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Drama Details
Title:Tsugumi e...
Dear Tsugumi / Kidnap
Telecast:2000-07-06 to 2000-07-06
Season:Summer 2000

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TV Station:TV Asahi
Duration:11 Episodes

Yumi (played by Mayu Tsuruta) and Takashi (Toru Nakamura) have finally purchased their dream house and have moved to a new town with their daughter, Tsugumi. Although they are happy and full of hopes, a tragic event overtakes them. Tsugumi disappears. While they search desperately with the cooperation of Yoshimura, Tsugumi's dentist (Ken Kaneko), Tsugumi is found to have fallen down a cliff, and has been pronounced dead at the hospital. Yumi and Takashi can't believe her death was a mere accident. But even the police and media refuse to take their side. Takashi feels that the assailant is being protected and swears revenge. Through her heartwarming relations with detective Hikage (Tsutomu Yamazaki), and Ryoko (Tamao Sato),, a magazine reporter, Yumi tries to revive herself and her family. Through a tragedy that cannot be ignored, this drama questions the meaning of "family" and "life".
TV Asahi

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. The Rose [Suzuki]
2. Chizu ni nai bashou [Janne Da Arc]

Actor/Actress Cast (4)
Tsuruta Mayu
Nakamura Toru
Yamazaki Tsutomu
Kaneko Ken

Related Links (1)
1. Official Tsugumi e Website @ TV Asahi

Drama Reviews (2)
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1. Draggy [Rating: 4/10]
Everything starts with a dentist stalking Yumi, a housewife whose family moved in to the neighbourhood just recently. Then comes the kidnap and murder of her daughter Tsugumi. Yumi and her husband Takashi uncover the clues to the truth of their daughter's death, and all subtle evidence converge to the suspicion of the dentist. However, the seemingly well-mannered dentist cannot be nailed without concrete evidence. Moreover, the dentist's protective mother has secret links with the police official in charge of the investigation.

The first episode looked promising, with the kidnap of Tsugumi and the neigbourhood-wide search for the little girl. But unexpectedly, the murder occurred on the next episode, which ends all the suspense. Right from the start, the viewer knows the murderer's identity. Soon, even the the little girl's parents know the truth, plus an apathetic police officer and a confused tabloid reporter. Everyone lurks around the dentist, trying to nail him, without much success. This goes on for about 9 episodes, with little progress in the investigation.

Finally, in the last 2 episodes, the most important piece of evidence, surprisingly produced by the murderer's own mother, is sent for DNA tests. Even then, Tsugumi's parents had to go through a secret meeting with the murderer, which ended in a struggle. This is all so ridiculous.

This is overall a very draggy show. It would have done much better in just 5 episodes, instead of the regular 11 or 12. There are some special themes such as the unconditional love of a parent for a child, and the importance of family bonds. The drama did, however, end on a beautiful and warm note, as the devastated parents of Tsugumi resconstruct their lives and start anew in the memory of their beloved Tsugumi.
Reviewed by tetsukei on 8 May 2001
2. I like the theme [Rating: 7/10]
I like the theme song sing by Janne Da Arc.
Reviewed by wansen on 19 June 2001

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1. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 4/10]
i didn't follow much of this dorama..but i kinda find it boring...
2. Comments by moonchyld [Rating: 4/10]
twisted dentist~ x_X;;;
3. Comments by tetsukei [Rating: 6/10]
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