Fuyu No Sakura Review – First Impression

Fuyu no Sakura” is described as a pure love story with similarities to the popular Korean drama “Winter Sonata” (titled “Fuyu no Sonata” in Japan). Kusanagi plays a gentle glass craftsman in Yamagata who has no experience in love. Imai plays an older housewife with a husband and daughter who goes on a trip alone to Yamagata, hoping to see sakura trees blooming in winter. She gets into anaccident, but is saved by Kusanagi. He ends up tending to her, and the two are soon drawn to each other. –Tokyograph

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Review

This is my first impression of this Japanese drama.

I have only watched three episodes of this drama and I have to say that even though the message in this drama is not always good its actually quite interesting to watch.  The genre given to this drama is Romance only but I would also say its a bit of a thriller due to the husband creeping me out every so often.

Its quite a serious drama with a bit of an adult theme. I dont think you would like the drama if you do not like mature subjects but its good if you are looking for something diffrent. The acting is actually okay but I do not know most of the main actors besides Kato Rosa and Sato Takeru. Korean actress Choi Ji-woo also has a guest role in this drama , I believe because she acted in the Korean version Winter Sonata which is very different then this one in my opinion..

There is one thing that annoys me about the storyline. I feel like because the wife and the husband don’t communicate so well, its obvious they would suspect the each other to have an Blossomsaffair because they have no trust between them. When the wife starts to hang around with the man who saved her, Inaba Yu (Kusanagi Tsuyosh) its no wonder she is going to fall for him due to the fact that they talk to each other quite a lot. Its like they making everything worse and the husband gets more jealous.

Another thing is that Inaba Yu is quite innocent and has never fallen in love so when he finds someone who he can take care of, he ends up falling for her. In some ways I feel like after his mother passed away he just wanted to help someone else.

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Though this drama does not help with the high adultery rating in Japan, I do believe its an interesting drama to watch and its quite different.  As I have only watched 3 episodes I cant say its fantastic but so far I would like to keep watching it just to find out how its going to end even though I already know its not going to pretty. Seems like tragic love crossed style drama.  Watch out for my full review after I have finished watching this drama =)

Characters

Kusanagi Tsuyoshi as Inaba Hiroshi
A glass craftsman who lives in Yamagata prefecture. He has devoted himself to caring for his bedridden mother who suffers from dementia. An earnest person by nature, he leads a simple life working and caring for his mother. That may be the reason why he has not experienced love. However, he falls in love with Ishikawa Monami, a sophisticated beautiful woman whom he meets by coincidence.

Imai Miki as Ishikawa Monami
She lost her memory in a purse snatching incident while on a solo trip in Yamagata prefecture, and goes to stay with Inaba Hiroshi, who helped her.

Sato Takeru as Inaba Hajime
Inaba Hiroshi’s younger brother. Sick of living with his mother, he goes up to Tokyo and becomes a doctor. He returns home after a long time because of his mother’s funeral service, and comes in touch with his brother’s kindness.

Kato Rosa as Mukai Anna
Inaba Hajime’s live-in girlfriend. She works at the hospital’s cafeteria.

Takashima Masanobu as Ishikawa Koichi
Ishikawa Monami’s husband. The director of Ishikawa General Hospital and a top brain surgeon.

Source: Jdrama wordpress
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