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Series cast summary:
Yui Aragaki ...  Mishima Hana 11 episodes, 2009
Ayumi Ishida Ayumi Ishida ...  Machimura Midori 11 episodes, 2009
Masanobu Katsumura Masanobu Katsumura ...  Kashiwagi Keisuke 11 episodes, 2009
Toshiyuki Kitami Toshiyuki Kitami ...  Detective Furuse 11 episodes, 2009
Eiko Koike Eiko Koike ...  Machimura Shiori 11 episodes, 2009
Masahiro Kômoto Masahiro Kômoto ...  Prosecutor Kitagawa 11 episodes, 2009
Gin Maeda Gin Maeda ...  Machimura Sosuke 11 episodes, 2009
Jun Matsumoto Jun Matsumoto ...  Hayakawa Vito 11 episodes, 2009
Kiichi Nakai ...  Ito Kazuma 11 episodes, 2009
Shun Oguri ...  Hayashi Seiji 11 episodes, 2009
Suzunosuke Suzunosuke ...  'Bull' / ... 11 episodes, 2009
Hidenori Tokuyama Hidenori Tokuyama ...  Kawai Kinta 11 episodes, 2009
Yô Yoshida ...  Receptionist 5 episodes, 2009


Hayakawa Vito has a Filipino father and a Japanese mother, but he was born and raised in Japan and has never visited the Philippines. The ever-smiling Vito works at Machimura Foods during the day, and at night, he works a part-time job trying to make his dreams come true. One day during an incident at a bookstore, he meets a girl named Mishima Hana, who lost her ability to speak due to an accident. But even though she can't speak, Vito is drawn to her beautiful smile. However, Vito becomes wrongly suspected by the police for a crime, and after meeting the lawyer Kazuma, the issue begins to grow - Together, Vito, Hana, and Kazuma will go through challenging times and have to overcome many obstacles. Written by https://mydramalist.com/16-smile-2009

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Interesting and Provocative
9 October 2009 | by mdaviswsfblSee all my reviews

As Smile opens we meet Vito who has been imprisoned. He has a visitor who we learn is his lawyer.

This is the opening of the Japanese TV Drama Series Smile.

Jun Matsumoto is Vito and in his role, he portrays a half- Filipino half Japanese man. He was born in Japan, speaks only Japanese, but yet he is subject to prejudice and racial discrimination.

Smile asks us to take a look at his situation. It also asks us to look and consider the problem in Japanese society regard racial discrimination,the reality of truth and justice in Japan, as well as the jury system.

The story circles around in time with flashbacks to 2000, and flash-forwards to 2015. Most of the story is set in the present time.

There is some narration, but you are not overloaded with this. As it should showing is better than telling.

I thought the series was well made, provocative, and even though there were a few 'wait-until-next-week' cliffhangers, the series wasn't overly melodramatic. It seems geared for a thoughtful and intelligent viewer who would not be afraid to think about serious issues.

The supporting cast of characters included Vito's attorney, and his assistant. A pretty girl played by the lovely Yui Aragaki, who has lost her ability to speak is the love interest. And a nice family who not only took Vito in and helped raise him, but also gave him employment help round out Vito's story.

The series began in Japan on April 17th, 2009 and included 11 episodes. There is a DVD Boxed set available and I do recommend this series.

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