Tokyo DOGS

Tokyo DOGS (2009)

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Takakura So witnessed his father's murder at a young age. Pledging to catch the killer, he grows up to become an elite cop in New York City, where the criminal lives. His character is cool-headed and disciplined, yet adapts well. Because of major drug dealings, he gets sent to Tokyo to conduct a joint investigation with the Japanese police. There, he gets teamed up with, Kudo Maruo, a detective from a special read moreinvestigative division. Kudo is a hot-blooded fighting expert due to his earlier days as a delinquent, but he makes a strong impression with his stylish appearance and is always interested in going on group dates. His personality, interests, and investigation methods are completely mismatched with Takakura's, but the two somehow work together to crack the case they've been given.

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    The Worst and Best Partners ; Saiaku de Saiko no Partner

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Apr 26, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
I find it fascinating that Sou is supposed to be a cop from New York but born in Japan; however, every time he pulls out his weapon, he shoots EVERYONE! Not sure what the director/writer was trying to say, even though I might half agree, I think Sou’s portrayal is way excessive! Overall, it was a fun fare for anyone who likes Shun Oguri. Story wise, it was not a really great read more story. Even though it featured a different case about every episode, it did weave in Sou’s back story of trying to find the murderer of his father when he was younger. After eight episodes, I still hadn’t figured out why his father was killed in the first place. I think the writer could have done a better job in putting forth that information a little quicker so you, the viewer would care.

I think I got a kick out of the supporting characters more because they were silly and very colorful; especially Maruo (Mizushima Hiro) who was pretty ditzy to be a cop. I would kind of hate for him to be my backup as he tend to not be “with” it most of the time and would constantly argue with Sou about just everything. One thing I just couldn’t understand is how Yuki (Yoshitaka Yuriko) could be Jinno, (Sou’s father killer) girlfriend! I mean, what was she dating, a man her father’s age?

But Sou’s family were hilarious! His mother (Tanaka Yoshiko) always found the most inopportune moment to call him while he was on duty. Whether if he was on a stake-out; chasing a suspect or basically being shot at. She made it a point to shame him for complaining. But the one who cracked me up the most was Nakatani (Yoshimura Takuya). I have assume he was Sou’s sister, Karin (Kawaguchi Haruna) boyfriend. But he didn’t seem to have a home as he was forever over the Takakura home: day and night!

The romance between Keiichi (Katsuji Ryo) and Maki (Usuda Asami) was probably the most prominent romance; and they were barely on the screen! Truthfully, most Japanese dramas lack romance in my estimation but are usually better in the story development. This drama is definitely only for the hardcore, Shun Oguri fans. What it lacks in story and romance, it makes up for it with the action. Shun+Gun=Interesting!
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Sep 10, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
One of my absolutes favs!! A mixture of fun, romance and action you don't see everyday. I think the characters are very well chosen. The very straight-laced and serious Sou, who appears to be the perfect policeman is actually a socially clumsy person and a very caring brother. In combination with the messy Maruo they are the funniest combi I've ever seen!! But this drama isn't a cheap comedy. It encompasses not read more only those absolutely funny scenes, but also a clumsy love, a painful past, action..well I don't want to spoil your first time :)
At first I thought: 'Oh no another drama where two guys fight over a girl', but I promise it's completely different than you might think. I loved the story and it's twists, the growth of the relationship as parters(Sou and Maruo) and the humour at completely unexpected places.

I'm a person who always skipped the opening. This was the first drama where I watched t everytime!! The music is really unique and I found myself more than once humming the opening theme at home.^^

If you're still not persuaded then I advise you to watch the first episode and decide afterwards.
Let yourself be caught in one of the best dramas Japan produced in the last decades.

Writing about it I get the desire to watch it again....
for the 6th time
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The atmosphere in both Tokyo DOGS and Bitter Blood involves comedy, as well a reoccurring villain for most of the episodes. Both also explore the relationship between the two main characters who make up a hilarious duo, as well as between them and the supporting characters (their team). Both also focus on the characters' roles as detectives. If you love one, you'll surely love the other!
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OGURI SHUN a great Japanese actor is in both dramas. The thrilling part is the gap differences between the characters, plot, story line, and more. Please try it out and enjoy
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    Mangafever Feb 6, 2015

    Ohhhhhh....i had so much fun watching this! great cast!

