The series starts with a cute, cheerful girl that surprisingly committed suicide. But soon the police discover it was actually a murder. The murderer stabbed the girl and pushed her body from the balcony, making the room look like she killed herself. Detective Kanzou, looking for a point to begin, gets a picture of the girl and her boyfriend. Kanzou thinks this man has some answers.
As much as I love Kimura Takuya and I don't know why everyone praises him in this, sure he's not bad, but somehow not the perfect man for this role. Thus it's not him who makes this drama, neither is it any other actor in particular, so what is it?
STORY it is, SUSPENSE it it
and here I may start with story telling.. once there was a cheerful rich student, who suddenly commited suicide. Sounds legit? Police thinks it's murder, thus there's got to be a murderer. At this point Detective Kanzou, a way too down-to-earth detective, not really the cool guy you'd think, yet he certainly got his moments and dark spots, starts his investigations. Somehow he gets involved with Katase Ryou, a seemingly more cool guy with a mysterious aura (who somehow gets all the women). Now those two are involved, another rich girl gets involved and Kanzou's sister Yuuko also enters the story.
Normal detective drama with some deceive the rich and stab them afterwards action? - Nah, there's more to this drama, which is what makes it so good!
Once you've watched a certain amount of tv in your life or read enough books, sure you can foresee certain things no matter what you watch, as well as in this drama, yet the twists and turns are so well-placed that you'll love even the moments you knew before. As for me I certainly knew how it might end and I was let's say 80% right, yet I wouldn't want it any other way, though I cried my eyes out. It's way worth it.
About the soundtrack, I'm sooo happy about their choice of insert songs, I loooove "Miagete Goran Yoru no Hoshi wo", a true japanese classic, both the acoustic version and the lyrical version are certainly a splendid fit for this drama, so god bless who ever decided to have it covered for this drama. (maybe I'm a bit too happy by the fact that I noticed what song it is with the acoustic version even.. lol) Other than this there is a suspense theme which is really awesome and raises the tension especially at the end of each episode. About the ending by Elvis Castello (I believe?), nice song, lyrics are like made for this drama, but I just believe it doesn't fit the drama musically, something more upbeat might have been a better choice, but well whatever it's just the ending, it's not like it appears in any way, so let's forget about it.
So what can I say about this drama? I don't knwo if it's a must watch, don't even know if I would recommend it to everyone, probably not, but I think it's definitely worth the watch. Like said before, the acting wasn't awesome, but also not aweful. The setting and story has certain flaws, moments when you will think "who reacts like this?!", but that's forgivable. Overall nice, interesting and rather dark drama (don't expect too much romance, lol), which is rare imo.
I was very torn whether to rate this with 5 stars or not, but in the end I did. (Didn't, I changed my mind a few Dramas later lol)
This drama was... it was really really good. You can totally see it's from over 8 years ago, because the atmosphere, characters and story are completely different from nowaday's Japanese Dramas.
The atmosphere was rather gloomy and realistic, which sometimes made it hard to watch, because it would make me feel very sad and yet I liked this about the Drama. So was the story, but it was also full of suspense, which made it hard to take my eyes off the screen as soon as I'd started watching one episode. Furthermore the story took a few interesting turns midway, which made it unpredictable and kept the suspense. Still, sometimes this made it hard to keep track with what was going on and I was a little confused sometimes.
Then, the characters... I loved Kimutakus role, even though you won't be able to fully understand him and his actions until the very end, so don't give up on him here. The female lead role Yuuko was very sweet and easy to understand, though she as well will surprise you in the end. Her elder brother, "Kan-chan", definitely had my sympathy, but after a few episodes his way of acting was starting to get on my nerves... I mean he played really well and everything, but just his... way of acting, the way he spoke and treated people. So this was big minus in my opinion, but others may feel different about him.
All in all this Drama goes very deep into the mind of disturbed "Katase Ryou" (Kimutaku) and into motives of murder and suicide and in which way and why apparently "normal" people can be pushed into comitting these kind of things. It's also about the connection between family bonds and blood relation... So be strong if you watch this, but if you do, I think you can learn a lot and also that again after all "life does go on"...
That's why I suppose this is a masterpiece after all.