Several nights after the wife of university professor Hirokawa Seiji died of illness, an unknown woman visits their house and asks if his wife is at home. When he hurriedly opens the front door, no one is there. At that moment, the president of the university dies all of a sudden. This is accompanied by a new style of elections open to the students too. The professors become paranoid of each other and anonymous documents containing defamatory statements fly about. A disquieting air begins to hang in the air. Hirokawa has had a close relationship with his wife’s younger sister Mizushima Rei, who is a popular lecturer in the same university, since his wife was alive. They were together at the moment she died. His guilty conscience begins to stir up a vague sense of uneasiness towards the neighborhood and the elections. Before long, the body of a person who died a bizarre death is found at a garbage dump nearby…
~~ Adapted from the 2016 suspense novel "Iari Mienai Kao" by Maekawa Yutaka.
Cast & Credits
Give this at least 1 episodeThe narrative is fragmented at the beginning and it's also a slow burn but once those interlocking stories connect the drama will become engaging. It has gripping mystery like it will literally suck you in, every time a story connect to another will leave you nodding, it is so satisfying. Aside from the mystery I also like the chilling mood/atmosphere of this drama, it helps to arouse my curiosity. It is well directed drama; it knows how to lay clues and when to build tension.
Theme is revolved around T R U S T like father losing the trust of his daughter, gossiping neighbors , characters committing infidelity, trust leading to bullying, talking behind someone's back in a professional environment, someone who blindly follows others or beliefs, it is everywhere and it is impossible to miss. There is also another underlying layer here which is what people want versus being practical, people always dream, it might fade but another dream will replace it or an imposing parent will kill it.
I will give its music a perfect ten. It plays a huge part on how this drama builds its tension. It is a brilliant piece of music which underlines the mood of this drama. That aerial shot of those houses was brilliant, it seems a small detail but if you think about it deeply, it is the theme this drama wants to convey. Great acting from the cast, from the supporting cast to leads like Odagiri Joe, Risa Naka, Kuroshima Yuina, Anna Yamada, but the best performance should go to Risa Naka. Anna Yamada is a great young actress too. I am excited to see her future roles.
Overall it is great mystery drama, if you think of mystery dramas, this is I think the best you can get this year and it can compete to the best of the best mystery dramas/movies around. My only complaint is its ending; it is underwhelming and feels a bit rushed. I was expecting a huge climax but didn't get what I want. Also, the reveal is predictable or maybe it's just me because I've already seen lot mystery dramas. Lastly, thanks to HPriest for subbing this drama.
A LITTLE GEM.Iari: Mienai Kao is a slow mystery thriller, which simultaneously engages and unsettles you. The sublime background music is in perfect symbiosis with the emotionality conveyed, superbly heightening the audience's feeling of uneasiness and angst throughout the drama. The eeriness surrounding the town of Ioki, its ghastly occurrences and dubious characters is palpable through the screen, and never leaves the viewer who is on pins and needles until the last scene, shot open-ended, with a possibility for a continuation of the series.
Overall, one of the best JDramas of 2018, and a definite must-see.