BOSS is a 2009 Japanese drama and the biggest winner at the 61st Television Drama Academy Awards, winning the best drama, best actress (Yuki Amami), best supporting actor (Yutaka Takenouchi), and best director gongs.
Detective Eriko Osawa (Amami) has just returned from US and is appointed as the Boss for a special countermeasure unit – which consists of some officers, each of whom with their own personal issues and oddity which make them outcast among their colleagues.
The group is assigned to small cases, but often find themselves running into the middle of big incidents, and help to solve the problems with Osawa’s profiling skill and the members’ peculiar talents. They are also “aided” by Shinjiro Nodate (Takenouchi), their department chief who recommended Osawa for the position at the first place.
Despite their surprising performances, the countermeasure unit is still working on random jobs, as the people high up are determined to isolate them. But that’s not the team’s biggest problem, as they face a huge threat, with one of Osawa’s close acquaintance coming into picture.
The drama mixes comedy with crime-solving plots… not really a new idea, but nicely done. The chemistry between the cast was good, Amami was brilliant, and the climax was not bad. Not an epic, but worth a watch.
A sequel, featuring most of the main cast, is planned for 2011 release.
Producers: Murase Ken, Misao Reiko | Directors: Michio Mitsuno, Yusuke Ishii, Kazunari Hoshino, Takeshi Narita | Screenwriters: Kota Nishihara, Hiroshi Hayashi | Cast: Yuki Amami, Yutaka Takenouchi, Tetsuji Tamayama, Erika Toda, Junpei Mizobata, Michiko Kichise, Kobayashi Kendo, Youichi Nukumizu, Sansei Shiomi, Ken Mitsuishi, Kazuyuki Aijima and Takashi Sorimachi etc.