I finally finished 女帝 (jotei) yesterday...after much neglect of the studies. It has become my new favorite drama, 10/10. Fabulous. If you haven't taken my advice and watched it yet...watch it. It has a great cast, intense drama and it made me cry. So, go check it out.
Moving along. The new fall dramas are well underway and since I don't approve of any of them and they put me to sleep during the pilots, I'm not going to bother talking about them any longer.
So, here's another drama I think is worth watching -
華麗なる一族 - The Grand Family.
This drama (karei naru ichizoku) aired back in January and won a few awards.
Starring: 木村拓哉／キムタク(Kimura Takuya) one of my all time favorites. He's in SMAP, was in the first drama I ever watched, Long Vacation (my all time favorite) and is so sexy. It also stars some other people, apparently...no, I'm kidding...鈴木京香 , 長谷川京子, 山本耕史, 北大路欣也, among many many others and a whole plethora of famous guest stars.
What it's about: It's actually based on a novel by 山崎豊子 Yamazaki Toyoko. The drama, set in the late 1960's, depicts the Manpyo family, famous in Kansai financial circles, and their struggle amidst the tumultuous reorganization of the financial industry of that time. The main rivalry depicted in the story is between Manpyo Daisuke (北大路欣也), a powerful banker, and his eldest son, Manpyo Teppei (キムタク), the executive managing director of a steel firm. For some reason, Daisuke seems to dislike his own son and as Teppei begins to uncover the reason for Daisuke's hatred, his whole life is turned upside down with fatal consequences.
Rating: This drama is outstanding. I was really surprised, since キムタク's more recent dramas have been, how should I say...crap *cough* "Engine" *cough*...but, I think he made up for it with this, it's not his normal genre. キムタク won best actor at the 52nd Television Drama Academy Awards and best actor at the 2nd Seoul Drama Awards for his role in this. So, he did a good job, of course he won for HERO (so overrated) in 2001, but...I won't get into that. He also won (deservingly) for 空から降る一億の星(One Million Stars Falling from the Sky), ビューティフルライフ (Beautiful Life), ロングバケーション (Long Vacation), among many others...these three just happen to be the best dramas EVER...you wanna cry...watch these, you want UNEXPECTED? Watch One million Stars Falling from the Sky, I watched that drama in 1 sleepless night. Three amazing dramas, my three favorite of all time (four if you add 女帝). Anyway, that constitutes a dedicated blog entry...back to 華麗なる一族. Apparently it was categorized as a "romance"...random...but I'd say it was more of a mystery/human drama, the end was amazing and if the rest of the 9 episodes don't do it for you, the 10th and final episode will. Trust me...I wouldn't steer you wrong.
You can watch them on crunchyroll, torrent dl, actually purchase it, or by magic.
Here are two tracks from the highly acclaimed soundtrack to 華麗なる一族 by Takayuki Hattori.