Japanese Actor: Kimura Takuya

This is the first time I will write a blog entry dedicated solely to an actor. Even though I found out actors (mostly Hallyu stars) that is worthy of fangirling, it never gotten to the point I have to write their awesomeness and their brilliance as an actor. And so I wondered to myself, why and how did it got to this point when it comes to Kimura Takuya?

Yes, yes. I am super late with this KimuTaku syndrome. He is a Japanese icon and every drama he is in always received a massive high ratings in Japan. A few information about him:

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  • Name: Takuya Kimura
  • Japanese: 木村拓哉 (きむら たくや)
  • Birthdate: November 13, 1972
  • Birthplace: Chiba CityChiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Height: 176.5 cm
  • Blood Type:O

Notes

  1. Former member of J-pop group “SMAP”

(source: asianwiki.com)

Holy wow! I am stanning a 46-year old ahjussi and I am liking it!! There is really something about in him that just stands out everytime I watched him in J-doramas. I’ve only seen him in three dramas and so far I was able to endure the drama experience in spite of it being old, in plot and in style, because he really exudes charisma that feels so good and giddy. I always search about him everyday about his latest news, his popularity in Japan, even his scandal or controversy. I would love to see more of him through variety shows but I can’t find a lot and if there is, there’s no english subtitle (poor me!).

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He really was at his peak in 90s and early 2000s, and I’m quite frustrated that I wasn’t able to witness him during those times. I’m just three years old when Long Vacation aired and the frenzy during 2000s in our country was a different Asian drama so I hardly know him back then.

I came across his name while searching for the Jdorama version of Hundred Million Stars Falling from the Sky because of its Korean remake. He is the leading man but since I don’t have interest in him yet, I did not even bother watching that drama.

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On as to why I got to know him, it is because of Long Vacation which I totally love and I also made a post about it! I love all the cast in that drama that I searched everyone’s name, their age and how they are now in the industry; but it is with Kimura Takuya I truly stayed. Maybe because he has a lot of popular and iconic dramas under his name and with the few blog entries and write-ups I read about him, every show is actually a delight and worthy of watching.

Don’t get me wrong though, because I’ve only watched him in three dramas so far but look where it got me now! I am so enthralled and I’m craving for more!! 😀

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Now, let me talk about him through the dramas that I’ve watched. Maybe I’m just being biased because I’ve only seen him in romance but he truly shone in that genre. And what fascinates me is that, his character is really fresh because I’m quite used with a leading man being either a chaebol, doctor or a prosecutor. In Long Vacation, he is a piano instructor (which upon my search, due to its popularity that time, most of the males actually took up piano because of that drama). In Pride, his 2nd drama that I watched, he is an ice hockey player. And in Love Generation, he is an ordinary salaryman.

Again, don’t get me wrong. I love Korean dramas and will always be. I am also aware that good K-dramas doesn’t always have a chaebol nor a lawyer leading man. I would just like to point out that Takuya-san has different characters, based on the dramas of him that I’ve watched, which is actually fresh in my eyes.

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I already talked about why I love Long Vacation. I also love him in Pride because he really owns his character, Halu. I also love the romance between him and Aki that my heart is leaping of joy because of their chemistry. Can I just mentioned the ending scene of episode 6!? That is one scorching heat and I love every detail of that scene! Too bad that the succeeding episodes was full of angst that I found myself fast forwarding just for the scenes of Halu and Aki. Next drama that I watched was Love Generation which aired a year after Long Vacation and reunited him with Takako Matsu, this time as his love interest. I so love Takako Matsu in here! Her character is very far from his character in Long Vacation. I am close to giving up watching this drama because I am not a fan of 1.) the leading lady falling in love first with the leading man, and 2) love triangle with the second lady running back with the leading man. Okay, enough of too much explanation. 😀 However, I still managed to finish the series, with lots of fast-forwarding because I just love to see Takuya on screen.

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Okay, that was it. I LOVE WATCHING KIMURA TAKUYA on screen, especially in his younger years. THE MAN IS TRULY HANDSOME! His long hair and his expressive eyes, plus his different expressions of fascination, love and anguish in his character. Wow, he really looks good on screen and I am obviously enchanted.

He is the only Japanese actor that I can actually say, wow, he’s really handsome even before I got to watch his drama. I have this prejudice when it comes to Japanese actors wherein I opt not to watch the drama if I don’t find the actor handsome or if I don’t see him in a previous Jdorama.

