“Love is the most difficult subject in the world. No matter how much knowledge, sense and experience you have, the mysteries of love are still difficult to decipher.”
Many Faces of Ito illustrates how people tend to view love differently, while also yearning for mutual understanding. The series is adapted from a novel by Asako Yuzuki called "Ito-Kun A to E" (published September 27, 2013 by Gentosha).
Rio Yazaki (Fumino Kimura) previously won a scriptwriting competition which was developed into a top TV series, “Tokyo Doll House”. Although the success launched Rio as an expert on love and screenwriting, she struggles to write a new project. Rio teaches screenwriting while occasionally holding talks delivered to the women who were influenced by the romance ideals of her debut work.
In one of her lectures, Rio distributed a questionnaire for love dilemmas and she discovers a common link between four of the attendees. The love interest of the women involves a man named Ito, however, each man is described differently from one another. Rio’s TV producer, Shinya Tamura (Kei Tanaka) encourages her to dig further and gather interesting materials for a new TV series.
Rio refers the love-troubled women as A, B, C, and D, and invites them for a personal romance consultation with her. Driven by the potential of a hit storyline, Rio manipulates the four women to recount their experiences with Ito under the pretense of giving them love advice. At the same time, Rio writes the scenarios where the women are living as her characters.
Rio soon realizes how their stories interconnected with her own life experiences. As pieces of the puzzle emerges, Rio becomes more invested in the story and forced to face her own problems.
Many Faces of Ito narrates the journey of self-discovery, fighting one's own insecurities, and liberating oneself from the ghosts of the past. The characters’ hopes of finding love, desire for own ambition and inability to move forward are highly relatable. It is quite rare to find a drama with such a high dose of reality and introspection. The series is available to watch now on Netflix.
The Many Faces of Ito | Netflix Official Site
Director: Ryuichi Hiroki, Yasutaka Mori
Writer: Asako Yuzuki (novel), Kohei Kiyasu, Susumu Funabashi
Aired Date: Aug 15, 2017 – Oct 3, 2017
Duration: 30 min.
Rating: 15+ (Teens 15 or older)
Cast: Fumino Kimura as Rio Yazaki
Nozomi Sasaki as Tomomi Shimahara (A)
Mirai Shidaas Shuko Nose (B)
Elaiza Ikeda as Satoko Aida (C)
Kaho as Miki Jinbo (D)
Kei Tanaka as Shinya Tamura
Tomoya Nakamura as KazuKen