Characteristics of Japanese Dramas

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Apr 032019
 

Japanese dramas always have their own characteristics that make audiences easy to remember and identify.

Describe many characters

Compared to Korean or Taiwanese dramas, Japanese dramas tend to portray more characters. Japanese films often have large actors and often appear between 3 and 4 central characters. Besides, supporting characters are also very important and they are often mentioned quite a lot in the episodes.

The system of supporting characters in Japanese films all has different roles. In each scene and every situation, they are the ones who influence the main character. One audience shared that Japanese films sometimes have up to 6 central characters. For example, in Love Shuffle and Sunao ni Narenakute, inner scenes depicting characters are divided equally among all 6 people.

Seasonal drama

This is a unique feature of Japanese drama. In general, Japanese television programs are divided into 4 parts equivalent to 4 seasons: January to March (winter), from April to June (spring), July to September (summer ), and October to December (fall). During the cold weather months, when people spend more time at home and watch more TV, the TV station will be especially interested in the TV series that will be broadcast. Usually, it will be a movie with famous casts.

Pay attention to friendship

Japanese movies have a variety of genres such as detective, health, horror, romance, murder mystery and more. However, the common feature of most Japanese films is often to mention friendship. In Japanese films, friendship often takes the place of romantic love elements in stories. Many Japanese films describe friendship as a very important part of life. It is stronger than the romantic love factor. The most important relationship in the film is also friendship.

Japanese films often go in the direction of depicting the dark corners inside people’s hearts quite a lot. Besides, Japan also has a lot of romantic romance films from shoujo (comic for girls) and shounen (Comics for men) based on special characters.

Top 10 Japanese Dramas of 2018

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Mar 042019
 

A survey of favorite dramas was conducted with readers of the Modelpress newspaper from December 8, 2018 to December 15, 2018, collecting 14,570 votes. Here are 10 best dramas that received the most votes from Japanese audiences.

The top three spots are Ossan’s Love, Chugaku Sei Nikki, and Hana Nochi Hare. All are pure romantic love movies that explode Japanese forums and social networks in the past year. The Blu-ray Box and DVD Box Ossan’s Love ranked No. 1 in 2018 film sales, showing that the love of old-fashioned young people is still very hot even though the movie aired on TV. In particular, Ossan’s love is a rare Japanese love movie that is officially shown on television and is currently hot to the social network.

Medical and criminal dramas are also two types of dramas that are extremely popular with Japanese people. These genre dramas have been aired throughout the year. Therefore, it is not surprising that the list appears some detective dramas like 99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II or Unnatural. And the hot drama in the medical section are Black Pean and Good Doctor. 99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II and Black Pean are both films with the highest average rating by period, with the numbers surpassing 17.4% and 14.2% respectively.

Meanwhile, Unnatural not only won the audience but also scored with hard-hitting critics when receiving a lot of important prizes at 96th Drama Academy Awards ceremony. In it, we can’t ignore the best TV Drama category. A lot of viewers are waiting for Unnatural to come out next season 2 next year. As for Good Doctor, the Korean drama remake has set the highest record of the highest rewatching in the Fuji TV drama series renzoku history through FOD-paid movie service.

Below is a specific ranking.

1. Ossan’s Love

2. Chugaku Sei Nikki

3. Hana Nochi Hare

4. Dorokei

5. 99.9 Criminal Lawyer Season II

6. Boku to Shippo to Kagurazaka

7. Black Pean

8. Unnatural

9. Dai Renai

10. Good Doctor

 

5 Most Worth Watching Japanese Film

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Dec 062018
 

1. The Taste of Tea (2004) – Taste of tea
 
The Taste of Tea The is a famous science fiction film of Japan. The Taste of Tea is a version of Fanny And Alexander that tells the story of a family’s daily life with different generations. This is considered to be the most worth seeing movie in the early 21st century
 
The Taste of Tea was built around the story of the Haruno family living in an old house in a sprawling, barren suburb of Tokyo. The family has six people all: 1 couple, 2 children, 1 grandfather and 1 uncle, each with their own story.

 2. Linda Linda Linda (2005)

Linda Linda Linda is the musical film directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita ranked sixth in the list of the 10 best films of 2005 in Japan.
The film about a girl group born before the music festival of the school 3 days fell into a shortage of singers singing the main internal conflict. While the members were desperate, they stumbled across a Korean student who sang “Linda linda linda” for Blue Hearts and the group she sang for the group. They practiced together with many bad jokes, the group also understood each other and cross country friendship more thoroughly.

Due to exhaustive training they missed the festival and had to perform at the last minute but the four girls still played their best and won the hearts of audiences.

3. Water Flowers, Hanamizuki 2010
 
Hanamizuki is a song about love that faces time and distance. The film is based in Hokkaido Japan. Hirasawa Sae, a high school student, is not happy to grow up with both parents, when her father died when she was very young.
 
The flowering plant was planted when Sae’s childhood became his father’s identity, Sae always cherish the desire to succeed, so she constantly strives to pass a prestigious university in Tokyo.


4. Nobody Knows (2004) – Dare mo shiranai

 
From a true event of “four abandoned children in Sugamo” and during 15 years of persistent script development, director Hirokazu Kore-eda released Nobody Knows. “Nobody Knows” is about a mother and four children living in an apartment that no one else knows. Four children are hardly allowed out, not in school.

 5. Memories of Matsuko (2006)

Memories of Matsuko in Vietnamese is Matsuko’s Memoirs produced based on the novel of the same name by Muneki Yamada. The film is the story of Matsuko Kawajiri’s life.