Have you ever heard of Arashi (嵐)? It is one of the top idol boy groups in Japan. Apart from being famous as idols, members of the group are also recognized as great actors in both dramas and movies. Here are 5 dramas that left a deep impression on fans and non-fans alike!
Maou stars Satoshi Ohno (大野智 from Arashi) and Ikuta Toma (生田斗真) in the lead roles. This drama is actually a remake of Korean suspense drama ‘The Devil’ (‘Mawang’). The story is about Naruse (Ohno), who portrays himself as the kind-hearted lawyer who always helps the poor in winning their case, up to the point that the media call him ‘The Angelic Lawyer’.
Unknown to other people, he is actually plotting a perfect revenge for the person who is responsible for his brother’s death. Serizawa (Ikuta) is a hot-blooded detective who has a secret that he tries hard to conceal, but it somehow always plays a role in the cases handled by Naruse. Then, a multiple homicide case reveals the dark history of the people involved.
Kazoku Game is an adaptation of an award winning novel by Honma Yohei (本間洋平). This drama stars Sho Sakurai (櫻井翔), who plays an eccentric private tutor named Yoshimoto Koya who tutors underachiever Shigeyuki, who planned to drop out of school. Shigeyuki’s father offers Yoshimoto 100,000 yen as a bonus if he manages to make Shigeyuki go back to school within a short time.
Yoshimoto asks for 5 days to make it happen, but doesn’t allow anyone to interfere with his method of teaching. His method of teaching is something that has never been seen before, to the point that it gets out of control! He gets involved with the family, and turns their life upside down with his wacky and unpredictable character.
The story is about the 23-year old Masamune (Masaki Aiba, 相葉雅紀) who struggles with his passion in photography and then unexpectedly receives the news that his ex-girlfriend who left him a few years ago has passed away. In addition to that, she has secretly given birth to Masamune’s daughter, Koharu, who is now 6 years old.
The story revolves around how Masamune, who only just learned about the existence of his daughter, takes care of her while he struggles to pursue his dream to be a professional photographer. The drama portrays the dilemma of Masamune when he has to choose between creating a good atmosphere for Koharu to grow up in, or pursuing his dreams.
Ryusei no Kizuna is an adaptation from a novel by mystery writer Keigo Higashino (東野圭吾). The life of the Ariake children (Kazunari Ninomiya / 二宮和也, Ryo Nishikido / 錦戸亮, Erika Toda / 戸田恵梨香) changed in one night when they sneaked out of their house to watch shooting stars, only to return home to find their murdered parents. Oldest brother Koichi (Ninomiya from Arashi) then made a pact with his siblings: “When we grow up, the three of us will find and kill the murderer”.
The case was left in silence throughout the years. However, as the date of statute of limitation drew near, the Ariake children and the detectives that are involved in the case find new evidence in the case. Will they finally get their revenge?
This drama is based on a shoji (girl) manga series written by Yoko Kamio (神尾葉子). This drama is about middle-class Makino (Mao Inoue / 井上真央) who went to a prestigious elite school where the students are all from a super rich family. The school is ruled by F4, the sons of Japan’s wealthiest and most powerful tycoon, who bully other students to the extreme out of boredom. Makino, who was harassed by F4 after standing up for her friend who was also bullied by F4, punches Domyouji (Jun Matsumoto / 松本潤) right in his face for crushing the lunch that her parents made for her, and declared a war against F4.
The unexpected retaliation catches Domyouji by surprise, and he finds himself falling in love with her. However, Makino is in love with Rui, Domyouji’s best friend. The story continues, can Domyouji make his way to Makino’s heart, that never really belonged to him?