Friday, 5 July 2013

Currently watching: Woman

Ah, after far too many unremarkable cop shows, it felt good to sit down with something different. Although, in its own way, this series tells a familiar story (single mother makes her way in an unfair world) it is certainly a cut above a lot of stuff I’ve been watching recently.

Mitsushima Hikari stars as the single mother, and she’s excellent in the role. The first episode focuses solely on her and the family, with only a few clues regarding future storylines, such as the sympathetic guy at the welfare office, the friend who suggests that night work at bars is more lucrative or the mysterious teenager obsessed with a portrait of the family on display at a photographer’s studio.

It’s early days, but I’m enjoying this already. I hope that the cast and writing is strong enough to last to the end, and the signs are good. I didn’t quite cry at the end of the first episode, but I came close. Especially with Dvorak’s New World Symphony (and the Japanese song based on its melody) in the soundtrack. Looking forward to more.


  1. If you like this drama, watch "Mother" if you haven't already. Same screenwriter and director. Extraordinary drama!

  2. Yes, Sakamoto Yuji san is great. Next to Mother he wrote some of the most wonderful series of the last years: Soredemo, Ikite Yuku, Watashitachi no Kyokasho, Saikou no Rikon for example.
    This series feels like the master is at work again. The content has a subtle feel to it. The acting is very good. It has a great cast. The direction is fine till now. The first episode felt very much like an introduction, but it also felt very promising. Looking forward to episode 2!