For those of you that don’t know, Ikebukuro West Gate Park is a television drama based on a novel by Ira Ishida. It aired in the year 2000, on the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). Later on, it was released as a manga in order to reach a wider audience and continue the story.
If you love shows full of crime, suspense, and intense drama then this is the show for you. It includes storylines involving serious societal problems so it isn’t for the faint of heart! If you want to watch something different from the typical J-drama, why not give it a try? I think you will love it!
The characters in this show are played by well-known actors and singers such as Nagase Tomoya from the popular band Tokio, Yamashita Tomohisa, Koyuki, Tsumabuki Satoshi and even Ken Watanabe! Their skills are impeccable, and they expertly capture the essence of their characters. This show also helped young actor Yosuke Kubozuka break into the business. With edgy and sometimes graphic and suspenseful scenes, this show comes to life and instantly captures its viewers’ attention.
The show may start out in the simplistic settings of a bowling alley and a park, but it quickly turns into a daring plot of revenge. There’s chaos exploding left and right, as a murder takes place in a love hotel. Many sensitive themes are touched upon in this drama such as gang warfare, prostitution, drug abuse, rape, and juvenile delinquency. This show might be difficult to watch if some of these themes make you uncomfortable. Ikebukuro West Gate Park also talks about things involving the Yakuza, an organized crime unit. People should be careful when watching the main character get into dangerous situations.
Some mysterious stories like this aren’t for everyone. If you prefer a lighter, happier show, stay away from this one. If you enjoy thrilling adventure and horrific situations involved with gangs, then expect nothing less than excitement. This show is definitely worth watching for people who love stories of murder and revenge. If you’re intrigued by these themes, be sure to check it out!