DramaMaxDave

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Date registered: November 23, 2012

Latest posts

  1. 35-sai no Koukousei (Series Review) — January 9, 2018
  2. My Teacher (film trailer) — August 20, 2017
  3. Hirokazu Koreeda’s Sandome no Satsujin selected for 74th Venice International Film Festival — August 9, 2017
  4. Terrace House – Season 1 (Series Review) — January 31, 2017
  5. Hanzawa Naoki – Episode 4 (Review) — November 12, 2016

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  1. Shazai no Ousama (The Apology King) (Review) — 1 comment

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Dec 06 2015

Flying Colors (Film Review)

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Flying Colors Review by David Cirone The magic of Flying Colors is also its weakness. You know what you’re getting from the very first moments — it’s the kind of feel-good, predictable fast-food film that modern Japanese cinema and film excel at. It’s the strength of the actors and the simplicity of execution that make …

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Nov 19 2015

Hanzawa Naoki – Trailer (video)

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TBS Global has posted an English-subtitled trailer for the popular drama series Hanzawa Naoki (using the western version of the lead character’s name, given name first). The drama scored a ratings record for its thrilling final episode, and won several Japanese awards: Best Drama (Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix), Best Director for Katsuo Fukuzawa (Television …

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Oct 30 2015

Flying Colors – Trailer (video)

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English-subtitled trailer for Japanese comedy/drama Flying Colors, starring Kasumi Arimura. From TBS Global: Dyed-blonde student failure Sayaka mistakes a historical figure for a schoolyard insult, doesn’t know north from south, or even that the earth is round. In her second year of high school, her academic ability is equivalent to that of a fourth-year elementary …

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Sep 22 2015

Outrage (Film Review)

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Outrage Review by David Cirone In Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage, violence comes suddenly and at full force, often preceded by brief, polite conversation. A successful character study disguised as a standard yakuza crime drama, Kitano returns to his signature gangster genre (there’s a ten-year gap between this release and 2000’s Brother), stacking the film with great …

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Sep 06 2015

Rookies – Episode 11 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 11 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY The Nikogaku team has reached the semi-finals, and the dugout is filled with a feeling of dread and insecurity. Mikoshiba (Kiesuke Koide) speaks to his team with the full authority of his position as captain, urging them to keep fighting for the sake of their teammates and …

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Aug 20 2015

Last Cinderella (Series Review)

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LAST CINDERELLA Series Review by David Cirone Last Cinderella piles on the cute. As much a fantasy story as its namesake, the series trips over itself time and time again as it overtly panders to a middle-aged female audience. Despite its talented and earnest cast led by Ryoko Shinohara and featuring Haruma Miura and Naohito …

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Aug 08 2015

Rookies – Episode 10 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 10 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY As the Nikogaku team rises in the qualifying rounds for Koshien, rumors begin to spread about the team, and coach Kawato (Ryuta Sato) earns the attention of the horse-racing obsessed sports writer Yoshida (Atsuro Watabe). Is it possible that the violent kids and their violent teacher are …

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Jul 20 2015

Rookies – Episode 9 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 9 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY Fresh from their victory over their old nemesis, the boys seem to be on a solid run as they chalk up wins and improve their skills. The team visits a shrine together and says a prayer for their future victory. However, the rest of the world isn’t …

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