Enka: Gold Rush ep1 [first impression]

Wow it’s been a while since I last saw Mirai Moriyama, I think the last movie was Moteki. So it’s kinda nice to see him onscreen again, this time, bearing such a different image. He’s got long hair now and he keeps fondling with his facial hair.

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Mitsuki Takahata is also in this drama, a pleasant change from her previous character in Mondai no Aru Restaurant. Instead of the girlish almost annoying image in Mondai, she’s giving a cooler character (leather jacket and all) and yes, she smokes.

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Back to the drama, this is based in Osaka so they speak in Kansai-ben which I have quite a rough time trying to get what they were talking about. However, some of the more amusing parts remain funny if you actually understand. Either way, it’d be best if this has subtitle soon but even if not, I still think it’s quite interesting to watch.

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Arts teacher Kumagai (Mirai Moriyama) and Music teacher Naoko (Mitsuki Takahata) were teaching at a private all girls school. However their salaries remainedlow and so one day, PE teacher Oyamada asked them to join in a plan to blackmail the headmaster Sakai.

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Although Kumagai was initially reluctant, he had debt to pay so he got on boat. So the three of them began following Sakai to his mistress’s place and caught everything on video hoping by showing this to him, he would resign.

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However, things didn’t go as planned, Sakai wasn’t deterred at all by the threat until Oyamada brought up another bigger issue (I couldn’t grasp what was it). Anyways, now Sakai was scared so they changed place to a deserted factory.

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The funny thing was, both Kumagai and Naoko had no idea about this second issue that Oyamada himself brought up, meaning Oyamada kept this from them both. After Sakai signed a promise, both Kumagai and Naoko went off while Oyamada stayed behind with Sakai and his mistress.

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Kumagai then opened the envelope Oyamada gave him and found a bundle of cash in it. Kumagai felt something weird was going on and headed back to the factory with Naoko.

 Enka ~ Gold Rush ~ Ep01 (848x480 x264).mp4_snapshot_47.56_[2015.07.21_13.14.45]Naoko found an extra cig and they were certain another person came after they left.

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I think it might take a while before you get used to the Kansai-ben but after you do, it should be fine. It’s not a straightup crime suspense or mystery, more like a combination of comedy and suspense. It’s pretty laidback actually, the pacing is alright for an introductory first episode. I really like the chemistry between Moriyama and Mitsuki. They share quite a lot of scenes together and it’s fun just to see them mingle. The background music is a mix of jazz, reminds me of that SP Kamoshirenai Joyuutachi’s BGM.


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