Wednesday, December 7, 2005


This is the latest drama from Takuya Kimura...I've been waiting for this drama since I heard about the news...I got a chance to buy the DVD recently and....It's shows that Takuya is still the best....

Kimura Takuya's roles have had a lot of interesting and cool occupations in the past. He's been an airplane pilot, hockey player, public prosecutor... beautician... etc. Therefore, his role this time as a race car driver isn't too much of a stretch. This drama could probably write itself if it wanted to.

Kimura's (Kenzaki Jiro) character begins this drama as a second driver to a better driver in Europe. He used to be a star driver in Japan. Unfortunately, when he accidentally crashes into his first driver during a practice run, he loses his job and finds himself a washed up racer who is getting a little too old for the sport back in Japan. Because Kimura's characters always love their jobs with a boiling passion, he wants nothing as badly as to race again. He just needs that feeling he gets when he hears the sound of the engine and grips the steering wheel around a sharp turn. Unfortunately, his old racing team now has a better, younger driver and they don't need or want Kimura's character anymore.

He goes back to live at the home of his foster father and sister who raised him. They run a small orphanage-like home for unfortunate children whose parents can't take care of them. Koyuki (Mizukoshi Tomomi) plays a young caregiver who has just been hired there. The kids don't like her because she doesn't seem to understand their feelings and makes misguided attempts to help them. Kimura's character, on the other hand, was an orphan himself and is still very much like a big kid, so he is just what the kids need. Despite the fact that he hates children and just wants to get back into racing instead of helping out at the orphanage, he agrees to drive the orphanage's van and take the kids to school, etc. in exchange for being allowed to live there.

Kimura and Koyuki's characters are obviously set up for a romantic relationship. The two of them will end up together, and Kimura's character will have to go against the odds to become a champion racer again - because Kimura's characters can never give up what they love most.

Like most of Kimura's dramas, this one is pretty entertaining. There has been a surprisingly small amount of racing thus far in the drama, but that may change later on. The child characters are also very important as well, and that probably won't change much. I guess I was expecting a little more racing. Nevertheless, it's an entertaining drama altogether. Kimutaku fans and everyone else should enjoy this one.

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