Shiroi Haru had great overall acting, but poor directing. Abe Hiroshi is an outstanding drama actor, my favorite performance in a drama of 2009. The supporting cast was good as well, complementing Abe Hiroshi perfectly. Yoshitaka Yuriko is one of my favorite young actresses (I have to admit, I was first drawn to Shiroi Haru because of her) and she was so charismatic in her role. The story was heartwarming, and so was Ohashi Nozomi (better known as the girl who sings the Ponyo song!), who played a girl mysteriously drawn to Abe Hiroshi's character. At times a bit too weepy when it didn't need to be, the story line remained strong throughout the drama.
Something that irked me about the drama was its sub-par cinematography (which is to be expected in a drama, but there are exceptions). Too many awkwardly angled views of Abe Hiroshi's face, and some strangely lit shots. I don't remember the music as being spectacular, but it complemented the drama quite well. This drama deserves to be watched.
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