|Title:||Hoshi no kinka 2 / Zoku hoshi no kinka|
Heaven's coins ~ die sterntaler 2
|Telecast:||1996-10-09 to 1996-12-25|
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|After living together in Hokkaido for around a year, Takumi and Aya return to Tokyo to attend Sonoko's wedding. Knowing that Aya still couldn't forget Shuichi, Takumi decides to give way and let Aya return to Hokkaido with his brother. Just when they are flying off, Takumi has an accident and his legs could no longer move. Feeling that Takumi has always being very good to her, Aya chooses to live with him, and painfully breaks off with Shuichi. She takes up two jobs to uphold the home, but the depressed Takumi starts thinking Aya as pitying him after some talks of others, and bangs all his anger on her.|
|Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)|
|1. ||Kagami no Doresu [Sakai Noriko 酒井法子]|| [ LYRICS | MIDI ]|
|Drama Reviews (9)|
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|1. ||A Satisfying End to a Frustrating Series [Rating: 6/10]|
Continuing the excruciating melodrama of the first season, Heaven's Coins 2 delivers more unbelievably frustrating situations, but to its credit completes the series in a very fitting end and is, in a masochistic way, satisfying.
I was hoping this time around the drama would recover from its predecessor, and it does, but only at the last episode. This means you need to go through another entire season of false love, real love, and misguided love (that still does not make sense). However, whereas the first season had no logical basis for most of the characters to fall in love, this season at least has the first season to go off of. While this can mean the lack of logic carries over, at least this time around we know what we're getting into. That's not a good thing to say, but it's the best one can make of it.
An example of this continuance of a lack of a basis, Mai Hosho's character has no real reason to love Shuichi. She recovers from this only slightly by much later admitting that she had no chance. Shuchi's real brother is much like Shoko, having no real reason to be as evil as his character was made to be. Takumi's mother had a fitting story, and I believe the writing for her and her performance was a dramatic improvement for her character. And Takumi, who I felt was the best character in the first season, continues to be the best one in this series in terms of writing and performance. While the writing for Miwa Koizumi wasn't that great (again), I felt Tanaka-san's performance was strong. As for Aya, I think Sakai's performance was good, but the writing for her character faultered and her performanced adjusted accordingly. Osawa-san was pretty much the same as before and while the character of Shuichi didn't develop much, it did moreso than the first season.
Unfortunately I cannot write much for this review as most of it would require I mention a ton of spoilers, a practice I am completely against. To continue my Bubble Bobble metaphor from my previous review, I will say that I was just as frustrated as I was watching the first season; however, the ending was much better than the previous finale. Not only was it fitting, but it completed the story lines of every character and explored each in satisfying detail.
I rated this two points more than the previous season for the ending, and for the fact that while it is an incredibly frustrating show in terms of writing, it still manages to be memorable.
|Reviewed by chesed on 5 January 2007|
|2. ||Silent threats [Rating: 8/10]|
SO having seen "Hoshi no Kinka 1" l rented the sequel. Boy oh boy, was l flabbergasted by this sequel! This is such a dark, gloomy and doomed sequel! Poor Aya, the emotional roller coaster ride of her suffering, grief, anguish and her patience towards the irascible Takumi, one just can't help but to sympathise her situation. Especially having to hold back her profound love for Shuichi was shockingly sad for me to watch! Shuichi's character won my brownie points; his love, affection, fondness, tenderness, selflessness, devotion and warmth towards Aya is so intoxicating and admirable! The love he has for Aya is beyond words and is captured beautifully in this sequel! l was forever determined to finish the drama, despite having mixed emotions about the complexity of their relationships. I was also quite disturbed about Aya and Takumi's tragic mishaps. To draw MORE blood and dispirit the audience, the ending really dashed my hopes of the long awaited 'raining star' experience for Aya and Shuichi! The sequel really put an end to the drama, completely; killing the main lead which did serve their purpose of making it a classic, melancholy drama of all time. So if you are feeling the lows, skip this sequel!
