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Golden Rec – I’m Home Review [My Song is Love, is Love Unknown]

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Ieji Hisashi (Kimura Takuya) is a higher up in a securities company who gets into a severe accident before he returns home from a solo assignment. After he recovers, his memory of the past 5 years is hazy and he can’t recognize his wife, Megumi (Aya Ueto) and his son, Yoshio (Rai Takahashi). In order to restore his memory and find out what happened in those years, he begins to re-discover his past relationships with his ex-wife, parents, friends and colleagues.

disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang.co only –

Yet another Kimutaku series review (I kept good on my promise guys!) but this is one of the most recent; it’s actually one of my favorite dramas this year, I have to say I’m a sucker for shows that deal with second chances, re-fixing family bonds and finding yourself along the way. And this is a show that delivers all that and then some.

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Hisashi is sort of a mystery during the majority of the drama; or should I say, his “past self” is. We get to discover the before-accident-Hisashi, through the eyes of present-Hisashi and the things we find out about him through the people he interacts in his journey of self-discovery. We find out, along with the present hero, that he used to be a cold person, very calculating, focused on his work and with little time to dedicate to his family.

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Current-Hisashi is surprised to learn how cynical and distrustful he used to be and sets out to make amends with everyone he wronged, picking up the pieces of his past, trying to re-write the errors of his ways.

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Despite making progress with everyone else, his current family is still a puzzle to him and can’t seem to figure out why he keeps seeing them with white masks (I remember while watching the series, whenever I saw the masks all I could think of was Code Geass R2 and that particular Shirley episode lool!) He is willing to make things better though, and starts to rebuild the relationship (or lack of..) he had with them- of course, there are hidden secrets and twists along the way, that explain why is it that he can see everyone else properly but not them.

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Kimutaku does a great job (if I had a euro coin for every time I have said that..!) portraying the contrasting personalities of his old self (ofc the hair helps too, haha) and the one after the accident. You can simply tell by his ambitious old stare, opposite of the confused but amiable new one.

In reality, “both” of the Hisashi-s share a common longing; the need to belong somewhere and have a home to go back to. But old-Hisashi has a hell of a way showing it, and I mean hell of a way.

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Ueto also has a silent but imposing presence, as the quiet, patient Hisashi’s wife; you can tell she has her own scars and secrets but she genuinely tries to make her marriage work anew.

Takahashi Rai is so adorable, you just want to squeeze him every time he appears on screen! He does a decent job presenting the kid that looks up to his father and simply want to spend time with him.

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Everyone at the cast did wonderfully on their roles; notable mention for Hisashi’s ex-wife (Miki Mizuno) Kaoru, and her daughter, Subaru (Mayu Yamaguchi) who play the most significant part after the above three.

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The directing and cinematography was absolutely superb; I loved the colors, the vivid ones when things were going well, while there was cloudy, dark atmosphere when you were getting down to the revelations- great picking of locations, amazing long distance shots and focus on expressions when needed, everything on that front was outstanding.

The music consisted mostly of soft instrumental themes, that were suitably picked; nothing too extraordinary but all flew very well within the scenes.

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I absolutely recommend this series to everyone; it is a story that will resonate with most, and can easily be liked and make you root for the hero, while having a mysterious aura that keeps you on your toes, wondering about the secrets of the past, connecting to the present

At the end of the day, “I’m Home” is a story about losing your way and yourself, and being given a second chance to reconstruct the person you truly want to be; Hisashi has the opportunity to step outside from how he has been, and re-evaluate his life and his principles and chooses to become the best version of himself.

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The point is, do we really have to reach the place of  near-to-no-return to start examine our ways and how we treat others? Probably not.

But, even if that is the case, it is never too late to find happiness and joy in the simplest things. As simple as the concept of “home” is, it is also very powerful and often acts like a guiding light amidst life’s difficulties.

