With so many great western TV series coming up, i actually lost my interest to watch Japanese drama series till my friend introduced me this amazing series. Adapted from the book by Josen Takano whose title if being translated into English would be "Man who ate rice with Pope and saved the depopulation of the village, What is it like being a super civil servant?", Napoleon no Mura (Napoleon Vile) pretty much reminds me of some old Japanese drama series which're full of heart, they have great life lessons. You can always find comparisons for every similar situation/condition in real life.
The main story theme's quite freshly interesting, it tells about a top-class management officer (inspired by Napoleon I) who's trying to keep a depopulated village from being deserted by building infrastructures and attractions, also motivating the villagers to explore their skills as well as their spirits to improve themselves. Though the plot for every episode might be similar but there are different problem aspects that the characters have to face. Toshiaki Karasawa and Kumiko Aso who play the male and female main protagonists managed to bring out an entertaining performance. The cinematography captures the contemporary modern village (the main setting) with natural green environment that's been preserved well. Background music's quite subtle. The conflicts usually involve with power-play, overcoming the challenges with brilliant ideas & determinations. More or less it teaches people about what it takes to be a good manager/leader (public servant). These are some plus points that're necessary to be pointed out.
Bored by the usual J-Drama, then watch this.
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