Endearing [Rating: 10/10]
The simplicity and mood for this movie are just wonderful. Definitely enjoyed this drama. I love the fact that this was both Japanese and Korean. I really got some insight on how the differences really are bigger than outsiders (me) think.
|Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003 [高校教師 2003]|
Loved it! :) [Rating: 10/10]
I was looking for an Asian drama that would be about a teacher and student falling in love. Normally I watch Korean dramas so I was excited when I read the plot about this story. I found many dramas that would have been perfect to watch if only the older lover wasn't a female. I am not too keen about relationships where the woman is older. And it had become irritating watching series that are romantic comedies. I love the romantic part, but I wanted a serious tone. That is what this series has to offer.
If anyone know about another series where there's an older man (teacher or not) that falls in love with a younger woman who loves him back, please let me know! Doesn't matter what country it is from, even if it isn't even Asian, just as long as it is translated in English. I have seen a few and loved them.
A little about what I thought of the characters.
Doctor Tachibana Yuriko (Mano Azusa): I don't know if anyone else thought so or not, but I was just disgusted by the doctor. She was sick and twisted. She completely took advantage of her patient's illness. Honestly from the beginning I got a weird feeling about her and thought she had a major thing for him. Then they show a scene where they are having sexual intercourse and I almost vomited.
Machida Hina (Ueto Aya): She's adorable! I didn't like the parts where she was immature and seemed a bit obsessive, but she ended up maturing. I would have been angry too if I found out I was lied to and in fact wasn't dying. But I also would have been jumping for joy (for myself) and sad at the same time because my lover didn't have much time left.
Koga Ikumi (Fujiki Naohito): This guy was gorgeous! Lol aside from that...I felt so bad for him near the end. He became happy and then torn. Then again you reap what you sow. His whole world came crashing down after Machida told him she didn't want to be with him anymore. Then he became even more dependant on that vile doctor. I imagined he lived in the end.
Kudo Beniko (Sonim): Seemingly the cool, rebellious girl in the beginning, she's truly a lonely girl on the inside. She was tricked by Kamiya. She even decided to degrade herself for him by doing prostitution. If it wasn't for Fujimura, she would have lost her virtue.
Fujimura Tomoki (Kyomoto Masaki): I was surpised to find out this actor was a rockstar. He had a more classy image in the series. Well, physically that is. In the drama he was basically a rapist who decided to make at least one right after (was it a decade?) a period of wrongs. I was rooting for him and Beniko, but he ended up dying because that lunatic Kamiya killed him.
Kamiya Yuji (Narimiya Hiroki): So this actor is supposed to famous? Egh his character was a straight out freak. He was, "pyscho of 2003". I wanted to punch him plenty a time. He is childish and demented.
Ezawa Mami (Aoi Yu): Irritant of a person, thinking she had the world in her hands. Then her world came tumbling down. She was the one who switched the fake blade with a real one that killed Fujimura. As much as she tried to act mature and like a sex kitten, she was completely the opposite.