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Ryusei no Kizuna [流星の絆]



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Title:Ryusei no Kizuna
Season:Fall 2008

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TV Station:TBS

Based on the popular novel of the same name, Ryusei no Kizuna tells the story of three orphans, whose parents were murdered long ago. Together, the three vowed on a shooting star to one day avenge their parents. After many years, the two brothers have found the murderers, and are set to carry out their plan for vengeance when they realize they've made a serious miscalculation; you see, their sister...

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Beautiful Days [Arashi]

Actor/Actress Cast (10)
Nishikido Ryo
Ariake Taisuke
Ninomiya Kazunari
Ariake Koichi
Toda Erika
Ariake Shizuna
Kaname Jun
Togami Yukinari
Omi Toshinori
Hayashi George
Emoto Akira
Togami Masayuki
Ariake Toko
Terajima Susumu
Ariake Yukihiro
Miura Tomokazu
Kashiwabara Yasutaka
Nakashima Mika

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Drama Reviews (8)
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1. Worth watching [Rating: 9/10]
I liked this dorama. It's pretty interesting, and the little "stories" made up by the siblings trio in between may seem a little pointless and filler-ish to the main plot, but they ARE hilarious and somewhat related to the larger story at hand.
I think the acting for this dorama was pretty good. I loved all the hilarious bits of the eldest brother being a dork or just too weird for his siblings. They are hilarious lmao.
Despite all the laughs, there's always a darker looming plot lurking in the background of course, and I think the contrast is pretty nicely done. Despite their ridiculous ideas and crazy antics, the three siblings remain united in their search for their parents' murderer.
Reviewed by calibration on 25 May 2013
2. bettern than expected. [Rating: 8/10]
i didn't have much expectations when i went into this but surprisingly, i had a really good time. i'm glad that it had more funny moments than not. i give mostly all the credits to nino! he did an amazing job. he pulled off both the fun & serious side of his character. i thought the three siblings had really great chemistry, they were believable. jun did a great job as well. the theme songs both by arashi and mika were top notch. i was a little bit surprised of the ending. it was really well done. my only beef is i hoped mika's role was more substantial. i do love her!
Reviewed by weetzie_bat on 20 April 2009
3. I really didn't like the last episode...>__< [Rating: 7/10]
Halfway through it I thought I was gonna give it an 8/10 or even a 9/10, depending on how it went on...but then I didn't like that much the 2nd half and, most of all, I almost completely disliked the final episode (except the very last minutes, that is)...imho it's a big disappointment since it was well written (with witty dialogues and very funny moments, despite the main plot) and also well acted, both by the leads and by the supporting cast.
Such a shame to screw it with the ending, really...T__T

Reviewed by pash on 2 September 2011
4. Refreshingly enough [Rating: 8/10]
Just finished watching it today, and all i could say is well done!!
well done to the actors (especially nino and erika) in potrayin their characters.
The scene between kouichi, tai and shi can bring you to tears and laughter as well.
Even though the ending is quite unacceptable (for me =p) but this story is really enjoyable.
It teaches you to value your life more and don't get worked up on your anger and revenge.
Overall,,one of 2008 must watch dramas!!!
Reviewed by anne_jaybo on 26 December 2008
5. bah [Rating: 1/10]
Bad. The cast, the plot, everything. It's another generic johnny's dorama.
Reviewed by suerinn on 12 September 2009
6. Great story [Rating: 9/10]
Great story and cast, unpredictable ending.
Reviewed by ester_grace on 23 December 2010
7. this is so good but... [Rating: 8/10]
the acting is not so perfect
Reviewed by jed_ka on 19 April 2009
8. watching.... [Rating: 6/10]
Reviewed by Di@na on 2 October 2008

