Tuesday, April 22, 2008

TV Drama: Hotaru no Hikari

Just Finished another older Japanese Drama (ホタルノヒカリ) : Hotaru no Hikari

Synopsis/ review

Hotaru works for a famous interior design company and the show goes on to reflect how Hotaru's private life is totally the opposite of what she displayed in office - a modern able professional who is in control and meticulous of her work.

In reality, she rented an apartment and lived alone. When she isn't working she's mostly lazing in training wear and absolutely not interested in housekeeping (which is an utter mess!). The story started off with her showing no interest in men or having a relationship. In fact, she isn't interested in anything. "I'd rather lay around than fool around," is her motto.

Her landlord is a bar owner, and one day his son, who has just separated from his wife, decides to move back to his parents place to "clear his mind" and think things through by himself, not knowing that someone is already living there. As he entered the apartment, he was shocked at the mess, and most of all stunned that his employee Hotaru is the tenant! As Hotaru had a "forever contract" with his father, he had no choice but to stay in one of the spare room instead as a temporarily solution as he had no place else to go.

The whole 11 episode shows the interesting and humorous composition of the 2 completely opposite personalities living under one roof. It slowly developed into a mentor relationship as the story developed and explored the roller coastal ride of Hotaru when she fell in love with her colleague, or was she falling in love with love?

While some scenes of her in her jerseys are overly exploited and "stale", yet the series is light hearted and captivating in its humour. The nicknames that the manager gave her had me laughing quite a bit ( such as when he called her a "Kame-onna"- tortoise woman and "Aho-miya" )! The plot carried through mainly through the eyes of very innocent Hotaru has sucessfully made the characters more endearing than annoying.

All in all a good drama and I had good laughs throughout! Worth your time to watch!

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