Jdrama Review: Kazoku Game (2013)


Title: Kazoku Game
Episodes: 10
Duration: 46 min.
Aired: Apr 17, 2013 to Jun 19, 2013
Cast: Sakurai Sho, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Uragami Seishu, Itao Itsuji, Suzuki Honami, Kutsuna Shiori
Genre: Family, Life, Psychological, School

The Synopsis: The story revolves around an eccentric home tutor named Yoshimoto, who is hired to teach the second son of the Numata family. While being tossed around by the weird and unconventional home tutor, the remedial student and his family gradually start changing. Though the previous movie/dramas featured a fiercely competitive high school entrance examination as its main theme, the 2013 version will also feature some modern problems like bullying and school refusal.

The Review: Kazoku Game translates into what this show is all about, “Family Game.” Sakurai Sho, as Yoshimoto, agrees to be Shigeyuki’s tutor, but he is teaching the whole family. Each of the family members has different problems in the ways they act, think, and communicate. There is the mother, who cares more about how her family is perceived by the neighbors and has lost touch with her own children; the father, who pays no attention to his own family. The children consist of the older brother, Shinichi, who does not show any feeling for his family or guilt about hurting others, and the younger brother, Shigeyuki, who hides himself away at home and refuses to face the harsh realities of the world.

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Jdrama Review: Border (2014)

Title: Border
Episodes: 9
Duration: 54 min.
Aired: Apr 10, 2014 to Jun 5, 2014
Cast: Oguri Shun, Aoki Munetaka, Endo Kenichi, Haru
Genre: Detective, Thriller, Psychological

The Synopsis: Ango Ishikawa is a detective with smarts and a keen sense of observation. He’s in great physical shape and also highly ambitious. Ango also only focuses on his work and his personal life is pretty much non-existent. One day, a former police officer is killed by a gun shot. Ango goes to the scene of the crime, but is shot in the head by the killer who is lurking at the crime scene. Ango hovers between life and death. At that time, he thinks to himself “Where do people go after they die?” and then “I don’t want to die.” A miracle then happens. Ango survives with the bullet still lodged in his head. He goes back to work. Since Ango was shot, he can now see and talk with the dead.

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Kdrama Review: Special Affairs Team Ten 2 (2013)

Title: Special Affairs Team Ten 2
Episodes: 12
Duration: 1 hr. 14 min.
Aired: Apr 14, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013
Cast: Joo Sang Wook, Jo An, Kim Sang Ho, Choi Woo Shik
Genre: Action, Crime, Detective, Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Related Content: Special Affairs Team Ten

The Synopsis: TEN is an elite criminal investigation unit that tackles the most violent crimes in South Korea. The team is led by the cool and mysterious detective Yeo Ji Hoon. He’s joined by veteran detective Baek Do Shik, female detective Nam Ye Ri, who has great psychological reasoning powers, and rookie detective Park Min Ho.

The Review: This season started off incredibly strong. The first two episodes managed to pack in all of the high suspense, tension, and character background that was sorely lacking from the first season. Man, was it good. Just when I thought I knew what was happening and who the real bad guy was, everything was pulled out from under my feet.

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Kdrama Review: Special Affairs Team Ten (2011)

TitleSpecial Affairs Team Ten
Episodes: 9
Duration: 1 hr. 5 min.
Aired: Nov 18, 2011 to Jan 13, 2012
Cast: Joo Sang Wook, Jo An, Kim Sang Ho, Choi Woo Shik
Genre: Action, Crime, Detective, Psychological
Related Content: Special Affairs Team Ten 2

The Synopsis: “Special Affairs Team TEN” is a criminal investigation unit that tackles the most violent crimes in South Korea. These crimes usually have less than a 10% rate for arrests. They chase the most notorious killers who attempt to commit the perfect crimes. Yeo Ji Hoon is a former top-notch detective, but now works as a professor. He then becomes the leader of Special Affairs Team TEN. Nam Ye Ri has been a detective for 4 years. She joins Special Affairs Team TEN because of her psychological reasoning powers. Baek Do Sik is a 24 year veteran detective. He possesses a keen sense of intuition, which he honed from his many years as a detective. Park Min Ho is a new detective. He joins Special Affairs Team TEN after impressing Professor Yeo Ji Hoon with his reasoning powers.

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