Ao no Jidai

Ao no Jidai (1998)

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Abandoned by his mother and having had to fend for himself, Ryuu is one of many Japanese youths that have turned to a life of petty crime in order to survive in Japanese society. Life on the streets has given him a tough exterior, but it is his kind heart and his dislike for what he has become that wins over a local beauty and helps him take his first steps towards read morea better life. When an overzealous and less than ethical police inspector fingers Ryuu for a crime he didn't commit, he is resigned to accept his fate. However, help emerges from an unexpected source to give him the strength to fight for his freedom: a victim of one of his past crimes.

  • Native title:

    青の時代
  • Also Known as:

    Blue Days; La Periode Bleue; Time of Youth; The Misfits

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Elisa
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Dec 18, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
It's a very nice story.
Very typical/ classical, but it goes beyond that and asks some existential questions too...
I couldn't find all of the episodes subbed so I'm not sure if I understood it correctly.
The story starts with a young man being falsely accused of an attack, and a lawyer trying to help him. There is love too, and the drama depicts beautifully how the abandoned young people of the read more 90s were living. How you can be accused without being guilty only because you did something in the past.
It's not the best drama out there, but it's fun to watch.. And I think it has a lot of cliches, but probably because others drama were inspired by the story which isn't very innovative in itself either- but it's like a mix of everything you'd want in a drama. Even romance lovers would be able to watch it and be happy, suspense-action lovers too...
As for the music, there is a beautiful version of polyushka polye sang by origa that comes every episodes. It's a very beautiful songs and it fits the drama.
As for the rewatch value... Well, the acting was superb, and I'd probably watch it again if I could find the subs, or only to be sure I understood correctly everything. Maybe there was some plot holes too, but I can't be sure because of that...
This drama is a typical Japanese drama from the end of the 90s. You're immediately put in an ambiance from that time.
If you're a Japanese drama -young people's life- lover, it's a must-watch. Go watch it!
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if you've already seen one, searching for something similar, watch the other

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    BrightestStar Apr 22, 2016 - edited

    Well this was a pretty decent watch. I mean the story itself has many plot holes, some unexplainable character change, and cheesy dialog, however the heartwarming moments felt genuine and the acting was decent overall, and some of them really pour all their passion in the characters. Half the time I couldn't understand what Ryuu or Sawaki are thinking (Sawaki I couldn't understand him till the end) but the way Domoto Tsuyoshi and Ando Masanobu play their characters I can't help but root for them, no matter how stupid their decisions are :P

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    PEACEFUL Mar 21, 2016

    this is a "marathon or not", if you ask me
    oh, and, don't even bother if you don't speak japanese ...or don't mind open endings, that works too in the end

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    11
  • Aired:

    Jul 3, 1998 to Sep 11, 1998
  • Aired On:

    Friday
  • Network:

    TBS
  • Duration:

    54 min.

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  • Score:

    7.4 (scored by 43 users)
  • Ranked:

    #6260
  • Popularity:

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