|Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003 [高校教師 2003]|
Great Drama [Rating: 9/10]
I do not like when people just write, the story not good, music not good and keep repeating the same thing. Without a reason why.
I personally liked this drama. Most people complained about the music, they used the original score for the first or "prequel" 1993 version of this series. She is a folk singer. I did not like or hate the music it's just old. They used it from her 1976 album. But they just used this one song for the entire series.
The story itself is slow paced and character driven.
I liked the connection between Hina and her sensei I felt it was a deeper love even though the sensei's doctor says it is dependence confused for love. But I think this series tries to define what love really is. Sensei is lonely and Hina is lonely is it two people being lonely and meeting and needing each other, is that need and dependence love?. Or do you fall in love first than that feeling of dependence grows from that?
This series poses a lot of questions and push a lot of boundaries. It has characters using others in mental and emotional games for their own pleasure. Using love as a tool for their own benefit. Such as the host "Yuji" using "Beniko" and playing with her love for him to get her to drop out of school and prostitute herself to give him money so he can be the number one host. And Fujimura playing the game with "Yuji" to repent for his sins because of the inability to love after his loss that made him do his own sinful experiments.
Every character had their own emotional problem, something they try to use other's to fix for them.
Like Sensei's doctor who had an ailing husband who spent his last dying months with his mistress. So the doctor Koga Sensei as a replacement for her husband to nurse him before his death to fill the emptiness of not being wanted by her husband. She wanted to feel needed.
Than Koga lying to Hina when she misunderstood and thought she was dying when it was Koga. He felt lonely without someone understanding how he felt he wanted to share his pain as he said "mirror reflection of himself". Going threw the same emotional pain he is. He needed someone to understand him. But as I watched their characters developed I felt it was genuine love. Their common interactions felt easy and comfortable. They didn't need a sexual relationship they had a strong emotional bond beyond anything physical.
My only complaint is they left the ending ambiguous for your own interpretation.
She was alone but she spoke of miracles. Miracles as in he is alive or the topic of meeting again in space as carbon matter?