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It’s Hisashi’s first thought in the first episode; that particular time after you’re done with something and you just want to go back and say “I’m Home”. I mean hey, Lynyrd Skynyrd said it first right: “Sweet Home Alabama, where the skies are so blue” because you always see the best kind of sky when you’re home! (..only good thing that my country still has, the sunny skies! ; p  )

Overall Grade : 9,36/10

 

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"There's nothing greater in life than loving another; it leads to love for your fellow people, your country..and the whole world."

I'm pretty outgoing from what I've been told; unless, you bad-mouth Ayase. Or Gakky. Or Ueto. Or Tori. Or Masaki. Or Kame. Hmmm, the or-thing is actually endless! You get the gist of it, right? ; p

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  1. December 4, 2015 at 8:36 pm — Reply

    You really are on a KimuTaku spree. 😀

    I’m Home was definitely one of the better Kimura dramas of recent years. I rather liked it too. Have you seen Priceless? It’s somewhat similar on some themes, like… families, belonging, making changes… and it has 2 cute kids (bit older though).^^ It’s also a pretty fun, understated underdog team story.

    • December 4, 2015 at 10:38 pm — Reply

      “You really are ona KimuTaku spree” Best compliment (even if it was not intended that way!) anyone has ever given me, haha!

      Priceless is from the few Kimutaku dramas I haven’t watched, it’s on my schedule ofc but I haven’t had the time to go through every drama that is on my to watch-list; sadly too many dramas, too little time!
      When I get down to watch it (..probably not really soon though tbh) I will definitely make a review on it!

      • mykoreandrama
        December 5, 2015 at 12:16 am — Reply

        dear Kipzizz,
        I like the last line.Sweet Home Alabama.It’s my favourite Josh Lucas movie.Oh by the way, as a fan of KimuTaku for almost 15 years, I think I’m Home is not his best drama.His best ones were his old dramas.

        • December 5, 2015 at 12:23 am — Reply

          But I never said that was his best drama?;;
          It is a great drama though, and imho one of the best dramas this year.

      • December 5, 2015 at 10:10 am — Reply

        😀

        Now I’m really curious about which Kimura daramas you haven’t yet seen. *g*

        The List of Doom never gets shorter, does it. Mine’s totally unmanageable now but it’s fun when you suddenly dig up some forgotten gem. Looking forward to your thoughts on Priceless, whenever that may be.

        • December 5, 2015 at 10:50 am — Reply

          I can list them if you want to lol.

          Oh tell me about it; you’ve got so much to watch and so many hours a day! Darn, couldn’t a day be 125 hours, that would do wonders to shorten my list just a bit! ; p

          Oh I will definitely write something about it when I’m done watching it- (I mean, hopefully dramajjang still exists then, haha. jk jk)

      • December 5, 2015 at 11:07 am — Reply

        “I can list them if you want to lol”

        Please do, I’m having a true nosey parker moment here. XD

        • December 5, 2015 at 2:07 pm — Reply

          lol okay, here goes – Change (top on my list to watch asap) Sleeping Forest, The fool who conquered Japan, Gift, Moon Lovers and probably a couple more really old ones.

          I wish I could do a review for most of his series that are really good (because he has had a few mediocre choices, but because it’s Kimutaku you don’t notice! Yes, I watch for the plot haha) but I need to re-watch them to remember them, because a lot of them, I have seen them a long time ago.

          Actually the next review (after Change, I really wanna watch that) might be for Good Luck! I can recall that I really liked it, so yeah. If I find time and sit down to re-watch it, it will be the first one on my re-Kimutaku list!

      • December 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm — Reply

        Re. Moon Lovers – Trust me, it is. XD

        Yup, I like the guy though I’m not quite as enamoured with him as I used to be. *g* I think I’ve seen most of his dramas starting from Beautiful Life (though not all of the more recent ones) and couple of older ones. Some I didn’t finish for various reasons. Could not stand ‘Love Generation’ and absolutely loathed ‘Moon Lovers’.

