Matsuyama Kenichi as Gamagori Futaro

I told a few of you that started watching a dorama, and only a few hours ago I finished watching Zeni Geba.

Summary from DramaWiki: Gamagori Futaro has been poor since the day he was born. As a child his recklessly wasteful and abusive father sunk the family into debt and disappeared, leaving Futaro and his sick mother to fend for themselves. With no money to pay for medical treatment for his ailing mother, she eventually died. After her death Futaro became obsessed with money and willing to do anything for it. Several years pass and Futaro finds himself working at “Mikuni Shipbuilding” where he meets the company president’s daughters Midori, who was his former classmate, and her younger sister Akane, who is disabled, and like Futaro, has a scarred face. In a plot to acquire their fathers company, Futaro begins to get close the sisters…

Matsuyama Kenichi, who you may remember as L in the Death Note Live Action, plays the role of Gamagori Futaro, a boy who has grown up thinking money means happiness. Now you’re wondering, hey this drama is totally about the composition we had to write in Japanese Extension! I’m think most of us put across the idea that we don’t need money for happiness(I hope so), however the drama challenges that concept and also hits deep with the fact that humans are money driven and will do anything for it. I’ll be alluding to incidents in the drama to provoke your minds a bit 😀

1. A man is throwing money bills from a building, and you happen to see them flying around. People around you also start to notice them, and begin to grab them, knocking others over. Do you do the same?

2. Your dieing mother requires surgery overseas but you don’t have money to fund the surgery. A rich guy pops out of nowhere and offers  you money to save your mother. You’ve always grown up with strong morals, knowing money is doesn’t mean happiness. You’re allowed to take the money on the condition you say ‘Money is the most important thing.’ Do you take it?

3. Your family has substantial debts to the Yakuza. Your family has no hope of living happily unless you pay the debt off. Do you threaten to take the life of someone unless they give you money. Do ‘sell your body’ for money?

The temptation of taking the money is strong, and is exactly what the characters in the drama encounter. At these crucial moments, I want these characters to stick to their morals but they give in, which makes it tragic. The human condition! Ahhhh! But what I find more tragic about this drama is how Futaro, once was a sweet kid becomes a money driven-devil. At times during the drama, you absolutely hate Futaro and there are times you feel sympathy, as he had to grow up, fending for himself, grabbing money when he could.

If you feel like watching something thought provoking, I recommend this dorama. Grab it off me if you wanna watch.  I watched the first episode, and like most dorama do, suck you in to watch to the end. Argh! Have to wait until trials are over to watch anymore dorama. 😦

In other news, I didn’t screw up Jap Continuers! Grats to Chris for coming first again. All I can hope for is some addition error to place me into first place. :O

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