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M no Higeki [Mの悲劇]


Drama Details
Title:M no Higeki
The Tragedy of M
Telecast:2005-01-16 to 2005-03-20
Season:Winter 2005

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:10 Episodes

Why do you hate me? Who are you?

When Mamoru Ando (Goro Inagaki) was young, he encountered a burglar in his house. The fear of that moment became a major theme in his life, leading to him joining a security firm. His heightened sense of danger avoidance saw him promoted early. With his engagement to Yuki (Aya Okamoto), the daughter of company director Shimaya (Masato Ibu), fast approaching, he is at the peak of happiness. However on the train on the way to an important business meeting, he meets a women dressed for mourning and finds himself in all sorts of trouble. The woman's name is Misa Aihara (Kyoko Hasegawa). Mamoru doesn't remember her, but Misa bears a considerable grudge against him. From that moment on, Mamoru's life begins a noisy collapse.

According the producer Hideki Isano, he wanted to show how we can hurt others without realizing and how because of that how some people live only to hate. He wanted to show the sadness of such a life. Both Mamoru and Misa's names begin with M, as does "memory" which is a keyword in this drama. One day suddenly the curtain falls on a tragedy.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Night & Day [Sister Q]

Actor/Actress Cast (10)
Narimiya Hiroki
下柳晃一 (24)
Inagaki Goro
Ando Mamoru
安藤衛 (32)
Hasegawa Kyoko
Aihara Misa
相原美沙 (25)
Okamoto Aya
Shimatani Yuki
島谷有紀 (24)
Sasaki Kuranosuke
Kubo Akira
久保明 (32)
Yoshioka Miho
Nakanishi Hitomi
中西瞳 (25)
Kashiwabara Shuji
Aihara Wataru
相原亘 (28)
Asami Reina
Yoshiyuki Kazuko
安藤礼子 (58)
Ibu Masato
Shimatani Ryutarou
島谷隆太郎 (58)

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Drama Reviews (5)
The review section may contain spoilers! Please understand
that you may find out about this drama's endings and plots!

1. Well written, well produced [Rating: 9/10]
The theme of this drama is about the human heart, its emotions and emotion driven deeds. Thumbs up to the writers who were able to convey this message, explore the subject of hate, jealousy, revenge, and anger, while at the same time weave all of this into a story that flows beautifully.
This drama also goes into something deeper; it goes into how events are all interconnected, and how one action and lead to a series of chain events that really gives the saying "everything happens for a reason" its run for the money.
Fast paced, yet deep, this drama has all the elements to keep you glued until the very end.
Reviewed by Hiro Toyo on 6 April 2007
2. M = A+ [Rating: 10/10]
Riveting drama about a man who dedicates his life to the safety of others but can't help bringing calamity on himself. Mystery, intrigue and suspence loom at every corner, and everytime you think the story can't go further, it bounces back with the same energy to reveal yet another twist.
Reviewed by shari on 22 December 2006
3. Interesting Plot [Rating: 9/10]
I like mystery shows and this show definitely appealed to me although the 1st few episodes were very disturbing as Hasegawa's character is too psychotic for my liking. But overall, the plot was fantastic and the acting was good also.
Reviewed by momoechan on 13 July 2005
4. Watch It! [Rating: 9/10]
Goro's acting is getting better and better. Thought he was someone shy but he can act! I din like the starting part until to middle part of the drama I can't stop to watch and find out what happened.
Reviewed by ongrina82 on 6 July 2006
5. Recommended!! [Rating: 10/10]
"M no Higeki" is a great drama. Though the plot may not seems very believable, it's still interesting and worth watching. Once again, Kyoko-chan proves that she indeed has good acting skills.
Reviewed by speed.sheep on 6 July 2005

Comments From Users (39)
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1. Comments by orenji [Rating: 9/10]
Both Goro and Kyoko's acting amaze me especially Kyoko. Personally I thought she won't be able to carry out the role of Misa well but she proved me wrong. It had some funny parts in episode 1 and the last episode. I was actually laughing like crazy at the last minute of the last episode! The look on Goro's face was priceless! I like the theme song by Sister Q as well as the OST too! Worth watching! This is definitely one of the better dramas in winter 2005. =)
2. Comments by LivNagisa [Rating: 10/10]
The first few episodes are difficult to watch because you feel so sorry for Goro's character-- who dispite his quirks, is a decent guy. Kyoko is very good. You think her character is so evil, it's amazing how your perception can change as the drama progresses. The story does get a little unbelievable toward the last two episodes--way too many coincidences, but there are a few episodes in the middle that are very good.
3. Comments by hitomi #1 [Rating: 10/10]
One of my all time favorites! Dark, intense, mysterious, gripping. Just when you thought the show was going to end in episode 7, a subplot which had been boiling under arose, one which you may have not thought off, really added to the show. Great performance by the whole cast, supporting cast really made a difference in this succeeding so well, Goro was even good, but Kyoko's role was mesmerizing.
4. Comments by aik0 [Rating: 7/10]
First, ���J�싞�q is way better than she was in Wonderful Life. The pace could have been faster and actually most of the plot are built on lack of communication. If ��_��Y had communicated better with the ppl around him, ���J�싞�q's revenge wont be as effective. Anyway, there are enough suspense+twists later on, though predictable, and the acting is good enough to keep you watching. 6+1
5. Comments by IniQx [Rating: 10/10]
"oh my f*cking lord!" - was my first response when I finished this drama. Excellent plot with very unexpected twists. There are like secrets within secrets. Truth often hurts. As each secret uncovers, the truth to it are somehow inter-linked. This drama taught me something - be careful of your doings. You might hurt someone without even knowing it & in turn this will change your life...
6. Comments by bellrin8880 [Rating: ?/10]
I'm selling the original set of this Japanese drama in VCD format. Details as follows:

1) VCD format
2) 7 VCDs
3) Only watched it once and in good condition
4) Worldwide shipping and handling charges.
5) Accept paypal payment.

