storyline. If u prefer Romantic theme definetly don't choose this one...This one watch for a different type of comedy.
Very very different.
8. Comments by sadacori [Rating: ?/10]
I've only seen 2 episodes so far and this seems like a perfect drama for someone with ADD or one who's on drugs. With so many characters and fast-paced screen skipping between each one of them, this drama gets highly confusing and motion sickness-inducing fast. I wish it were shot in a normal fashion because I thought the plot alone sounded good.
9. Comments by celest8787 [Rating: ?/10]
this show is really complex and complicated... i almost gave up watching halfway, but i sorta pushed myself to complete the whole drama hoping to grasp a better understanding of the storyline. but sad to say, i failed to do so... i would say that the drama showcases great acting talents by the cast, but the drama was simply out of my range...
10. Comments by Susie [Rating: 8/10]
Most people don't like this one or thought it was strange. I thought it was very, very cool! Sorimachi and Toshiaki looked great and the style alone was worth watching. The editing, directing and pace of the dorama is unlike any other dorama I've ever seen. It was an unusual topic, but overall the way it was presented made that okay.
11. Comments by z123_us [Rating: 7/10]
initially found it kind of stupid, but after the first half, the actual plot starts deepening, then is more interesting. not the best drama i have seen but was not the worst either. as many people have called it "WEIRD", i agree, but in a way that makes it something different from the standard stories
12. Comments by ogonbato [Rating: 7/10]
let me think, its a omoshiroi freak weird drama, sometimes very funny, but i didnt like the end, and i dont get the point and the message from this drama, i have a lot of questions in my mind about this drama, maybe im not in the level or the writter smoke a weed hahaha.
13. Comments by glyq [Rating: 5/10]
I finished the whole drama, i tink its bcos i was tryin to figure wtf dis drama is talkin about lol. i also chose to watch it cos of the cast... lol.. Anyway, even though i watched it till d end, im still confused and lost and have no idea wat the hell its on about.
14. Comments by marzyu [Rating: 2/10]
THIS DRAMA IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WEIRD!!!! did anyone like this drama at all!?!?! thank god i only downlaoded or else i would have wasted my money . . .i only watched it cuz of kimura yoshino ^.< but it's still didn't overcome the weirdnesss of this drama!
15. Comments by majinbads [Rating: 2/10]
Heavy drama + Exorcist + horror + X-Files + Ally MacBeal + bad comedy + crime/thriller drama good storytelling + lousy editing X bad script² = Love Complex = bad incomprehensible drama. The complex formulae of Love Complex made easy.
16. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 5/10]
I give it 5 for the trial. They tried to make a different thing than usual. But I mean you can't just give it 10 for this. I have to admit that if you don't really understand something that doesn't mean that it's good.
17. Comments by aiscess [Rating: 6/10]
This series is so funny at the same time it's very mysterious, contains lots of secrecy and sometimes I feel like I'm watching a horror flick. It really is "out of the ordinary" series that I've ever watched.
18. Comments by Akakage [Rating: 7/10]
My impression when I watched this drama from the beginning to the end was ....eh?! It's so weird. Well, Toshiaki and Takashi look great with all that suits they wore throughout the drama.
19. Comments by ellia [Rating: 7/10]
If not for the leading actor - Koike Teppei, I haven't watch it. Plot: don'like it. Cast (excl. KT): don'like it. Idea: kinda interesting in itself, but sadly badly carried out.
20. Comments by katrinka [Rating: 10/10]
If you like twin peaks, or the Ring, you'll love this. Yes, the story is a little odd, but it makes it even more better. It will keep you guessing the entire time!
21. Comments by juliana_phang [Rating: 6/10]
i've never seen such plot in my entire life!
it's just.. WEIRD!
nothing to do with romance or stuff like that
a good drama to confuse and twist our brain cells
22. Comments by arglborps [Rating: 7/10]
I like this drama because it was so weird. Really the story is weird shit, but this is not supposed to be a serious drama, this is absurdity at its best.
23. Comments by Signo [Rating: 8/10]
psycho!!! the plot is kind of weird and sometimes scary. first i thought it would be about female repression in a company, but there is more than that...
24. Comments by polygonebye [Rating: 4/10]
This is one weird drama. It's stylish and has a very attractive cast but not enough to make up for its detriments. I just didn't get this one...
25. Comments by gto_girlz83 [Rating: 5/10]
what a complex drama to be understand..i was able to finish the whole episodes because of Takashi Sorimachi and Ito Misaki..if not, maybe i dont..
26. Comments by popdod [Rating: 5/10]
As its title says.....Love complex....if you love complex story telling. Other than that, not much emotional or laughter happening in this show.
27. Comments by susantotony [Rating: 1/10]
Watched 1st episode and directly watched the last episode. This dorama is too sophisticated for my ordinary brain!!!!
28. Comments by Clockwork Orange [Rating: 9/10]
Couldn't wait to get my hands on all the eps of this drama! Exciting and manipulative! Watch out for the secretaries!
29. Comments by Lady Zhuge [Rating: ?/10]
Probably a good drama for Quentin Tarantino fans. Unfortunately, I'm quite possibly the furthest from one.
30. Comments by daigong6weeks [Rating: 10/10]
Karasawa Toshiaki and Takashi Sorimachi make a wacky duo! Lots of comedy but had enough dramatic moments!

