March 27, 2013

Drama review: Rich Man Poor Woman

This is the second dorama I watched and it's probably the best! The main reason I watched this was because of Oguri Shun was the main lead, but this drama turned out to be more than my expectation. His character was alike with Mark Zuckerberg, a genius in programming too bad he has a bad temper. Ishihara Satomi as Natsui Makoto portrayed his lover who has a bad luck in applying job offer. It only has 11 episode but I thought it really portrayed the whole story. The most obvious difference between dorama and kdrama are the storyline and number of episodes. Usually dorama has 9-12 episodes while kdrama has 16-20 episodes. Dorama has a fast storyline, only having the main character stories dominant and a little bit side story. As for kdrama, they tend to have more side stories so in some cases, you can get bored because of this. I think Oguri Shun really suits acting as Hyuga Toru. His way of gazing, talking, intimidating, etc are just perfect. Ishihara Satomi also balanced his acting really well. Based on what I searched on google, some people thought she wouldnt be able to act along with Oguri-san but it turned out to be wrong. She can be considered as not-that-popular actress but her style is fresh and you can feel that nice feeling when you see her. I ship this couple since the first time I watched this, and now Im waiting for the SP which will be aired on April 1 2013. This is super super recommended!

Oguri Shun plays Hyuga Toru, an affluent man whose personality is on the contrary, speckled with flaws. A CEO of an IT firm who is published on Forbes as a billionaire, Toru attained his fortune through chance and pure luck. A woman who meets Toru and eventually becomes attracted to him is Sawaki Chihiro, played by Ishihara Satomi. Chihiro is a hardworking college student at Tokyo University who has prepared for her future as much as she possibly could through studies and obtaining licenses. Despite her efforts, she has yet to land a job. Upon meeting Toru, she begins to unravel a genuine pureness inside him and solitude resulting from such pureness, which eventually draws her closer to him. The two repeatedly conflict each other, but little by little learn about one another to grow and develop together.

Despite the worldwide recession and financial difficulties, there are people like Mark Zuckerberg who began work from merely an apartment room or a garage that end up growing to be companies generating over ten billion dollars revenues after merely 10 years or so, embracing their new found wealth by living the dream life. Whether it's a game or application software, Ecommerce, or other IT related firm, there are more than a few who rose in fame to such status in recent years. On the other hand, Japan's unemployment rate for new grads dropped to a record low and those who want to work are unable to, or their wishes to work at their company of choice is not granted.

A Cinderella story of the real world. Will the two be able to compromise their values and lifestyles to become a happy couple?

The official teaser

Opening OST: Miwa - Hikari e