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