A detective from Tokyo scours London for his missing brother, who's been involved with the Yakuza and accused of murder.A detective from Tokyo scours London for his missing brother, who's been involved with the Yakuza and accused of murder.A detective from Tokyo scours London for his missing brother, who's been involved with the Yakuza and accused of murder.
The daughter, Taki, is so beautiful, that presumably the stage direction in her shots is: "Close up of Taki's face, takes half the screen, dialogue (optional), something else pertinent to the plot and artfully arranged in the other half of the shot, pause on Taki's face for 8 seconds, cut. Repeat".
Sometimes it suffers a bit from acting as if some characters are "wise" or might suddenly say "the answer" (to life and everything I suppose) - a lot of things "happen", and then the characters are generally busy seeking meaning, and we happen to be there, so we are along for the ride. But they are as muddled as anyone in the world, more so maybe. If you stop looking for meaning, just fall in love with the characters, and appreciate the series of heists, showdowns, coincidences and cinematography, it is more enjoyable, and watchable.
For me, the brother Yuto is a bit irritating to watch in episode 1 - maybe because he has so many "soft focus" "in the past" scenes, which make him look and act like a model for photos that come free/ready installed in new photo frames than a real person. The other characters are all engaging, and only he is the odd man out in this episode. Also, this is the odd-episode-out too - yuto improves.
There is some unevenness in what is possible/impossible in this created universe, especially around fight scenes and show downs - sometimes the characters are unbeatable/unstoppable in their gunfighting skills, callous professional heisting and doing the job of the gangster/police/yakuza. Other times, "those pesky kids" (not those pesky kids, but some of the non-yakuza characters) seem to be able to get the upper hand over the gansters by hitting with a frypan or a pair of scissors, against automatic weapons and uneven numbers, and get away with it. That breaks the magic really. But at least there is a lot of magic:
The series has its own style and its own humour. The between-the-scenes boards and narator are cool/witty/self deprecating. In terms of characters, Rodney and the Cockney gangster could each have a show of thier own really, their dialogue is so sharp and watchable.
And even apart from those two shining stars, there is quirkiness and humour in this show, that means I feel I can watch it again. Look out for hidden personal messages to some of the characters in the billboard/adverts and airport departure boards, and even painted onto the road where the "Stop/go slow" should be.
Stop, go slow, and watch it again.
- Dec 13, 2019