Is it just me or is there a lot of detective dramas coming out lately? Maybe it’s just the way it’s always been but I never realised it until now. A couple of days ago it was confirmed that Shun Oguri will be appearing in a new Japanese drama called BORDER. This is going to be Oguri’s first appearance in a lead role on TV Asahi. The writer for the script of this drama, Kazuki Kaneshiro, also wrote the script for GO and some other drama specials. Aside from Shun Oguri the drama will also be featuring Munetaka Aoki, Haru, Kenichi Endo, Arata Furuta, Kenichi Takito, Kenta Hamano and Toru Nomaguchi among others. If you want some details about the storyline please hit the jump and keep reading.
This drama is different from most detective dramas. The character that Shun Oguri plays, Ishikawa, becomes very desensitised to death during working as a detective. One day there is an incident where he is shot in the head and he dies but is saved miraculously. When Ishikawa comes back to life he realises that he now possesses the ability to talk to dead people. But, he can only talk to the dead before their physical bodies are cremated. If they are cremated the time limit expires and he can no longer communicate with them. Ishikawa uses this new found ability to assist him in solving incidents that he investigates.
I am extremely excited for BORDER. The plot seems pretty original and it looks like this drama will have everything people love about detective drama with a new fresh focus on spirits and the after-life. I really like Shun Oguri’s acting(he’s actually probably my favourite Japanese actor, I especially enjoyed Rich Man Poor Woman) so I’m glad to see him in another main role – he didn’t really appear so much in WOMAN which was disappointing. I was also pretty happy to see that Arata Furuta and Kenichi Endo are on cast. These two men were born to play detective roles as evidenced by their acting styles in Ando Lloyd and Inpei Sousa respectively(yeah, I’m actually starting to get into Inpei Sousa despite it being an obvious Hanzawa Naoki copy). Is anybody else excited for BORDER? Please tell me what you think below in the comments.