Comments From Users (111)
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1. Comments by yurifly [Rating: 9/10]
8.5 to 8.75. I was expecting something as heavy as Last Friends but it turned out to be more lighthearted esp the first few episodes. The metadrama is particularly clever, however, and the back and forth between the adult and young ariake siblings were very artistic, showing how their childhood became something that imprison them in the present. Great chemistry between nino, ryo and toda erika. I dont know why ppl say Matsujun is the best actor bc clearly Nino is the better actor. He was ariake kouichi all the way through and not Ninomiya. Ryo is really adding to his resume with all these different roles he plays this year and I love this idiotic Tai Ni figure. Toda Erika is great like always. I am not quite sure the function of Mika in here aside from comic relief and I wish that the drama had incorporated her more. The ending wasn't surprising and I found the whole swindling thing was rather far-fetched but as a whole it was a nice drama, a heartwarming relationship between 3 siblings and a reminder to cherish what one has in life
2. Comments by Jeanxi [Rating: 7/10]
A drama that started great, lost its appeal about halfway through due to a lack of interesting developments, then picked up again around ep. 7/8, and finally ended on an extremely lame note. It really caught my attention at first because of its mix of drama and comedy. So naturally, when it became more predictable and a lot less funny, the story went downhill IMO. However, the intensified drama in some later episodes gave me hope that the drama will turn out good after all, but the ending, though a little surprising, was somewhat of a letdown. The killer's reason for killing the siblings' parents is just too lame no matter how I look at it. Nonetheless, points to siblings, but Ninomiya in particular, for their good acting; I feel like there are scenes when I can really see their inner struggle, which brought me to the verge of tears (but it wasn't quite there yet). I love the background music and the Nakashima Mika song they used in the drama, though her role in the drama was kind of pointless, confusing, and weird.
3. Comments by Amber [Rating: 9/10]
I finally watched the last episode!
RnK belongs to one of my favorite doramas, it is unbelievable how hilarious it is at some parts (and everyone from the cast did their best in contributing to the funnyness especially Kiritani Kenta, he was great [why isnt he mentioned in as cast member?!]).
The dorama could really manage to balance the funny moments and the really touching, serious moments (esp. in the last episode).
Everyone gave a great performance. And this dorama is really a great piece of work.
Why not 10 !? I am not sure, maybe because the doramas i gave 10 points to really kept me watching it one after the other episode and ryuusei not).
But it is still a very outstanding dorama also with regard to its narrative aspects. I really recommend it and even though i know the end, i would watch it again! Definitely.
4. Comments by aiscess [Rating: 8/10]
Honestly, I thought that this would be a dark drama just like Byakuyako, since both has the same writer, but then, why they asked Kudo Kankuro to do the screenplay? It really made no sense, so when their swindling adventures began, that�fs when I realized, that is Kudo�fs specialty.

At first, I was pretty much interested on their swindling adventures rather than the main plot but it shifted halfway through. But still, it was their swindling escapade that made me really hooked on this series.

As for the culprit, he was the first person I suspected, so it really came as a surprise when I learned that I was right all along. But what a lame excuse for committing such a crime, 2 lives were lost because of that.
5. Comments by Shachihoko [Rating: 7/10]
It is a pretty interesting story! Ninomiya Kazunari and Kaname
Jun, both of them did a wonderful job on acting their roles. The ending was shocking and I was not expecting that! I won't spoil it.. When I saw the final "evidence" I was stunned, "Omg! No Way!!" Even hoping it wasn't true..

I am in love with the opening theme song called "Beautiful Days" by Arashi, I find their song fits perfectly for the show and it is really catchy! I have been singing along when the intros come up.

Also, Mika Nakashima's (she was pretty random in the show...) "Orion," but it is very repeatable on every episodes. It like you know that you are already in the middle of the show or closing. A bit too predicting... =/
6. Comments by tachan [Rating: 10/10]
There are so many good things about this drama. The lead actors are all very good (especially Ninomiya). It's a mystery about three siblings who are trying to solve the case of who murdered their parents without the help of the police so that they can avenge their parents on their own terms. The chemistry between them is very good, they look like they could be siblings (Ryo has reminded me of Nino at times in the past), and they seem very close. The story is original (and based on a popular novel). It can be dark and scary, but at the same time, it made me laugh often, which is hard to pull off. It has everything, even romance.
7. Comments by hanabira [Rating: 8/10]
I was about to write a review but I skimmed through the reviews/comments and Jeanxi's comment pretty much sums up how I felt about the show.

I had my doubts at first when I saw Erika Toda on the cast list, but her acting wasn't too bad in this show. Better than anything I've seen her in, at least.

