Shiroi Haru

Shiroi Haru (2009)

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Ratings: 8.2/10 from 336 users
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Haruo is finally released from prison after completing his sentence. With nine years worth of prison gratuities in hand, he stops at a restaurant to enjoy a good meal, but all of his money ends up being stolen. With nothing left, he spends the night at a net cafe, and he manages to look up his old friend from his yakuza days. When Haruo visits the next day, he learns that his read moreold girlfriend Mariko was living with another man, but later died of illness. Haruo, who had committed murder 9 years earlier to earn the money for Mariko's medical treatment, is shocked and angered. He decides to track down that other man, who runs a bakery with his wife and daughter Sachi. Haruo later runs into Sachi at the park, but he has yet to find out the truth about her.

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Sep 15, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Before I even write this review, I'll just say one thing; if you're looking for a happy drama that's all sunshine and rainbows, this is not for you. Shiroi Haru is a painfully beautiful, bitter sweet story of a rough, misunderstood man entering the world after he is released from prison.

The twist in the story isn't too hard to figure out, but the story is more than enjoyable regardless. You'll laugh, read more you'll cry, but you'll be sure to enjoy every second of it.

I was immediately drawn into the story and characters, already rooting for Haruo within the first few minutes of the story. I actually cried pretty hard at the end, too, which makes this the first drama I have ever cried over. (though in my case, that's only because it really hit home with me)

I really wish I had a better way to word just how beautiful this drama is, but I hope you'll take my word for it and give it a try. It will forever leave a bittersweet impression in your mind and is without a doubt one of the best dramas out there.
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May 29, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Before I begin, let me just say this:

1.) No, this is not all sunshine and rainbows and happy times; prepare tissues and wait for a multitude of emotions.

2.) No, the previous statement does not mean it is a terrifying or scary show; it's just a serious look on a certain way of life.

3.) No, you should definitely not pass this drama up!

Having said all that, let me get read more straight to the point now. To be honest, I watched this drama only because of Abe Hiroshi; after seeing him in "Hero", I was addicted to his talent, skill, and unique personality (not to mention his height and voice) almost immediately. Also having said that, the more I watched this drama, the more the story drew me in. I recognized a few more actors/actresses (Endo Kenichi, Yoshitaka Yuriko, and David Ito; just to name a few) along with the small comedic and light-hearted moments drew me in to the story as a whole. At times, I was angry at a few characters and I cried with a couple others, while I laughed with another. This story is very unorthodox in the way it is written and played out; I could predict a bit of the ending, but most of it I couldn't even imagine! I did get bored watching at some slow points, but then something happened and I was immediately drawn back in; I even paused to rewind and rewatch a few moments! This is definitely unlike any other drama I've ever seen and I am so glad I watched this story; it is now one of my favorites! I hope a lot of other peoples will give this heart wrenching (and heart breaking), touching and kind, honest and real, sad and happy, not to mention bittersweet, story a chance! I'm sure a lot more people will love it!
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    foreverwitchy Oct 9, 2016

    beautiful drama, the little girl is adorable

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    Simplifica Apr 25, 2015

    well ... this is really good dorama with somewhat brutal ending (denotative and conotative meaning)
    for me its like 9.0 - 9.5 potential but reduced to an 8 by the ending

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      fadetoblack Feb 1, 2015

      o_o maybe you were deleted for profanity...

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      gaga May 1, 2015 - edited

      im guessing this is that doctny (or something like that) dude, from the way he speaks and his life story about his wife and daughter... and i just wanted to read some spoilers, to think id find out he was banned. wow

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      Blademan2 Oct 29, 2015

      He's still lurking around.

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    fadetoblack Jan 10, 2014

    really good...depressing though

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    shahrobp Sep 4, 2013

    I never cried on a drama before, it really touched my heart. it's beauty can not be described by words. I will forever remember it.

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    shinju Oct 6, 2012

    I love it ..
    Abe Hiroshi did a great job here ..
    very touching drama ..
    the story is also great ..
    I recommend this to anyone love family dramas ..


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    Apr 14, 2009 to Jun 23, 2009
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    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 336 users)
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