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Users who voted for this drama (10)
1. FierceStriker
This is one of the most unique J Dorama I have ever seen. Truly a twisted, mind-bending experience. This is a psychological drama (nightmare is perhaps more appropriate) with very heavy symbolism, no wonder a lot of people find it weird and cannot understand it.

SPOILER WARNING!
Some people commented that this drama symbolizes the chaotic Corporate world of Japan. In fact, it is actually the opposite, the problems, chaos in a corporation about to decease symbolizes, in the drama, the mind of a human being, which is also composed of thousand and millions of "employees" - memories, thoughts, hope or lack of. It is the destruction of such components that lead each character to their mental breakdown. There is the inability to face a father's death, fatal obsession over weight loss, hatred steming from a lover's betrayal, etc. Everyone pretends to be normal, like the company in the drama, they hide their problems (like the stealing issue in the company) and expect everything to be fine. However, once a "virus" enters, the company structure/the human mind built on self-denial crumbles. This drama is excellent in the fact that it represents such change of emotions by utilizing humor in the beginning and chaotic even psychotic breakdown in the later half. The viewer experiences the same thing as the characters, and that is why many viewers will feel uncomfortable, disturbed. That is what is intended.

EXPLANATION OF THE CONVOLUTED ENDING AND WHO KARASAWA IS
About the ending, Sorimachi jumped out of the window after kissing Karasawa, seemingly draining the "undying virus" (represented by the transfer of the blue eyes) from him. He dies to kill that "virus" he has taken upon himself. This death is more symbolic. The virus represents human complexes - a trauma, a fear, a hatred, etc. poisons resulting from life's changes. It is what corrupts everyone's life. Karasawa, even though being the physical representation of the virus, is in fact a victim as well. From the minimal info revealed, he is the illegitamate son of a powerful politician, born from a mistress. He himself carries such virus or complex, so strong that he seeks destruction to end all misery. If you notice, when Sorimachi jumps out of the window, a drop of tear came out of Karasawa's corpse - he has been released as well.

This drama is a dark comedy, a psychological thriller, an unexplainable success. It is disturbing, mind-bending, and maddening, rightfully so. If you are up for the challenge, watch it and try to comprehend it, it is well worth the chaos.
2. occultangle
One of the few if not only dramas that I can truly call art. Do not watch this if you need clear explanations in your plots. The plot here is open for debate, discussion and interpretation, but not in the typical narrative sense of I do/don't like how character X fell in love with character Y, this is abstract and symbolic. This is a drama comparable to Evangelion in the anime world, or Twin Peaks in the western TV world (or David Lynch in general.) It wins me over by being the only "art-house" J-drama in existence, but perhaps equally as amazing it wins me over as a comedy. I think I have never actually seen a single J-drama that I thought was actually funny outside of this. As a warning, this is a drama that would be nearly impossible to provoke a feeling besides extreme love or extreme hate. I just so happen to be firmly in the former camp.
3. Eve
Stylish and offbeat. Rapid fire repartee, intriguing plot twists, loyalty shifts and ourageous behavior made this dorama fascinating to me. Takashi and Toshiaki together were awesome. If you are hung up on traditional dramas though it wont be for you. If you like the abstract dont miss it!!!
4. slashersam016
A very cinematic drama.. its great..
5. daigong6weeks
A really innovative drama.
6. eastyarn
teippe are very cute.
7. kat_ryoma
so cute! i love it!
8. Ozmek
well-done~~
9. ogonbato
10. yolande