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Joined:  10 Mar 2005
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takezo's drama votes (8)
101 Kaime no Puropozu [101回目のプロポーズ]
one of the earlier doramas but very entertaining nonetheless. have to deal with some suspension of disbeliefs but in the end you end up rooting for the stubborn geezer...
Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]
this may be the finest dorama i've seen so far in terms of production as well as acting and directing. everything from the soundtrack to the cinematography and dialogue is solid and seamless. you won't find overbearing moral lectures nor camp comedy, all you'll find is splendid storytelling.
Kou kou kyoushi [高校教師]
taboo storyline to generate ratings but the chemistry between the two main characters made it palatable. one of the first dorama i watched and especially noted the, then unconventional, sad ending. good overall flow in storytelling.
Long vacation [ロングバケーション]
girlfriend got me to watch this, which i thought at first was totally predictable. but character development, which is rare in j-dorama, was convincing and the music was good, if you like piano music.
Moto Kare [元カレ]
predictable storyline but a refreshing approach, some may vehemently disagree, to the hackeneyed love triangle. hirosue was surprisingly good in this but the cake goes to doomoto in his totally compelling performance as the guy caught between his first true love who, as she tells it, may've inadvertently ended their relationship due to pride and the demure elevator girl truly in love with him. what to do...what to do...
Suna No Utsuwa [砂の器]
One of the best tear jerkers of all time in j-dorama history. girlfriend and i cried like babies in the last episode...LOL
Tokyo Love Story [東京ラブストーリー]
this is a really well made love triangle story in which the characters are not overshadowed by their looks, which made it more compelling. this is more geared towards young adults and less for teens. only those that have never experienced will find this series boring and meaningless.
Toshishita No Otoko [年下之男]
enjoyed the work of the actors and director..."a woman is a woman no matter her age"...this series may have one of the scariest and creepiest villainess of all time...

takezo's artiste votes (1)
Nagase Tomoya [長瀬智也]
he was impressive in tiger and dragon.

takezo's dramas (2)
Koibumi [恋文~私たちが愛した男]
Rating: 8/10 (Watched)
my girlfriend showed her nasty side while watching this one with me; she couldn't believe what was happening and threatened to hurt me if things kept going on course as it was in the series...haha...where's the ben-gay ointment?
Toshishita No Otoko [年下之男]
Rating: 9/10 (Watched)
the director of this soap is better than most... the ebb and flow of the storyline is good and it's quite a dark comedy...if you equate comedy with tragedy, that is...definitely not for the younger audience since there are no "cute" moments to be found in this gem...

takezo's drama reviews (1)
Suna No Utsuwa [砂の器]
better than the film version [Rating: 10/10]
suna no utsuwa, or vessel of sand, is an old 60's novel made into a film in the early 70's of the same title. the tv series is somewhat different in the sub-plots and story of the father and his demise but in some ways is superior to the film version in that the point of view is from hideo, the son, whereas the main pov of the film is from the inspector imanishi. don't get me wrong, the film is heart wrenching too, but the music is better in the series and many of the characters are better fleshed out. the dvd box edition is slightly different than the broadcast but nothing major. one of the best tear jerkers in j-dorama history, especially the last episode.


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