Ryusei no Kizuna

Ryusei no Kizuna (2008)

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"When we grow up... We'll kill him together". Koichi, Taisuke, and Shizuna are three siblings whose parents had been brutally murdered when they were just in elementary school, and they vowed to avenge their death. Fourteen years later, their vengeful plan unravels countless new facts. A shocking revelation leads to an overwhelmingly emotional ending. What will become of the siblings who have lived their lives solely in reliance of their bond alone? --TBS

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Aug 13, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Sometime ago I was on a Nishikido Ryo kick so naturally I placed this on my to watch list. It sounded like a good show but months past and I was never in the mood to watch something so Melodramatic. Until I read a review that said "Surprisingly Funny". I turned on the first episode to see if this person was pulling my leg and I was completely surprised.

read more The prevailing mood is hilarious as the siblings spend their time swindling people of their money. And even though these siblings have such a heavy past hanging over them their banter with each other is fast, upbeat, and hilarious. Nevertheless the story doesn't seem silly but has depth because of the serious and sad moments when the three remember their parents and the pain over their loss.

So it's not a lie, this drama is surprisingly funny. And cleaver camera work too, you can be watching one scene and suddenly realize in the background there's a continuation of another scene going on at the same time. Brilliant!

"I would recommend it to everyone who likes stories which leave you with a laughing and a weeping eye.." - and I second that.

(Lingering thought: Nino as Ryo's older brother was a bit hard to swallow at first but that's just getting nit-picky on my part)
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Feb 8, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
LOVE this drama. The main reason I watched this was because of Toda Erika and Ninomiya Kazunari. I wasn't a big fan of Nino before but I started watching Arashi variety shows and found him to be very good-looking lol. After watching Ryuusei no Kizuna, I have become a Nino fangirl xD

Story: Great story. Probably the best thing about the show. The storyline seemed really interesting and it sure was. I read more was relieved that it wasn't very dramatic and was actually very funny because I'm honestly sick of watching melodramas.

Acting/Cast: I think this was the second best thing about the drama. Nino is seriously an amazing actor. Now I know why people say he's the best actor in Arashi. Erika was good here, better than any of her other roles I've seen her in. I haven't watched Nishikido in anything but I think I'll add some of his dramas on to my plan to watch list :)

Rewatch Value: I gave it a 10/10 since I'm already rewatching it even though I just finished it 2 days ago.

This is an amazing drama and I would recommend you to watch it. I loved every moment, from start to beginning and I assure you that you won't be disappointed.
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Both are about children who witness the cruel death of people they love, and who promise to avenge them once they grow up.
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    Akaisora 15 days ago

    Interesting plot, awesome actors, lovely family relationships + a murder mystery. I rated this 9,5/10.

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    YueofBlueGables Apr 27, 2017

    Nino was soo good in this dorama, definitely the best. And he looked so handsome too. Second best, Kaname Jun.
    Forgettable with MEH acting: Toda Erica and Ryo (shock!) their characters didn't help, they were mostly annoying. She with the constant crying and he with the constant pouting.

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    Akaisora Apr 4, 2017

    Did they hide any romance in the plot? Just a bit, even? I'd like to watch this but I need a lovestory, even if it's one sided/minor sideplot etc. :'D

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    manatee Jun 27, 2015

    this is the first drama that I rewatched! strangely, even though i knew what would happen, i feel like i enjoyed it more the second time. 4 or 5 years after first seeing this, my score has gone from 8.5 to a 10. yay!

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    tropka Jun 9, 2015

    Togami is a dream boyfriend material. What an understanding guy

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    Miaka May 31, 2015 - edited

    I started watching it with the belief it was a dark story. I didn't know they chose Kudo Kankuro as the screenwriter (the original work being a mystery novel of Higashino Keigo) : the same Kudo Kankuro who wrote my beloved Kisarazu Cat's Eyes and Unubore Deka (ah, that so damn funny nonsense XD)
    The result is an awkward mix of comedy and drama. I wasn't prepared and felt a bit lost.

    The main plot's resolution was easy to guess, but then they gave sense to these disturbing subplots. Thanks. I felt satisfied but with a strong need to watch it again in a more adequate mindset.

    One more thing : Ninomiya Kazunari's acting. I cannot not love this drama at least for that one reason: his performance as the eldest Ariake brother was excellent.

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    lynndefer May 5, 2014 - edited

    I randomly picked up this drama out of curiousity. I don't mind Toda Erika and Nishikodo Ryo's acting (I'm sorry, I didn't know Kazunari was an Arashi member D:).
    I do not regret watching this drama one bit. I laughed and (almost) cried. It was worth every minute of my time.

    Hands down though, my favourite character has to be Takyama. I will forever be amazed by his profound wisdom, in that, I will always remember him when I use a post-it note. "Do you peel then write, or do you write then peel?" :D

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    Gardenia Feb 12, 2014

    I'm re watching this!

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    prettytin Dec 1, 2013

    i didn't start watching this drama for the longest time coz of the description. it seems like it's very serious drama then i read the review above and some comments that it was funny.

    i was surprised that first episode had me laughing hard. this is nice to watch. not so serious even if it's about murder. and you can see sibling love :)

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    Yozora_Hikari Oct 28, 2013

    I laugh and cried when watching it! :)

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    sylviamarlene Oct 16, 2013

    I love this drama!!!!

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    Gardenia Sep 27, 2013

    I searched for this drama for 2 weeks! I wanted to watch it again so badly! So happy I found it :'D (I couldn't remember the name of this drama long story I think I watched it about 3 years ago) so I went through all 202 dramas to find this.

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    DNI Aug 16, 2013

    Forgettable, i watched this only for Erika Toda, and was a little bit bored at the ending, all this drama and trying to be more of a brighter tone didn't really worked. And the detective elements were poorly included.

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    nyny Jul 27, 2013

    miss this drama so much /cries softly

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    Aeowina Jun 8, 2013

    Just looking at the cast list brings all these feels. Can't wait to actually watch it.


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    Oct 17, 2008 to Dec 19, 2008
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    45 min.


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