Detective Yugami – 刑事ゆがみ : Episode Two Review [Japanese Drama]

Episode Two of Detective Yugami 刑事ゆがみ is all about love and lies – in the most unexpected ways. It begins with Hanyu (Kamiki) teaching kids the value of telling the truth. As expected, Yugami (Asano) butts in arguing that lying is a practice one has to experience, and once a lie is told, there is a need for subsequent lies to propagate the manufactured ‘truth’. 

And since I’m watching the drama in Viu, what better way than to use their Episode 2 description to start my review:

Yugami and Hanyu investigate an attempted sexual assault case. Despite hospitalization, the victim refuses to press charges or cooperate with the investigation. The mystery deepens when the scene does not correspond to the victim’s testimony. [watch Detective Yugami

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Detective Yugami – 刑事ゆがみ : First Impressions + Ep1 Review [Japanese Drama]

Based on the manga series “Keiji Yugami” by Iura Hideo, Detective Yugami is the live-action TV series from Fuji TV starring Asano Tadanobu and Kamiki Ryunosuke as an oddball pair of detectives.

Asano is Yugami Yukimasa, a detective who ignores conventional investigative procedures in order to uncover the truth.

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Award Season Begins for 2017! Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s ‘Before We Vanish’ & Ishii Yuya’s ‘The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue’ win Best Picture at TAMA Film Awards!

TAMA New Wave, on its 9th year of giving awards, honors Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s sci-fi thriller Before We Vanish and Ishii Yuya’s romantic-drama The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue as the year’s Best Picture winners. Last year, we reported the award-giving body has recognized Yamashita Nobuhiro’s Over the Fence and Sakamoto Junji’s Danchi as 2016’s best.

TAMA New Wave started in 2000 for the purpose of discovering new talents to bring fresh perspectives into the Japanese film industry. In 2009, it introduces the movie awards to appreciate talents that are “full of vitality” thus connecting movie fans and filmmakers together. [ Official Website ]

Here’s the complete list of recipients after the jump!

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Casting News + Scoop! [Sept 24-Oct 2] Detective on the Bar gets a third movie + Setoutsumi drama is underway + Suda Masaki, Sugisaki Hana and Shida Mirai on spotlight!

The biggest casting buzz at the end of September is the third installment of the Detective on the Bar franchise, and also the upcoming drama season that features a lot of young stars. Kinema Junpo continues to promote Suda Masaki, and his filmography remains solid. Spotlight on young actresses Sugisaki Hana, Shida Mirai, and Kawashima Umika for their new projects.

Let’s begin with the duo of Oizumi Yo and Matsuda Ryuhei as they celebrate the third installment of their critically acclaimed movie franchise, Detective on the Bar (Tantei Wa Bar ni Iru). 

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Japan Academy Prize 2015: The Eternal Zero wins Best Picture; Junichi Okada grabs Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor; Sosuke Ikematsu, Sota Fukushi, Nana Komatsu – Rookies!

The Eternal Zero wins Best Picture, while lead star – Junichi Okada – took home two awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor (for A Samurai Chronicle). Rie Miyazawa is Best Actress (beating out Sakura Ando, Mao Inoue, and Chizuru Ikewaki), while Haru Kuroki grabbed Best Supporting Actress!

The 38th Japan Academy Prize (第38回日本アカデミー賞) is the 38th edition of the Japan Academy Prize, an award presented by the Nippon Academy-Sho Association to award excellence in filmmaking. It awarded the best films of 2014, and it took place on February 27, 2015, at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in TokyoJapan

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Junichi Okada and Mao Inoue in The Eternal Zero, directed by Takashi Yamazaki, Toho, Copyright 2013, All Rights Reserved.

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Shota Sometani, Takahiro Miura, and supporting cast in The Eternal Zero, directed by Takashi Yamazaki, Toho, Copyright 2013, All Rights Reserved.

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