Red Cross: Onnatachi no Akagami (TBS Special Drama) Review

(This Special drama is divided into two episodes/parts)

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Main reason I watched this was for both Matsushima Nanako and Hidetoshi Nishijima. Actually, I didn’t read the synopsis so I had no idea what to expect but the outcome was pretty good. Basically Nanako was a red cross nurse who traveled to China during the war era and there, they did what they were supposed to do. Save lives. Although most of them thought everything was going to be fine as long they did accordingly, it wasn’t long before they realized war was not as simple as it sounded. They soon found themselves torn between two countries. In the middle of it, she met Hidetoshi who was a Japanese immigrant in China. He and his brother had settled there for several years and owned farms.

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I’m not going to go into the details or recap every single thing, instead just give an overview and my impression. Initially, I thought there’d be equal screentime for both Nanako and Hidetoshi, but when Hidetoshi’s character died in the first part itself, I realized they were basically going to focus a lot on Nanako’s character. Not that it was a bad thing, I was just quite surprised to see Hidetoshi left earlier than expected, not to mention, his death was quite brutal.

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However, their marriage was an essential part of the story as in Part 2 later, there’s focus on Nanako’s son who got separated from her under unavoidable circumstances. Part 2 basically showed Nanako trying to locate her son and we also got to see how her son survived the harsh conditions, including nearly being sold off as child slaves etc. Nanako and her team was also later left with no other choice but to join the Chinese army and treat their ‘enemies’.

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Although there were parts which were sort of draggy, I did find this show quite good. It’s not a must watch but unless you’re curious about the Japanese-China war back in the days and the lives of those involved, then give it a try. I did like the part that they actually went to China to film this, or so I think they did? Because the buildings really looked convincing like they were in China. I also liked that there were quite a lot of interaction with the local Chinese, like there was actual integration between the two cultures, the Chinese speaking Japanese and vice versa. There was also a junior nurse under Nanako who fell in love with a Chinese soldier and chose to live there afterwards.

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Some people might find war movies slightly biased or sensitive but I don’t feel it here. It was quite balanced. The purpose wasn’t to show who’s right or wrong, but just to show us their lives and how they coped with it during that time. Acting wise, Nanako was great, needless to say. The rest was okay too. Overall quite a grand production considering the massive people they had to hire as extras in China.

Not a must watch unless you’re a fan of Matsushima Nanako, Hidetoshi Nishijima or into war-related stories.
No subs available yet.
Rating: 7/10


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