Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Fujiki Naohito-Sakuma Shunsuke
Nakama Yukie-Katsuragi Juri

Advertising executive Shunsuke Sakuma (Naohito Fujiki) is at the top of his game. Winning numerous advertising awards, the cool Shunsuke lives a life most men only dream of. He luckily lands a new massive product campaign for Mikado Beer, Japan's largest conglomerate corporation. Working on the project for almost two years with an estimated three-billion Yen invested, the project would "make" Shunsuke. But in its final stages, the project is suddenly dropped by a single man - Katsutoshi Katsuragi (Ryo Ishibashi) the son of the original founder and Vice President of Mikado Beer.

Declared "incompetent" by peers in the world of advertising and replaced by a nobody on the project, Shunsuke gets drunk and drives to Katuragi's mansion to "tell him off." But instead, he sees a girl climbing out from the house and trails her. The "girl" happens to be Juri Katsuragi (Yukie Nakama), Katsutoshi Katsuragi's eldest daughter from a mistress. Shunsuke approaches Juri, threatening that he would tell her father if she did not come with him. Initially, Shunsuke planned to bring her back to Katuragi to win his favor, but after thinking things through, he plots a "payback" scheme by kidnapping Juri. Juri, not wanting to stay with her father, goes along with the kidnapping. Scared of the media frenzy that would result if they found out that he had an extramarital affair, Katsutoshi Katsuragi goes along with the kidnapping. . . or does he? In a world of players where everyone is playing a game, who is the one to pull the strings? . . .

LOL! This one had me fooled and then some. Just when I thought I had it figured out. Duh. It was a great cat-and-mouse game to the finish. I definitely liked this one. Seeing "Yankumi" in another role other than her role as the teacher on all the Gokusen episodes was a bit strange. I knew something wasn't "quite right" with her character. Definitely hiding something but that something wasn't anything to what I had expected. Wow! And might I add that I sooooo wanted to be the recipient of that first kiss. I just know that Naohito-san has got to be a good kisser...something about those lips just had me starry-eyed..........*sigh*

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