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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Change Episode 1 Screen Shots

Diet members and ministers gather to play tennis with the Prime Minister, in a photo op to make the ageing PM appear more youthful. But the plan backfires when party leader and Minster of Internal Affairs Kanbayashi Masaichi played by Terao Akira (Yasashii Jikan, Casshern) substitutes his secretary Miyama Rika played by Fukatsu Eri (Space Travellers, Saiyuuki) who injures the PM according to plan. The PM is taken to the hospital in an ambulance and his popularity drops as a result as Kanbayashi wants him to retire. Then a Diet member and son are killed in a plane crash leaving an important seat vacant. Rika finds out the member had another son who’d been disowned and who is now teaching elementary school, Asakura Keita played by Kimura Takuya (Pride, Long Vacation). She forces him to run for his father’s vacant seat.

Mr Smith Goes To Washington, a 1939 movie directed by Frank Capra starring Jimmy Stewart is all I could think of as I watched this opening episode. In the movie Stewart plays a small town Boy Scout leader who’s forced into the Senate and faced with dirty politics. I loved that movie and just about every drama that Kimura has ever starred and this drama is no exception. It was exciting, humorous and has some great actors along with those already mentioned Abe Hiroshi (Bubble Fiction, Hero) plays his campaign manager and Kato Rosa (Tokkyu Tanaka San Go, Tsubasa No Oreta Tenshitachi 2) a campaign worker and probable love interest. I’d highly recommend this drama to anyone who enjoyed Deru Toko Demasho! or Hero.

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Blogger Quy said...

I haven't decided if i would watch this yet, as it deals with politics. From watching the first episode, how much do you think this drama deals with the political aspects?

5/21/2008 01:22:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

@quy how much do you think this drama deals with the political aspects?

It's hard to tell because episode one was pretty much about his campaign, I'd say if you like other Kimura dramas it'd probably be something you'd like. Personally I'm not into politics, but I'm also not into banking and I enjoyed his more serious drama last year Karei naru Ichizoku. I was hoping this wasn't going to be as serious as that was and was happy that it's not as least so far in opening episode.

5/21/2008 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Quy said...

I quite enjoyed this first episode, it was...different, in terms of style and plot, compared to the other dramas this spring season. Though, I tend to believe that the storyline cannot really get any deeper, since he has around gotten into office. How much farther can he go?

5/23/2008 06:17:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

@quy storyline cannot really get any deeper, since he has around gotten into office. How much farther can he go?

I think that it'll proceed like most of his other dramas like Hero. Keita showed an innate ability for politics by going with his gut feeling on the apology which ultimately gets him elected against the advice of his political advisers. I think he'll be the common man who battles against corruption in Japanese politics. Also just a guess but maybe Kanbayashi Masaichi isn't the good guy politician he appears to be and Keita might have to battle with him , the man behind his election before the drama ends, but that is entirely speculation on my part. It could just turn into a romantic comedy featuring Kato Rosa more prominently. I'm really looking forward to episode two to see which way the writers will go with the show.

5/24/2008 07:26:00 AM  

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