Door to Door (review)
Based on a true story about Bill Porter: a door to door salesman living with cerebral palsy.
Directed by: Ken Yoshida
Broadcast in: 2009
Overall rating: A+
Door to Door is the last of 3 drama trilogies produced by TBS. The first two being Sukoshi wa, Ongaeshi ga Dekitakana and Marathon. I actually just found that out so I have no idea what the first two are about. What I can tell you is that Door to Door is a great TV movie without being cheesy or over-the-top. It stars Ninomiya Kazunari as Hideo Kurasawa: a young man living with cerebral palsy which causes him to speak and walk…abnormally (for lack of a better word). His mother, Mitsue Kurasawa, played by Kanako Higuchi is as supportive as it gets for a mother with a disabled child. Hideo’s father, as told to him by his mother, is a great car salesman but has passed away.
In following his father’s footsteps, Hideo decided to venture out into the real world and get a job. The first one he could get is with a water filter company that sells the unit door-to-door (similar to those people who try to convert you except they’re trying to sell you something instead). With Hideo’s speech impediment and awkward walking, he is immediately turned down for the job. However, he fights to have a chance to prove himself a capable employee like everyone else. As the movie progresses, it’s clear that prejudice is but a cracked wall. With enough will and courage, it can be the very blow to that wall. Can Hideo prove himself to be that force?
Ninomiya once again shows everyone he need not worry about his singing career if it doesn’t work out. From what I’ve seen, it’s very hard for actors to act as a disabled person without this chalked up feeling of fakeness. Some people can’t even act like they’ve twisted their ankle correctly. I won’t name any names. However, watching Ninomiya as someone with cerebral palsy didn’t feel superficial at all. He made it believable and most importantly moved you as a viewer to try and understand the trials his character endured. Higuchi is a veteran actress and played her role very well. The most emotional scenes were with her strangely.
The movie is about prejudice, but it also highlights the surprising kindness in human hearts – even those who once hold prejudice in theirs. It also shows your biggest enemy can also be your strongest ally. However, lots of work have to go into converting them in a sense, and that’s where will and courage come into play. This movie is incredibly inspiring and more so since it’s based on a true story. I hope everyone who watched it will be more willing to go after their goals.