Nankyoku Tairiku

10 03 2017


Japanese title: 南極大陸~神の領域に挑んだ男と犬の物語~
Number of episodes: 10

Some info:
1) DramaWiki
2) Official Site (Japanese)

I admit I started this series a little late. Considering KimuTaku has only like 1 drama per year, I only started watching this series only after his 2012 series ended. Anyhow, this series seemed to be a big production considering the cast involved in the show. From the very first episode I got to see quite a lot of familiar faces, some of them even had their own lead roles in other series but over here they play very much the supporting role.

Having such a big cast also means that you can expect fairly good performance from the cast at the very least, since this series is more of an emotional one most of the time along with some form of nationalistic feeling on a number of occasions. The dogs also play an important role in the story, in fact sometimes getting a lot of screen time as compared to the real human cast. Some of the scenes involving the animals seemed really difficult to pull off, even if the dogs are well trained.

One good thing about this show is that there are actually quite a lot of sad times and it’s not always sunshine after the rain. Certainly, there are moments where they triumph their obstacles but at other times losses are inevitable especially on the dogs part. I guess dog lovers would probably feel sadder than I did while watching the show. Another is that the environment, effects and cinematography are all pretty well done on the whole. I can’t really put it down in words, but on a number of occasions the entire feel of the scene is pretty good even though I know there is probably quite some post-production effort to put all that together.

Overall, a big production for a commemorative year for the broadcasting station which did not exactly match the kind of epic-ness accordingly. Don’t get me wrong – it is still a pretty good drama, just that with the kind of resources put into the show the expectations of it is naturally raised. The viewership rating is quite good for recent times, but again, with the kind of cast being put here, it is probably not as high as some of those classic series which set high ratings back in the past.




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