Yep, four doramas in a row. This is a medley of legal themed Japanese doramas I watched recently. Being a Law student myself, I have to show the least interest in the area, even though it is boring as hell. I always thought Japan’s society was clever not to entrust so much of their issues to lawyers and courts, but the number of doramas whose main characters are lawyers show a changing social scenario.
The thought came to me a few minutes ago while watching ‘Alimony Lawyer’, a dorama about a lawyer who only deals with divorce and alimony cases. Because it is an on-going dorama, I’m not going to risk myself into saying more about it. I will just stick to the fact I thought the main topic was very daring to my poor view of the Japanese society, where apparently divorce ratings have finally caught up with the rest of the modern world’s standards. Japan is changing and the Japanese are not ashamed anymore to take their personal issues to the courts.
Well, no matter how isolated the Japanese islands are from the rest of the world, lawyers there are seen as scums just as much as any other piece of land on earth. In the dorama 'Bengoshi no Kuzu’ this image of the law-operator is clear. The main character is a total unethical man, though nonetheless pretty much human, like all of us. I guess that is the basis of Law: unethical but human, therefore imperfect. The same formulae works in 'Monster Parent’ - where Yonekura Ryoko plays a bitch-like lawyer who has to work helping out schools against her will - and 'Legal High’ - where the amazing Sakai Masato is an ace lawyer whose only intent is to win in court, forget justice. (Later on I will probably write one post dedicated enterely to 'Legal High’, which was one of my favourite of 2012).
In a country like Japan, doramas can influence but can also reveal a lot of its people. By recent years, what I call 'legal-doramas’ have multiplied, achieving its maximum with the popular 'Legal High’, which even got a second season. Fast reasoning, intelligent argumenting, great speakers and not that great personalities have been a must in these doramas (with the exception of 'Alimony Lawyer’, where its character is a goofy and nice man). To sum it up, it all comes to the fact that Japan is trying to understand Law and its new role in society.
YOU SHOULD WATCH BECAUSE…
1. LOL and Acting: Legal High (Aragaki Yui + Sakai Masato)
2. A caricature of Japanese society: Monster Parent (tormented relationship between the schools and the parents) Alimony Lawyer (divorce and marital relationship)
3. The looks: Bengoshi no Kuzu (Ito Hideaki for the ladies) and Monster Parent (Ryoko Yonekura for the gentlemen)