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Monday, November 05, 2007

Rondo Screen Caps

Rondo begins in 1982 as a police officer and his family are on vacation in Korea, a terror/mob group “Shengou” bomb a hotel and the cop rushes in to save a friend but is killed in the process. His young son vows to catch the criminals responsible. Time shifts to 2006 in a Tokyo underground garage two factions meet to conclude a drug deal, but just as the goods are exchanged the police surround the gangs, a gun battle ensues and undercover cop Nishijima Sho played by Takenouchi Yutaka (Beach Boys, Long Vacation) escape pursuit along with fellow gang member Hide played by Sato Ryuta (Bambino!, Galcir) by jumping in front of train. Also in the train station is Choi Yoon A played by Choi Ji Woo (Winter Sonata) and her younger sister Yoon Hee who has some type of asthma attack, the two Korean girls on the floor are repeatedly banged into by the busy Japanese commuters. Later they find the shop they have been searching for in Sho’s neighborhood. Sho and Choi are destined to meet.
This culture clash/crime drama is highly entertaining, the two hour opening episode starts off like an action movie, with buildings exploding, long gun battles and hair raising escapes by out running an incoming train. But then later in the episode it starts to focus more on introducing the characters, and the pace slows down but always with an undercurrent of tension. Among the other talented cast members that get introduced later are Hayami Mokomichi (Densha Otoko, Gokusen 2), Ichikawa Yui (Sushi Oji!, Kurosagi) and Fubuki Jun (Utahime, Orange Days). If you like suspense movies like Infernal Affairs or dramas like Unfair I think you’ll enjoy this drama. But and it’s a big BUT the subtitles are bad, the names are all wrong or at least Korean or Chinese spelling of Japanese names the timing of the first episode subs is fine for the first half but then you need to delay the subs for around 20 seconds to re-sync them with the dialog. The second episode translation was just as bad but the timing was fine. After episode 8 the subs are supposed to improve but I haven’t gotten that far in the series so I can’t say for sure.

This 2006 drama is the series of the week and the entire batch of RAW video files can be downloaded here, the episode 1 and 8-11 soft subs are available here episodes 2-7 soft subs here.

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Blogger Emilie said...

this is beeing aired here in our country. i tried to check it first in your blog for the synopsis :D.good thing it is dubbed so I'm not going to worry about the subtitles.

6/04/2008 03:43:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

@Emilie Let us know how you like the drama, and what you think of the dub.

6/04/2008 11:15:00 AM  

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