Maou (2008)

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This drama is a remake of the popular suspense drama The Devil that was aired in Korea in 2007. Ryo Naruse is a two-faced lawyer: on the surface, he is a kind-hearted soul, representing the poor and earning the nickname "The Angel Lawyer" from the press; but unbeknownst to anyone else, he is also a "devil," meticulously plotting the perfect revenge against those responsible for his younger brother's death. Naoto Serizawa is read morea detective whose overzealous methods mask a dark past which he is trying to overcome. When a family acquaintance of Serizawa's is murdered, Serizawa is thrust in the middle of a multiple homicide case which stirs up memories of a dark event from his past.

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May 5, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Maybe I'm over doing it with rating it all 10s but I really can't find a reason to lower any of the scores. I wasn't really impressed with Ohno Satoshi before watching Maou, but now I have totally new found respect. He plays a very calm, cold character so it may seem like his acting skills aren't tested much, but the moments when the character shows emotion he pulls so tightly at read more your heart stings... really touching. Ikuta Toma plays a character very suited to him, I think, and I enjoyed his part very much. All in all the story was enjoyable not too predictable but believable as well, I also found the ending very satisfying, personally, it may be different for other people.... watch it and find out!
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30 people found this review helpful
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May 5, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
This drama in one word is: sad. It left me depressed and thinking about life for a long time after I watched this. And as a Christian, it's even more sad and heartbreaking. (I"m not sure though if people will understand what I mean.. hehe.)

So why'd I rate it highly? Well, because the drama was brilliantly executed.

Story: The plot was unique unlike most dramas that tend to be a total read more cliche plus the story really had a deep meaning about revenge, hatred, redemption, love, and faith. But since this is a remake of a korean drama, the credit for the story should probably be given to the korean writer. :)

Acting/Cast: I think all of the actors did a really great job at portraying their characters and making the audience understand and sympathize with the characters' struggles especially Ohno Satoshi. Although some say that he was a little stiff, I think how he portrayed Naruse was the best direction for the character because with just his facial expressions, you can understand and feel what Naruse is going through emotionally. His best actor award for this drama was truly deserved by him.

Music: Jdramas usually have only one or two songs for the soundtrack but here, they had a variety of music that went with every scene smoothly adding tension to the drama.

Rewatch value: I only gave it a 6 because it's not something I'd want to watch over and over again. As I've said, it is a sad drama. It would probably take a month or two before I'd want to watch it all over again.

All in all, this drama, in my opinion, was one of the best that I've seen. Watch it so you can see! :)
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both dramas deal with a hidden revenge, emotional interesting plot and great cast, oh and two arashi members
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Both dramas are stories of revenge. The series surrounds the fulfillment of revenge for a beloved person who died violently when the main characters were younger. The stories' conclusions are reminiscent of each other. Ikuta Toma also stars in both dramas.
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    movuzzo 6 days ago

    somehow it's so frustrating to watch every episodes!

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    Michael 6 days ago - edited

    Brilliant, two men brought together in a Greek tragedy. Not a boring moment, edge of the chair stuff.

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    namopanik Jun 21, 2017 - edited

    In case someone wondered whether it's rushed compared to k-version: it's not. It needs only 40% of time to deliver the same story and the pace is neck-breaking, but by some sorcery it's not rushed plot-wise. Serizawa Naoto runs all the time like he was solely responsible for compressing 20 hours into 9*, so it's draining to even watch him, let alone bear the emotional load of things happening around him. The editing is frantically fast and dense, it cuts out connecting movements Breathless-style or speeds up the footage on fillers. Ok, maybe not Breathless because it was more random there, but you get the idea.
    And yet, despite all that madness, the story has a gripping pace making you want to already know the whole picture, what happened then, how will it all end now and who'll make it out alive. It's sparse with revealing things from the past. Recurring shots of Naruse Ryu's face and his red lit den balance it out a little, as does the music.
    I don't see myself rating it anything below 9 if it stays as good as it is.

    *Don't want to unbury old comments, but some commenters said running all the time makes Serizawa less believable as a cop/adult. I politely disagree. It fits him and his history, and it's not like other characters take him very seriously either.

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    Panda Jun 5, 2017

    Starting this now. Finishing it today #binge

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    Maya Mar 16, 2017

    I definitely did not expect the ending..

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    SelfBalancingUnicycle Nov 23, 2016

    I loved the music by Hiroyuki Sawano ^^

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    VishalIngle Oct 30, 2016

    where can I find "Maou Special: Shiori's Last Vision"?

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    IzzyDramaLover Sep 7, 2016 - edited

    Can someone please tell me if Maou or the K-version one is better??

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      IzzyDramaLover Sep 7, 2016

      True!! :D Just wanted to get a second opinion.. :)

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      ajummasunbae Sep 28, 2016

      The Devil is almost to good to be true. Fabulous cast and wonderful direction. It will make you want to see the other two in the trilogy.

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      IzzyDramaLover Sep 28, 2016

      Ohh goody!! I did watch Shark from the revenge trilogy and I liked it!! I guess I'll watch The Devil :) Thanks! :)

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      OKasiandrama Oct 13, 2016

      I'm confused. Trilogy? Which dramas are related to Shark and The Devil?

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    zombiehero Sep 3, 2016

    I've just re-watched this and I'm happy to say it holds up for re-watching (which some dramas definitely don't). While Ikuta Toma's character is rather flimsy (quick to jump to conclusions, runs everywhere, overdramatic, moodswings, all that) Ohno does such a wonderful job as Naruse. It's really one of the best acting performances I've seen in jdrama. The last episode is done to such perfection (except for possibly the last few minutes), it's such a fitting ending for the story. Highly recommend!

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    SailorMoonCostume Aug 30, 2016

    Great drama!

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    Nagelfar Jun 18, 2016
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    DragonballMerchandise Jun 13, 2016

    I have the same question as Mica. Which is better?

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    Mica Mar 18, 2016

    Is the Korean or Japanese version better? (To those who have watched both)

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    Fysya Marshall Feb 9, 2016

    the crime plan was perfect.. the plot , the ending.. it just hurts me so much (the ending) because both of them are my ichiban.. anyway , that was a thrilling and suspense drama.. it makes you tempted to click to the next episode.. credits to ohno satoshi and ikuta toma for making me cry like hell after i knew the ending.. no matter what.. i can't resist both of you.. talented and handsome.. <3

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    XiaoYan Dec 3, 2015

    Shakespeare's tragedies prepare one well for Japanese dramas. This drama is a lot like Hamlet in so many ways.


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    Jul 4, 2008 to Sep 12, 2008
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