The reveal of the murderer at the end was rather disappointing. It felt like they forced in a twist for the sake of having a twist. I'd have preferred if they stuck to a simpler, more predictable answer to the mystery behind their father's death.
8. Comments by g_hunter1 [Rating: 8/10]
During the start of the drama, you probably would have thought that this was some family type drama. Then in the middle your like "what's up with all these little scenarios." I think they were just trying do use different forumulas for this drama, which didn't seem to fully set the tone of the drama to me. It was pretty interesting but it just detracted from the main storyline. I guess they did it to show how these characters were but didn't work much for me. Overall, this was more of a mystery drama. It got more interesting at the end.
9. Comments by NaomiMaeda [Rating: 10/10]
This one is brilliant! It has everything that I like: interesting plot, great mystery stories, funny scenes and awesome cast. Higanisho Keigo did an awesome job writing this. I'm fond of movies and dramas that were created by his novels. Talking about actors, I think that Toda deserved those 3 awards that got back then. She did great job acting here. I really liked her character. Ninomiya was better then Nishikido. Somehow, I felt that Nino and Toda were both main and Ryo was left on supporting. But still, it was interesting.
10. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 7/10]
Quite a nice dorama... Intriguing and at the same time funny (a different concept that i've never seen in any other dorama) but they kind of lost it in the last episodes. Btw... the ending is a big letdown... The reason for the murders is just ridiculous. The casting is pretty nice (not the best though) honestly i dindt expect the chemistry that Ninno, Nishikido and Toda showed. Overall its an excellent dorama the only reason i didnt rate it a 9 or even a 10 is the last few episodes they totally lost it in those episodes.
11. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 8/10]
Nice one! I like it when characters are not "pure" as I believe real people are never all good and pure. Kudo Kankuro responsible for for the script of this drama is someone who (I believe) thinks like that as well. We get a great trio of far from perfect siblings who try to revenge their parents�L murder. Only minus for me was the lacking chemistry between Toda Erika and Kaname Jun, essential to the story and the reasons of the killings. Not Kudo�Ls best work but he�Ls getting back on track :-)
12. Comments by tofuuuuu [Rating: 8/10]
Everybody came to love Nino's performance in this but I've seen him acted way better in his earlier works. RnK is a bit overrated but it deserves all the accolades just because.. it got soul. Ariake 3 chemistry is quite amazing. I have my doubts on Ryo but he impressed me as the middle child (however I personally think it would be much more interesting if Toma was casted instead like what they had planned originally). Not the best but was good enough and lovely acting.
13. Comments by Susan [Rating: 10/10]
Great drama! All-star cast, SUPER acting (especially by NINO!) and a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed this drama for its entire run. I can't believe it's already over! This drama deserved 1 or 2 more episodes than it was given. There was some disappointment that a couple of the side-characters were not as fleshed out as they could have been. Otherwise I was very satisfied, even with a twist ending that came out of nowhere!
14. Comments by sanctuary1210 [Rating: 10/10]
The plot has a very nice combination of touching moments and comedy. Just when you're starting to feel stressed by all the suspense and mystery, the actors act a bit cute and funny to lighten the mood.
I've heard that the drama's much lighter than the book, which does not have any comedy at all, so I think the director and screenplay writer have done a very good job with this drama. The actors are also quite convincing.
15. Comments by pash [Rating: 7/10]
Halfway through it I thought I was gonna give it an 8/10 or even a 9/10, depending on how it went on...but then I didn't like that much the 2nd half and, most of all, I almost completely disliked the final episode...imho it's a big disappointment since it was well written (with witty dialogues and very funny moments, despite the quite dark main story) and also well acted, both by the leads and by the supporting cast...
16. Comments by jetlagged [Rating: 10/10]
I thought this drama was going to be serious all throughout after i read what it was about. Well it was serious, but it had a lot of funny moments in each episodes. a lot of flashbacks going back to the serious storyline, and going back to the present storyline which provided a bit more comedy. i've never seen a drama like this before, completely different as far as the flow of the story, but really enjoyed it.
17. Comments by nienna [Rating: ?/10]
I love it. Nino was so good in his acting till I can never tell what are his next actions. Seriously, I did not expect the ending to be like that. A really big surprise!! Although I don't like Nishikido, I have to admit that he was really good in his role as the younger brother. I like the parts where he was in disguise mode, it must have been difficult to act out so many different roles in such short time~~
