Door to Door (review)

Posted by Loc on January 22nd, 2011. Filters:

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.

  • yonasu

    Door to Door is a great movie, might as well be the best of the three you mentioned (I’ve seen them all), although Marathon is really good too. The only problem I had with Marathon was that I had seen the original Korean version of it, which is a lot better. However, Ninomiya is one of few Japanese actors who has the ability to pull this kind of role off :)

  • Anonymous

    He’s probably the only guy from Arashi, who’s acting I like.

  • Jamaipanese

    I like that lead actor, I’ll check this out!

    • Loc Lam | ロックラム

      Please do and feel free to comment later about your thoughts on the movie! :)

  • Amy

    Awesome review Rokku!
    I watched it as soon as it was subbed, being an Arashi fan that’s what you have to do. (lol, j/k) But out of all the Arashi members Nino is the best actor hands down.
    I mean, he is the only one to make it into a Hollywood film, and that has to say something! Nino has the ability to make me laugh and cry. He is the best!

    I wonder if we will get a Gantz review??

    • Loc Lam | ロックラム

      Yep, don’t give up Amy, you can do it! Nino is a great actor, but Jun is getting up there as well. I love these type of movies/dramas. Too bad there’s not many in the West or if it is, it’s incredibly cheesy and vomit inducing.

      Gantz looks awesome! I haven’t seen Nino in an action film before so this will be cool to see. Thanks for letting me know!

    • Amy

      Yes, Jun is the second best actor in Arashi in my opinion :)

      If you liked door to door you might like Tengoku de kimi ni aetara and myu no anyo papa ni ageru

    • yonasu

      Ooh, I haven’t seen those two! I’m definitely gonna check them out. And indeed Jun is the 2nd best actor in Arashi :)

    • Loc Lam | ロックラム

      Myu will Give Daddy Her Legs? Omg… ; _ ;
      Gotta see this.