Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Gook Luck!! J-Drama Review (2003)


Title: Good Luck!! (Japanese: グッドラック!!)
Episodes: 10
TV Station: TBS
Broadcast Time: January 19, 2003 to March 23, 2003 on Sundays at 21:00
Genre: Aviation
Average TV Rating: 30.4%

Having achieved his life-long dream of being a pilot, Hajime is first officer on an international jetliner and is now working to become a captain. He can't seem to please Captain Koda, who has become an exacting taskmaster since an air incident many years ago. To complicate matters, he begins a relationship with stubborn and straight-talking mechanic, Ayumi, whose parents died many years ago in the plane crash for which Captain Koda feels he is responsible. What follows is a story of 21st century love, dreams, and passion.

Kimura Takuya as Shinkai Hajime
Tsutsumi Shinichi as Koda Kazuki
Shibasaki Kou as Ogawa Ayumi
Uchiyama Rina as Fukaura Urara
Kaname Jun as Abe Takayuki
Danta Yasunori as Ota Kenzaburo
Kuroki Hitomi as Togashi Noriko
Takenaka Naoto as Naito Jane
Ikariya Chosuke as Shinkai Ryoji
Nakao Akiyoshi as Shinkai Makoto

36th Television Drama Academy Awards:
Best Supporting Actor: Tsutsumi Shinichi
Best Opening

6th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix:
Best Actor: Kimura Takuya
Best Drama

My Review
This series for me is a bit mixed. The plot is pretty good but suffers along the way due to some spotty writing. The pacing is slow and they don't do enough with some of the key aspects of the story. For example, Ayumi's (played by Shibasaki Kou) father was killed in an airplane crash some 12 years in the past, for which Captain Koda Kazuki (played by Tsutsumi Sinichi) felt responsible. However, while this incident is explained it is never shown once throughout the drama. The other major flaw with the writing was surrounding Shinkai Hajime's (played by Kimura Takuya) injury. There was basically no screen time devoted to his recovery from surgery. However, there's still quite a bit to like about this drama. It does give an interesting look at the aviation industry. The characters are all pretty solid and I really did like the interaction between Shibasaki's and Kimutaku's character. The developing romance between them was pretty solid. Also, I think Shibasaki, Kimutaku, and Tsutsumi all deliver very good performances. Overall, I think Good Luck!! is a good drama but overrated due to Kimutaku's presence, especially since this drama is ranked in the top 10 on

* Great interaction and a solid developing romance between Shibasaki Kou's and Kimura Takuya's characters.
* Interesting look at the aviation industry.
* Descent plot and story line.
* Good acting from Shibasaki, Tsutsumi, and Kimutaku.

* Suffers from spotty writing.
* Starts out really slow for the first four episodes.
* Uchiyama Rina's character is really annoying, although she has a very good character development episode in episode 5.
* The ending theme sucks.

My Rating
7.5/10- For me a good drama, but could have been better if it had some better pacing and better writing.

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