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Drama Details
Title:Kao

Face
Telecast:2003-04-08 to 2003-06-24
Season:Spring 2003



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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes
Viewership:12.4%



Synopsis
Your family's face is a "mirror of magic." You can see the past, present, and future within." (Gail Buckley)

No matter how hard a person tries to suppress their emotions, their face and attitude cannot hide the subtle indications of joy, anger, sadness, and delight that they are feeling. "A person's life can be seen in their face." That is what the heroine of this drama, Mizuho Hirano thinks of people's faces. Mizuho, who is a police officer that works drawing composite sketches, has the unique ability to perceive what people say and read their faces.

This drama is based on the book "Face," written by the popular mystery novelist, Hideo Yokoyama. In the police department, a truly male-dominant workplace, female police officers are considered "good for nothings." Although working in such an environment, Mizuho does her best to comfort crime victims.

Unlike the detectives who do the actual work to solve a crime, Mizuho is not a super-heroine who can solve crimes herself. She approaches victims and tries to help them uncover their real feelings, which are usually locked deep inside their hearts. "Face" remains faithful to the realistic detail of the original novel, while blending in the romance between Mizuho and her colleague, Kosuke Nishijima. By also bringing out the puzzling past of Mizuho in a way that only a drama can, viewers are sure to be kept on the edge of their seats.

As a child, Mizuho was raised in an orphanage, so she has no recollection of her parents. But over time, she begins to recall some parts of her childhood. What secrets will she uncover about her parents?

At times with a gentle look in her eyes, and at other times with eyes blazing with fierce determination, Mizuho tries to uncover the real truth behind each crime, and the criminals involved in them-criminals who had no choice but to commit those crimes.
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Kimi ga anata ga 君があなたが [Nao]LYRICS ]

Actor/Actress Cast (18)
Odagiri Joe
オダギリジョー
西島耕輔 (27)
Nakama Yukie
仲間由紀恵
Hirano Mizuho
平野瑞穂 (23)
Kyono Kotomi
京野ことみ
神崎加奈子 (23)
Kaito Ken
海東健
内村秀夫 (25)
Masuoka Toru
益岡徹
鶴田 猛 警部 (45)
Yo Kimiko
余貴美子
樋口 京子 (41)
Kondo Yoshimasa
近藤芳正
今村真一 (39)
Tanaka Ritsuko
田中律子
七尾友子 (32)
Masu Takeshi
升毅
本間英一 (47)
Yajima Kenichi
矢島健一
亀田 賢 (43)
Kawahara Sabu
河原さぶ
佐藤勇三 (52)
Kurosaka Mami
黒坂真美
相田咲子 (28)
Tanaka Tetsushi
田中哲司
小松浩二 (28)
Tachikawa Eri
立川絵理
朝倉ちあき (21)
Shinagawa Hiroshi
品川祐
尾崎省吾 (25)
Umegaki Yoshiaki
梅垣義明
片岡菊馬 (47)
Matsushige Yutaka
松重豊
加西徹 (46)
Mochitzuki Eran
望月瑛蘭
中村アヤナ (8)

Related Links (1)
1. Face Official Website (SJIS)

Drama Reviews (7)
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1. Good plots, but the rest didn't hold up [Rating: 7/10]
I like the plot, there are plenty of them, and each episode deals with a specific case that the characters must solve. The leading lady, of course, uses her drawing skills, and more or less is a factor in cracking each case. The drama doesn't evolve just around that, but rather uses the sketches as a basis. There's really a lot more to the plot than just catching the bad guys. Odgiri Joe's character as well as Yukie's develop throughout the drama, but there's not really much depth, and I can't really feel for neither one of them, especially Yukie's.
One thing that bothers me with this drama is how hardly anyone in the police force ever uses guns, that's just too unrealistic for me. I can't fathom the cops going around chasing the bad guys and having to subdue them with their bare hands. And when the gun is finally used, it's such a big deal. Also, they make all the guys at the police station seem like such chauvinists, don't know if they're trying to make a point or something, but I think it was too much, and didn't relate to the drama at all. (If it were so, it would be a drama about Yukie's attempt at establishing equality in the police station). In the beginning, you'd think she would fight her way through and get recognition by her male colleagues and make her point that women are just as capable, but that's not what happens, and at the end, you're left wondering, what's with all that emphasis on the male chauvinism anyway????
Reviewed by Hiro Toyo on 6 July 2004
2. just a response [Rating: ?/10]
I haven't had a chance to watch this drama yet but I just had to respond to one of the other reviews.