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    GuillaumeCoigniez Jan 5, 2015

    Never laughed so hard watching a movie/serie.I didn't like the first episode at all but decided to resume it because of the wonderful cast. The end was so unpredictable though I first thought it would've been something cliche.

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      Mangafever Feb 6, 2015

      I agree, 1st episode wasnt too good, but after that the show just kept getting better and better! ;D

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    FairuzShahriar Nov 8, 2014

    Plot wise, this drama is pretty ordinary, it's something you have definitely seen before. However, the reason I enjoyed this drama so much is because of the comedy portions...favorite parts involve their bickering about trivial things like food like gyozas when they're at a critical point of their investigations..I have to admit that what sets this drama apart is the amazing acting and character portrayal by the cast. the characters are so unique and cute that you can't help falling in love with them. Their acting was very convincing and you totally understand why the actors are so damn famous. Loved their partnership and their relationships with each other. Please watch it to cheer yourself up.

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    sam30317 Apr 29, 2014

    i laughed so hard when i watched it!!!

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      GuillaumeCoigniez Jan 5, 2015

      Yeah when I watched episode 5 it was almost non stop! ^^

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      sam30317 Jan 5, 2015

      Mine was non stop since the first few seconds of episode one, lol

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      GuillaumeCoigniez Jan 5, 2015

      Oh tbh I had dificulties to get into it. But once I got into it I laughed abnormally mutch. I've just watched the last episode and man I was completly strike at the end. Couldn't have thought of a better ending myself :D!

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      sam30317 Jan 5, 2015

      I made sure this show made it into my top favorite list! Some shows do take time to get into. I suggest watching Manhattan Love Story. It may be hard to get into as well, but I had tears in my eyes in every episode. Its def not a show w/ a plot u've seen before. The main character always caught me by surprise

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    yourebeautiful Apr 26, 2014

    -_- why didnt i watch this drama before? i completed more than 100 dramas and yet i've never come across this one! WTF LIFE?

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    shadow Jun 25, 2013

    usually when I dont get Japanese humour sense as I watched their variety show (e.g: oyaji gag) but this one is HILLARIOUS!! Love it! <3 And when you want it to be deep, it is deep too~
    P.S: Advice from a person in the middle of exam period, dont watch it if you have other urgent business to do! T__T

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      Risika Jan 14, 2014

      year later...same situation...''in the middle of exam period, don`t watch it..'' too late :)

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    Cheer Jun 20, 2013

    This drama was pretty good; not only that it had crime/investigation but also a great sense of humor; I simply love it when Sou and Maruo start quarreling over stupid things during dangerous situations.

    And let's not forget the most repeated line in the drama: "Mushi Mushi, Sou-chan Mama desu kedo" :D

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      Mangafever Feb 6, 2015

      hahhahah lol the phone conservations with the mother were the BEST! and sou-chan's expressions at that time! hehehhe

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    PortgasDAce Jun 16, 2013

    One of my favourite dramas. Best duo that had me laughing throughout the series.

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    tokki Jun 7, 2013

    i like this drama. both leads have chemistry and they are fun to watch.

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    xxATxx Apr 25, 2013

    who does yuki fall for?

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      kit1186 May 11, 2014
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    celene Apr 19, 2013

    currently watching this one and i cant stop..hehhehe

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    Bodea Apr 4, 2013

    Loved it!

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    reika Mar 26, 2013

    Awesome drama. I wish Oguri Shun's hair will always be like this. How about a second season??? Please....

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    reika Mar 21, 2013

    Gonna watch this. I like Oguri Shun's hair and look here.

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    5464754 Jan 14, 2013

    One of my all time favorite JDramas! <33


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    Oct 19, 2009 to Dec 21, 2009
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    Fuji TV
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    45 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 2,755 users)
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