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katrinka's drama votes (9)
Bokura no yuuki ~miman toushi~ [ぼくらの勇氣 ~未滿都市~]
D&D (dangerous angel x death hunter)
funny, scary, this drama has it all!
GTO [麻辣教師]
Every teacher should watch this one! Really good series!
Remote [リモート]
Ring: Saishusho [リング 最終章]
much better then the movie, the best yet!
Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi [空から降る一億の星]
this is a wonderful drama. Kimura is so good at playing the bad guy. I wish he would do more dramas like this! A great cast with great scripts!
Star no Koi [スタアの恋]
the most wonderful drama ever!
Summer snow
This is the greatest drama I've ever seen. The first nine parts will make you laugh, the last two will make you cry! An all time classic!
Yomigaeru kinro [蘇る金狼]

katrinka's artiste votes (9)
Abe Hiroshi [阿部寛]
Dohmoto Koichi [堂本光一]
one of the most underrated actors out there. He is so good that he makes what he does look natural.
Dohmoto Tsuyoshi [堂本剛]
An extremly good actor who is 'real' in all of his roles. One of my very favorites!
Katori Shingo [香取慎吾]
A really good actor. Gives his all everytime he takes on a new project!
Kimura Takuya [木村拓哉]
Kimura's acting talent really shines in his non-romantic roles. I just love Million Stars and Sleeping Forest. He is so good at playing characters that aren't all good. Also, he is great on SMAPXSMAP. His sketches and his cooking are always wonderful!
Kusanagi Tsuyoshi [草?剛]
A highly underated actor. one of the best around!
Matsuoka Masahiro [松岡昌宏]
Great actor who can do both funny and dramatic.
Nagase Tomoya [長瀬智也]
Nakai Masahiro [中居正広]
watch mohohan, there you will see the depth of his character.

katrinka's dramas (193)
101 Kaime no Puropozu [101回目のプロポーズ]
(Bought)
Africa no yoru [アフリカの夜]
(Bought)
Aiken Rosinante no Sainan ~ Mukai Ryuuta no Doubutsu Nikki [愛犬ロシナンテの災難]
(Bought)
Aitai toki ni anata wa inai (p.s. I miss you) [逢いたい時にあなたはいない]
(Bought)
Aji ichimonme 1 [味いちもんめ 1]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Aji ichimonme 2 [味いちもんめ 2]
(Bought)
Algernon ni Hanataba o [アルジャーノンに花束を]
(Bought)
Another Heaven~Eclipse [アナザヘブン]
Antique [アンティーク〜西洋骨董洋菓子店]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
funny show that is just begging for a sequel!
Ao no jidai [青の時代]
(Bought)
Ashita ga arusa [明日があるさ]
(Bought)
Asunaro hakusho [あすなろ白書]
Rating: 3/10 (Watched)
Kimura's good acting does not save this klunker. If he was the lead, perhaps, but because he's very low in the cast, a lot of bad acting from the rest of the cast and draging script shows. It would have gotten a 0 except for Kimura's acting.
Beach boys [ビーチボーイズ]
Beautiful life [ビューティフルライフ]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Besuto patona [べストパートナー]
(Bought)
Big Money! [ビッグマネー!〜浮世の沙汰は株しだい〜]
(Bought)
Big wing [ビッグウイング]
(Bought)
Boku dake no Madonna [僕だけのマドンナ]
(Bought)
Boku ga boku de aru tame ni [僕が僕であるために]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Very good show. It's really a one off movie. Would have been a ten if one of the major characters hadn't been killed off.
Boku no Ikiru Michi [僕の生きる道]
(Bought)
Bokura no yuuki ~miman toushi~ [ぼくらの勇氣 ~未滿都市~]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
This series is based on the same source as the series the Tribe, except this one is better. the adults dying, and the children left alone to take care of themselves. Loved Domoto Tsuyoshi's character, he was really, really good in this. I really enjoyed watching it. Just wished that it had more episodes!
Bokutachi no Long Vacation [僕たちのロング]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Brand [ブランド]
(Bought)
Brothers [ブラザーズ]
(Bought)
D&D (dangerous angel x death hunter)
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
Funny, scary! this drama has it all. It's really, really great!
