Rip Van Winkle no Hanayome ep2-3 [review]


I’m not sure why they’re making a drama version of this when there’s already a movie out (same cast too). However, my curiosity is piqued after watching 3 episodes so I really want to watch the movie now.

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Subtlety is key in this drama and it works. It’s very, very slice of life and far from your average drama style. Almost as if someone’s filming or documenting real people’s lives. I won’t be surprised if most of the script are ad lib. There’s a certain charm that draws me in even though the directing feels unconventional. They also seem to use handheld camera a lot (90%) and it can be slightly irritating at times, but hasn’t entirely turned me off yet. I think it needs some time to get used to but if you’re not a fan of moving camera, it’s not going to be a very comfortable watch.

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Kuroki Haru plays Nanami who meets a guy through SNS and then get married. When her boyfriend complains about the number of her relatives on the low side, she seeks professional help from a handyman, Amuro (Ayano Go). He then hires people to act as her relatives.

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Wedding goes smoothly but it doesn’t take long for Nanami to find out that Tetsuya (her husband) is cheating on her. The mistress’s boyfriend even comes knocking on her door to discuss the matter.

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Again, with no one else to go to, she requests help from Amuro to investigate the affair.

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A lonely marriage life

One day, she is called by the mistress’s boyfriend to the hotel for further discussion. Afterwards, she is threatened to pay for what her husband’s sins (basically selling her own body in return) and panicked by that, she quickly texts Amuro for help, while hiding in the bathroom.

Amuro comes and it becomes apparent that the boyfriend has been waiting for Amuro’s arrival. Which probably means that Amuro has everything set up. He collected all the hidden cameras in the room and assures the frightened Nanami that it’s okay. Poor Nanami has no idea what is going on.

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Her mother-in-law wants her to divorce after getting ‘proofs’ of Nanami being in the hotel with the mistress’s boyfriend. The weird thing is, when Nanami confronts Tetsuya about his affair, he insists on not knowing who the girl is. When Nanami checks the graduation album again, she can’t find the picture which is shown by the mistress’s boyfriend.

So at this point, I had this vague suspicion that everything was set up by Amuro to use her and gain more money in the process. If that’s the case, then…Amuro, you little devil!

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So after getting kicked out of the house, she finds a quick job at a hotel as a cleaner. She then continues giving lessons online. Amuro comes looking for her one night and hints to her that the ‘boyfriend’ may be a fake, hired by the mother-in-law. I don’t know who to trust now lol Amuro is definitely not as honest as he seems to be, plus, he’s obviously working with the ‘boyfriend’ so he probably is hired by the mother-in-law, who knows?

Basically, Nanami is still the biggest victim and I can’t help but feel sorry for her. Amuro is about to show her the result of his affair investigation on Tetsuya but they end it before telling so we’ll have to find out in the next episode.

Overall, this is an intriguing drama and Kuroki Haru carries the role very well. She’s just so good with playing subtle roles or helpless ones like this. The scene where the mother-in-law questions her about the ‘affair’ and forces her to divorce is brilliant. She’s so hopeless to the point of having a hiccup while crying. Also nice to see more Ayano Go in these 2 episodes too and I think his role is actually very fun. He gets to change his identity every now and then.

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