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Friday, September 02, 2016

Ouroboros 2015 J-Dorama #review


Uroborosu / ウロボロス

Drama -  Ouroboros
Writer -  Yuya Kanzaki (manga), Kazunao Furuya
Genre -  Suspense, mystery
Network -  TBS
Theme song -  Sakura by Arashi
Viewer Ratings -  10.42%
Episodes -  10
Released -  2015,  Jan - Mar



CAST



SYNOPSIS


When their favorite teacher, Yuiko, is murdered, and a policeman wearing a gold watch covers up the incident. Ikuo and Tatsuya promise to avenge their teacher. Twenty years later, Ikuo is a Shinjuku detective investigating various cases with elite detective Mizuki, and smart and handsome Tatsuya has become a top member of a Yakuza group. -- TBS


REVIEW


Just finished this one and STILL need a moment to collect myself, my thoughts, and my tears.

Wow.

Amazing story, terrific acting, and a thrilling nail-biter start to finish.

Even if it isn't original (based on Manga) this was a winner and worth every second of the ten episodes it took to tell the suspenseful tale of two orphans who fall in love with their pretty caregiver only to see her die.

Twenty years later, the two young men are ready to uncover the truth behind that murder and exact their form of revenge.

There are as many plot twists as there are breathers, and like most other Japanese mysteries, when you are pretty certain you know who it is, you soon discover you're wrong.

The two leads happen to be two of my very favorite actors.  BONUS!

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Oguri Shun and Ikuta Toma

But, it didn't take long at all for that and them to fade into the background as the story itself took hold and ran its course w/out distraction.

And, surprise-surprise! The subs were incredibly flawless.

Yeah, imagine that. A J-Dorama with flawless subs!

I'd given up on Japanese dramas because of the horrible, wicked, awful, inexcusably deplorable subbing of everything offered us Americans.

Then I got sick of Korean dramas and decided to seek out something from Japan that would keep my interest despite the subs -- so I made sure to do an Ikuta search and found Ouroboros.

Win-win.

Pairing the two leads is genius in my book.

The two are brilliant and both sunk so effortlessly into their roles, it was darn near impossible to remember who they really are, which I adore, so thank you Ikuta AND Oguri.

The ending was difficult to watch, and I'm still choked up about it, but I have to tell you that it is worth it (even if you end up like me, sobbing like an upset child).

There were two running tracks throughout the ten episodes, and the one I've included below is both hauntingly beautiful and part of the reason for my tears.

Love it!

And, I know you'll love Ouroboros if you haven't watched it yet.

I'll probably watch it again -- and again.






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