Dekichatta Kekkon [できちゃった結婚]
Rating: 10/10 (Watched)
Doku [ドク]
(Bought)
Double score [ダブル スコア]
(Bought)
Fighting Girl [ファイティングガール]
(Bought)
Food fight [フードファイト]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Friends [フレンズ]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Furikaereba yatsu ga iru [振り返れば奴がいる]
(Bought)
Furuhata Ninzaburo 2 [古畑任三郎 2]
(Bought)
Furuhata Ninzaburo 3 [古畑任三郎 3]
(Bought)
Gakkou no sensei [ガッコの先生]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Garasu no kutsu [ガラスの靴]
(Bought)
Gift [ギフト]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
This drama will always keep you guessing! I really like it!
Ginrou kaiki file [銀狼怪奇ファイル]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Gokusen [ごくせん]
(Bought)
Golden Bowl [ゴールデンボウル]
(Bought)
Good news [グッドニュース]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Story of two people who fall quickly and deeply in love-and the little boy who brings them together. Highly recomended!
GTO [麻辣教師]
Rating: 10/10
I am a teacher. Someday I hope I am just as great as GTO! the story will inspire you! highest recomendations!
Hakusen nagashi [白線流し]
(Bought)
Handoku [ハンドク]
Rating: 9/10 (Watched)
Harmonia ~ kono ai no gai de ~ [ハルモニア]
(Bought)
Heart ni S
Heisei meoto jawan ~ dokechi no hanamichi
(Bought)
Hero
(Bought)
Hikon Kazoku [非婚家族]
Hito ni Yasashiku [人にやさしく / 3ピース]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Hitotsu yane no shita 1 [ひとつ屋根の下 1]
(Bought)
Hitotsu yane no shita 2 [ひとつ屋根の下 2]
(Bought)
Hoshi no kinka 1 [星の金貨]
(Bought)
Hoshi no kinka 2 / Zoku hoshi no kinka [續。星の金貨]
(Bought)
Houkago [下課後]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is a classic sci-fi type drama. Funny, well acted, wish they had done a sequel!
Hyakunen no monogatari [百年の物語]
(Bought)
Ichiban taisetsu na hito [いちばん大切なひと]
(Bought)
Ienaki ko 1 [家なき子]
(Bought)
Ienaki ko 2 [家なき子 2]
(Bought)
Iguana no musume [イグアナの娘]
(Bought)
Ii hito [いいひと。]
Ikebukuro West Gate Park [池袋ウエストゲートパーク]
(Bought)
Itsuka mata aeru [いつかまた逢える]
Jinbe [じんべえ]
Rating: 3/10 (Bought & Watched)
As much as I liked the actors. I cannot believe that anyone would fall with the man who raised her.
Kagayaku toki no naka de [輝く季節の中で]
(Bought)
Kamisama mou sukoshi dake [神様、もう少しだけ]
(Bought)
Kasouken no Onna [科捜研の女]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Very good drama! About a woman who used to work for the FBI, but came back home to Japan. Her detective methods are different then the ones used in Japan. Also she has to come to terms with an ex husband who happens to be her superior. Very good, very quirky drama!
Kasouken no Onna 2 [科捜研の女 2]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
yet another season of this great Drama. I love the character of the pathologist who also is a mother. I can understand why she would say; "It's five oclock. I've got to go pick up my kid!" this series is highly recomended.
Kiken na kankei [危険な関係]
Kimi to ita mirai no tame ni ~ airu bi bakku [?N???]
(Bought)
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikembo 3 [金田一少年の事件簿 3]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Kindaichi shonen no jikenbo 1 [金田一少年の事件簿 1]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
I love this one! Highly recomended!
Kindaichi shonen no jikenbo 2 [金田一少年の事件簿 2]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Great story. I highly recomend it!
