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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Beautiful Life Screen Caps

Kimura Takuya (Hero, Long Vacation, SMAP) stars as Okishima Shuji, he’s driving a motorcycle down a city street, Tokiwa Takako (Long Love Letter, Metro ni Notte) costars as Machida Kyoko she’s driving down the same street. When she stops for a light, while talking on her cell she unexpectedly sticks her hand out to check if it’s raining, Shuji coming up along side her car on his bike almost dumps the bike to avoid her hand. Then he starts an argument with her, she argues with him but then leaves. They both pull into the same building simultaneously He parking next to her, Kyoko asks him to move so she can get out, and he discovers that Kyoko uses a wheelchair. They both go into the library where Kyoko works at the information desk with Sachie played by Mizuno Miki (Oyaji, Salaryman Kintaro). Shuji approaches the desk ignoring Kyoko he asks Shuji for information about a book.

That’s how my favorite Japanese romance drama begins. Along with Kimura and Tokiwa are Watabe Atsuro (First Love, Byakuyakou) as Machida Masao,Kyoko's brother and Ikeuchi Hiroyuki (Bambino!, Ganbatte Ikimasshoi) as Okabe Takumi, Shuji's friend and an assistant hairstylist at the salon where Shuji works as is Hara Chiaki (Lion Sensei) who plays Ozawa Mayumi another hair stylist and former girlfriend. Koyuki (Kimi wa Petto, Laundry) plays another ex-girlfriend. The screenplay was written by Kitagawa Eriko (Over Time, Long Vacation, Orange Days). She’s won the best screenwriter award 5 times, including this drama. If you don’t hate love stories I’m sure you’ll like this. As I’ve said many times it’s not my favorite genre but this is an exceptional story and the two leads have a great chemistry with each other.

Japan TV fansub group has released a hard sub from the DVD’s with excellent quality for a series first broadcast in the winter of 2000. Download the batch torrent file for all 11 episodes here. It’s being very well seeded right now.

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Blogger Silly said...

OMG... I was one of those ppl who cried. I should rewatch it this weekend and see if still has the same effect since a few years have pasted since i last saw it. This is a definate must see Jdrama, for any Jdrama fan.


11/29/2007 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

@silly I think this was the second TV show that ever made me cry, the first was MASH when Henry's chopper went down as he was on his way home.

11/30/2007 05:47:00 PM  

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