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.