Kisarazu Cat's Eye [木更津キャッツアイ]
(Bought)
Koi ga shitai Koi ga shitai Koi ga shitai [恋がしたい恋がしたい]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Koi no katamichi kippu
(Bought)
Koi wa aserazu [恋はあせらず]
(Bought)
Koishite Shinitai [恋して死にたい]
(Bought)
Konya wa eigyouchu [今夜は営業中]
(Bought)
Koori no sekai [冰の世界]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Kou kou kyoushi [高校教師]
Kowloon de Aimashou [九龍で会いましょう]
(Bought)
Kyousoukyoku [協奏曲]
(Bought)
Kyumei byoto 24 ji [救命病棟24時]
(Bought)
Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji 2 [救命病棟24時 2]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
I adore this drama. I really wish they would do another season. If you can, watch it!
Le Parfum De La Jaolusie (Shitto no Kaori)
(Bought)
Long Love Letter [ロング・ラブレター〜漂流教室]
Long vacation [ロングバケーション]
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Loved this show. Go and watch it!
Love complex [ラブコンプレックス]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
If you like twin peaks, or the Ring, you'll love this. Yes, the story is a little odd, but it makes it even more better. It will keep you guessing the entire time!
Love generation [ラブジェネレーション]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Great show. What else can I say, I really recomend it!
Love Story
Lunch no Joou [ランチの女王]
LxIxVxE
(Bought)
Mahiru no tsuki [真晝の月]
(Bought)
Maikosan wa meitantei!
(Bought)
Manatsu no Merry Christmas [真夏のメリークリスマス]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
A bit dragy at times, but a wonderful story! I love the leads.
Mayonaka no Ame [真夜中の雨]
(Bought)
Meitantei hokenshitsu no obasan
(Bought)
Messengers [メッセンジャー]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
A wonderful rollercoaster of a movie. Tsuyoshi is great in this. Playing a tanned, in shape, driven messenger! highly recomended!
Mirai no omoide [未来の想い出]
(Bought)
Miseinen [未成年]
(Bought)
Moto Kare [元カレ]
(Bought)
Mukodono! [ムコ殿/女婿大人]
(Bought)
Nanisama! [なにさまっ!]
(Bought)
Naomi [ナオミ]
(Bought)
Narita Rikon [成田離婚]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
A good funny story about two people who just can't get along.
Nemureru mori [眠れる森]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
I thought I would hate this. Imagine my surprise when I found this was the best drama ever. I liked Kimura being the anti-hero. Loved Santamaria, haven't seen any of his acting before. Loved the part of the fiancee. A little too good to be true he was! If you want a scary, mysterious drama, watch this one!
Netsuretsu Teki Chuuka Hanten [熱烈的中華飯店]
(Bought)
Never Land
Rating: 10/10 (Bought)
News no onna [ニュースの女]
Ningen shikkaku [人間・失格]
Rating: 8/10 (Bought & Watched)
Really a good show. It's too bad that Domoto Tsuyoshi's character had to die half way through, his plotline was the best of the show. if he hadn't died, I would have given it a ten.
Nisennen no koi [二千年の恋]
(Bought)
Nurse no oshigoto 1
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Funny, wonderful show about a woman who tries to fit into a new life. Highly recomended!
Nurse no oshigoto 2
(Bought)
Nurse no oshigoto 3
(Bought)
Nurse no oshigoto 4
(Bought)
Nurseman [ナースマン]
(Bought)
Oda Nobunaga [織田信長]
(Bought)
Odoru Daisousasen [踊る大捜査線]
(Bought)
Oishii Kankei [おいしい關係]
(Bought)
Omae no yukichi ga naiteiru [お前の諭吉が泣いている]
(Bought)
Omiai kekkon [お見合い結婚]
(Bought)
Onmyouji [陰陽師]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Fun, sci-fi period drama. Highly recomended!
Otousan [おとうさん]
(Bought)
Over Time [オーバー・タイム]
Oyaji~ [オヤジぃ]
P.S. Genki desu, Shunpei [P.S.元気です、俊平]
(Bought)
Pretty Girls [プリティガール]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
wonderful drama! highly recomended!
