Bloody Monday

Bloody Monday (2008)

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After a biological terrorist attack kills off the population of a Russian town; Japan's Public Safety Special Third unit, code name THIRD-i, believes that the terrorist organization responsible plans to unleash the same virus known as Bloody X into Tokyo. Subsequently, THIRD-i recruits the help of genius hacker Takagi Fujimaru to find out what happened in the Russia. However, as Fujimaru becomes involved, he soon finds out that he is in over read morehis head and that the terrorist groups influence reaches not only his school but even the police. Fujimaru must now rely on his skill as a hacker to unravel the organizations sinister plot and find out the truth behind "Bloody Monday."

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Nov 5, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I only began Bloody Monday because I was told by a dear friend that Miura Haruma was hot. What I didn't know is that he happens to be a good actor, of which I suspected but needed some time (about 2 episodes) to confirm. But there you have it. The reason why I watched a Japanese drama about a terrorist cell intent on destroying Tokyo with a deadly virus known as Bloody read more X was because of Miura Haruma. Our then 18 year old lead star plays Takagi Fujimaro, aka Falcon – an internationally acclaimed master hacker who of course becomes unwittingly involved in… dun Dun DUN… saving the world. Or at least Tokyo.

Needless to say is that Bloody Monday is an intense action-thriller that successfully kept my interest in its 11 episode run. Before I get down to knit-picking it, let me just say that for the most part I was pretty sure on how much I liked it. It was a staunch 8/10 from at least episode 3 onwards. Whether that was because Miura Haruma proved to be so efficient at portraying a genius high school boy/hacker whose world is thrown off balance by the intrusion of downright evil and plot-twist-worthy terrorists is a moot point. I try to be objective, but the only proof I have right now is to say that when he cried, I cried. No Kdrama heroine-esqe tears from this boy. I believed him! I was also impressed with the nearly endless series of plot twists, some of which I predicted from day 1 and some of which I never in my wildest dreams saw coming (and I seriously dream plot twist detection - it’s my one consolation before bed that at least my brain is smarter than Dramaland-ish plot twists). In the last five minutes, I hastily changed my 8 to a 9. I like a good emotional twist. So sue me.

While Bloody Monday is an overall exciting watch with notable acting (even among the supporting cast), I’m just going to have to say that thrillers, even more than comedies, come under my scrutiny for gaping plot holes. For instance, I’m pretty sure I could hand in my current resume, and instantly get a job with the number one Japanese intelligence agency (in this drama, Third-i), because obviously my rationale for thinking out logical strategies is higher than half the plans created by the master spooks in Bloody Monday. I also know that when you’re gearing up for a gun-fight, you really shouldn't walk up to your intended target close enough to where your target can easily disarm you and aim that gun directly at your own head. But I digress.

And all plot holes aside, I really did have shivers most of the times I sat down to watch this drama unfold. Having genuine anxiety for fictional characters goes a long way in my book of Appreciating Entertainment 101.
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May 5, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
For you old school people, this is Hackers meets Contagion! Loved it! What a ride! Started and finished in a 24 hour period! I'm still riding a Bloody Monday high! The acting was stellar! I still can't get over the fact that Miura was like 17 years old when this was filmed. The constant twists and turns of the story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sleep? What's that read more when the world as we know it is about to end. I really did enjoy this. So much, I'm now going to continue the ride and watch Bloody Monday 2! Who's with me!?
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Both have crime, mystery and a dash of scifi, even though circle is a bit more heavy on the scifi and quite more fast paced. Both dramas are also about people struggling against corrupt/underground organizations planning to make the world a "better" place.
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Both dramas give rise to the question of good and evil in humans and whether that is something out of our control or not. Bloody Monday have a genius hacker with the japanese special forces at its center, looking for his dad (and the mystery of his disappearance) while fighting against a group of terrorist wanting to "reset" the humanity. I remember you focuses on a genius consulting detective wanting to solve the forgotten mystery of his rather unfortunate past, while looking for his missing brother and along the way solving various crimes & clues that bring him closer to the core of the human psyche and the hazy gray zone of what is right and what is wrong. Both dramas are full of suspense as well as various plot twists.
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    Amy T Jul 13, 2017

    Wow these reviews are all over the place...what do I do? D:

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    claudya87 Apr 15, 2017

    Just awful.

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    angeleste Mar 2, 2017

    This drama was a load of BS, however it was an entertaining load of BS. I wish the OST was better, that might've helped it a bit. The MC was really annoying and stupid. I only recommend it if you're realllllyyyyyyy bored and have nothing else to watch.

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    Hisato Jan 25, 2017 - edited

    This show is a cringefest, worth a 6.5 at best

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      omgvlad Mar 1, 2017

      I have no idea how someone liked this. I love anime and Kdramas. Tried this and its just too cringe to watch.

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    ken Jan 7, 2017
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    INFIRES Dec 8, 2016 - edited

    Sato Takeru isn't a main character? Despite his face being 1 of the 2 biggest on the poster?

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    fanitha Jul 20, 2016

    This was a little bit of a deception, because I have great faith on Japanese suspense dramas/movies. But this one didn't surprise me, like you could see almost everything coming and sometimes it was kind of repetitive. I only watched it and season 2 because of Miura, Sato and Narimiya. But there are definitely way better suspense dramas to watch.

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    addictedtakumi May 25, 2016 - edited

    Hi.. May I ask. if there is love line / romance in this ?.. & also.. do I need to watch this first before watching the second season?.thanks in advance. :) i don't mind spoilers

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      YanFaisal Oct 18, 2016 - edited
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    Martelli Jan 24, 2016

    Miura was great, and I also really liked Yoshizawa Yu as Kirishima.
    The only thing I do not like about this type of dramas is that while the police does not hesitate to kill random terrorists etc, they never kill the biggest culprits when they have like hundred chances. And it's not like they catch them for info, they just let them get away everytime....I guess it's because the story would end too quickly :D But it's illogical anyway...

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    amy Oct 5, 2015

    one of the best dramas i've ever watched. totally my style and had me hooked from the first episode! the second season is almost just as good too.

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    PickyMcpickleton Nov 6, 2014 - edited

    If I disliked the manga, will I like the drama? The manga was utter nonsense plot wise. It felt like the mangaka was just making shit up as he went along all for the sake of a plot twist. Hence, things felt out of place, random and ill planned. By the time it was revealed who the actual killer was, I wasn't even startled, I was just like, that doesn't make any sense...

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    KANZAKI_YURI Oct 5, 2014

    I watched this dorama seven times and I am not bored. ^^ Perfect story, amazing music, GREAT CAST!!! So much in love with it♥

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    Kikka Sep 12, 2014

    I don't know why I haven't seen this drama before! Even though I have only watched until ep 6, it keeps me hooked on the story! Love it although it makes me mad that I can never guess what happens next! :/ Anyone who hesitates to watch this, don't worry just watch it! It's awesome! XD

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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 25, 2014

    Totally love it <3 Especially since there's Miura in it! ;)

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    kaylanurul May 6, 2014

    He hooked me with this drama!


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    Oct 11, 2008 to Dec 20, 2008
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    50 min.


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