Synopsis: An incident is talked about all over Japan. The case involves the Doisaki couple that killed their 15-year-old daughter and hid her body under their house for 16 years.
One day, housewife Toshiko Hagiya visits Shigeko Maehata (Yukie Nakama) who works for a small editing company. Toshiko tells Shigeko that her 12-year-old son Hitoshi might have a special ability to see other people’s memories. She pulls out a picture drawn by Hitoshi. The picture has a girl with a grey colored face lying in a house that has a bat shaped weather vane on its roof. The picture seems to depict the incident involving the Doisaki couple. Shigeko decides to do some research, but Hitoshi dies in a car accident.
Meanwhile, the attorney for the Doisaki couple tells their second daughter Seiko that the couple has cut off all ties with her. Around that time, a female high student is confined.
In six episodes, Rakuen weaves a disturbing tale of murder, abuse and the struggles that parents and children go through, the underlining theme in the story, at least to me, is how doing the right thing isn’t always the right thing.
Good intentions sometimes cause more hardships and suffering, even when all you were doing was trying to help.
Synopsis: Park Jung-Woo is a prosecutor at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office. One day, he wakes up and finds himself in locked up at the police station. He has temporary amnesia. Park Jung-Woo is falsely accused and is sentenced to death. He must struggle to prove his innocence. Episode: 16
What I was expecting: I’m slightly nervous, because kdramas tend to let me down more often than I’d like them to. Even if they do wow me in the beginning, they tend to lose steam once the romance aspect comes in or near the end of the series. (Yong Pal is a good example of this. I loved it in the beginning, but it got stupid fast and the ending was annoying)
But at the same time, this doesn’t seem to have a romance angle to it, since Ji Sung’s character is trying to figure out the mystery about why he’s in death row, so I’m happy about that. This is a mystery thriller, which is one of my favourite genres, so I’m anxiously optimistic that this will be okay.
What I was expecting: I’m going to be honest here and say that I had no idea what the show was about when I first saw it. I just clicked play because Nakama Yukie and Kaho are in it, so I guess I’m expecting greatness since I like the two actresses.
This is only six episodes, so I have a feeling that this will have a lot of drama and psychological moments in it.
How it really was: So within the first three minutes a middle aged man, who just lost his home due to a fire, walks up to a police officer and says this:
16 years ago I killed my daughter and buried her under the floor…
Why did he bring this up? And why did he wait 16 years to mention this? As the episode goes on we learn about why he killed his daughter. Let’s just say that she wasn’t exactly easy to deal with and that after she disappeared her parents and neighbours were all thankful.
The drama here has multiple layers that seem to tie into each other nicely. Despite this episode being almost an hour long, it was mainly used as an introduction piece to help set up the story and introduce you to the key characters. A lot of stuff happened, but it feels like things will be getting crazier for the remaining five episodes.
And that ending….tragic. The show started with an old death and ended with a fresh one.
Overall: The show has a great cast and the story seems like it will be right up my alley. The only downside is that this is a jdrama so it may take some time before the show is subbed.
If you are planning on watching this, I’d recommend going into it blind and not reading the synopsis found on most sites. It pretty much spoils the first episode and no one wants to be spoiled.
Episodes: 10 Release Date: October 22 – December 24, 2016
Synopsis: Set in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, “Cold Case” follows Yuri Ishikawa (Yo Yoshida) and her team as they try to crack unresolved cold cases. (Source)
Initially, I wasn’t even planning on watching Cold Case. I never watched the American version of it, for reasons unknown since I love these sorts of dramas, and I was a bit nervous about it being a remake. Then I found out that it had Yo Yoshida in it, so I decided to check it out. My expectations were low going in, but wow did this drama surprise me.
The stories chosen here are heartbreaking, depressing, and every other synonym that you can think of for being sad. It’s not your typical police drama where there are happy endings and we see witty exchanges between the police officers. Each story hits you hard by focusing on racism, pedophiles, abuse, and of course, murder.
Before going into my final thoughts about the series, I thought I’d share some exciting news. There will be a new Death Note coming out in 2016. This one will be using the Six-Note rule that was found in the manga.
One interesting note is that L and Light will not be a part of this sequel. Instead, it will be their successors who have their DNA. And cyber terrorism will be a major theme in the movie. so I’m kind of interested in seeing what kind of story this will have. Ryuk will be back, so that’s good. The movie will also deal with cyber terrorism, which could be interesting.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about the 2015 live action drama that recently finished.
1. Tae Hyun arrives at the funeral and tells everyone that he’s now the legal guardian of Yeo Jin.
The 3 minute mark would have been the best way to end the last episode. Oh well. Once Tae Hyun interrupts the ceremony of Yeo Jin leaving, her plan finally goes into motion and Do Joon loses everything. He gets arrested, loses the secretary, and gets embarrassed in front of all those high ranking officials at the funeral.
President Go also gets arrested as well. Also Kim Young Mi, the female worker who committed suicide and then had her identity taken for a bit by Yeo Jin, was honoured at the funeral.
Last time, Yeo Jin learned that Sung Hoon was a jerk and that Tae Hyun is the only guy for her….bleh. She also got a USB that will help her in the fight against her brother.
It’s finally time for Yeo Jin to break away from her princess title and become a warrior. She won’t be Snowpunzel anymore, she’ll become Snowpunzelan? Mulanowpunzel? Mulunzelite? Hmmm. I’ll figure something now so that doesn’t sound like a Sailor Moon villain. I just need more time to properly hash that out….
The last episode ended with a good cliffhanger and one that I was excited to see play out. With Yeo Jin getting up, she’ll finally start her revenge plan. More than anything, I want to see Yeo Jin do something crazy.
1. Yeo Jin acts like she has amnesia, but once alone with Tae Hyun she hugs him and tells him that she has a weapon to use against the Chairman.
Is this weapon herself? She says it’s to save Tae Hyun and since they can’t avoid a fight, she might as well go all out. YES! Yeo Jin. YES! I’m glad she’s finally taking charge of her life, especially since she’s been held captive for three years. Since the Chairman is planning to kill Yeo Jin for good and prepare a funeral and arbitrary, he has Tae Hyun head over to the locked tower and announce Yeo Jin’s time of death. Continue reading →
Even though I’m not doing recaps for The Virtual Bride, I’m finding myself enjoying it more and more as the weeks go by. It’s not the greatest drama in the world, or even the best kdrama out there, but it works enough to keep me entertained.
One of the main reasons is Cha Myung Suk. I love how comfortable he is with his feelings towards Oh In Young. He knew that he liked her, so he purposely placed himself in sticky situations just to get closer to her. After they kissed, he got bolder. It paid off since they both like each other and even though I’m not that big of a fan of romance, I kind of love it here.