SHIAWASE NO KIROII HANDKERCHIEF
Watched it some time ago and wanted to write a long post on the dorama special vs the movie but I kept getting sidetracked by other doramas that I wanted to write about. Long story short, not as good as the movie. The writer obviously didn't want to do a direct remake and changed things for the worse. I don't think the movie is that great either but its very watchable. Of note in the original movie is Takakura Ken in Abe's role and Kinpachi sensei as the comedy relief.
Let's just say the first half of the dorama special sucks cause Abe was hardly in it and the writer changed the structure of the first half. As for the second half, anything with Abe and Natsukawa Yui is bound to be good.
The fight scenes are ok except that for some reason, when they do certain actions in slow motion, they literally do it in slow motion. So you have two actors slashing their swords at 5cm/s trying to make something look cool and all I could think of was why couldn't they just use a high speed camera and slow it down? I think even slowing down your usual 23 frames/s video would still look better than telling the actors to slash slowly. It could look choppy but at least it doesn't look funny. Come to think of it, only comedies use people actually moving in slow motion for a reason.
KARE, OTOKO, TOMODACHI
Ok watchable show but I just have to make one comment which is the acting during this scene above is atrocious. The father's anger and everything felt so fake. I would expect a lot more from two veteran actors. Its like they didn't have time and just wrapped after the first take. Watching the first episode of Shokuzai probably magnified it. Slightly better than average because of Maki Yoko and Kaho but ultimately doesn't go above watchable.