Joker Yurusarezaru Sousakan

Joker Yurusarezaru Sousakan (2010)

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Date Kazuyoshi (Sakai) is a detective on the Kanagawa prefectural police force. During the day, he is known as a "Buddha" for his gentle personality, pouring all of his energy into resolving each case. At night, however, he transforms into a cruel punisher as his gentleness gives way to his anger towards the criminals. The series poses questions about what justice and evil truly are.


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Aug 19, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Still going through my N. Ryo phase so naturally I came across Joker. And all through the show the word Amazing seemed to fit just right. The storyline, the flow...the characters...the detectives...the mourning relatives...the actual BRUTALITY of the crime...It was all very well done.

Right off the bat I was enticed by the disclaimer,

"This drama is fictional. All resemblances to actual people, places or read more events are purely coincidental. Or you may choose to take this as purely a made up story or try to grasp an understanding of the darkness these days."

A simple but perfect set up for how brutal each episode is, not just the individual crimes but the overlaying story. Most drama's make a scene just brutal in its initial appearance. In Joker, where the first look at the murder victims might not be all that horrible, as they are carefully investigated you develop a deeper conviction that what they get - even though its not legal - is what they deserve. (Sort of brings out the worst in all of us, maybe.)

The cast is amazing. There's humor that fits in well with each characters lives, there's drama, and realistically dark content. If your not a seasoned murder detective drama watcher, you might get a little queasy. So be careful.

Finally I would like to make a point to say that, where this drama isn't unpredictable it does a great job at making you want to contradict your initial theories. Towards the end you will know what's coming BUT you will constantly try to talk yourself out of it.

So..."You want murder, destruction and revenge all tied in with remarkable characters and the barest traces of humor? Well, by golly, you've found your drama.. "
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Apr 13, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Joker is-- hands down-- one of the best Dramas that I have ever seen. Now, there are a lot of good Dramas out there from all sorts of places. Some are funny, others are filled with romance, some are eerie, others are focused on more serious aspects, etc. But Joker is probably the purest form of realism that you will ever find.

If I had to describe it with only a few read more words, I'd probably call it a Japanese version of Dexter. Yet at the same time, Joker manages to be something entirely different. If you're like me, then the whole 'law doesn't always prevail' storyline is like a rare jewel. There are other Dramas that touch upon the flaws in the law, as well as people taking the law into their own hands, but I don't think they do it as well as Joker does. It doesn't try to sugarcoat things, make excuses for the criminals or have some main character ranting about how "bad" killing criminals is. No; you are given the story of the characters, the criminals and the victims, and then you see justice served. No dancing around the subject, no pseudo-morality, just cold, hard justice. Joker doesn't hold back when it comes to showing you some of the worst sides of life and humanity in general, especially in regards to just how many people actually get away with what injustices that they do every single day.

Aside from the story itself, the acting is what really draws you in. The acting in this was absolutely flawless. I have seen some good Dramas in my time, but this.. wow, just wow. It's truly emotional and the characters just suck you right in with them. You feel for the victims of the crimes and you cheer when the criminal is finally given what they deserve. It's like watching it all unfold in real life; you can barely tell that they're just acting.

The music is also nice, and this is definitely the kind of Drama that I'd recommend to everyone and anyone. It doesn't matter what kind of Dramas you like, what kind of person you are, or whether you agree with this sort of thing or not. Joker is an utterly brilliant Drama and one of the very few of it's kind. I'd easily say that it was one of the top 5 Dramas out there. If you don't watch this, then you're seriously missing out.
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both deal with questionable police practices, also in both the main leads have some sort of dark secret.
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    Juls Dec 8, 2015 - edited

    I liked the concept of it, the execution - not so much. The thing I'm having problem with here the most is that it fails to make me care about its characters. It's not the acting, there is something disengaging about the characters that make me not think of them as real people with real problems, they are more of vehicle of the drama's concept than people/characters.

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      Trang Mar 13, 2016

      I agree. I can see why this drama fell into oblivion as the years go by. There's something very drawn out about the whole narrative and the writer tried too hard to deliver to big social commentary based on one-dimensional characters and cliched dialogues

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    sambart Jun 23, 2015

    I need/want to rewatch this!

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    rinsuzuki Jan 13, 2015
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    Bladey Jun 13, 2014 - edited

    Somehow I expected something more gripping. This was kind of boring. I think the writing was a little uninsipred, falling back on cliched statements about justice and evil. It just wasn't stimulating or engaging at all. Didin't grab me at all and just a watered down execution of a killer idea.

    Sakai is great as usual and it;s a joy to watch him but his co-stars, especially Anne and Nishikido Ryo are lacklustre at best. Overall I found this lacking. Not bad but not so great either.

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    Cheer Sep 15, 2013

    This drama is good and quite different from the usual episodic detective J-dramas. I especially loved Masato here; that actor is genius!

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    chachanana Dec 23, 2012

    Don't know what to think about this.... Awesome cast (especially sakai masato, god there's just something about him!) , very intriguing and well built storyline. Anyway an amazing detective/mystery drama. But...I didn't feel anything watching this. I mean I couldn't get excited or too much into it because it is just SAD. Surprisingly sad ... In a brutal way maybe? Only shed some tears on some random little kid in the middle, but after it was like my heart rejected everything that happened, like it was a little too much to accept. STILL a must watch though.


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    Jul 13, 2010 to Sep 14, 2010
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    Fuji TV
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    45 min.


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