Soredemo, Ikite Yuku

Soredemo, Ikite Yuku (2011)

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Fukami Hiroki's younger sister was killed by a friend. Hiroki then meets the killer's sister, Toyama Futaba, 15 years after the incident. Both of their families have been burdened with grief, but through their meeting they struggle to find a brighter tomorrow.

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    Still, Life Goes On

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Apr 3, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This is the drama I was waiting for all spring long. During those 11 weeks, every Friday I was eagerly waiting for the next episode. You, who still haven’t watched it, will have the chance to watch it all in one day (and you will be tempted to). There is a reason why this drama got the Best Drama Award (Television Drama Academy).

Don’t expect a fairy tale. Don’t expect a boring read more sad story full of fake tears and violins. Don’t expect any average acting. This drama is telling us the story of people you can identify with. This is a story that could easily be true. There isn’t one character that doesn’t fit, not one "black sheep" actor. The dialogues are written as if in a theater play, and each line is perfectly mastered (Sakamoto Yui got the Best Screenwriter Award for this drama). The palpable tension captivate us and makes you hold your breath and wait for the next move, the next line.
(The three directors also got the Best Director Award.)

Eita (who got the Best Actor Award in the Television Drama Academy) and Hikari Mitsushima are simply incredible. Both seems at the end of their tether starting from the very first episode, and this is one more reason why their dialogues are so enjoyable and captivating. But, as I said, even the supporting actors are are talented (especially Otake Shinobu, whose performance got her the Best Supporting Actress Award, and Kazama Shunsuke, who also got an Award)

As for the music, there isn’t much to say aside from it being beautiful and well-balanced. Very different from some sad dramas that need sad music to make the audience cry because the actor aren’t good enough.

6 Television Drama Academy Award are 6 reasons why I gave this drama a Overall 10 and a 9 in Rewatch Value.

In short, it's a must-watch..
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Dec 30, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
It’s kind of hard for me to write a review for Soredemo – I’ve watched this drama about a month ago and wanted to write one since the moment I finished it, but every time I try to actually start writing I can only think about those corny sayings like “story about forgiveness and redemption”, “tragedy of two families” or “great study of human nature”. I don’t like all those cliché, empty read more words, so I tried and tried, and tried, and then tried some more to write something that could actually describe this drama and to not sound overly banal at the same time, but still, nothing satisfying could come up to me. But then I though “why not use them if they describe this drama the best?” So here goes my corny review:

Soredemo, Ikite Yuku is an unforgettable drama. It’s simple, yet captivating, slow-paced, but addicting and sad, but at the same time very optimistic.

It tells the story of two families whose normal, everyday life was suddenly broken by a terrible crime and shows how people who were affected by it try to live on, cope with this tragedy. What I liked about this drama is the fact that it shows that both sides suffer, although differently – not only a victim’s family’s life is changed forever, but also those, who are related to murderer have to continue living with guilt and knowledge that somebody close to them killed an innocent person and destroyed lives of many people. It’s rare (at least for me) to find a story that gives a right to suffer not only to the victim’s side, but also for the other side too, so that’s a huge plus for writers.

The plot of this drama is really simple – it shows how the younger generation tries to heal their families and find the reason why the tragedy had to happen. Both main leads – Hiroki and Futaba are amazing, not only in terms of acting, but also as the characters. They feel real in their social awkwardness and their stubbornness to make things right is heartwrenching. Also, their relationship is unique and charming – two people who should be on the opposite sides join forces, change themselves and their families and also find in each other something akin to soulmates.

The pace in this one might be considered a bit slow by some, but for me this was surprisingly an advantage; because of that screenwriters could show us a very believable character development; everything was happening slowly, yet in the right moment and nearly every single behavior was justified and didn’t seem rushed or out of place. Also, I loved it that this drama despite taking on a really hard, seemingly depressing subject, is not overly dramatic and sad – it leaves the viewer with optimistic feelings. It’s like a catharsis.

Acting in this drama deserves a separate essay, so I’ll try to keep it short. Everybody was amazing! Yeah, yeah, it sounds like an exaggeration but believe me, it is not. Every single actor played his part perfectly – Eita ended up being my favourite Japanese actor ever, I’m stalking him now and plan to watch all his dramas. He was just natural in his role of an awkward guy for whom the time stopped when he was a teenager and who has to cope with his conflicting feelings for a family of his sisters murderer. His co-star, Mitsushima Hikari was great too, she’s a versatile actress who, in my opinion, has a huge potential to be one of the best Japanese actresses in few years. Just watch her in this drama and then see Love Exposure – I still can’t believe she’s the same person! Supporting actors, especially Hiroki’s mother, a woman who never accepted her daughter’s death (her monologue in ep.5 left me speechless) and Futaba’s father, a man who tries to atone for his son’s wrongdoings with all his might - they were outstanding in their roles, they could easily make the viewers feel the pain of the parent who lost his/her child. The only actor I was not impressed by was Kazama Shunsuke who played the murderer, but well, his role of a slightly autistic guy who never really grew up was really hard and still, he did a decent job, he was just not as amazing as the rest of the cast.