|Reviewed by carnie_webb on 25 June 2005|
|3. ||fantastic acting, too happening... [Rating: 9/10]|
I don't find the story slow, i find it too happening. The ending is not logical, suichi could have saved himself instead of rushing to the church. Aya was obviously willing to be with takumi again since she is willing to choose the rose again, but why did takumi let her go? But I love takumi, his love for her was so strong and his acting so touching that he made me cry a few times. I love Aya too. Suichi is not bad too but still, luckily it's not takumi who died. I told myself i would stop watching if Takumi had drowned in that scene. That was the most touching scene, Takumi wanted to sacrifice his life to save Aya on the boat, and he actually stood up.
|Reviewed by ladyelf on 1 August 2003|
|4. ||Not what I expected [Rating: 6/10]|
I just didn't think the story was believable enough. Sure the acting was good but the story wasn't. Too many unrealistic things happening. The only reason why I kept watching till the end was to put closure to the story. I was so disappointed after watching this since I gave the original series 10 stars. I think they tried too hard to live up the first drama.
|Reviewed by biga816 on 25 July 2002|
|5. ||Must see!!! [Rating: 10/10]|
Great cast chemistry and great performances. That why this series became a classic. You will stay till the end. This series is darker than the first one. Takenouchi Yutaka's is just amazing. This really show the actor's (ALL of them) abiliies!! A must see.
|Reviewed by jdfan on 1 July 2002|
|6. ||Horrible Melodrama [Rating: 3/10]|
They threw everything into this one, everything but the kitchen sink. The twists are illogical and really ruined it for me.
It's really a lesson in how not to do a drama sequel, they turned it into a soap opera.
|Reviewed by seneschal on 28 May 2005|
|7. ||An Unfortunate but Good Ending [Rating: 9/10]|
It was just sad when Yutaka let Noriko go knowing he loved her so much. But that just made the entire drama very memorable
|Reviewed by Meow on 31 January 2004|
|8. ||Quite slow & Sad [Rating: 5/10]|
Only for Yutaka's fans. Quite weepy and draggy. Get to learn some sign language but other than that...not worth it.
|Reviewed by piglet44 on 15 April 2002|
|9. ||More dramatic [Rating: 6/10]|
More dramatic than the 1st season
|Reviewed by ester_grace on 21 March 2011|
|Comments From Users (57)|
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|1. ||Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 7/10]|
Even after reading all the bad reviews, I still watched this out of curiosity because I really adore both Takenouchi Yutaka's character (Takumi) and Noriko Sakai's character (Aya). But just as the reviews have said time and time again, this drama was very poorly done plot-wise. I don't think it goes very well as a sequel because the conclusion of the first one loses meaning when watching this one.
I didn't enjoy most of the story elements that were put in for the characters to face. It just seemed overly driven to making this drama a massive tearjerker, however because the scenes were so contrived the story wasn't as touching. It made the drama seem unrealistic and at parts, laughable because of the sheer ridiculousness. The new doctor played by Sawamura Ikki just seemed to come from out of the blue. The antagonist that he played was just too extreme. But he does do a good job of it.
However, Takenouchi Yutaka really shines as he played the tormented Takumi. Even with all the bad plot elements, this drama is worth watching if you're a fan of his.
|2. ||Comments by kartanoman [Rating: 8/10]|
As in season one, Noriko Sakai turns in another strong performance and is the highlight of this show. Not to be outdone by the wild array of soap opera-like action in the first season, the writers go to extreme measures to include every drama tactic, both imaginable and unimaginable, to keep the viewers on their seats in pursuit of the ultimate question - will Aya and Shuichi be together forever. The answer is quite clear in the end ... but not before viewers experience more plot twists than a Greek tragedy! Noriko Sakai alone is my justification for giving this one 8/10 as I was not impressed by the overboard scripts of the writers of this show. For those of you who can't get enough, hunt down the Heaven's Coins Finale program which recaps both seasons between segments focusing on the aftermath of everything. Bottom line - the Heaven's Coins trilogy made Noriko Sakai my favorite J-dorama artist!