The reason that none of the police officers in the series use guns is because guns are illegal in Japan. Until not so long ago, not even police officers were supposed to carry them. Because of the increased violence in Japan police officers are beginning to carry them on a daily basis. So the drama is actually accurately representing the Japanese attitude toward guns.

The chauvanistic slant is probably also accurate. Women weren't common in the workforce until the 1980's. It was only in the last 10 years or so that women were allowed to wear skirts in the workplace.

I'm looking forward to watching the series. ^_^
Reviewed by sarujin on 9 August 2005
3. Impressive! [Rating: 8/10]
Personally I love detective investigation themed dramas. Therefore I bought this drama without hesitation. I first noticed Yukie Nakama in the movie 'GAME' and then in 'TRICK'. Her acting was impressive in both shows, esp in 'TRICK'! In 'Kao', she portrays an orphan with a talent for reading and drawing people's faces. Her acting impressed me a lot and her chemistry with Joe Odagiri kept me watching disc after disc without feeling tired. The cases shown were not very interesting compared to 'TRICK' and 'Kindaichi'. This drama focuses more on the emotional side of humans. Definitely worth a watch!
Reviewed by KeTsUhou on 18 July 2004
4. Odagiri Joe めっちゃかっこよかった〜 [Rating: 9/10]
Lemme just say that Odagiri Joe was so kakkoii. He plays this detective with a past that had made him not control himself when he is with a criminal. And just watch him pounding on these bad guys. I know I shouldnt be such a pro-violence and all but heck he was so kakkoii. and Nakama Yukie? was real cute too.
Reviewed by *さら~sara* on 22 December 2003
5. LOVED IT! [Rating: 10/10]
loved watching nakama yukie and odagiri joe. they looked so good together! i wish they had gone more into their weird relationship type thing. oh well...great drama nonetheless.
Reviewed by aznpride26 on 16 April 2006
6. GOOD! [Rating: 9/10]
This show is one which will keep you at the edge of your seat and long for MORE!! Nakama Yukie and joe Odagiri make such a great couple together!!!
Reviewed by Maine on 24 December 2004
7. so0so [Rating: 7/10]
not really into this drama, but the cast was really good.. odagiri n nakama yukie
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 23 June 2004

Comments From Users (35)
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1. Comments by IniQx [Rating: 10/10]
Another breathe-taking crime thriller. I've always like Japanese crime thrillers & suspense dramas. They never fail to hook me. Same goes for Kao. Like the exploration of different cases in each episode it makes the whole drama easier to digest & anyone can just pick up the plot even if he/she watches it half-way through. Especially like it when Shishima tells Mizuho not to snatch his words before he can start saying them. And Mizuho will always reply "Ok!" with an earnest look on her face.
2. Comments by HaN [Rating: 10/10]
I didn't know the storyline when I'm buying it. But somehow I can feel that this drama is great when I look at the vcd cover and it's true! I can't stop after watching the first episode. I like the way Odagiri Joe and Nakama Yukie look at each other. Also not to forget Ken Kaito whose really handsome in this, even thought i don't know him.
3. Comments by jo [Rating: 6/10]
Not your typical drama, good but not my kind of drama. Just wasn't impressive. Odagiri Joe was good in "Satorare" but I was disappionted in his role in this drama(maybe I expected too much, after his great work), Nakamura Yukie was alright. Slow, dark, and an average story. C-
4. Comments by cass_dust [Rating: 10/10]
wah~~ fantastic show! suspense, thriller and very very meaningful behind each story.. just make you couldn't stop and keep on going.

