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.

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

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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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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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    JCDRANZER Feb 26, 2016

    KimuTaku is definitely one of my favourites from the Japanese drama world. I watched this drama almost 8 or 9 years ago and I just don't remember anything about it but I do think I remember the big twist of the series. Might have to watch this again.

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    desertbanshee Jan 14, 2016 - edited

    Kimura Takuya just oozes cool, is it the deep mellow voice, the crooked teeth, the non-chalant take-your-time way of speaking, the shaggy hair, I don't know, but he's magnetic~

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      TurkishRose Jan 14, 2016

      There is something so magical about him and draws you in. I swear he is like an addiction just with eyes alone :D

      My first drama for him was PRIDE and I absolutely fell in love with him. I really loved his role in this drama One million.....I just didn't like the twists in the story much. :(

      How did you like it?

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    TurkishRose Jan 7, 2016 - edited

    It was an amazing show, but I didn't like the twists in the end honestly. :(

    The show was incredible with Kimura Takuya superbly acting his heart and soul into this character, his eyes speak volumes. :)

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      desertbanshee Jan 14, 2016

      This was one crazy ride, if you don't like the dark side then run, don't walk, away from this drama, if you like to dabble in the obscure, then welcome, and may the force be with you~

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      TurkishRose Jan 14, 2016

      Yup it's finely darker and more crazy than I thought. It was too much of a rollercoaster for me and it was just uncontrollable, you couldn't tell where it was headed until the end :(

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    johankj Aug 14, 2015 - edited
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      TurkishRose Jan 7, 2016

      lol I noticed that too, so it wasn't just you. I think there were other instances where it didn't make sense, but like you said, it's only a drama at the end. :)

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    johankj Aug 14, 2015 - edited

    Idd, amazing serie <3

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    jagasthesecond Dec 6, 2014

    so dark, but one of the best dramas i've watched. amazing acting!

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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 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 - edited

    It was very Eriko Kitagawa, naive and prudish, and somehow there's no sense 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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    Apr 15, 2002 to Jun 24, 2002
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    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 803 users)
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