|3. ||Comments by nadrika [Rating: 10/10]|
Takumi, Aya and Shuichi. LOVE all three of them. I am definitely biased here. Watched this as a teenager back in the 90s. I can't really separate Heaven's Coins 1 from Heaven's Coins 2, unlike some or most of jdorama members here.
In my mind, they are one and the same. Loved Aya's cute handwriting. Love how Takumi and Shuichi use sign language. Love how protective Takumi is of Aya. Frustrated, though with Shuichi's indecisiveness. What else? Loved Takumi laughing AND crying at the same time. Loved the parting scenes at the airport.
|4. ||Comments by pandora [Rating: 4/10]|
Why tell me why must part 2's of many dorama's be so so disapointing. This ruins part 1 for me. I wish it had not been made. It is weepy and often dosen't make anysense. Like suichi being stabed at a hospital (by his half brother who is supposed to have drowned) Yet he goes away from the hospital to bleed to dead in a cab and arrive to die in aya's arms. Ridiculous if you ask me. A waste of time to watch. Let me pretend it was not made!!!
|5. ||Comments by michelle [Rating: 8/10]|
Sigh...watch this back about 1 month ago. I find this drama quite good but if compared to the first part, I find the first part way better. Why? Because the second part is wayyyyyy too sad. I don't want to give out any spoilers or whatsoever, so, if you can bear with sad ending, then watch it! Hmm...just wanna' say that I don't like the ending at all!
|6. ||Comments by amethyst [Rating: 7/10]|
A continuation of Hoshi no kinka 1. Starts in snow-covered Hokkaido, where Aya had returned to. Takumi had turned up there unexpectedly and has changed from being rebellious to a sensible young man. Then they had to go back to Tokyo to attend Aya's friend's wedding and many tragedies happened.
|7. ||Comments by sherreen_k [Rating: 10/10]|
Hoshi no Kinka 2 is just as good as the 1st one. Yutaka (Takumi) here, from a playboy in 1st part becomes a devoted romantic lover of Aya (Noriko) in this 2nd part. This drama can really makes you believe that true love really exists and show you how much love can really change a person.
|8. ||Comments by Scruff McGruff [Rating: 5/10]|
Ok continuation of the great first series. Still excellent acting from Noriko. However, plot line was poor and illogical, and ending was so sad and left you a little empty considering how the characters got to that point. Could have been much better for sure.
|9. ||Comments by jdfan [Rating: 10/10]|
Great cast chemistry and great performances. That why this series became a classic. You will stay till the end. This series is darker than the first one. Takenouchi Yutaka's performance is just amazing considering he was still new at this.
|10. ||Comments by tetsukei [Rating: 6/10]|
Now, this is a horrible sequel. Everything goes wrong, crimes are commited, and everyone starts to love or hate everyone. Very distressing, but there is dramatic appeal.
Humour 3/10 Story 6/10 Actors 7/10 Music 7/10 Thrill 6/10
|11. ||Comments by sweetkisses7574 [Rating: 9/10]|
i like the first one better but this one was very very good too! i liked it alot but i just was kinda eh at the end. but thank goodness there is a special. i still havent watched it yet :) gotta find it some where
|12. ||Comments by yanie_chan [Rating: 8/10]|
I think the story improved in this one, and I like it better coz Takumi got more important role in this part 2!!!^_^ Still...the ending is just too sad....and why can't Aya and Takumi just be together????? =((((
|13. ||Comments by aki_07 [Rating: 8/10]|
Can be excessively tragic and repetitive. It's as if there's a curse on Aya! Part one is better. But Takenouchi's love for Aya broke my heart, especially the last scene at the airport on choosing the rose, weepy.
