September 14: We have finally released Ep 5! Sorry that it has taken close to nine months to finish the entire drama but don’t despair and drop this one because if there’s one drama from 2009 that you should catch, it is certainly Soratobu Taiya. It is a deceptively simple story which owes its brilliance to deft scripting, directing and acting. I love the climax that Ep 5 builds up to and the gut-wrenching ride the episode takes viewers through when it seems for a moment that everything is going to be blown out of orbit. And for anyone who doubts that an individual person can make a difference against the powers that be, the drama wants to restore that faith. In the end, there are no good guys and bad guys, just the misguided … and perhaps the enlightened.
August 25: Sorry, the finale will take some time as we are going through a rather rough patch at the moment. Stay tuned for updates.
June 12: The breakthrough comes and what a climax at the end! Ep 4 presents us with conflicted characters faced with the choice to make a difference, carry on living life the way they did without jeopardising their future, or to buckle down and accept fate. It is something that everyone can easily relate to. And also one of the aspects that makes Soratobu Taiya so good. What will you do when confronted with this choice?
April 24: We are on to Ep 3! It is a realistic, intense portrait of the swing of emotions – the hope, fear, anticipation, dread, despair – are deftly depicted and beautifully acted as the characters confront the repercussions of the accident and machinations of the corporate monolith in different ways.
February 25: Ep 2 is out! The tension grows along with the conflicts that the characters have to battle. It is rare to have a drama where the acting, screenplay and production all fall perfectly into place to create just the drama to restore faith in Japanese dramas. I love Soratobu Taiya which remains just as compelling even on my third watch. It more than makes up for the rather dismal winter season.
January 3: We’ve just released Ep 1. For those of you finding the winter drama lineup terribly woeful and boasting many potential duds (just like I do!), try watching Soratobu Taiya. If you have not watched any of the WOWOW productions so far, WOWOW dramas tend to pack an intensity and quality that seems sorely lacking in those produced by the private broadcasters. The genres are typically different too, dealing with social and corporate issues which ultimately are explorations of human emotions and motivations. If you have had the opportunity to catch Pandora or Prisoner (although much inferior to Pandora), you will most certainly know what I mean. Sit back and enjoy!
Episode 1: Subs released
Episode 2: Subs released
Episode 3: Subs released
Episode 4: Subs released
Episode 5: Subs released