MOZU Season 1 - Mozu no Sakebu Yoru

MOZU Season 1 - Mozu no Sakebu Yoru (2014)

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Kuraki is a police superintendent. He lost his beloved wife in a bomb incident. Kuraki, Detective Osugi and Miki from the Secret Police discovers the existence of contract killer Mozu, a tragedy caused by a secret mission by public security and a scheme which shakes the nation. Miki also holds the key to solve bomb incident. ~~ Based on the novel "Mozu no Sakebu Yoru" by Go Osaka.

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Jun 30, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
Mozu has been one of my top anticipations for this year’s Japanese spring season. Apparently, I had too much hope that I ended up with partial letdown.

Don’t get the wrong idea, this drama is better than other Jdramas I saw this season; it’s also unique and quite exciting to follow but it simply couldn’t keep the pace. Mozu started amazingly; packed events, intriguing characters and an involving high-scale mystery. With such read more a promising beginning, you would draw certain lines in your head, such as “this drama will be some sort of masterpiece”. However, that never lasted for too long.

The problem with Mozu is the unbalanced events and empty parts that made concentration almost impossible. The screenwriting of this drama failed to keep thing coherent and well-built even with all the potential they gave it at first. Some episodes were too slow to ingest while others were too packed to fully understand, the screenwriter couldn’t spread his story the right way. Moreover, the high-scale conspiracy turned out to become too predictable for my taste; that was almost a criminal act against mystery/suspense lovers, I surely expected more than that from a drama co-produced by two of my favorite Japanese channels TBS and WOWOW.

The acting was superb; Nishijima was really good as Kuraki, he had an aura that I love to see in my male lead’s character especially with his tone and facial expressions. Maki and Kagawa were great main characters too; their acting was well suited for their characters. The remaining cast were remarkable, especially Ikematsu and Hisegawa; these two actors gave a chilling performance to make their character feel so complicated, hateful and even lovable.

The characterization for this drama was really nice especially with the back stories given to many characters in order to explain their behaviors. Although some characters weren’t that interesting and others didn’t maintain their involving traits until the end but overall, they were acceptable and even enjoyable.

The soundtrack for Mozu isn’t forgettable; I liked the way it connects with what’s happening. The cinematography was also dark and gloomy in a way that fits the drama’s tone.

Watch if:
-You like action, crime dramas.
-You like interesting characterization.

Do not watch if:
-You’re looking for a mind-blowing drama.
-You’re looking for a puzzling mystery.

On a personal level, I really didn’t hate Mozu despite all of its flaws. It sneaks into you somehow and makes you addicted especially if you’re into crime oriented stories. I enjoyed this and I certainly tried to overlook many of its obvious flaws. I call it a guilty pleasure but I surely liked this drama. I am only hoping that the screenwriter will revise his way of making events in the second season.
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    ryu 5 days ago

    This is the best series i ever watch

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    NewKDramaAddict Jun 23, 2014

    I especially like J-dramas in this genre. Great acting by Nishijima Hidetoshi and most definitely Ikematsu Sosuke for making me like a serial killer for the first time!

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    shinju Jun 17, 2014

    not bad ending ..
    looking forward 2nd season

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    femmedesneiges Jun 17, 2014
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    NewKDramaAddict Jun 9, 2014

    First time ever rooting for a serial killer! Yes, Shingai twins were both crazy!

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    BrightestStar May 18, 2014

    3 episodes in I think the creepiest character is shingai's sister

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      NewKDramaAddict May 31, 2014

      When you get to ep 5, you'll be singing a different tune!

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      BrightestStar May 31, 2014

      6 episodes in and i still think she's the creepiest one

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      NewKDramaAddict Jun 1, 2014

      I don't see how you can overlook Jin! That sadistic basterd!

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      BrightestStar Jun 1, 2014

      Oh yea that guy is disgusting but he's ur typical pervert with serial killer capability but that girl id just soo mysterious in her creepiness

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    Mareina May 15, 2014
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    mohammdaon May 12, 2014

    تنويه: الدراما تحتوي على مشاهد عنف وتدخين.

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      Hessa May 28, 2014

      Translated for people who don't understand Arabic.

      "Disclaimer: This drama contains violent scenes and smoking."

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    kittyflumpin May 1, 2014

    WOW... I said "Oh my god!" out loud to myself out of shock twice in the first 15 minutes. I don't usually do that. I'm totally hooked.

    (I said it again later when Nishijima was doing push-ups in that tank top, but for an entirely different reason...)

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    Mareina Apr 25, 2014

    This is really good so far. I only wish they'd stop smoking SO MUCH.

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      Pate May 5, 2014

      Better than no smoking in k-dramas.

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      Mareina May 5, 2014

      No smoking has never bothered me and likely never will. I don't really mind a character smoking once in a while, but here it's so much I'm afraid for the actors' health.

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    Pate Apr 24, 2014

    Damn, this is amazing.

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    mascot Apr 23, 2014

    This is a masterpiece!

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    Acidalia-san Apr 17, 2014

    anyone knows if this will be subbed? And who is subbing?

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      shinju Apr 21, 2014

      http://torachan2006.livejournal.com/
      but you should join the journal to see the passwords :)

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      Acidalia-san Apr 21, 2014

      Ahh thank you very much. Now I need to remember my password for livejournal...:S

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    femmedesneiges Apr 14, 2014

    Basically a double-full-length WOWOW Dorama W series then. It's good.

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    Cheer Apr 6, 2014

    This is absolutely a drama I would watch this spring season. But it all depends on the subs :(

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    10
  • Aired:

    Apr 10, 2014 to Jun 12, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Thursday
  • Network:

    TBS
  • Duration:

    54 min.

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  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 88 users)
  • Ranked:

    #123
  • Popularity:

    #2628

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