As for music in this drama I’ll only say that the opening song was really annoying at first. It slowly grew on me, but I still think it’s horrible. This wailing guy should keep his mouth shut for his entire life.

So to sum it all up, what I was trying to tell (or more write) in this review is that Soredemo, Ikite Yuku is one hell of a drama. I’ll use those corny descriptions again: it’s beautiful, thought-provoking and original, but see yourself if I’m not exaggerating!
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- Point of view from murderer's family that have nothing to do with murder case (Soredemo has both point of view thou)
- Misery cause of public's judgemental
- Grey line that make you choose between right or wrong
- Brilliant acting
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They both have this dark and sad aura and kind of forbidden relationships.
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    Horsebite Jul 11, 2017

    Masterpiece drama.

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    namopanik Jun 21, 2017 - edited

    is there a place to watch it other than dramacool and dailymotion ( copy)?

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    rubydiamonds Jun 15, 2017

    I really enjoyed this drama. The only thing I found wanting was that even though I know this drama was about the how the the families of people involved in a murder are able to cope in the aftermath, I do wish they had focused a lot more on the supposed criminal and his struggles. Because, while I did initially start the drama because of the potential romance, I eventually became much more interested in the supposed criminal, what he was going through, his pov.
    Also, I found the ending very disappointing. Sigh!

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    Panda Apr 5, 2017

    The ending bench scene between fukami and futaba is my most watched scene ever.
    Over million times still a classic.
    Futaba: you might even date miss universe. You might get a chance to see her crown.
    Fukami : id rather be with a crownless futaba.

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    Maya Jan 25, 2017

    only one word i can think about after watching this dorama.. NATURAL .. everything they did felt like so natural to me... that they were not even acting at all!!

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    Johnson-Shampoo Sep 19, 2016 - edited

    I love this drama way too much

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    naccu May 10, 2016

    I'm afraid to watch this drama.... I don't want an existential crisis!

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    Marooya May 9, 2016 - edited

    This is a masterpiece no doubt and one of a kind.
    This was one deep, dark, sorrowful journey that I won’t be able to get over; in fact I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. It has left me feeling very very heavyhearted even though the message behind it is positive which is “hope” and “life goes on”. Many things made me angry and many things left me totally messed up and I can’t really say I’m happy about that. I can’t believe I’m saying this but for the first time in my life I wished the actors weren’t too natural with their feelings. The actors being too natural with their feelings won’t allow me to remember that this is all an “act”.Therefore I would have hard time dealing with my emotions and I would lose control over them.
    I FELL IN LOVE with Mitsushima Hikari.

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      Simplifica May 11, 2016

      I can’t believe I’m saying this but for the first time in my life I wished the actors weren’t too natural with their feelings. ---> lol yeah :D

      that's the "problems" with this kind of jdorama, its too real :O

      look at my list, maybe you'll find some doramas like soredemo ;)

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      Marooya May 12, 2016

      I checked your list and I have added what I don't already have ^^
      Wow you don't have a 10 except for Soredemo, Ikite Yuku! I've added all your 9s :)

      I still haven't yet rated Soredemo, Ikite Yuku (and that's a first me) I just feel I need time to let my feelings settle down. That's how powerful this drama is.

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    educto1 Apr 23, 2016

    Everything in this drama is a masterpiece.

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    KN Apr 19, 2016

    I can't explain how beautiful this drama is. If you get the chance to watch it then watch it.

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    blg Mar 18, 2016 - edited
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      Gaijin77 Feb 26, 2017

      this is a japanese thing they like to overkill things a little bit ..... but i expected it i mean its genre is drama and in jpdrama with tragedy and/or drama as genre the kill of one mc at the end is almost 100% ;D

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    Mody Mar 10, 2016

    this drama got me messed up

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    TurkishRose Feb 10, 2016

    One of the most BEAUTIFUL, heart felt, and REAL dramas I've ever seen. Highly recommend it ❤

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    sunflower63 Dec 18, 2015 - edited

    I had been putting off watching this drama for a long time as I knew it was sad and I needed to be in the right mindset to watch it (it will be the same for One Litre of Tears). I have to say I am glad I finally made it as it is truly a masterpiece.
    What struck me mostly was the excellent acting by all the cast and in particular by Eita and Mitsushima Hikari who fully deserved the Awards they received for this performance.
    The story itself was extremely realistic and painful but luckily always with a positive message in the end...I was only a little disappointed that the personality of Kenji was not better exposed and most of all his illness should have been better explained. All in all an excellent drama which fully deserves a 10.

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    irish Sep 22, 2015

    I have seen excellent dramas. But this is the only one I would consider a masterpiece.
    There is not one false moment throughout. Many scenes pack an emotional wallop. Although the overall tone is heavy, there are also some light moments. The performances are excellent. If I had tp pick a standout, it would be Shinobu Otake,


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    Jul 7, 2011 to Sep 15, 2011
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    Fuji TV
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    54 min.


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    8.7 (scored by 793 users)
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