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Friday, December 18, 2009

Kurosagi / クロサギ / The Black Swindler

Released from April through June of 2006, this was a Japanese suspense drama that starred Yamashita Tomohisa as Kurosaki (Kurosagi), a young man whose swindled father murders the family before committing suicide.
Kurosaki survived the attack and vowed thereafter to take his revenge on both red, white, and black swindlers throughout Japan.
He becomes legendary as well as a master at his art, learning from another master swindler who also happens to be the man who sent his father into a tailspin that caused him to do what he did when Kurosaki was just 16.
Yamapi is pretty cool in this drama, and although his co-star, Horikita Maki, won an award as best supporting actress, I found her to be dry and boring.
Each episode brought us another set of circumstances in which Kurosagi contracted to swindle another swindler, always promising to return whatever amount was bilked to the person that was victimized.
He sings the theme song, Daite Senorita, and he's got a great voice, but I thought the lyrics were pretty lame, unless it was the translator who didn't, quite get it - I can't be too sure.
Aside from his pouty, good looks, Yamapi doesn't do for me what he's done to countless, other girls the world over.
Still, he's not, that hard on the eyes, that's for sure.

I gave this drama 5 out of 5 stars because it was riveting start to finish, the plot was quite original, and although it was based on yet, another manga series, I thought this was one of Japan's better accomplishments.


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