Yoshitaka Yuriko is cute. I liked her in Shiroi Haru and Tokyo Dogs — both in which she plays “the cute girl”. She is also known for her role in popular romance-comedy drama Love Shuffle and her first leading role in the human drama Mioka. Her breakout role was in the movie Snakes and Earrings (2007), based on an award-winning novel, which earned her a best newcomer and best actress award. Yuriko also appeared in the music video for Arigato by FLOW — one of my favourite Japanese rock bands. Music video below:
She also starred in the two live-action films for popular manga-anime franchise Gantz as Tae Kojima. Movie info and trailer here.
Tokyo DOGS was a decent cop drama. Its like most detective shows where each episode focuses on a case to solve while one big case or mystery (related to a main character) is on-going through the series. In this instance (Oguri Shun) one-half of the crime solving duo has pledged his life and career to finding his father’s killer and is sent from New York to Tokyo on a special investigation. There he teams with another detective (Mizushima Hiro). Together they are mismatched but effective.
This series has a good balance of action and comedy making it an enjoyable policing-drama. The storyline is suspenseful enough for you to keep watching but not over-the-top to make you lose interest. Plus its got a pretty popular cast.
Shiroi Haru [White Spring] is about a former yakuza trying to rebuild an honest life for himself after serving a 9-year sentence. As parts of his past become revealed to him (and the audience) he evidently finds new meaning to his life. Shiroi Haru is still one of my favourite family and human dramas to date for a number of reasons: interesting plot (ex-con looking for both closure and redemption from his past — I know its cliche), interesting characters (their connections and the influences they have on each other) and especially the on-screen portrayals and chemistry between the main character and a baker’s daughter.
“Former yakuza Haruo (Hiroshi Abe) is finally released from prison after completing his sentence. With nine years worth of prison gratuities in hand, he stops at a restaurant to enjoy a good meal, but all of his money ends up being stolen. With nothing left, he spends the night at a net cafe, and he manages to look up his old friend from his yakuza days. When Haruo visits the next day, he learns that his old girlfriend Mariko (Mahiru Konno) was living with another man, but later died of illness. Haruo, who had committed murder 9 years earlier to earn the money for Mariko’s medical treatment, is shocked and angered. He decides to track down that other man (Kenichi Endo), who runs a bakery with his wife (Miho Shiraishi) and daughter Sachi (Nozomi Ohashi). Haruo later runs into Sachi at the park, but he has yet to find out the truth about her.” (Tokyograph)
The series is mostly about the ex-con and baker’s daughter who befriend each other by chance, and how the relationship changes both their lives. Its ultimately a drama about family, relationships and life — and how they all intertwine. It was a popular 2009 drama and one of my favourites from that year; it also won 3 awards at the 61st Television Drama Academy Awards including best actor (Hiroshi Abe) and best scriptwriter (Ozaki Masaya). It goes without saying that Hiroshi is a great actor and is able to pull of a really dynamic role in Shiroi Haru. Plus Yoshitaka Yuriko (Tokyo DOGS) is cute.
aparoo says 5/5 — perfect for any beginner or veteran drama viewer