18. Comments by nickylynn [Rating: 8/10]
I didn't know what to make of this dorama when I first started watching. By the end of the 4th episode I really got into it. It became somewhat apparent to me by the end of episode 8 who killed the parents, but I couldn't figure out the motive. Once I realized the motive...it just seemed so senseless. But nevertheless a very interesting story. I really loved Kaname Jun's character in this.
19. Comments by raynawashere [Rating: 9/10]
this drama is so awesome! i honestly never thought that i would like a drama with nishikido ryo as one of the main characters since i never really liked him. but after watching this ive totally changed my mind. hes not as bad as i thought. anyways even though i wasnt that interested in watching this drama at first. im glad i watched it! its funny and of course has sone suspense :)
20. Comments by Swedish_Japan_Lover [Rating: 10/10]
I really loved this drama, although it was based on a sad story, it was very entertaining, thrilling/exciting and amusing. They made a great mix out of sad and touching scenes and amusing happenings like the swindling. Toda, Ninomiya and Nishikido made an awesome trio as the siblings and all of them have improved their acting! Got reallt nothing more else to say, just great!
21. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 8/10]
Contrary to many of the viewers I prefer the begining to the end of this dorama. I think that ninomiya played well, even though I'm not one of his fan. Toda Erika is cute. But I think that it's hard to believe that during 14 years they try to find the murderer, they were young when thier parents died, just live in piece and go to karaoke like evey one else.
22. Comments by crvn107 [Rating: 9/10]
Nice story and a surprising murderer.As expected from a story by Higashino Keigo.The actors did well and I enjoyed the drama very much from beginning till the end and there wasn't a boring moment in there as well.I wished the drama could be longer because I like the siblings very much.A very nice drama to watch indeed.
23. Comments by ABINTRA [Rating: 6/10]
Mediocre drama... extremely mediocre... I absolutely loved the premise, so I give it points for that, but from the first episode to the last this drama just didn't live up to my expectations. It was neither mysterious nor moving, though admittedly funny at parts. Simply put, it was a disappointment.
24. Comments by animefreak101 [Rating: 9/10]
I absoulutely LOVED it!!!! <3 I loved seeing Nino's and Ryo's beautiful acting!!! and the plot was just superb!!! I definitely loved it. Then Opening song is so beautiful!! and so is Orion. All in all it was just a GREAT drama. I don't usually like mysteries but this one was just phonomenal!!
25. Comments by chazarst [Rating: 9/10]
I thought this was a great drama, with a good script and plot. I loved the chemistry between the Ariake siblings.
Mika Nakashima's role, however, was just weird and confusing. I didn't completely understand the point of her role. However, her insert song was perfect for the drama.
26. Comments by ryouji [Rating: 10/10]
i watch this because of Toda Erika.. but when i start watching it i can't stop myself to continue this exciting drama.. At first i got confused who really killed their mother and father but when i'm almost done i realize that he is the real murderer..
27. Comments by marspeach [Rating: 9/10]
At first I wasn't crazy about it. The first episode especially seemed awkward- the comedy and darkness didn't mix well. But it got better as it went along and was more balanced. Good acting by everyone (especially surprised by Nishikido Ryo).
28. Comments by dreamer10231 [Rating: 8/10]
like the usual notion, i never thought kazu, ryo, and erika could pull off that sibling connection...what do you know, they acted it out naturally...i never expected it to be funny...so far, i'm in episode 3...let's see what happens next...
29. Comments by Tsuyuki-chan [Rating: 9/10]
A very touching film. Rather sad and serious but sometimes very funny, especially scenes of 3 siblings. Worth watching both by yourself and with family. The theme song 'Orion' is really great. It became one of my favourite songs. :)
30. Comments by chibichan [Rating: 8/10]
Really interesting dorama, i watch the whole series in just one night. I like watching Nino in this series, he seems more mature and more handsome.
i like how they make a serious dorama with a bit comedy without ruined the story.

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Users who voted for this drama (25)
1. katsup
It's a really great drama. Nino is great, Toda Erika is great, and Kaname jun and Nishikido ryo are good too! The story is cute, with romance and suspense at the same time!
2. ryouji
i don't know myself why i stop watching this at the very start.. but thank god i continued it!! the story is great..
3. kiwisannnn
Really touching and heartwarming. Also suspenseful! Good performances by Ninomiya, Nishikido, Toda, and Kaname.
4. kyunspark
I always love Kudo Kankuro's works.... Ryusei No Kizuna is the best Dorama in 2008!!
5. nanakopy87
not a bad drama....can be funny at this moment and can be sad at the next moment
6. jayzon_yui13
Watch!! Watch!! Watch!! Watch!! Watch!! Watch!!
7. CatD95
Love the bond shared between the siblings.
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