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7 Feb 2008
7. Comments by spazzy06 [Rating: ?/10]
Ridiculous from the get-go. It was fun to watch for a little while, but eventually the cracks in the script became more glaring. Dropped it in the middle of episode 3. Bad script, bad acting, OTT cartoonish characters. If you're looking for a serious mystery, this isn't the drama to go with (my mistake).
8. Comments by pinkokoro [Rating: 9/10]
COMPLETE. mystery/thriller. Nice! I love a thriller and quite dark plot like this. I learn so much, honestly. Now, I'm thinking back, maybe a little thing that I did in the past actually bring a bad luck for people, or maybe asking for help can also be a bad thing to do.... the drama made me think.
9. Comments by Lady Zhuge [Rating: 7/10]
Actually I'd give it a 7.5. Good pacing, overall message, and execution, but the premise and circumstances surrounding why the two people wanted revenge on Ando (especially the second one) are too far-fetched. And the um..."Sorry, I forgot" excuse is too lame to be used more than once believably.
10. Comments by Hinano [Rating: 10/10]
Excellent series! Watched all 10 eps, great story! I'm not a big fan of mysteries but this was wonderfully put together, goes to show you how long people hold grudges xD Great casting as well! Goro-chan and Kyoko-chan were great!
11. Comments by strawberryfzz [Rating: 8/10]
Good performances by the leads! I enjoyed the twists and turns the drama took. I must admit I enjoyed the first half more than the second. I thoroughly enjoyed the unique dynamic between Mamoru and Misa's relationship.
12. Comments by speed.sheep [Rating: 10/10]
"M no Higeki" is a great drama. Though the plot may not seems very believable, it's still interesting and worth watching. Once again, Kyoko-chan proves that she indeed has good acting skills.
13. Comments by v1olet [Rating: 8/10]
Enjoy watching this mystery dorama. Hasegawa's acting is superb. Things we did unawarely in the past means nothing to us, but means everything to others - living in hatred all his life.
14. Comments by rainbowglasss [Rating: 7/10]
Not as exciting as I thought but the story is well plotted (though not very believable). Ando-san is quite cute, seeing him face all the tragedies that he is indirectly linked to.
15. Comments by Aunty Coco [Rating: 9/10]
Extremely addictive... The suspense kept me wanting to know more... Thumbs up for Goro & Kyoko's great acting... Should have won the best drama instead of Gokusen 2...
16. Comments by cirrus [Rating: 9/10]
excellent acting. the lead actress gave me the shock of my life, never thought she would be able to act so well. this drama left me thinking for a while. intense stuff.
17. Comments by siu dong [Rating: 7/10]
the message behind the story is a good reminder of how forgetful we could be. but the plot is just ok. a bit long and repetitve, and sometimes not very convincing.
18. Comments by yume [Rating: 9/10]
Inagaki Goro proves his acting skills in M no Higeki (The Tragedy of M). It also has it moments of humor that make me want to continue on with this series.
19. Comments by seneschal [Rating: 9/10]
Very strong start, had me watching constantly for the first five episodes or so. Got a little ridiculous toward the end, but still a good drama.
20. Comments by aoi_dolphine [Rating: 8/10]
Trying to watch this without any subtitles ~_~"' .. musugashi ne...... hope I finish till the end... right now no comments yet....
21. Comments by shinjitsu [Rating: 8/10]
Another dark drama. Ending unravels a little oddly and somewhat unrrealistic but nevertheless suspenseful.
22. Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: ?/10]
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23. Comments by wanderingfish7 [Rating: 7/10]
The story was a little bit awful. However, the actor and actress made the show shine.
24. Comments by Ikuko [Rating: 7/10]
Very tragic for the main caracter but very funny for us, it's a very nice drama!!
25. Comments by ThaiChick [Rating: 8/10]
Goro did a good job in being a big dork, but he's so darling. Interesting story.
26. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 8/10]
great stuff..lotsa twisted plot..great acting by both Goro & HaseKyo...
27. Comments by zenith777 [Rating: 8/10]
Complicated, but yet interesting... made you curious in every episode O_O'
28. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
Great plot and excellent performances from all the cast (even Goro!!).
29. Comments by xhidex33 [Rating: 8/10]
Dark and creepy. You'd never think someone could hate you this much.
30. Comments by yt [Rating: 7/10]
lots of twists and turns that keep you wanting
to watch~

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Users who voted for this drama (8)
1. kenjilina
shows hasekyo in a diffrent role and highlights the fact that she can do something other than cute.
2. Sun_Shang_Xiang
A dark drama with fantastic acting from Kuranosuke Sasaki and Kyoko Hasegawa.
3. seneschal
Riveting at first, tails off a bit toward the end.
4. c.wei
5. LivNagisa
6. Fye_D.Flowright
7. hitomi #1
8. kyon-kyon chan