        • December 5, 2015 at 3:47 pm — Reply

          lol I DO trust you but I want to see how terrible it is, I wonder how Kimutaku chose such an awful script. But yeah, not anytime soon- hopefully when I’m an old hag and I want to experienc “scary/awful things I don’t wanna experience right now, like bungee jumping lol. (it’s on my to list, when I’m 75, like 50 yrs from now haha)
          Oh Beautiful Life, such a moving drama. I think Pride might be my favorite (not the best I’ve watched with him, best and favorite sometimes differ) Kimutaku drama though, I just loved him as Halu and I loved everything about Pride too.
          Ahh, Love Generation, it’s been a few years since I’ve watched it, I thought it was fairly okay.

      • December 5, 2015 at 4:12 pm — Reply

        LOL!

        My faves are probably Gift and Long Vacation, several others I like a lot. The best KimuTaku drama imho is Karei Naru.

    • December 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm — Reply

      You really have seen most of them.^^ ‘Change’ wasn’t bad – quite hilarious in places, in fact and I love ‘Gift’, it’s on of my faves. 🙂 ‘Sleeping Forest’ on the other hand is kinda weired in a not so good way. ‘Moon Lovers’ is just plain awfull, I don’t recommend it to anyone, LOL!

      • December 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm — Reply

        I’ve heard awful things about Moon Lovers and I wonder “Can it be THAT bad?”
        I see you’re a Kimutaku fan as well (then again WHO isn’t, that’s the real question haha) you’ve watched most of his series too?

      • December 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm — Reply

        I’m not a Kimutaku fan XD (well, you asked who wasn’t, heh). I used to be a fan during his Long Vacation days, and he was quite funny in some Bistro SMAP episodes. Fell off the train after seeing he tended to repeat himself in his roles. I’m Home was one of three Kimutaku dramas I finished this year – decent with some nice feels, but nothing outstanding, imo. The supporting cast was excellent and I thought Kimura had better chemistry with Mizuno Miki than with Ueto Aya.

        Tsuki no Koibito is pretty awful.

        • December 5, 2015 at 11:29 pm — Reply

          Haha, I did ask right? ; p

          I can see your point; I have already said that I’m Kimutaku biased (guilty I admit!) so I might not be as objective as I should sometimes (…all the times ; p ).
          About his chemistry with Ueto, I thought the point of the series was that, it was exactly that; it’s only near the end they both started trust and opening up to each other that one could say “they look good together!”

          Now I really want to watch it, since everyone says it’s that bad. Will it wash away my forever-bias for Kimutaku? Can it be that bad? lol

      • December 20, 2015 at 8:30 am — Reply

        Ah… “Moon lovers”…
        While watching it, I just was wondering why I was keeping watching it.
        The fact is it was my first Kimura drama (I am a pretty new J-drama fan) and I was totally intrigued by the acting of the male character.
        I finished the drama in a hurry and started his other dramas.
        Totally hooked, with a preference for Sora, Sleeping forest, Long Vacation, Gift, Karei, A Lloyd… and Mr Brain too – strike this, with all the ones I´ve seen (there are still some on my to-watch list) except Moon lovers.
        Moon lovers, my first and for me, the worst to this day

        • December 20, 2015 at 9:39 am — Reply

          Hahaha, everyone says the worst things about Moon Lovers, I’m getting more intrigued to watch it by the minute! ; p

  2. Y
    December 4, 2015 at 11:06 pm — Reply

    On a different note I’m really digging house of sweets. It hits me in the heart that it makes my eyes water .

    • December 4, 2015 at 11:14 pm — Reply

      Okashi no Ie? I plan to watch it after it is finished. Heard great things about it!

      • Y
        December 4, 2015 at 11:27 pm — Reply

        You will love it. Can’t wait for your opinion about it. Enjoy.

    • December 24, 2015 at 11:32 am — Reply

      Yep you were right, I’m loving it! It is the kind of slife-of-life drama that I absolutely dig; I will definitely make a review next week when the last episode airs! (even though, is it gonna be 10 epis or 11 afterall? I see conflicting numbers on different sites!)

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