The Family Game was originally an award winning novel by Honma Yohei that was adapted for television drama and film. 30 years later, the story returns to the screen again on Fuji TV, Wednesday nights. Sakurai Sho stars in this troubling drama as the private tutor Yoshimoto Koya. Koya becomes a tutor to a student, Numata Shigeyuki, an underachiever on the verge of dropping out of middle school. Expecting immediate results, Shigeyuki’s father makes a deal with Koya that if he could make Shigeyuki return to school within a week, he would receive a 100,000 yen bonus. Koya accepts the offer, replying that he would only need 5 days to complete the mission but demands that no one should interfere with his methodology in doing so.
A handsome face with a reckless mouth, Koya is a wacky unpredictable pro tutor. How will he save Shigeyuki, a boy who has been bullied in school, betrayed by his best friend, and become a shut-in at home? How will he educate Shigeyuki to change his ways? What is Koya’s motivation in teaching? Koya’s "education" is nothing like anyone has ever imagined. You just have to see it yourself to believe it! -- Fuji TV
The drama deserves a thread. What do you guys think of the drama so far? I thought it is excellent. I personally don't like some of the cast (the father and Kutsuna Shiori) but the rest are great. Sho has some excellent quotable lines in this drama. The script is written by Muto Shogo who also wrote for Densha Otoko and Joker.
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Posted: Wed May 22, 2013 4:47 am Post subject: Post Rating: 0
I'm totally hooked with this drama. I love that it's really intense and that they aren't afraid to go dark with the story. I haven't been impressed with Sho's acting (I've actually avoided his dramas after The Quiz Show 2) before but I think he really does a good job in this one.
Uragami Seishuu is talented and believable and he is really adorable. Kamiki Ryunosuke and Suzuki Honami have both nailed their characters, in my opinion.
I'm actually looking forward to Kayoko confronting Shinichi about his issues more than Yoshimoto & Shinichi. lol The tension they had in the scene at Shinichi's room in the fifth episode was great.
I don't like Kutsuna Shiori's acting here. In episode 5, she felt really weak in her confrontation scene with Yoshimoto.
Posted: Thu May 23, 2013 4:46 am Post subject: Post Rating: 0
This drama is surprisingly good. I'm not a fan of Sho's acting but he's doing great. Being extremely attractive is a bonus. He was running around half naked last night but I find him sexier during an intimidation scene with Kayoko. He was kind of scary as well.
I can't with Shiori Kutsuna stoney acting! Kamiki was amazing and she killed the moment in not a good way. Wrong girl for the role. I'm starting to think the akb girlfriend might have done a better job if she played the role. Kutsuna was an unconvincing temptress as well as bad at playing the manipulator. If they make her end up as Yoshimoto girlfriend, I will flip a table.
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:24 pm Post subject: Post Rating: 0
Finished it yesterday.
And it got me hooked instantly.
It was surprisingly not your typical School-Drama. Not even your typical J-Formula.
Was intense, dark and had lots of great acting. A clear recommendation from me.
There was quite a lot of insight there too. And the Things that were said about Parents; School; life and how it shapes people before they realize, was spot on too.
The moment where everyone lost it and trashed the place was totally awesome. I felt sorry for that House.
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