I was able to watch those dramas because of Kimura Takuya even though it’s not of my interest and some conflicts, plots or character development was a meeh . He made these dramas full of impact in my part because of his presence and chemistry with the female lead.

I am also planning to watch more of his dramas but foolish me for accidentally reading the ending of Beautiful Life! I feel like watching that drama with me knowing how it ends will just make it less impactful. Then in Sora Kara, I also knew the major plot twist because of searching it in the past. I am interested to watch Hero because it had high ratings and his role is a prosecutor but I feel like at this point in my life I should not devote my time in watching Asian dramas all day (quoting Minami “What am I doing with my life? I played panchiko all day.” with me replacing it with, “What am I doing with my life? I am just watching Takuya Jdoramas all day.” LOL — this is, of course, a different and personal story already. :D), and also with the fact that I like watching Takuya in a romance drama. Some would say he always play the same characters but I actually disagree. I see Sena, Halu and Teppei as all different persons with different struggles and personality. I am actually curious now how much of his characters are based in his character in real life. Imagine, a popular actor playing as an ordinary man. That in itself is already considered as a wonder and amazing.

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Sometimes I am forgetting that he is not in his 20s or 30s anymore that everytime I am searching for his images, I can already see him aging (but in a good way) and feel so sad ‘coz I wasn’t able to be part of idolizing him in his peak (wait, I’ve mentioned this already. HAHA!)

I am not sure where this entry will lead me but I just really want to write the awesomeness and love with this actor. I hardly come across with an actor that will made me watch some of his dramas  and still want to see more of him, even just in variety shows.

Some blogs about him and his dramas are also a delight to read ‘coz even though it was in the past already I was able to know a glimpse of him during those time and the depth and height of his popularity.

I’m not sure on when this fangirl inside of me will last long but certainly, Kimura Takuya is now a part of my Asian drama memories as I grow old and one day decided to take a trip down the memory lane. The oldness of his dramas doesn’t diminish the fact that all of those were bearable to watch because of him.

Oh my, oh my. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!! I know this is slightly absurd but I hope to see him again in a romance drama, with a mature content and a character that match his age of course. It’s possible, right?!!

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His gaze in this picture, I AM MELTING!!!!

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EEEHHHHHHHHH… LOVE HIM!!!!! /hearts all over the air/

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Omo.. omo.. So adorable and hot!!!! Help!! I’m drowning with his charisma and sex appeal!! lol

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Still oozing with sex appeal in spite of age!

I would love to add more pictures but I really need to stop myself! All pictures are found in google and I give the credit to its rightful owners.

Now, please excuse me, I have to fangirl more of Kimura Takuya!!

Inner self: Baka! Go out and work!! 😀 😀 😀

 

Korean Drama: Because This Life is our First

Warning: The article might contains spoilers.

I’ve been in an on and off relationship with dramas this year. I have some fair share of dramas that I watched and most of it I liked but wasn’t able to find a new drama that could be included in my top ten all-time loved dramas. When While You Were Sleeping is nearing its premiere, I know that I’m on my way of loving K-dramas again. After all, I noticed dramas of Lee Jong Suk serves as a catalyst for me to be totally addicted with K-dramas (eg. I Hear Your Voice, Pinocchio, W-Two Worlds). I watched While You Were Sleeping and I love it but a different drama totally stole my heart.

I’ve heard Jung So Min’s new drama and utterly delighted because I really love her in My Father is Strange. But, but… I’m not that interested because I still have a hangover with her loveline with Lee Joon. And so my mind was truly excited for While You Were Sleeping.

 

Oh boy, was I so wrong.

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I tried watching with NO expectations at all. Not a total fan of Lee Min Ki and I just really watched because I want to see Jung So Min in a different drama,andI was a bit interested since cohabitation/marriage contract is one of the greatest drive for romance when it comes to K-dramas. Who doesn’t love this kind of plot, right? As cliche as it may seems, this kind of stories never gets old.

Because This Life is our First is a kind of food that is OKAY when you first taste it but as you devour each bite, you came to realize that IT WAS, OH SO, GOOD and kept you wanting for more. I didn’t even notice that I am loving every bit of the episode and I just found myself waiting for Tuesdays and Wednesdays to come fast so I can watch new episodes. It has a slice of life feel into it and the use of cliches felt more realistic as we watch all characters in their everyday life. You know, sometimes we just don’t notice it, but our own lives can be cliche as well. This is what I love about this drama. It mirrors reality. In one way or another, with the different situations happening in our life, we can relate to them; their pain, their agony, their happiness resembles of what could truly happen in real life.

