Kurosagi (2006)

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Kurosaki is a young man whose family was destroyed by swindlers. Despite that, Kurosaki grows up to become a con artist known as Kurosagi. As Kurosagi, he swindles other con artists and returns the money to the original victim. He works with the master swindler Katsuragi Toshio even though Toshio had a hand in the destruction of Kurosaki's family. Kurosaki's life begins to change when he meets Yoshikawa Tsurara, a young law read morestudent who disapproves of his disrespect of the law. Can she persuade Kurosaki to give up swindling and his quest for revenge?

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    The Black Swindler

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Jan 24, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I really liked Kurosagi. What hooked me was the manga feel to the writing and episodic set up of the drama. I enjoyed the 'legend' of a swindler of swindlers and Kurosagi's reasons behind becoming who he was. And quite baldly, honestly, Yamashita Tomohisa has never been more handsome than in this drama.

The thing with these 'Avenging Hero' type dramas/stories is the love story orbiting the hero is always a frustrating read more dance. Perhaps he has been deeply scarred and/or his mission is antithetic to the love that unexpectedly blossoms between the antihero and heroine. Kurosagi is classic in this respect.

Each episode unfolds with Kurosagi swindling a different kind of swindler and it's fun to watch him get into character and pull off his clever cons. I couldn't help but compare this just a bit to Liar Game, in that you have to use your brain and the hero has to work around the trick of the con. I really liked Kurosagi's little personality quirks and his different 'con' personalities.

Having sung it's praises, I still came away from Kurosagi feeling something was missing. It took a little while to put my finger on just why I can't give this drama a 10 but I've figured it out. It feels incomplete. Usually as I watch and then rate Jdramas, the fact they usually only take 9 to 11 episodes to tell the story makes me enjoy them immensely. This speedy and more concise story telling in turn raises the rating for me. But somehow this was not the case with Kurosagi. I felt this story needed more time, more story and I am left unsatisfied.

The acting was great for the most part. Yamashita Tomohisa has impressed me again. I've watched 4 of his dramas now and I really like when he plays more "character" parts like this rather than straight lead (See Buzzer Beat, which I did love). Somehow even with his handsome leading man looks, he feels more like a character actor to me. I liked the lead actress. Some of the secondary characters fell flat for me.

A word about Katsuragi: He is the most original character I've come across in a long time. He was at once; chilling, pathetic, gross, pitiful and scary. He left an impression with me, that is for sure.

The intro song didn't really thrill me but the background song which I will call Kurosagi's 'theme song' was cool. I really dug it.

I am giving the re-watch value a 7 because I think people will want to watch this again. There are already parts I have gone back and watched again.

I recommend this. It's worth your 11 hours. It's fun and if you get into manga turned into live action, I think you will like this.
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Apr 26, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
1-The reason I watched this : I was in my friend's place while she was watching the 1st episode, I watched it along with her then I literally fell in love; I went home and finished the whole drama in two days.

2-Storyline/Plot : That's what captured me about this drama; the story about revenge, hate, action and even romance, the whole concept was was so deep.
Every episode i get amazed read more by events and several twists that made it very appealing whether it was action twists or romantic developments.

3-Acting/Cast : After this drama Yamashita Tomohisa became one of my favorite actors; he really did his role perfectly; the kind of cold, affectionate character that made me very invested in his character. There were Horikita Maki too, she was cool but not that great as a character. I actually loved the acting department though there were too many weird characters.

4-Music : Yes I remember the music, it was quite good.

5-Rewatch value : There are a lot of moments that deserve the rewatch plus it's short therefore, it's easy to do so.

6-The ending : I liked it even though i was expecting more but either ways it was nice plus there's the film so it's not actually an "end"

7-Overall : Kurosagi is a drama that can make anyone fall in love especially action-revenge lovers (as myself).
I had so much fun while watching it. My all time favorite part when Kurosagi says "Bang"!
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they have a similar genre and story, both are great movies!
both movies is focus on conning.
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Both of these drama have a darker feel. They are based on popular seinen mangas. Each features lead characters that take justice into their own hands by dealing in the crime underworld.
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    ClaudiaKdramaFan 3 days ago

    I liked them in Nobuta wo Produce and now Im watching this one.

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    angeleste Jun 26, 2017

    Gave this two chances, dropping it for the second time. I find it rather boring. .-.

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    namopanik Mar 9, 2017 - edited

    OST is so distracting, it's like a telephone wait music...

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    Tama Jan 3, 2017

    perfect drama is perfect and yamapi looks as handsome as ever in this drama, just his handsomeness alone deserves 100 plus points and maki is cute too so more plus points and then the story is interesting until the very end so more plus points again, a must watch

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    iNeedSomeJisoos Dec 27, 2016

    Kurosagi's "bang!" is so adorable, I replay it every time.

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    VictorVice Oct 4, 2016
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    Bodea Jun 21, 2016

    One of the first jdramas I watched. I kept hearing about Yamapi and NoProduce and decided to see what all the fuss was about one or the other. This was an okay detective drama with very light romance. Not really worth the hype though.

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    IQA Oct 16, 2015 - edited

    The best drama ever! highly recommended!

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      krish Dec 5, 2015

      mate, you clearly haven't watched enough. it's a nice watch though.

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    trangbabii Apr 17, 2015 - edited

    I thought this series was really really clever. I think it is highly underrated. Nobody seems to know about it!? It's AMAZING!!!!

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      Rangadeviii Apr 19, 2015

      This drama was really famous in its time ^^ I was so excited when the movie came out! (you can watch it if you want, it's not amazing, I was a bit disappointed, but it's nice ^^)

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      ybnrmalatall Aug 24, 2015

      The acting is pretty awful...

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    ShineBright Apr 14, 2015

    loved this! would have been nice to have more episodes but it was so great! 10/10 would definitely watch again!

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      KMR Dec 8, 2015
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    jagasthesecond Dec 6, 2014 - edited

    YAMAPI'S HOTTEST STATE! also i love his acting and idol Horikita Maki-sama's acting. plus, the music!

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    GuillaumeCoigniez Sep 26, 2014 - edited

    I really want a second season of this!

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      abc Nov 12, 2014

      Ya. Doesn't feel complete.

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      jagasthesecond Dec 6, 2014

      there's a movie...but it kind of sux.

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      GuillaumeCoigniez Dec 7, 2014

      Yeah I know I find it is barely a ripoff of it. And I think a second season where the actors (and the story) has aged has a lot of potential! :D

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      jagasthesecond Dec 7, 2014 - edited

      Yes, i think that would be great! :)

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    Apple_pear Aug 12, 2014

    Do the ever kiss

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    Twyx Jul 28, 2014

    Quite good drama :) I liked Pi's acting here.. yeah, sometimes it is boring, I have to admit it, but all in all it was nice ;)


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    Apr 14, 2006 to Jun 23, 2006
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    45 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 5,757 users)
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