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  1. @lee-chan Thank you very much for your kind words. In practically every case that he has investigated with Saegusa, Ōyama goes through so much - the death of Midori, the guilt associated with this case, putting his life on the line in the Tashiro Ayaka case. I remember Jo Jin Woong who played Lee Jae Han (Ōyama's counterpart) in the original kdrama, once said it was a really dark time in his life when he filmed Signal, having to mentally go through all the emotional upheaval and bleakness, that he deliberately chose a totally different character in his next drama. Certainly, it is a very emotionally draining role and it is to Kitamura Kazuki's credit that he brings us along with him as he rails, grieves and mourns through the senseless deaths and injustice.
  2. Ep6 is a collection of highs and lows, but the performances more than make up for it, sealing its place for me as one of the most memorable episodes yet. First the lows. The impact of the event that claimed Kazumi's life and set Kudō down the path of destruction is dampened by an incredibly lacklustre execution. In place of the horrific Hanyoung Bridge disaster which LJH and OKT witnessed first-hand, we have the news of a 4-vehicle collision involving the bus, which Kudō and Ōyama watched in Josai Precinct, amid poorly narrated news reporting. While not negating the tragedy that unfolded, having seen the original, this version falls flat. Thankfully, the Carrie-like flashback of Kazumi is not seen in the actual accident itself, and we only see the girl slump back into her seat in resignation upon realising that she is being abandoned as the firefighters give the order to retreat, before the fateful explosion. Where this episode shines is in the emotional strings that it tugs. More and more, we see the real Iwata underneath, beyond the apparent lackey to Nakamoto that he seems to be. This is evident first and foremost when Sakurai is killed and Iwata's veneer of business-like brusqueness finally cracks in the face of Saegusa's accusations. His anguish as he grabs hold of Saegusa's lapels after his deceptively mild "Weren't you near the crime scene yesterday?" is so raw, so painful to watch as he struggles to contain the grief he can no longer hide - proof of how much he does care after all, much to Saegusa's stunned realisation. Through it, we are reminded that he was in charge of the Violent Crimes team when Sakurai first transferred to their precinct as their first female officer in 1998, and he, more than anyone else, has known her and watched her grow and mature from the rookie officer who could not even drive, to the seasoned detective 20 years later. Iwata's convictions which has been blurred for whatever reason, is again seen, when he explodes in frustration at the unfair reality that people would always be treated differently based on their backgrounds, even as he tries to convince Ōyama to accept that painful fact. An additional scene which serves to twist the knife in Saegusa's pain, is in Anzai's recount of Sakurai's regard and hopes for the younger man, which she never divulged. Too late, he understands how she has been quietly trying to mentor him, and her frustration when he is out of line. This realisation finally gives him the impetus to try and change the past once more, in order to somehow change the future. Performances are strong all around, and this time I am convinced by Kichise Michiko, who delivers Sakurai's professionalism in the face of the kidnapping, down to the fateful moment in the refrigerator truck. Sakaguchi Kentarō nails Saegusa's grief in the aftermath, while Kitamura Kazuki is just as convincing portraying Ōyama's devastation at what his dogged insistence to break the case has wrought. However, the standout performance is undoubtedly Kōmoto Masahiro's delivery of Iwata's anguish over Sakurai's fate - all the tightly reined-in grief and blame brimming in his eyes in that one moment before he regains control of his emotions and reverts back to his impassive demeanour. Breathtaking and worthy of a standing ovation, and I tear up each time I rewatch that scene. Timeline comparisons: Case 3 to date [Part 3] If the preview is anything to go by, the Shin Da Hye angle, and the Hongwon-dong case will be discarded, bringing us straight to the Injoo school girl gang rape case. Assuming we have only 4 more episodes left, this is a wise decision since the original took more than 5 episodes to bring the last case to its conclusion, and this will mean that the pacing will remain measured all the way to the end. Rooting for the drama to go from strength to strength, culminating in an equally memorable conclusion.
  3. Signal's instrumental soundtrack composed by Hayashi Yūki, Tachibana Asami has been released!
  4. [Drama 2016] Signal 시그널

    @bebebisous33 Same here! Praying this will finally pan out! I need to see our intrepid trio back on the small screen once more... and hopefully see PHY and LJH finally in the same frame. Ahhhh! I'm giddy with excitement
  5. [Drama 2016] Signal 시그널

    Just read this on twitter. If it's confirmed that the PD, cast and production team are all on board, I am truly truly over the moon! Please please please let it be true!!!
  6. Yup you're right. I forgot about Blue Moon and their very funny Q&A Still... so good to see their names side by side once more, even if it is just in an IG like. Too bad I don't know if they liked around the same time
  7. What do I see here? Coordinated likes? Does our girl know Eddie Peng? Keenie's been busy too
  8. @lee-chan Midori's death is tragic, especially since it was known ahead of time, but ultimately fate still demanded its victim. This is a recurring theme in this drama - how much fate can be tampered with, the danger of attempting to defy or manipulate it - whether it turns out for the better, or worse or in vain. Not to mention the impact on those who know how it has changed due to their tampering, and will have to live with the consequences of their actions. A cool Sakaguchi Kentarō and the producer of Signal (assuming Google Translate has not misled me!)
