Golden Rec – One Million Stars Falling from the Sky Review [This World Is Only Gonna Break Your Heart]
Second stop of my Kimutaku re-marathon is One Million Stars Falling From The Sky; a suspenseful, mysterious drama written by the brilliant Kitagawa Eriko, who never fails to deliver a commanding-attention script, be it a simple story or a much more complex one; in this case, it is a mix of both.
– disclaimer : this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang.co only –
Detective Kanzo Dojima (Akashiya Sanma) investigates a case where a university female student supposedly killed herself jumping off a balcony but it’s revealed that this was a cover up, as she was actually murdered, and her room was arranged exactly the way it was to make it look like it was a suicide. Kanzo bumps into Ryo Katase (Kimura Takuya), a chef assistant, a few times and his gut is telling him that Ryo is somehow involved in that student’s case; to make things worse, Ryo seems to be interested in Kanzo’s younger sister, Yuko (Fukatsu Eri), who works for a magazine.
Okay, let me tell you something first and foremost- this drama is dark and obscure. It might make you feel uncomfortable and disturb you some, but it is highly engrossing and will absorb your insterest, filling you with why’s and whats (and a lot of wtfs too) and it’s gonna keep you guessing, right to the revelation near the end.
Ryo is a very puzzling character, and Kimutaku’s portrayal (do I really have to reiterate how great of an actor he is? I mean, it’s played out at this point lol) has a touch of a eerie glow; you don’t want to root for him, but his uncanny ability to pull the strings but seemingly possessing a hidden vulnerable side, draw you into wanting to know more about him. His mysterious aura captivates women’s attention (very much believable, it is Kimutaku afterall haha, lawd I sound like a groupie lol) and magnetizes Yuko too (Fukatsu Eri does a great job, as expected of her, and the chemistry she has with Kimutaku is electrifying) who gets infatuated with him and can’t seem to fight an innate connection and understanding they have.
Kanzo (Akashiya’s depiction of goofy but loyal brother along with his mannerisms will make you sympathize with him the most) thinks he is the only one to have figured out Ryo, and sets out on a mission to expose him, but finds it difficult as Ryo is someone that manages to use others (most notably his occasional girlfriend who’s obsessed with him, Yuki, played by Shibasaki Kou, who later ironically enough, forms a genuine friendship bond with Kanzo) and lure his way out of danger, picking the right strategy each time.
The cinematography complements the drama’s gloomy and moody atmosphere- it’s not colorful, it focuses on characters’ expressions when needed; it is exactly what it has to be in order to elevate the silent anguish the series oozes of.
The music is also low-key, with some instrumental pieces used to upraise emotional scenes and the devilish-theme (lol that’s what I call it- it’s Resolver by Ryo Yoshimata) used most frequently near the ending scenes of each episode, for the cliffhanger. The main theme is “Smile”, Costello’s version, which is very much befitting of the drama.
Like I said before, this drama is twisted and warped; it digs into the worst kind of human emotions, and how far can one go, if they feel they’ve lost everything and are indifferent to the world. Can real love change that, and how far would you stoop for the one you want to protect?
Nobody is what they seem at first, and the irony is, that sometimes the worst devils are created by the “good ones” themselves. A wrong decision can go a long way to affect lives, and this is what the drama is about- one wrong turn, and it might have screwed up the entirety of another’s life.
I recommend this to everyone looking for a well-written curious thriller, that is “emotionally gore” but also offers a tiny bit of hope that, as long as there are stars in the sky (you will get the title’s meaning after you’re done watching it) you just might get by.
Overall Grade : 8,43/10