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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Aug 19, 2014
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Reaching the end of this drama has left me feeling rather.... blank. For starters, this drama is not for everyone. It's dark, twisted, but the story telling is rather beautiful. If there's one thing I can honestly say that this drama did best - it's the way it showed the story. Switching camera views, focusing on the characters at the right time, leading up to climatic scenes. It was all done very read more well. Even the music was added at just the right times, enough to get the mood set right.

So now that I've covered the story, onto the acting. This is not my first Kimura Takuya drama, I actually believe it might be my third drama with him. That being said, I've thought of him as a great actor before, and I definitely think he's still a great actor after watching this drama. To see him in such an intense role of a devilish character, he really pulled it off. Fukatsu Eri also did a great job as Yuko, and the chemistry between these two was also what contributed to the great acting. And Akashiya Sanma as Detective Kanzo was the most shocking. I've never seen him in anything before, but I believe I read somewhere that he was in a variety show, and he's a comedian. His role here was mostly serious, though, and his character was one of the most memorable from the show.

"Smile" by Elvis Costello is the main theme here, and it fits the drama beautifully. Especially as the later episodes come, the song makes more and more sense. Also, the instrumentals that they used added to the drama, but they were also tunes that don't fully stand out.

I can guarantee I will never watch this drama again. It's a show that is good to watch once, but after you know what happens, and after you watch what happens, it doesn't make sense to rewatch it. It's not a favorite. And as Rita stated in her review of this drama, none of the characters were a favorite either. Right when you start to like a character, something happens to change your view.

Overall, like I said, this drama is not for everyone. The first few episodes dragged a little and started off slow, but the mystery kept me going all the way to the end. The twists that come then are not something that a lot of people will like, which is why I recommend that if you intend to watch this drama, you go in with an open mind.

It might be listed as a thriller, but I didn't really find it to be much of one. More of a mystery or suspense. I wasn't kept on the edge of my seat, but I did want to figure out the answers and the reasons to why things happened. It has romance in it as well, but it's not the main overall theme of the drama. Rather it's a play on the act of being human, dark secrets and motives, and an overall search for the truth. What it's like to be stuck in the prison of your own life.

Some of my favorite quotes from One Million Stars Falling From The Sky:

“If you don’t love, then you can’t be loved. If you don’t open your heart, then people won’t open their hearts.”

"How does it feel to live in this big place?"
"It's like putting a bird in a cage and then locking up it's heart. Not being able to come out, not happy, not sad. Not hoping, not trusting, not loving. So I can't be hurt."
"Birds in the cage long for the blue skies. Compared to those free flying birds, people with locked up hearts yearn to be loved more."

"A tamed bird can't lead a life in the wild anymore. It cannot be alone anymore."

At the very least, I also recommend this for Kimura Takuya fans, as his character here is one that will draw you in, and his acting, as I've also said, is great.
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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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both have a flawed hero; dark; have big portion of crime/ investigation /mystery plot; and have a shocking twisted ending....
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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.
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    johankj Aug 14, 2015
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    johankj Aug 14, 2015

    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

    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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    Dara_lovely 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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    Apr 15, 2002 to Jun 24, 2002
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    Fuji TV
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    45 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 722 users)
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