“Tengoku no Koi” (Love of the Heavens) tells the May-December love story between a woman in her 40s and men in their 20s. Hanyu Itsuki, a 41 year-old housewife manages a secondhand bookshop, and living in a strained marriage with her 14 year-old daughter as the only reason it hasn’t fallen apart. One day, Itsuki’s slumbering womanly desires suddenly awaken after she caught Shida Motoharu, who was trying to steal an erotic novel from her bookshop. As her desires came gushing-in, Itsuki decided to embark on a love affair with the young man; afterwards, she met a spitting image Kunimoto Satoshi/Komato Shio, her past love who reminded her of dark secrets from the past.
Cast & Credits
- Tokoshima YoshikoHanyuu Itsuki / Ebihara ItsukiMain Role
- Uchi HirokiKomota UshioMain Role
- Takada ShoShida MotoharuMain Role
- Sawai MiyuuEbihara Kozue / Komota Kozue [Ushio's girlfriend]Support Role
- Komiya ArisaHanyuu Itsuki [Young]Support Role
- DankanHanyuu Gouji [Itsuki's husband]Support Role
The only reason I finished is because the episodes are really short and I was curious to see just how ridiculous it gets. This drama just one ups itself with the crazy all the time and then makes you feel like everything was moot in the end.
I'm not really sure if they wanted to convey a message, but they keep sending these half-messages that I really hope no one takes to heart because mostly they are morally not very good or at least they don't make any sense.
Birth secrets, forbidden love (siblings, teacher-student), lots and lots of adultery in various forms - this show makes sure to not leave one thing out.
There was not a single character in this show that makes any sense, least of them the 'heroine'. The characters changed to fit the story and I failed to follow the reasoning behind almost all actions. Apparently it's your fault if someone else does something wrong because they were angry at you. But that's only one of many examples.
Apart from not making any sense, most characters also do some very very questionable or immoral stuff, which the drama rarely acknowledges or just brushes over. Itsuki is supposed to have that super pure love that even moves the heavens, only the guy is married to someone else. Again, one of many examples.
The story always announces its plot 'twists' for some eps before the actual twist happens. So basically you watch to get a sense of what will happen and then you see 5 eps where it unfolds exactly like that. The story gets insanely crazy and ridiculous, but there never is an actual surprise because you know everything way in advance.
Also, there's way too many deaths in this drama. I get that that's an intentional theme, but it's just too much. I thought that once we got through the childhood part we would be done with the deaths, but the show managed to just put in more deaths all the time that I couldn't care less about because all we saw of them was the funeral. They just put in more gloom and death for the sake of it. Characters we were supposed to care about also die in the most ridiculous ways possible.
The acting is a bit over the top, but I think it's what a show like this requires of the actors, so they did a decent job.
The music is probably the only thing I actively liked about this drama. I love the insert song "I want to go to heaven" and also the opening is pretty good. Too bad I will always associate the songs with this drama.
I will never ever watch any episode of this drama again.
Do yourself a favor and don't watch this drama. You have been warned!