One Million Stars Falling from the Sky

One Million Stars Falling from the Sky (2002)

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The story opens after a young female student kills herself by jumping off a balcony. It's soon discovered that she was in fact stabbed, and the room arranged to make it look like a suicide. And so we begin. A few minor details lead Detective Kanzo to suspect that Ryo, an enigmatic chef's assistant, knows more about her death.The two have run into each other by chance a few times, and each read moretime left Kanzo with an uncomfortable feeling. Every clue that is revealed seems to lead to more questions about Ryo, his obsessive girlfriend, his callous and manipulative relations with several women, and about a painful memory from Kanzo's past. Things get more complicated when a powerful love/hate relationship develops between Ryo and Kanza's little sister, the beautiful Yuko. What exactly is their connection? As the evidence (and body count) rises, Kanza tries desperately to save his sister from Ryo's influence. He's no saint, but is he the Devil Kanza thinks he is? And why? The answers will floor you, even when you think you've got them figured out already.

  • Native title:

    空から降る一億の星
  • Also Known as:

    The Smile Has Left Your Eyes ; Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi ; A Million Stars Fall from the Sky

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amrita828
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Jul 28, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
I've read some people calling this drama "life-altering". Perhaps it is so. A million stars falling from the sky is a journey into the darkest depth of the human heart. What you see there is not at all pretty: it's disquieting, clouded and unsettling.

I consider Eriko Kitagawa one of the best drama scriptwriters. She has the ability to pick up an ordinary event and make it into an unpredictable twist, all read more with a subtle calm pace which makes you restless. This plot is made of little hints: a word, a glance, a brief scene. There's no abundance of words, each line carries its meaning into the silence that follows.
And the actors get inside their roles brilliantly, creating around them an aura of mystery which makes you grope in the dark as to who did what and why.

The cinematography is scanty and sober, totally devoid of gloss. With the exception of the very effective close-up shots of the characters and the use of the light, it doesn't rely on beauty. Oh, the actors are beautiful all right. Kimura Takuya and Fukatsu Eri in particular are wonderfully intense, together as well as individually and play their part so well I was left speechless more than once.
The same scantiness applies to the music. Used with economy and without much variety, it manages to create the right expectations at exactly the right moment.

When all this is said and done, I am left with only one question: did I personally like this drama? The answer is: no. Did I fall in love with any of the characters? No. They intrigued me, fascinated me even, but I didn't like any of them, and felt somehow totally detached, despite the high-voltage chemistry between the leads.
I marathoned through the drama in 2 days, which is proof of its being a very well built thriller. Once started, you want to know. However, because I felt neither identification, nor true compassion or love for these people, it's as if I had read a very interesting and brilliantly written essay on human nature but was happy to see it end. The ending came to me as the only possible solution: a destination this journey was destined to land to.

Therefore, I recommend this drama to only a few people. Forget brightness, sunny love, suspend judgment and value this for its intrinsic quality and you will appreciate it. If you're not ready for a trip down dark lane, I suggest you stay well away from it.
I am certainly not going to repeat the experience.
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lilacin
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Apr 28, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
First of all, when you are watching this drama prepare for heartbreaks. Now that's out of the way, I have to say this is my favourite Kimura role to date (and I'm the type to pick a good romcom over any melos). Kimura and Eri as Ryo and Yuko have chemistry that absolutely sizzles onscreen and unlike any other romance you will find in most jdramas. But more than their chemistry, the read more supporting casts also does a great job rounding out each of their characters. You will find that this is not just a drama written in black and white, everyone is more than they seem and no one walks out innocent and unscattered. The drama starts off puzzling and slow but picks up and positively explodes toward the end.



I rated the re-watch value quite low because this is still a mystery drama so once you know the big revelation, the impact won't be quite the same as the first time but there are plenty of compelling scenes that makes up for it.





Overall, I'd definitely recommend it to any Kimura fans who haven't seen this yet, as well as anyone looking for a compelling story about love, betrayal and redemption.
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I would bet good money that Kim Ji Woo watched "One Million Stars" before writing "The Devil". There are numerous parallels between the plots, characters and themes as both shows explore issues of moral culpability and the lasting impact of violence. There are significant differences as well, and it's fascinating to watch how the shows diverge despite starting with similar premises.
Recommended by wonhwa
Both shows shows us what gradual destruction on characters can be.
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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 25, 2014

    Wow, such a dark and depressing drama. I liked it though. The actors were amazing!

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    MysticLullaby Apr 6, 2014

    Probably the most depressing drama I've seen.

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    MysticLullaby Apr 5, 2014

    On episode 7.....is everyone in this drama a psychopath? hahaha

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    ross123456 Apr 5, 2014

    i thought this show was kinda medicore at first but by the end of it i changed my mind. it has alot of depth, prepare for your tears to be milked

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    falconnie Oct 24, 2013

    takuya kimura's personality is cruel in here..
    but its the best. you'll not sure which side are u on.. ryo or yuko's brother..
    in the end, it's very sad ending :'(

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    g3rryok Oct 13, 2013

    this is my all time dark romance favourite

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    darkheart94 Sep 7, 2013
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    bossmama Aug 18, 2013

    It was very Eriko Kitagawa, naive and prudish, and somehow there's no aura of realism no matter what genre she wrote. And all the twists at the last episodes left me thinking "What? That's it? That's the big twist that end all the twist?"

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    Diba Aug 15, 2013

    beautiful acting by Kimura Takuya.
    some might argue that this is a creepy drama but hey check the genre before watching its a "thriller" and thrillers always have weird crazy characters/plots. although this drama is not something that i would re-watch.

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    tarepanda Apr 23, 2013

    Probably my favourite jdrama out there in terms of acting, scripting and originality. I agree with everyone else. If you're looking for some cute, happy fluff - you should turn away and look elsewhere. But if you're looking for a dark mystery/suspense with a touch of romance, you probably won't get anything better than SoraKara in this genre. The drama does start off kinda slow and a bit annoying, but the overall story is completely worth it.

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    Cheer Apr 14, 2013
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      bokami Apr 15, 2013
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    Cheer Apr 14, 2013

    This is totally not a drama that I appreciate, not even the slightest bit. Yes, it's twisted but all I can think about that it was disgusting, I will never tolerate this type of stories.
    Well yeah, I am not open minded and I like it! Don't get me wrong,I didn't watch this drama because I was looking for a fluffy story but things got out of limits.

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      marwa247 May 8, 2013

      I totally agree, it is so disgusting and stupid. the ending was pure dumb i just wasted my time ewwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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    Raincat Sep 27, 2012

    I must agree, it is haunting drama. Somehow i didnt like ending, not bc it is what it is but i feel like this way was easyest and i hate that they didnt manage keep this "hardest but real" til end.
    Overall it is amazing drama with splendid actor jobs and talanted directing with good script - so it has all what you can want from good drama.

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    pratii Sep 14, 2012

    A gateway to the dark reality. The show has its own unique yet aesthetic appeal (atleast to me, though i m not into such kinda love stories).

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    11
  • Aired:

    Apr 15, 2002 to Jun 24, 2002
  • Aired On:

    Monday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    7.7 (scored by 616 users)
  • Ranked:

    #823
  • Popularity:

    #899

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