hiroshi abe

10

The Face of Another

Dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara

Out of the Teshigahara/Abe/Takemitsu/Segawa films I’ve seen, this is probably my favorite one. I really love the surreal and eerie imagery here. Takemitsu further enhances the atmosphere with his score that blends his avant garde style with some more contemporary pieces; playing along with the theme of duality.

Trick 1, 2, 3 (トリック) 2000, 2002, 2003

Rating: 10/10

Recommend: Like everyone does, yes.

Review:

‘Why didn’t I know about this drama earlier?’ is the question that I kept asking myself throughout the series. Thanks to those people who introduced me to this amazing series.

Though it’s a very old one, the unusual plot got me curious and so I gave it a try. Plus, the genre is my favorite, mystery comedy. Boy, isn’t it one of the best decisions I’ve made!

Nakama Yukie and Hiroshi Abe team up as the street magician, Yamada Naoko and the famous physicist, Ueda Jiro. Together, the mismatched pair began their journey in discovering the tricks used by fake spiritualists. 

I don’t know where to start expressing my awe. So let’s go with choice of actors.

One word- perfect. Yamada-Ueda is officially my favorite pairing, they took my number one spot from Takenouchi Yutaka and Amami Yuki in BOSS. Nakama and Hiroshi’s chemistry is simply unbelievable. It’s so good that I think if I ever get the chance to see them in person I’d definitely shout it’s Yamada and Ueda from TRICK instead of their real names.

I can feel the chemistry between the two from the jokes. They’re rude but no doubt very funny. Season 2’s jokes are, and I quote, 'unfriendly for gaijin’ as they are almost all word puns. The subbers did a splendid job though by explaining the jokes literally so that non Japanese speakers can also understand. Two thumbs up! 

I also loooove how Yamada addresses Professor Ueda with no respect. She just shouts out his name without any -san or -sensei, just UEDA. She does that to the police as well. 

That brings me to another marvelous point of the series. The regular supporting casts! In this case I mean the stupid police duo. Namase Katsuhisa plays Yabe Kenzo, a middle-aged policeman with a wig he’s so proud of while Maehara Kazuki plays Ishihara Tatsuya, a junior who is also as hilarious as Yabe. Unfortunately, Maehara doesn’t continue his role in the third season, instead he’s replaced by Kyo Nobue. You might not recognize the name, but I’m very sure you will recognize the face. I did, cause in my head he’ll always be the flashy Dorm 3 head in Hana Kimi. 

Each story is always interesting as the perfectly mismatched pair have to reveal the tricks. I really enjoyed Yamada’s lame card tricks too. Also, Ueda’s even lamer reaction to the revealing of the tricks.

As this particular review is getting longer than usual, I shall conclude it by commenting on the couldn’t-be-more-perfect ending. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

I didn’t expect it to end that way, but it is kinda predictable in a way.

In any case, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

As someone once said to me, it is an old series, but definitely worth the watch.

Now I’m off to finish the specials and movies.