  9. After a long wait, Ep5 is finally available, thanks to @kRoNix's kind efforts - thank you so much! Narratively, it is pretty much similar to the original, right down to the pacing. At this rate, assuming it is a 10-12 episoder, I am very inclined to believe that the conclusion of the City District serial burglaries will see us go straight to the J-equivalent of the Injoo school girl gang rape. The alternative is to compress this case (taking out the Shin Da Hye angle) and include the Hongwon-dong murders. Or else, they could extend it to 16 episodes as per the original. The final option seems rather unlikely since Ep5 ratings plunged to its lowest yet at 6.7%, which is disappointing, but in some ways understandable with no emotional highs or lows, just the bulk of the story basically introducing the burglaries, and the Kudō father-daughter; as well as revisiting Ōyama and Sakurai's past, including a brief explanation of the origin of the watch she has been wearing for 18 years. I think this is the first time that I am unable to look back and find a favourite scene in the entire episode. Granted, the narrative is straightforward, but even what should have been a nostalgic trip down Sakurai's memory lane as she sits in Ōyama's father's timepiece shop and reminisces about the past fails to move me. Again, the acting fails for me - Sakurai's tears and Ōyama's awkward attempt to comfort her fails to evoke any emotional resonance, comparing unfavourably to CSH's tears in the stairwell after seeing her first dead body and LJH's gruff yet passionate reminder of why they must bring the perpetrators to justice. Similar scene, similar dialogue... yet such a different impact. The flashback to Kazumi's tragic fate that we see so far smacks more of a horror movie than a horrific tragedy, reminding me in some ways even of the movie "Carrie" and the scene when the prom was engulfed in flames. Not the right impression to imprint on the viewers... one which I really hope would be eradicated in Ep6 when we see the entire tragedy unfold. Sakaguchi Kentarō continues to nail his role, and it is a treat to watch him week after week. Kitamura Kazuki is an enigma for me - bordering sometimes on overacting. However, he is spot on in every emotional scene, delivering the anguish that Ōyama goes through from case to case to case - every single heartache that would sear him, giving him far more than his fair share of 2.5 litres of tears. I wish I could say the same for Kichise Michiko, because I desperately want Sakurai to resonate with me as much as the male leads. If we do get an adaptation of the Hongwon-dong case, that would be her chance to finally shine since that case in particular demands the spot-on delivery of a wide spectrum of emotions, both in the past and present day, covering the unspeakable trauma of the horrifying experience that she goes through. Now, I really hope it will be showcased. Timeline comparisons: Case 3 to date [Parts 1 to 2]: Ep6 tomorrow night. Please let it deliver.
  10. Lookie here.... fanclub presidents out in full force once more, including a very appreciative Mr Chae
  11. @evie7 Thank you for the ratings information. Shucks... still on a downward trend, unlike the original that went from strength to strength. Ah well. Hopefully it retains decent ratings up to the end. How do you find it as of Ep4?
  12. Be still, my WonWen heart! Keenie gives her approval as well... now if Mr Chae chimes in too, it would be perfect
  13. Looks like this scene will be in Ep5, in which case they have stepped up the pacing seeing it was in Ep7 of the original:
  14. She looks absolutely spectacular! And here she is, on the way to the event...
  15. Ep4 continues to deliver narratively and emotionally, very cleverly weaving very convincing differences between the overall similar plot, punctuated by strong performances. The highlight for me has to be Kitamura Kazuki's heartbreaking delivery, bringing me to tears more than once in scenes that I am already so familiar with from the original. It is a testament to his performance that I find myself tearing up while subbing those scenes - the discovery of Midori's body, and the iconic cinema scene at the end, feeling his grief just as surely as if it were my own. Once again, the differences to the original fascinates me far more than its already acknowledged similarities. Unlike LCG who is relatively mild-mannered while stubbornly protecting his child to the last, Tanaka Shūichi is far more confrontational and defiant as he reiterates Ōyama's inability to arrest Hitoshi due to lack of witnesses and evidence. However, in the end, he is the one that displays the greatest remorse as he kneels on the floor, clutching the photos of the victims and crying bitterly. On the other hand, Hitoshi's accident is shown here to be of his own making, rather than a deliberate act on the part of Ōyama. This gives us a different interpretation from the original, in that Ōyama, however grieved, has not gone past the brink yet, unlike LJH who would go as far as murder to stop the killings. I feel the choice to make this distinction is right, since unlike LJH who loved Won Kyung, Ōyama's relationship with Midori is one of protectiveness and caring. Yasuda, the owner of the ramen shop where Midori works, is the stand-in for the role of Won Kyung's aunt. I am unsure what exactly is the relationship between him and Midori, to have been the one she would confide in regarding the movie tickets, to having a memorial place for her, and ultimately, giving Ōyama the tickets. Was he just a kindly boss, or was he related to her in some way? I have no idea. It is interesting that Iwata continues to be shown as sympathetic to the Cold Case team, far more than ACS was initially. Case in point being how here, he is the one who brings Sakurai to the press conference, and he is the one who interrupts Nakamoto to inform him of the new findings that the Cold Case team has obtained. The iconic cinema scene is just as devastating here as in the original : Timeline comparisons: Case 2 (completed) [Parts 5 and 6] Can't find any information about this week's ratings. Regardless, this version is definitely finding its footing and establishing itself as a worthy adaptation that is bringing its own flavour and appeal. Eagerly anticipating Ep5.