|14. ||Comments by jo [Rating: 7/10]|
Was better than HOSHI NO KINKA I, so that was surprising that part 2 can actually be better than part I. Still, I wasn't blown of my chair like other dramas, it's still a slow and average drama. C+
|15. ||Comments by atheon [Rating: 6/10]|
May 2005: The plot for me is ridiculous, the scriptwriter 'tried' every possible outcome to 'kill' the character, still, u can see great acting in this drama, and learn sign language perhaps......
|16. ||Comments by Aunty Coco [Rating: 6/10]|
Again it was Takenouchi Yutaka who kept me going on with the show... The plot was absurd... How could anyone of a sound mind be controlled and manipulated by a villain to commit crimes...
|17. ||Comments by mochi [Rating: ?/10]|
this is even sadder than the first installment. nevertheless it was really engaging while it lasted. i doubt i'll watch it again anytime soon since it's really emotionally taxing :I
|18. ||Comments by eltinator [Rating: 7/10]|
They should have stopped at the first! The 2nd just complicated things even more. It's not that the actors/actress performed bad, the story just sucked. Not worth your time here...
|19. ||Comments by zhirong [Rating: 4/10]|
Well, watched it after Hoshi no Kinka 1. What can I say? It sort of stray off and become worse. Now they even made Aya blind... sigh... Well not as good as the first I suppose.
|20. ||Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 9/10]|
if u've seen the 1st...be prepared for the 2nd..lotsa twisted plots thru out the drama..this is truly a tragic & sad-soapy drama...trust me on the tissues..huwaaaa...
|21. ||Comments by jetfire [Rating: 6/10]|
2nd instalement is highly antipated one but was let down by a weaker plot but those fans of the 1st series should continue to view it. Btw the ending is very touching
|22. ||Comments by lawsco [Rating: 9/10]|
This series is the one that got me hooked on J-Drama. I have 61 and counting at this writing and still say that only 2 others were better in my opinion.
|23. ||Comments by heimu [Rating: 7/10]|
Yes, I agreed with most of the drama, it made us focus too much on Takumi and Aya, Shuichi was left out really till the very last part.. Awwww
|24. ||Comments by norz [Rating: 8/10]|
Compared to the first this was not as great since the circumstances get more exagerrated like it wasnt over the top enough.. but overall sad
|25. ||Comments by enen_shun [Rating: 9/10]|
woo hoo ~~ cried all da way as well !! Same as the part 1 ~~ this part 2 has even more touchy parts !!! Very good drama !!!
|26. ||Comments by chinz [Rating: 7/10]|
season 2 was worse, as she became blind and the guy lost his memory... so korean style... slow, draggy and pitiful...
|27. ||Comments by ryce [Rating: 8/10]|
A continuation of Part 1... Major tear-jerker... but too melodramatic for me... Beautiful music score again... :)
|28. ||Comments by cindi [Rating: 9/10]|
Oh I loved this series. One of the first few doramas I got hooked on. Great ending. Everyone cried buckets. :D
|29. ||Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: 8/10]|
Watched 4/19/05. like the 1st series much better.......
|30. ||Comments by SYILA78 [Rating: 9/10]|
like the character of aya. very envy of her. two brothers love the same person. wah so lucky
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|Users who voted for this drama (8)|
Once I started to play, I could not stop watching this drama until the end, the 12th episode. Noriko Sakai, Takao Osawa, and Utaka Takenouch were very good. This drama was the best I have ever seen.
Due to my love for Noriko Sakai & Yutaka Takenouchi!
So sad they weren't together in the end.
Also, this is the first show that made me cry...
It's a tragic drama.... like noriko sakai in this show... really pity her ..especially in the last episode... she become blind too.
It's as good as Hoshi no kinka 1!
I love Noriko Sakai
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