Orient Kyuukou Satsujin Jiken

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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

A second lead and a diplomat

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Just a quick update on casting news. Tamaki Hiroshi has been cast in two dramas – Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu, which will begin in October, and a Japanese adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The latter is a two-part New Year special, and is chock-full of stars. Tamaki will play a diplomat named Ando, whose wife is played by Anne. I’ve never read the book, but it’ll be good reason for me to check it out now. I hope Tamaki’s role won’t be too small, since there are just so many people in it, but it’s still a good thing for him to be in this production. The pompadour took a bit getting used to, but ultimately I think he looks handsome anyway, heh. Check out aramajapan and Dorama World for more details and a list of the stars.

Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu, meanwhile, is a romantic comedy whose plot gives me the shivers down the spine. Poor Tamaki is stuck in second-lead territory here – he plays Asao Yu, the CEO of an Italian food company, who is interested in Aoishi Hanae (Ayase Haruka), a plain office lady with zero experience in relationships. But Hanae somehow has managed to land herself a boyfriend (Fukushi Sota) nine years younger despite being utterly clueless in the dating game. And Yu happens to like her for… some reason that escapes me right now. This is totally the plot of the atrocious Last Cinderella, which was so bad I dropped it within three episodes. I have alua‘s word that Fukushi Sota is a middling actor (he looks middling too), but I doubt the drama will pair Yu and Hanae together, even though the manga from which it is adapted is as yet unfinished.

But some Tamaki is better than none, so here’s hoping for the best!

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