All characters felt three-dimensional. They are like real people and not fictional characters. I always say this, I am drawn with any stories in which characters felt real; that they are real people out there, somewhere in an alternate universe, and we are lucky to have seen a glimpse of their life. We’re lucky to see their journey.

It’s not only the main characters who are interesting, even the side characters have their own story to tell. They have their bumpy roads in life. They have their dilemma. It’s really cool that they weren’t there to drive the main characters to be together; they also have their own story to tell and still was a great support for our main characters.

Just to give you a short synopsis of what the story is.. Yoon Ji Ho(Jung So Min) is an aspiring writer and as she reach 30, she is still an assistant writer of some makjang dramas. Life gets on her way and she realizes she needs a place that she can consider as home. She meets Nam Se Hee who needs a roommate so he can pay the mortgage of his house. Circumstances occur and so they decided to be under a marriage contract and started living together. Now, this is where their story truly began.

I am actually amazed as each episode goes by. It’s getting better and better. On the former episodes we only hear Ji Ho’s perspective and struggles under this marriage life but when the show started showing us Se Hee’s thoughts, I was totally sold with this OTP. I am bewitched, for lack of a better term. This drama is GOLD.

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Personally, marriage is something that I’ve scratched off my list for quite a while now. That’s why as I watched the show and seeing Ji Ho slowly falling in love with Se Hee I just thought, oh no, girl, you just let yourself jump off the cliff! especially seeing how stoic Se Hee is when it comes to everything! But they just managed to slowly realize the good traits of one another and appreciates it. I love their relationship, whether as a tenant-landlord or as a fake couple to slowly being a real couple.

There’s still last two episode that will be airing this week *sobs* and I can’t wait for them to start a REAL relationship. I just really hope the writer is totally sober all throughout and give us a satisfying ending! Because this last two episodes might make or break it! Pleaseeee, writer-nim, we have high hopes!!

What I also love about this drama is how they handle different struggles of people in their 30s, which I must say not only for those who are in this age but also adulting as a whole! It’s just really hard to fully face a battle with Life ‘coz sometimes you don’t know what it’ll throw unto you. It’s full of surprises resulting to impulsive choices, wrong decisions and such.

This drama also has good conversations! I especially love conversations of Se Hee and Ji Ho and also the way they use literature to further explain their feelings (which ia a good thing since Ji Ho is a writer). The use of the novel, Room 19 and the movie, The Graduate as a use to drive the plot or for the characters to understand each other was really amazing for me.

These are some of the lines that touched me (and I’m editing it out to add more!):

“Words are born from people’s mouths and die in their ears. But some words don’t die They go into people’s hearts and survive.”

These was based on a poem (I forgot the title)

“The fact that someone comes to you

is actually a tremendous

thing.

Because he

and his past

and the present

and

also his future come with

him.

Because his life comes with

him.

It’s easily broken

and therefore could have

broken

the heart that comes.”

This one is my personal favorite:

“When I decided to follow my dream, I thought my life would be like walking through a dark tunnel. But I didn’t know it was going to be this dark. I didn’t know it was going to be this lonely.”

There are actually a lot of it! But these three are my favorites! Lots of good thoughts to ponder right there!

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I also love the friendship in this drama. The trio who’s always there for each other to talk about anything under the sun. It’s nice to have friends like that, who will cheer you on in times of trouble and accomplishment. Friends who will keep you sane when the going gets rough. And a friend who understands you at your weirdest personality (ehem, Ma Sang Goo 😅😂)

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To be honest, I’m not yet ready to say goodbye to this drama. Can you please give me a hundred episodes of this drama? ‘Coz I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of all the characters. My Tuesdays and Wednesdays won’t be the same anymore starting next week.

Everything about this drama is so damn good. Starting from the actors, who breathe life with the character they were given to them, to the drama’s attention to details, the OSTs (guys, listen to OSTs!! It’s really pleasing to the ears!!).

I think this just not enter the Top 10 of my most loved dramas, it automatically became the TOP 1 FAVORITE DRAMA OF ALL TIME.

If you love K-dramas and still not watching this, do yourselves a favor and watch this! This is a gem in dramaland! A lot of people are raving about this already!!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to rewatch all episodes again before the last two episodes air tonight and tomorrow!