sugoi ne [Rating: 9/10]
anego..!! at first, i was hesitated to buy this dorama, no specific reason, it's just that i am not that much of a -young guy-older woman- relationship kind of person... well now that most japanese doramas seem to be head over heels with that idea, i have learnt to accept it..., a little.
Anyhow, on with the dorama..., cant believe that this one is indeed very enjoyable to watch. 32 then, now 33 yrs old lady, loveless, marriedless, relationshipless, one couldnt ask for a more insecure position other than that of Noda Naoko. She is frantic, in need to be saved before her chance's up. Dying to find happiness thru a blissfull marriage, she dragged herself from one relationship to another, only to find that are too many to be altered for the sake of what so called 'happiness'. what an ambitious word a hapiness is.
Then, of corse, there is this young attractive guy, so simple, uncomplicated, kurosawa akihiko, who attracted to her but wasn't sure whether he wanted her as a keep. understandable, since he is only 22 yrs old. Have to admit the chemistry between the two. they thought us that love, and furthermore marriage, isnt all about being properly in love, properly happy, properly accepted.
I still laugh in Naoko's mom comment on their age gap, in which i found very sincere, "dont worry when he is 72 and you (naoko) would be 83, and woman lives longer than man". yes, afterall, what the heck..., who needs to be bound by age in this game anyway...
touching [Rating: 8/10]
yep, it's takuya kimura for pete sake, and watching him is like an obligation. He might not be the epitome of japanese dorama, but he has starred in enough doramas to gain that respect. Dont be mislead by the title, it's more of the poor kids then the racing. Engine meant to tell a story about -more or less- life, emotional struggle, will power, and obviosly love, and not someone dies racing. Japanese are good with this storyline, they make you weep and smile easier then flipping a coin. No one dies, no nasty grandma to oppose the lovebirs, no one suffers from cancers, but nonetheles, you'd cry. Who needs those almightly disasters anyway?? guess the korean need to learn more... jodann...
|Koi ni Ochitara ~Boku no Seikou no Himitsu~ [恋におちたら〜僕の成功の秘密〜]|
meaningful but ... [Rating: 7/10]
alright, i dislike the plot. Why the drastic change in "Island" character?? the story seems to rush his character, and change him over night. He was once a sincere, warm, compasionate guy before they turned him drastically to this evelish, greed-comsumed "island", and then turned him (again) to his old self, only this time, he is wiser, has learned his lesson in a harsh way. Alrite, I got the lesson, the message is well delivered, but look what they have forcedly done to "island" character.
Actually, I rather scarifice the perfect ending for not so perfect one, since it seems that the ending was sandwiched only for the sake of being 'perfect'.
Saying all those things above doesnt mean that this isnt a recommended dorama. the casts are superb.