HERO – A 木村拓哉 (Kimura Takuya) Drama

As I have said in my post: 佐藤健 マラソン (Satoh Takeru Marathon), I will be having Kimura Takuya Marathon next. However, unlike Satoh Takeru and Nishikido Ryo marathon, for Kimutaku marathon I only watched 1 kind of dorama. Kimutaku is the kind of actor that always look or play the same kind of character, so to watch him in different dorama is a bit boring. Fortunately he sometimes plays in interesting dorama.

I saw Hero in the ongoing drama section at drama.net. I was intrigued because I had seen Hero ages ago, how come it’s in ongoing section. It turned out, it was a new season of Hero.

Hero is like Law in Order but in Japanese way. It’s interesting to see how prosecutors act differently to those in Hollywood series or movies. I am not sure how it is in my country but I am pretty sure it isn’t like in Japan.

Once the police caught the criminal, he/she was then sent to prosecutor where the prosecutor (it’s called Kenji in Japanese) would ask the accused and tried to get the truth from him/her. Everything happened in a closed door where even the lawyer couldn’t go in. The lawyer would defend the accused once the Kenji had indicted the accused.

Kenji has the power to send an accused to the court or set the accused free based on lack of evidence or other things.

Kenj (prosecutor) badge
Kenji (prosecutor) badge

In Hero, most Kenji rely on police report to indict the accused. They will ask for a confession from the accused. Just like in other countries, prosecutors dress formally….Kuryu Kouhei (Kimura Takuya) dresses and acts differently. Kuryu-kenji takes his time to solve a case because he wants to know the whole truth before indicting the accuse. He also dresses casually. His way of investigating slowly influences the other Kenji.

Kuryu-Kenji used to be a delinquent teenager who didn’t even graduated from high school. When he was caught in trouble, the one prosecuting him was a very honest man. He inspired Kuryu to become a prosecutor.

HERO (2001)

HEROdvdcoverThe first season was aired so long ago. I rewatched this after I saw the new season.

Kuryu is transferred from Aomori to Tokyo. He isn’t accepted easily because he looks different. He never minds what people think of him and always takes his time solving one crime before giving indictment.

Compared to the new season, the people in this season are colder and so difficult to be closed to. The supervisor thinks much of his carrier then trying to see the truth. He is a nice man but he really wants to have a higher carrier and trying hard to maintain good name.

Unlike season 2, this one has a bit of romance in it. Kuryu slowly falls for his assistant.

Hero (2014)

Hero2

With only 4 original casts, apart from Kuryu, Hero season 2 still delivers interesting story. Even though this new season is 13 years apart from the first but it still feels the same. From the way they prosecute people to the way they investigate the crime.

However, I think the people in this new season are much better than the first one. They are more acceptable. There’s no love story here because there’s no feeling between Kuryu and his new assistant.

In comparison, I like the second season more because it’s funnier and more solid. We can see the people in the office as one big family (on the first season, the family feeling is not there).

The two seasons basically have the same outline, from the case and the people’s characters. To be honest, I kinda wish they will make season 3 😉

I also watched the special where Kuryu is sent to Yamaguchi (fictive town). The town’s most influential and loved man is arrested for murder. Everyone in the town clearly show dislike toward the prosecutors but Kuryu continued his investigation ignoring everyone’s feeling. As always, Kuryu only wants to know the truth.

Like I said above, HERO is a fun drama…not as serious as Law and Order. It’s a fun way to spend the night after a long and tiring day…plus we can learn a bit about Japanese law 😉

Hero - 2001
Hero – 2001

 

Hero - 2014
Hero – 2014

If you are interested, you can see the series here> Hero 1, Hero 2

Cast:

2001: Kimura Takuya, Matsu Takako, Otsuka Nene, Abe Hiroshi, Katsumura Masanobu, Kohinata Fumiyo as Suetsugu Takayuki, Yashima Norito, Kadono Takuzo, Kodama Kiyoshi, Tanaka Yoji, Okayama Hajime

2014: Kimura Takuya, Kitagawa Keiko, Sugimoto Tetta, Hamada Gaku, Masana Bokuzo, Yoshida Yo as Baba Reiko, Katsuya, Matsushige Yutaka, Yashima Norito, Kohinata Fumiyo as Suetsugu Takayuki, Kadono Takuzo, Tanaka Yoji

5 Comments

  1. If you look at the two pictures one from 2001 and the other from 2014, you’ll notice that in the older most of the characters are dressed in black.This could be considered a cold and unfriendly, though highly professional appearance. I find the one from 2014 more interesting, though you said the characters become more cold.

    1. Ah…you read it wrongly, I said compared to the new season, this season (meaning the 2001 season). The colder ones are the people wearing black suits. In the new season, they become more like a family

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