nakama yukie is really good in the show, so is odagiri joe!! very great cast + the plot is what makes the great show. definite recommend!
5. Comments by emiko [Rating: 9/10]
Love Nakama & Odagiri chemistry in Kao. Have to admit that both have played their roles(which are a very complicated characters in my eyes) to perfection. Although some cases are pretty predictable but overall Kao is a good police story~!
6. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 7/10]
i never liked dramas abt police & stuffs...but since theres odagiri joe init i have to make an exception...the dorama is dark,slow and very predictable..kinda like odagiri in tentai kanzoku..cool and mysterious...he's still my fav!!
7. Comments by shozen [Rating: 9/10]
watched a few episodes so far. gonna try and finish watching it in a couple of days. nakama yukie is gorgeous as usual. plus the idea of her being a police portrait artist makes it awesome. my major in school is drawing so.
8. Comments by aznpride26 [Rating: 10/10]
loved watching nakama yukie and odagiri joe. they looked so good together! i wish they had gone more into their weird relationship type thing. oh well...great drama nonetheless.
9. Comments by leoninesevenone [Rating: ?/10]
havent watched yet. i bought this because i wanna see nakama yukie more. she acted well in gokusen. and also theres ken kaito. he is soo kakkoi in okaasan to isshou.
10. Comments by Kendesu [Rating: 6/10]
not that great of a drama. I was expecting a lot from Joe as well after seeing satorare, Joe didnt get a good role this time to show what he's got.
11. Comments by lukelai4ever [Rating: ?/10]
Where can you watch this drama with english subtitles? It's okay if I have to download or if it's online. I just really want to watch it.
12. Comments by AngelXing [Rating: 8/10]
Odagiri Joe and Nakama Yuki....they were great here....Joe looked hot in suits...the show overall was good.....keeps you in suspence....
13. Comments by xhidex33 [Rating: 8/10]
Nice cop show. Cases were interesting enough.
But I still prefer Nakama in a less serious role.... like Trick and Gokusen.
14. Comments by yume [Rating: 7/10]
Still watching. I like Nakama Yukie--but boy does she have a Bad-Hair-Day written all over her in some scenes.
15. Comments by oshio_minahmi [Rating: 8/10]
i watched this only bcoz of joe.
it just typical detective story anyway, but joe rawks!!
16. Comments by Q-chan [Rating: 9/10]
Great story. Not really good acting of Nakama Yukie but always love to see Odagiri Joe.
17. Comments by HeLLoMinna [Rating: 9/10]
the story was pretty interesting...especially Odagiri's. and love his hair style ^^
18. Comments by darknitelight [Rating: 9/10]
getting much better as it goes along, at least the point of the show got across..
19. Comments by minitotoro [Rating: 10/10]
combination of odagiri and nakama san is great!! if only there were a kao II...
20. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10]
Odagiri Joe a little over the top but Yukie and Kotomi Kyono were very good.
21. Comments by nienna [Rating: 7/10]
wish i could have my face drawn n ppl can tell me wat it means...sigh...
22. Comments by ihvana_003 [Rating: 10/10]
its b'coz of Yukie...I'm not yet watching it but I will
23. Comments by buzzybug [Rating: 7/10]
such a dark drama...through all the episodes...
24. Comments by stuffed.with.fluff [Rating: 8/10]
Could be more minor character development
25. Comments by SunnyDaiki [Rating: 8/10]
Odagiri Joe is so handsome in suits ^^
26. Comments by Lauralye76 [Rating: ?/10]
Haven't start watching yet
27. Comments by jkcinema [Rating: 10/10]
Odagiri Joe is so cool~~
28. Comments by maguro666 [Rating: 6/10]
ok, not very good...
29. Comments by juliana_phang [Rating: 7/10]
investigations
30. Comments by seissa [Rating: 7/10]
Odagiri Joe <3

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Users who voted for this drama (6)
1. robot
It is a very good drama. Although I don't quite like Nakama in other dramas but I can't stop watching this drama from start . I haven't finish it yet but I can't wait to add my comments here . Joe Odagiri is very cool in this film esp in one scene where is stood on the top of a building. Very highly recommended. the song , KIMI GA ANATA GA by NAO is also very nice.
2. SunnyDaiki
I love Jo Odagiri in this drama most... he was so hot wearing suit ^^ i also love his hairstyle in this drama most ^^
3. Squall_Ryuji
Love Jo Odagiri in suits and his hair style is really cool! He's really a gifted actor, also.
4. nur_dalilah
5. Rinrin
6. jkcinema