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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Nov 5, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
The production of this drama is beyond ordinary from tv series. I haven't seen this kind of production with tv series before in j-drama, i wish they have more of this kind of production, it's like film production not a tv-series. I have to give loud of appluse to the production team, they did well. The camera angles they used here with the scnes were impact and dynamic.

The story and the read more script were great, i love how they tell the story here. Even though you aren't a fan of suspended and mystery please give this one a try, it's worth a watch. I'm a big fan of this type of drama and Mozu also added the dark tone into it which i love it as well, it's rare to see dark mood and tone in tv-drama these days, so this drama is really make my day.

The characters from the 3 main leads were great. The killer and also antagonist were great as well. I have to admitted that in some scnes i was bitting my teenth because i get too excited while i was watching. I think from episode 1-6 were the best part and then 9-10 were great as well. I don't feel like overdone anythingin this drama. The episode 7 and 8 are great too they need these to build up the tension of the drama. Hope you will enjoy this drama as the same way as i do.
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This is rec.most of cast ,grenres r same.both of drama r from Eiichiro Hasumi .if u like one give a chance to other one
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    jagasthesecond Jul 27, 2017 - edited

    i'm giving this a 9 despite some plot holes and slight uneven pacing. The music kind of reminded me of the video game series Metal Gear. The cinematography, music and production are top notch. The music kind of gets you in the groove and drawn to the show when you hear it. I liked the acting too. Overall, I enjoyed watching Mozu.

    And wow, this was nominated for the International Emmy's!

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    hope Jul 8, 2017
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    green_tokki Feb 24, 2016

    I have Ikematsu Sosuke to thank because he is the reason I want to try this drama. Surprisingly this is really good!

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    darkn3ss Mar 19, 2015 - edited

    where did u guys watched this?

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    Simplifica Mar 16, 2015

    shigai ...
    maybe at the same level with chuck norris

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    Pate Feb 8, 2015 - edited

    I wouldn't be surprised if Hidetoshi Nishijima got lung cancer after this show.

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      Railise May 1, 2016

      (Over a year after you posted this, but still...) No joke! I found myself wondering how high the budget was for cigarettes. :P

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    sambart Jan 21, 2015

    I just watched Episode 6; my mind is completely blown! Best episode EVER in the history of my dorama watching life!!

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    Seiran029 Dec 26, 2014 - edited
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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
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    NewKDramaAddict Jun 9, 2014 - edited

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

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      Juls Dec 9, 2015

      Yep same here, it's actually the first time for me to root for any character in jdrama, never mind a killer. Now I want to see everything Ikematsu Sosuke is in.

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    BrightestStar May 18, 2014 - edited

    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
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    MohammdAon May 12, 2014 - edited

    تنويه: الدراما تحتوي على مشاهد عنف وتدخين.

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      Hessa May 28, 2014 - edited

      Translated for people who don't understand Arabic.

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


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    Apr 10, 2014 to Jun 12, 2014
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    54 min.


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