Psycho Doctor [サイコドクター]
Psychometrer eiji 1
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Lets see. What does this drama have? Teenager named Eiji who has extra powers. He is a touch telepath. Most of the time he is dragged kicking and screaming to help out the police. He doesn't always like to use his powers. Because he thinks it's better not to know. But his flashes, are the thing that usually solves the case. Tanabe plays a man who used to be a friend of Eiji's police contact, but who is really criminally insane. Inahara plays Eiji's not too bright sidekick. kohara also plays the more 'geeky' sidekick. Both are good in the roles, but while Kohara is really the age of his charactor. Mahahiro and Inahara where three years older then the character they played. They are also much taller then Kohara. This in turn makes Kohara look much younger then them. That is the only drawback to this wonderful series. If you like X-files, you're going to love this series!
Psychometrer eiji 2
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
To say this is a good drama is an understatement. This takes place two years later. Eiji is much more in control of his powers. His two friends have also matured, one becoming a gang leader, turning the gang into a Guardian Angels type street patrol. I only wish that they had made more of this great program. It really needs another season.
Pu-Pu-Pu jump
Quiz
(Bought)
Rasen [らせん]
Remote [リモート]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
One of my all time favorite dramas. Domoto Koichi gives a wonderful preformance as a man bound by his fears. Kyoko is funny and great. I also loved the character Bob! Hope there will be another one!
Renai Hensachi [恋愛偏差値]
(Bought)
Ring: Saishusho [リング 最終章]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
This show is even better then the movie! You have to watch this. it's wonderful!
Rocket boy [ロケット・ボーイ]
Romance
Rating: 9/10 (Bought & Watched)
Good drama. Yes, its a bit odd, but fun to watch.
Rookie!
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
Very good funny show! Watch for the cameo by Domoto Tsuyoshi who plays a shoplifter in the last episode. What did he steal? A Kinki Kids Cd of course! this show is really great. Wish they would do another season!
Saigo no Kazoku [最後の家族]
(Bought)
Saigo no koi [最後の恋]
(Bought)
Saimin [催眠]
(Bought)
Saotome Typhoon
Rating: 2/10 (Bought & Watched)
Beach wars Mix is I think the worse drama I've ever seen! it doesn't make any sense, even subtitled in English. Everyone in it seems to adore Nato, in ice cream, chocolate, coffee, cookies. (except the lead actress) The nato jokes are the only good thing about this show!
Sarariman Kintaro 1 (TBS) [サラリーマン金太郎]
(Bought)
Sayonara, Ozu Sensei [さよなら、小津先生]
Rating: 6/10 (Bought & Watched)
Sigh, this show tried too hard. The school was a little too relistic. Something just didn't work. I think the plot dragged, and it was too pesimistic. They really didn't show the reasons behind anything.
Sensei shiranaino? [先生知らないの?]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
I love this show! The principal's daughter was so very funny. She was in love with Kusanagi's charactor. She always came up with something new and unexpected in her quest to get her 'dream teacher'. There was also another charactor who showed up in each episode each time with a new job! I also liked the episodes, the one with all the female students in love with the teacher is a classic. Another one with a grandfather who used to be Dracula in movies was one of my favorites! Need I say anything about Kusanagi? He was really good in this! The teacher acted as if he really cared for his students. Yes, he was stubborn, but that made him a better teacher!
Shiawase No Shippo
(Bought)
Shin Hoshi no kinka [新・星の金貨]
Shin oretachi no tabi (ver.1999)
Shiroi kage [白い影]
(Bought)
Shokatsu
(Bought)
Shomuni [ショムニ]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
classic! wonderful great! Highest recomendations!
Shomuni 2 [ショムニ 2]
(Bought)
Shomuni Final [ショムニ ファイナル/庶務二課]
(Bought)
Shota no sushi [将太の寿司]
(Bought)
Somurie [ソムリエ]
(Bought)
Sono toki haatowa nusumareta [その時,ハ-トは盜まれた]
(Bought)
Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi [空から降る一億の星]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
I believe this is the best ever Drama Kimura has ever done. Instead of a good guy role he usually plays, this role is more dark. He plays a killer who seduces woman into killing for him. That is until he meets the woman of his dreams, whose scar on her arm fits his scar like a puzzle piece. Then he falls in love and tries to change. Unfortantly the woman's secret leads down the path of unhappyness. If you have to watch one drama, watch this one!
Stand UP!!
Star no Koi [スタアの恋]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
My all time favorite drama!
