Friday, March 14, 2008

Hana Kimi

"What is a girl doing in an all-male high school?” asks the Osaka High doctor to the new student Ashiya Mizuki (played by Horikita Maki). Mizuki is a Japanese girl in the U.S. who has a crush on a high-jump athlete Sano (Oguri Shun) from Japan. She followed him to Japan in the hope of attending the same school with him. However, Sano is enrolled in an all-boys school, Osaka High, so she disguises herself as a boy to be with him.

This is my first completed dorama. I saw this just this February and it is very funny. Although the drama varies slightly from the manga (Japanese term for comic book), it lost none of its humor. The Japanese version is the best one with great acting and well-written episodes. You won't see any over-acting, unnecessary and weird camera spans and melodramatic clips. Those are not the Japanese way of film-making. It also helps that the female lead (is cute) can go with the flow meaning adjust wonderfully to her very funny co-stars esp. Nakatsu (Ikuta Toma) whose monologues and antics carry the series. Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Ikemen Paradise (or For You in Full Blossom - Hottie Paradise) its full title will be shown locally on GMA starting March 24.

Hana Kimi

Ashiya Mizuki - Kawaii!!!

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