Another movie I saw on the plane to kill time. The reason I was drawn to The 8-Year Engagement was because of Sato Takeru. But, not to sound very shallow, I have seen the trailer and I knew immediately I must watch this movie. Based on a true story, I went back and forth initially because I did not want to embarrass myself in public. I went ahead and saw it! I did not regret sobbing at all *laughs*. It was a tear fest movie! Thankfully for a blanket to cover and wipe me tears…
I can’t believe this show is ending soon!!!!! I have been watching it since early this week but put it on hold last Saturday at episode 5 because I couldn’t take it. Of course, I mustered my energy Sunday morning and watched it until episode 8. One more episode, people. One more episode! If you aren’t watching it, I highly suggest you do. It’s a revenge drama that makes you wonder how far you would go to expose the truth. To be honest, it isn’t far because everything was done with a decent of respect. Well, almost.
I finally finished marathoning Crisis! Oh em gee… the feelzzzzz! I really had this massive withdrawal and denial. The show ended on a high note and one major cliff! I had to sound the alarm and alerted my girls, Bel, Panda and Trotwood, when I completed it this evening. I was shocked by how it ended. I simply could not believe it… the team was created just to get Akira? I just can’t accept it! They went this far just to lure him? Ridiculous!
I finally completed this drama last week. And boy I was glad. It was a fun drama but there were few yawning moments too. I was not too crazy about the story. For some reason, it annoyed me. I was trying to pinpoint exactly why it went downhill for me. The boys were great together. Their chemistry was expected. Awesome. I could watch them forever. But the female casts were not to my liking. Maybe I’m so used to seeing them in homicide-like drama, it feels weird watching them in rom-com. It almost feels that they don’t belong in this genre.
Since 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made, I yearned for another romance Japanese drama. When Bel suggested that we should watch Sekai Ichi Muzukashii Koi, I was delighted. But we both do not know the actor and actress playing the lead. It was a gamble but we plunged into it anyway. No harm, right? And I thought if I don’t feel the chemistry between the OTP and chemistry between me and the drama, the solution is simple! Drop it! Easy as that! But guess what? I did not drop it! In fact, I love it!!!! Why must it be a weekly show??? Why???
The storyline is simple but the process can be complicated. Well, at least, our hotelier Reiji is making it look harder than it is. Falling in love is not a rocket science but for sure, Reiji really thinks he needs to do a lot for a simple gesture. Reiji ah, all you need to do is ask. Please do not worry. But I get it… For his first time, rejection is in his mind. What if she doesn’t like me? What if she does? So many questions came to his mind. You won’t hear this but you can tell just from his face. He does try very hard to win her heart.
Sorry, don’t get what I mean? *giggle* Here is my quick synopsis *beams*. Reiji in a hotel heir. As a successful hotelier, Reiji has the very right to be arrogant. But due to his arrogant-ness, he became less approachable, especially in the romance world. If you take a look at him, he doesn’t look like a pleasant man. He looks mean! There is nothing cute about him. But when he bumped into Misaki while she was cleaning up, he was alerted but didn’t put any thought into it. And then he bumped into her in the gym and again found out she is working as part of the management team under him. He started to feel intrigued and curious by her and eventually fall for her. But the he approaches her and does things she likes including drinking milk in front of her (which he hates milk big time!) really got his secretary and driver’s attention. From then on, they both try to milk into Reiji’s feeling and push him to Misaki.
This 10-episode drama is so cute! Reiji’s stubbornness and arrogant-ness can be a total mess but Ohno Satoshi made his character funny! Who would have thought! 6 episodes have aired so far and now I’m dying to see what the next 4 episodes will be. Misaki seems nice but she has a secret or ambition that she’s not telling. Would she include him into her world? Let’s find out! This drama is totally underrated! Please watch it!
I was on my way to the Philippines when I first met Sato Takeru. No, not in person *sticks her tongue out*. That’s just silly although it would have been nice had he accompany me on that beluga plane! Hehehe it was A-380 but I prefer calling that mumbo jumbo jet a beluga. Doesn’t it looks like one? Anywho, I saw Rurouni Kenshin for the first time and it was love at first sight! Throughout my flight from LA to Seoul, I spent 85% of my time watching this movie over and over again. Well, who needs sleep anyway! Yeap, it was such a mind blowing movie and I was totally moved by this actor! *grins*
Later on, I was introduced to his semi bio special drama/documentary, Saigo no Kizuna: Okinawa Hikisakareta Kyodai, where he acted as a WWII soldier from Okinawa. It was a life change game for me again. The movie itself touched the very sensitive issue to me and my husband (It’s a long story!) but Sato again stole my heart. His acting was so believable. I was moved by him. My god, how can a young actor be this incredible? And now, I’m watching him again as Tokuzo Akiyama. *claps* Sato Takeru really takes himself very serious. His career move from some silly characters he have had in his early acting career to a very mature and progressive roles, he has elevated himself to almost front line of respective actors in Japan. Good job, Sato! I look forward for his next movies and dramas.
Bel told me Tenno No Ryoriban is waiting for me. Without any hesitation, I started this drama with zero expectation. As always. *wink* The first episode left me annoyed. Tokuzo is such a spoiled brat. As the youngest in the family, he really took advantage of his parents and position in the family. Tokuzo moved on quickly with his life. He constantly looking for the most suitable career for himself and he ends up quitting after 3 months. Nothing really sticks with him, unfortunately. Worried that their son will continue humiliating the family even further, they decided to marry him off! Yeah, I know what you’re thinking too. Bad idea! Would marriage calms and settles Tokuzo down? His family married him off to Toshiko. Tokuzo mistaken Toshiko for someone else and was disappointed with the chosen wife. Toshiko though fell in love with him and wanted this marriage to work out great. Toshiko’s family has high hope on Tokuzo as well, hoping that he would take over the family businesses since they have no son to inherit. He was great in the beginning. He was assigned a routine and did it with no hesitations. Well, I guess he had no choice. Sadly, one day, Tokuzo sidetracked again. On one of the deliveries he was assigned to, he met up with a French-trained chef. Tokuzo was given a taste and he fell for the art of cooking immediately. From then on, he decided that he wanted to be a chef. But his newfound dream really destroyed his marriage with Toshiko. Would this marriage last? And would Tokuzo successfully be a chef or just another… useless dream of his?
This currently airing 11-episode drama (8 episodes aired so far) is really, really fabulous. Never in my lifetime that I actually took time and investigated the real Tokuzo Akiyama. Yeap, I did. And this drama shows great development of Tokuzo’s character. You can watch how childish he was in the beginning and how he became mature and responsible as he aged. This is truly a great drama to watch. I love it! Everyone should watch it!