JDrama: Lady Saigo no Hanzai Profile

After my exams ended, this is the first drama that I watched. Ok lah, this is the only drama I have watched so far. Anyway the title of this drama is “Lady: Saigo no Hanzai Profile” (最後の犯罪profile), which loosely translated means the “last crime profile” The “Lady” part didn’t make sense to me until the final few episodes, as the key bad guy is dubbed the “Lady Killer”.

Profiling is basically something like a statistical tool of some sorts, where you try to predict the actions of the bad guy, or the place he would appear. This is highly dependent on the amount of information about the person, as you have to have some degree of understanding of the person to be able to profile him accurately. For example, in one episode, they estimated the places a runaway prisoner would go to, given that he was spotted in a place. It worked based on the probability that the fugitive will not run away too far from his nest.

Another example would be getting data from the previous few murders and the places the victims were abducted. By analyzing the order of which the abduction is performed, one is able to generate a prediction of the next location. This works on probability, hence the probability of error is always there. Profiling is not a 100% accurate thing.

The other side of profiling, a less statistical one, is performed by the main lead actress Kazuki, acted by Kitagawa Keiko. As a talented profiler trained with the FBI, she visits the scenes of the crime and tries to understand the criminal by imagining herself in their shoes. Since certain clues can be found in the scene of the crime, she is able to reconstruct some parts of what the criminal did, and then predict the possible actions.

Naturally I was quite skeptical of the profiling performed by CPS, the fictional department in the police force. It can’t be that accurate, can it? But maybe it can, since data could have been collected for many criminals and analyzed. Perhaps by leveraging on previous crimes, one can indeed model a criminal mind and guess, with some degree of accuracy, what a criminal might do.

There are a few things I learnt from this drama (sarcasm coming up)

1. Scenes of the crime are usually left alone in the original form. The tables that were overturned are untouched, and profilers can go back to see the original state and do re-profiling. Yes, even for crimes that happen 5 years ago.

2. The Japan police force is quite stupid 10 years ago, and the introduction of profilers suddenly made it easy to capture one criminal. I must say I was quite disappointed with the anti-climax ending, as I thought the police should have figured it out instead of dragging it till 10 years.

3. When criminals come back and hit the policeman who is pointing a gun at their comrade, the policeman will faint and they will run, but somehow their comrade does not follow immediately. As such a girl can take up the gun of the policeman and kill the comrade, and the runaway convicts will not hear the gunshots and hence does not come back.

But other than that, the drama is quite entertaining since it is something new that isn’t seen often on television. Makes me wonder why Mediacorp doesn’t record such shows that actually glorifies the work done by our police officers. The cases are pretty memorable, with many bizarre kind of murders. But deep down every murderer has a sad story. It is usually society that does not accept them properly, causing them to have mental disturbances and go the wrong way.

Perhaps as a society we should always be encouraging towards all members of society, making sure they don’t fall through the cracks in our system, so everyone can live a dignified life. We would then have less people going mentally insane, and hence less chances of seeing such sick murders. Ok this paragraph sounds not simple. Haha.

JDrama: Buzzer Beat

I finished watching Buzzer Beat yesterday, taking 4 days to finish this 11 episode Jdrama. I must say I took it nice and slow compared to most dramas that I finish within 2 or 3 days. This is especially so since I can’t sleep late due to the need to wake up early for work, so I watched 2 eps on Sunday, and 3 eps on the remaining 3 days till Wednesday. If you wonder why there’s lesser eps on a weekend compared to a weekday, well, I got the drama from Dom only in our Sunday sting ray outing, and I reached home at 8 plus.

Buzzer Beat is probably more of a romantic drama than anything else. There’s not so much of professional basketball than the development of the character’s affection and internal angst. In a way I can understand the feelings of Naoki (played by Yamashita Tomohisa, affectionately known as Yamapi) when he sees that his girlfriend (played by Saki Aibu of Zettai Kareshi) was cheating on him. The feeling would be really crushing, and from then on I was supporting his character all the way. But I guess I already knew he would end up with Riko (played by Kitagawa Keiko), so I was expecting them to have some development.

And Buzzer Beat didn’t disappoint. But Naoki made me very sad when he didn’t tell the truth to Riko. I think even if you saw your ex and passed her an umbrella, one should let one’s girlfriend know to prevent any problems from happening. Instead of letting her imagination go wild and stuff.

I loved Buzzer Beat because the characters are both 24 (which is my age!). Ok that isn’t true. The thing is, they were both chasing their dreams. Naoki wanting to win the Basketball championship, and Riko wanting to be a violinist in a concert. I was especially happy when Riko said she would stay by Naoki’s side because she didn’t want to leave him (but before you shout MCP!), and Naoki told her to pursue his dreams (why? because..), because Riko was his no 1 basketball fan, and Naoki said he would be Riko’s no 1 violin fan. Two people mutually supporting each other and chasing their dreams, and finally achieving it, I think it’s really sweet.

I like the Coach too, because he is really mature and sweet, and understanding too. He could have potentially caused problems for Naoki and Riko, but he didn’t.

There are a few quotes I liked in the show, but I can’t remember every single one. Perhaps one of the more memorable ones would be “I didn’t know it then, but the ball of fate has already unwind at that time”. Kinda makes you wonder whether some ball of fate has already unwind for you isn’t it?

But I guess in a way, the show is still a drama. Obsessively believing that someone that good will come is like gambling. Waiting for the odds to come. But for most mortals, we typically encounter bad traits and have to learnt to accept them. Life doesn’t always give you someone as nice and handsome as Naoki, or as understanding and pretty as Riko. But I guess what life is about is the mutual support and understanding you can give to each other.

🙂

Anyway, Buzzer Beat refers to the ball going into the net as the buzzer for the time out begins to sound. It signifies a last minute score, and it changed the winning team at the beginning and end games. I guess no prizes for guessing who scored the Buzzer Beat on the last one. Yes that baka hachi ban, Naoki.

“Awanai nante iwanai de” looks and sounds like a rhyme but it just means “Don’t say let’s not meet”.

I went to check the wiki, Yamapi and Keiko won the Best Actor and Best Actress last year using this show! I remember my first JDrama was Kurosagi, and Yamapi won the Best Actor then, and Maki won the Best Supporting Actress. At least now Keiko is considered the main and not the supporting. 🙂

I love this drama. Shall store it and watch it when I am bored next time.