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  • Drama: Shima no Sensei
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 6
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Network: NHK
  • Duration: 58 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 51 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #4505
  • Members: 289
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Ratings: 7.5/10 from 51 users
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Ranked #99999
Popularity #4505
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The drama is set on a remote island where a special school for “troubled kids” from big cities is located. Each student suffers from different personal issues, such as bullying and truancy. Gradually, the 10 students recover their self-esteem touched by the kindness of the local people, teachers and their foster-parents.

  • Native title: 島の先生
  • Also Known as: The Island Teacher ; Island's Teacher
  • Genres: School, Drama
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 6
  • Aired: May 25, 2013 - Jun 29, 2013
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Network: NHK
  • Duration: 58 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 51 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #4505
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Syranus
0 people found this review helpful
Jul 29, 2016
Overall 6.5
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
This is no Gokusen, not at all. “Island's Teacher” is a plain slice-of-life drama, short—consisting of only six episodes, no comedy.

A place of exile or a paradise? Difficult and troubled kids from big cities are sent to this remote island in Kagoshima because of various reasons but one purpose: to heal their emotional wounds. With the help of teachers, foster parents and the kindness of local people, the overseas students gradually change, they rebuild their self-worth and reconcile. And there’s this previous student who returns to the island as a teacher; along with her is a scar throbbing.

The setting is beautiful: the island, beach and sea breeze, dawns and sunrises. It’s a spectacle of purity and new beginnings. I can almost smell the fresh scent of zephyr.

It’s pleasing to see the actors just enjoying and living in their roles; the acting is just effortless. You feel their pain, you smile and laugh with them. While the performance is well delivered, Natsumura Chihiro’s character is inconsistent. (SPOILER: She’s supposed to be good at keeping her secrets and problems veiled but she willingly divulges it to a kid. There are couple more instances that I prefer not to disclose.) Other than that, Nakama Yukie faultlessly plays the lead character.

Overall, the story is fine and calm. (I watched it at dawn; it was the perfect time so, I really felt the emotion.) There’s nothing to look forward to in each episode; it might bore those who are not into serene type of dramas.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

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