Strawberry on the shortcake [ストロベリー・オンザ・ショートケーキ]
(Bought)
Suiyoubi no Jouji [水曜日の情事]
(Bought)
Summer snow
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
The very best drama out there. It is great. Tsuyoshi was very believable and his family was very funny! It also was sad in parts, which is wonderful!
Suna no ue no koibitotachi [砂の上の恋人たち]
(Bought)
Suwiito debiru [スウィートデビル]
(Bought)
Taiyo no Kisetsu [太陽の季節]
(Bought)
Team saiaku de saikouna futari [チーム]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
For years Kusanagi had parodied Nishimura on his variety show. It's good to see them finally working together. Great show! loved the sub plots. also the prime minister of Japan is an extra in the first episode! they need to do another season of this!
Tengoku ni ichiban chikai otoko [天国に一番近い男]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
funny, wonderful drama. I adore the way Masahiro's charactor was able to change himself. highly recomended!
Tengoku ni ichiban chikai otoko 2 [天国に一番近い男 - 教師編]
(Bought)
Tenshi ga kieta machi [天使が消えた街]
(Bought)
Toi Shinseki Chikaku no Tanin? [遠い親戚近くの他人]
(Bought)
Tokyo daigaku monogatari
(Bought)
Tokyo Love Story [東京ラブストーリー]
(Bought)
Toshiie to Matsu [利家とまつ]
(Bought)
Toshishita No Otoko [年下之男]
(Bought)
Toumei ningen
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
I love this show! funny, wonderful! a real superhero! if you can, watch it! you won't be disapointed!
Trick [トリック]
Trick 2 [トリック2]
(Bought)
Tsuhan-Man
(Bought)
Tsumetai tsuki [冷たい月]
(Bought)
Uso Koi [ウソコイ]
(Bought)
Virtual girl
(Bought)
Wakaba no koro [若葉のころ]
(Bought)
Wakamono no subete [若者のすべて]
(Bought)
With love
(Bought)
Yamato Nadeshiko [やまとなでしこ【大和撫子】]
(Bought)
Yan Papa [やんパパ]
(Bought)
Yoiko no Mikata [よい子の味方]
(Bought)
Yoisho no Otoko [ヨイショの男]
(Bought)
Yome wa mitsuboshi [嫁はミツボシ]
(Bought)
Yomigaeru kinro [蘇る金狼]
Rating: 10/10 (Bought & Watched)
This is Shingo's best drama. It is very fast paced. Highest recomendations!
Yume no California [夢のカリフォルニア]
(Bought)

katrinka's drama reviews (6)
Dousoukai [同窓会]
Groundbreaking [Rating: 10/10]
A classic, groundbreaking drama. I highly recomend it for its sensitivity in dealing with Homosexuality. Kokubun Taichi and Yamaguchi were great in this. Also, look for Sakamoto Masayuki who played a very intresting role. If you can find it, watch it. It's great.
Houkago [下課後]
Funny, well acted drama [Rating: 10/10]
Oh boy, a freaky Friday type story. That is what I thought when I heard of this. But then I got the set. It is about Azusa a gifted, popular girl in the highest class at school. Then there is Kouhei, who is in the lowest class. He smokes, skips school ect. The series is very funny, I loved the way Arisa acted when her character realized she was in a girls body. Kouhei (the boy in a girls body) went very quickly to the underware drawer. Azusa (the girl in a boys body) caught him, and hit the roof! I felt sorry for Azusa when her parents had her thrown in jail, because they didn't know who she really was! Also, it was very very funny when Azusa had to go to the rest room, and Kouhei had to drag her in there. Because Azusa being the good girl she was didn't want to touch 'that'. The two become friends because no one else believes their story. Azusa, being Azusa keeps studying even when she is in Kouhei's body, which makes her first be accused of cheating on a big test. Since there is no way the 'backwards' Kouhei could ever get such a good grade. But a teacher believes in Kouhei, so she is back in the advanced class. The only thing unbelieveable is that no one ever guesses that the two switched bodies. Kouhei's family did think there was something wrong, but they soon think it's because he's in love. Azusa's parents begin to wonder why their daughter is becoming rebellious, but they never notice anything else different. Then slowly Kouhei and Azusa become more then just friends. Kouhei changes from being around Azusa, yes he is still a bit of a punk, but he stops smoking, and begins to think of others. There is also a couple of very odd love triangles in this program, but that makes it even more fun to watch. Arisa is wonderful as a boy inside of a girl. Her comic talents really shined in this story. The way she acted made me really respect her acting. Issei should have won an award for this program. he was very, very convincing as the girl inside of a boy. I was very impressed by his acting. If you have a chance to watch this drama, do! It's short, but it's great. Just wish there had been a sequel!
