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Love Shuffle
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by amrita828

May 1, 2011
10 of 10 episodes seen
Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
I stumbled upon this little jewel of a drama while following the filmography of Hiroshi Tamaki, the actor who basically introduced me to Asian dramas. Soon enough, I found myself forgetting about Tamaki-san, caught in the whirlwind of this surprising, thrilling, daring plot. This is usually referred to as a romantic comedy, but the definition is not really accurate. It is romantic inasmuch as it deals with love, but it's neither cute nor lacy/flowery/traditionally romantic. And although it has numerous comedic situations and dialogues, it touches serious issues, leaving their final verdict suspended, making the viewer be the judge. The cast is brilliant. Every character comes to life and has a wonderful screen presence. None is either completely good or bad, though. They're over the top, at times obnoxious, often surreal, always human. And because the game they are involved with requires them to interact with one another in turn, each time a different side to each character is unveiled. It's an adult drama. Not because it shows anything improper, but because it deals with adult feelings, failures, expectations and needs. The music serves its purpose brilliantly, moving at the same rhythm with the plot. Definitely a must see, in my book.
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