Suna no Tou


A story involving kids isn’t high on my drama-watching radar, but I felt I had to give Suna no Tou a go when I saw Kanno Miho and Matsushima Nanako on the cast list, more so when the latter was billed as the antagonist. While star power isn’t always a guarantee of quality, I was interested in what I thought would be an acting showdown between the ladies and hoped for the best.

Takano Aki (Kanno Miho) and her family move into a new high-rise condo, hoping that this would be the start of their dreams and a better life. However, she encounters the resident vainglorious housewives who ostracise her and make her life miserable, and only another neighbour, Sasaki Yumiko (Matsushima Nanako) seems to be a friend to Aki. As a series of abductions involving young children unsettles the neighbourhood, someone is also trying to tear Aki’s life and family apart… Continue reading

Koori no Sekai


When nostalgia comes knocking, you’ve got to answer it. So it was that after coming across an MV of Koori no Sekai, I decided it was time for a proper rewatch. It’s been years since I first watched it, and except for the occasional revisit of certain memorable scenes, it was like approaching the drama again on a relatively clean slate. It was also a good opportunity to see if it has held up well over the years.

Investigations into what seems to be an unfortunate death of a teacher and possible insurance fraud lead detective Ujou Takeshi (Nakamura Toru) and insurance investigator Hirokawa Eiki (Takenouchi Yutaka) to Eiwa Girls School and its earth sciences teacher Egi Toko (Matsushima Nanako). Eiki’s suspicions are raised when he discovers that Toko had three fiancés who died soon after cancelling their life insurance policies that had listed her as a beneficiary… Continue reading

Orient Kyuukou Satsujin Jiken


I tend to be a purist when it comes to film adaptations of books that I’ve read and liked, but if it is the reverse, I’m not as picky. I’m wary of having adaptations destroy what I’d already imagined and liked during reading, which has happened before due to the choice of cast and how actors/directors interpret the novel in question. This could happen regardless of whether the adaptation is in the same language/culture as the source material. Fortunately, that was not the case with Orient Kyuukou Satsujin Jiken.

During the early days of the Showa era, famous detective Suguro Takeru (Nomura Mansai) boards the Tokubetsu Kyuukou Toyo departing from Shimonoseki to Tokyo. Despite the train being fully booked at an unlikely time of the year, he manages to avail himself of a first-class private compartment. Halfway through the journey, the train is stranded due to a snowdrift and a murder has also occurred. Suguro is asked to investigate… Continue reading