Mokuyou no kaidan
Good kids show [Rating: 9/10]
This is a good saturday morning type show. It's made for preteens, but I found I enjoyed it. It's like a strange combination of the 20's Our Gang series and X-files. My preteen son adores this show. So I've seen it about three time in the past two months. There are two seasons in this show. The first is when the 'gang'' is in the final year of elementary school. Tsubasa plays a geek, even down to the glasses. Tackey of course is the main character with the intresting family and grandfather the world travel. He gave Tackey's character a computer program to help them solve cases, then promptly 'vanished." They also have a friend called Takashi, and the token girl is called Erika, and she has a little brother called Shoon. This first season had sixteen episodes. The second season is when the 'gang' is in the first year of Junior high. Shoon isn't in this one as much, as he still is going to another school. They are joined in their case hunting by tom boy Akira. Tsubasa's character, called Kenta isn't as geeky in this series, passing his character change as his getting contacts. The second season had fourteen episodes and a special. I really enjoyed this series. It's worth hunting down. The second season has a bigger budget with better sfx, but it's really best to see both seasons. The title I was given for this show was the Kaiki club. Tackey and Tsubasa are both very good in this. It's quite intresting to see a show were Tsubasa is smaller then Tackey. Highly recomended show.
Sono toki haatowa nusumareta [その時,ハ-トは盜まれた]
typical teen drama [Rating: 8/10]
This drama is for the teen set. It breeches a subject not usually covered. It's a love triangle between two girls and a guy. The subject of bisexuality is treated with sensitivity. The main character can't make up her mind about anything. She was a typical teen in her first big crush. The big plus is seeing an early Kimura. He's the high school star basketball player. He's also in an all male drama troup. They were going to preform Sleeping beauty. Watch for the scene where he gets into a fist fight during a dress rehearsal. He's dressed as the queen, and he fights with Sleeping beauty. All, in all I do recomend this drama, though it isn't for the most mature of audiences.
Star no Koi [スタアの恋]
The best ever dorama [Rating: 10/10]
This is my all time favorite Drama. I have watched it three times, and it's made me happy each time. Tsuyoshi Kusanagi is really great in this dorama. I really liked his charactor and the unusual people he worked with. His preformance is 'straight on." Also, like the way that when the story got sad, the billboard with the star had a wallscrawl that said "agony" on it. Which mirrored what the male charactor was going through. The Dorama plays like an Rock Hudson/Doris Day romantic comedy. It even has that 'type' of incidental music. It even has a happy ending! A bonus to this is the guest in the last episode, Shingo Katori. He plays a reporter in the future who is going to write a book over the star's story. This Dorama has it all. My highest recomendations!
Yomigaeru kinro [蘇る金狼]
A underrated series! Lots of action! [Rating: 10/10]
This series is like a Beat Takashi/John Woo movie. No romance, but heavy on the plot. I havenft seen a Dorama from Japan use so many guns. Seems like everyone in the series has at least four. Katori Shingo gives an excellent performance in this. Showing his true colors as an actor. He plays two entirely different roles, both with total conviction. The geek is a gadget whiz who comes up with wonderful devices, seemingly shrinking several inches to become the geek. The eherof on the other hand slowly looses those he cares for, both by betrayal and death. He begins a slow spiral into insanity. His revenge isnft simply going after the men who killed his brother; he plots the entire downfall of their corporation. Even though the ending is a bit bleak, itfs foreshadowed in the series. There was room for a sequel, and itfs too bad there wasnft one. I hope that someday, someone will reuse Katori Shingo as an action star.

   

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