guilty akuma to keiyakushita onna, giruti: akuma to keiyaku shita onna
Fuji TV (フジテレビ)
12 Oct, 2010 - 21 Dec, 2010
22:00 - 22:54
3.53 of 5 by 349 users
Fifteen years ago, Nogami Meiko's brother in law and nephew were murdered and her sister committed suicide as a result. Wrongly tried, Meiko spent fourteen years in jail. Now working at a pet salon, she begins to take revenge on the true culprits. Meanwhile, Mashima Takourou is investigating the disappearance of a senior police officer when he discovers a link to Meiko's case. Determined to find out the truth, Takourou beings digging, only to realize that there's more being hidden than he had though.
I really wanted to like it more than I did. I can't even really say whether I really would rate it as good or whether that's just because I feel like I'm supposed to rate it like that. I honestly have no idea what to think of it.
First, the story is just my thing. A woman who was wrongfully put into prison goes on a revenge trip and kills everyone who caused her imprisonment? She falls in love with the cop who's supposed to catch her? Uhhh. I love moral ambiguities and hopeless love stories. Yeah, I'm cheap.
Well, in a way Guilty delivered that. There were twists, surprises, totally fucked up characters. I love the tagline because the heroine isn't evil but after her whole life was fucked up she couldn't see anything but revenge. I loved those parts when she threatened blackmailed, schemed and made people kill themselves.
The odd thing is that the love story that seemed to become the most perfect was what disappointed me the most. The leads really lacked chemistry. Also, I didn't really like the naive side of the heroine. I know that it was to show that she never actually became a devil but that side of hers was like a washed out version of her other self.
Thinking about it, that's maybe it. I think it lacked intensity. At some point I even wished it was more like a kdrama. Yeah, I know, Korean have a tendency to overact and Korean revenge stories tend to be hilariously ridiculous with all that glaring and yelling and the gazillon of flashbacks but well, Guilty is a revenge story, so it would've been nice if there was some emotion. As much as I liked the cold colours it was filmed in, the lack of colour didn't quite help the lack of emotion. I had to force myself to watch it because it felt a little flat and draggy.
There were scenes I liked and that were pretty well-made I think. I also love the story and the visuals. Still, whenever I think of it there's this feeling of disappointment because this could've been grand.