Posted by camivarjoghe on Monday, April 8th, 2013 (Japan Standard Time)

Beautiful Rain (ビューティフルレイン)

A Drama Review

Beautiful Rain

Beautiful Rain tells the story of the single father Keisuke Kinoshita (Toyokawa Etsushi) and his younger daughter, Miu (Ashida Mana). His wife died eight years ago after giving birth to Miu. Keisuke and Miu live in a small apartment on top of the Nakamura factory, which is also Keisuke's workplace. The two have a pretty amazing father-daughter relationship and live a normal life, but lately Keisuke's been quite forgetful. He is forgetting things even when Miu reminds him permanently. After a workplace accident Keisuke receives a CT scan at the hospital. The result is terryfying: He is suffering from early onset Alzheimer's.

Ashida Mana plays a cheerful and smart girl with a strong personality, which is not willing to leave her father's side, no matter how tough it may get. She plays her role really well. Her expression is above average. She conveys her emotions clearly and in a natural way. The relationship between Toyokawa Etsushi and Ashida Mana is so natural and easy, it makes you believe they are real father and daughter.

The drama might seem predictable right form the start, but it doesn't undermine its quality. It's painful to the core, but it's definitely a must-see.

Favourite Quote: "Hey Dad, forever....let's be together forever." (Miu)


Drama Data

# of Episodes: 12

Airing year: 2012

Genre: family, drama

Theme Song: Ame ni Negai wo by Ashida Mana

Cast: Toyokawa Etsushi, Ashida Mana, Miura Shohei, Denden, Yasuda Ken, Kokusho Sayuri, Takagi Serai,  Kimijima Asaya, Yoshida Riko, Oka Mitsuko, Kanie Keizo, Nakatani Miki

Directed by: Mizuta Naruhide, Kobayashi Yoshinori, Yasoshima Miyako

Official site: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/beautifulrain/index.html

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Cami Varjoghe
Writer and television journalist, who lives in Austria and is currently a Master student in Mass Media & Communication Science.
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