MOZU ep8-9 [review]


Anyone else noticed the excessive smoking portrayed in this drama?

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 Finally I have some time to continue the review of this drama, the only one left for this season (by that I mean, the shows I’m covering).
Kuraki couldn’t get anything substantial from Muroi who was in charge of the Glarke Alpha mission. The only thing he told Kuraki was that Kuraki’s wife was the sole survivor after the mission failed.

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As much as this scene was pretty much useless, I really liked the shot of both of them in the diner. The whole ambient and colours were nice to look at. Especially this last shot.

I still can’t get over why Kuraki never asked his wife about their daughter and about the mission. I get it if the mission was supposed to be top secret but what about their daughter’s real father?!

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So Kuraki’s wife was ordered (or tricked) into activating the bomb but obviously, that’s not the end of the story. There’s also this whole thing about the Saldonian President’s assassination plan. In fact, I’m getting a bit confused myself.

But I did guess one thing correctly. Muroi was the mastermind behind the bombing. God knows why he wanted to initiate a terrorist attack in Japan.

Muroi wasn’t as clear-cut as we were made to believe he was. Portraying him as a loving father who never fails to visit his bed-ridden daughter and apologizing to Kuraki about his late wife…it’s easy to think of him as a nice person.

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Can I just guess that Kuraki’s daughter is actually Muroi’s?

Episode 8’s highlight for me though, was when Hiromi just waltzed into the police station and stabbed Wakamatsu like nobody’s business.

That drenched makeup with a clown after-effect was both funny and thrilling too.

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– – MOZU Season 1 ep08 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_35.56_[2014.06.20_20.37.01]

– Episode 9 –

Right…I should’ve seen this shot coming.

Kuraki smoking in the rain.

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I love all the night shots for this drama.

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That’s a friggin luxurious place for a safehouse!

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Aha…is Miki trying to console Kuraki here?

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And here we have one of those rare bro-talk.

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Seriously though, does every male police (except Tsuki) in this drama has to smoke?

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WTH?! Miki, why didn’t you just SHOOT?! What kind of Public Security police are you???

Of course, I didn’t want Hiromi to die because let’s face it, he’s the only exciting factor in this show. Still that’s just lame. Real lame.

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It’s like the screenwriter couldn’t think of how NOT to kill Hiromi.

I really don’t see the purpose of this Miki character in the show. Maybe it’s not such a bad thing for her to die anyway.
*of course she didn’t die.

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I’m actually liking this Higashi guy but he chose to die instead mehhh….at least the way he died was quite beautifully depicted, in its own way.

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So Muroi escaped and with that extra bomb he had, how will he disrupt Japan’s peace?

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Another under-utilized character.

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Thoughts:

Between these two episodes, I prefer ep8. The pace in ep9 was too slow for my liking. Plus, nothing exciting happens when Hiromi is being kept in captivity.I think when a show gets divided into two seasons continuously, this is something they have to suffer. They needed to make sure the pacing isn’t too fast in first season or everything will be over by the time they moved to 2nd season. Hence, MOZU has indeed been quite slow in its plot so far.

I’m still curious about GLARKE Aplha mission. They didn’t shed much light apart from the surface only. MOZU is obviously an ambitious production, I mean, TBS x WOWOW collaboration so you get it. However, at times, I feel there were too many unnecessary scenes or conversations without anything much going on. They tend to drag the plot a lot and I’m not amused. Hiromi’s probably the only exciting thing in this show and I hope Ikematsu Sousuke gets the recognition he deserves after this drama ends for his excellent portrayal of impulse-driven Hiromi.

I’ll save the last episode until the subs are out. I do not want to miss out any details, if there are any in the finale, so I don’t want to risk it.

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