Massan (2014)

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"Massan” is based on the true story of Taketsuru Masataka and his Scottish wife Rita Cowen. Masataka is first Japanese person to produce whisky in Japan when he opened his own distillery in Hokkaido in 1934.

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Apr 3, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This drama has been a privilege to watch. From beginning to the end, you truly felt that you were involved with the lives of the Kameyama family. This drama is amazing because it covers almost 50 years of this family; a multiculteral family during a period when marrying outside your race and culture just didn't happen. You got to witness the bravery of Elle going to a foreign country with a passable read more understanding of the language and morphing herself into a full-fledge Japanese woman. Catherine Kate Fox did a FANTASTIC job! I can already imagine how well she has been accepted in the entertainment community because she did such a wonderful job in portraying Elle. Tamayama Tetsuji was also sensational as a man driven to achieve his dreams of making Japanese Whiskey. The story itself makes you curious about the real people that this was based on. Even the times through World War II were realistic and definitely made you wonder how this woman AND her family maintained their strength through that turbulent time. So, the question is do I recommend it? Yes. If you are a lover of history, a great story and a beautiful romance between two people who beat the odds and stayed together until death do them part. My first Japanese TV Serial and it will not be my last! It was a labor of love to make and also a labor of time (and love) to watch!
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    Jordan 14 days ago

    OMG these two have so much chemistry I wish they were married in real life! the English-speaking actress they chose is soo good at acting I was really not sure what to expect but she IS the drama

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    Pate Jun 19, 2016 - edited

    Really not sure if I want to watch it.

    Feels weird seeing Caucasians in Asian dramas.

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      crystalpajeon May 26, 2017

      It's not just a drama it's a Historical drama based on the true story about the couple in the 1930's which is around the time Japan wasn't to fond of foreigners. I'd give it a try it's actually a really touching story and the episodes aren't dreadfully long. Most Drama's with Caucasians are based on historical facts and a true story which is why they're mostly seen in Chinese historical films/dramas.

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      Izu Jul 14, 2017

      are you racist or something? Aren't there Asians in American and European tv shows?

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      Jordan 14 days ago

      @Pate interesting what do you mean?

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      alderamin 10 days ago

      I can't help but agree with you, it's weird.

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      Jordan 10 days ago - edited

      @aldermin I was really skeptical because usually the foreign actors are so bad but believe me when I say that her acting is so good! in fact most native Japanese said they watched show for this actress she really, REALLY acts very well and they have such good chemistry!

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    NewKDramaAddict Sep 16, 2015

    She has a new drama!! Started 2 weeks ago! Hope to find it. I think it's time we added her as an actress; Kate Fox!

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    falcon Jul 26, 2015

    Massan... my new fav asadora after gegege no nyobo, gochisousan, ohisama, and amachan... Some others maybe there are no eng sub or the plots are not attracted to me...

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    NewKDramaAddict Apr 10, 2015 - edited

    I personally think Catherine Kate Fox deserves a bio here! I think we will see her again.

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      NewKDramaAddict May 21, 2015

      found the trailer only. 11 years ago, she looks totally different.

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      mikachan Jun 20, 2015

      is it out there with eng sub?

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      Trang Feb 11, 2016

      Is that really Charlotte Kate Fox? I thought she said that she had never been to Japan when she auditioned for Massan.

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    sunflower63 Apr 4, 2015 - edited

    It was the first time for me to watch a morning Jdrama (Asadora) and it was an amazing and unforgettable experience. All the 150 episodes (only 15 minutes long) were very interesting and involving and the story covering Japanese history from 1919 to 1971 was a real adventure. I will have a high consideration of the whisky manufacturers from now on even if I have never drank it in my life and I admire the lead character (whose path was taken from a true life experience) for putting so much passion and enthusiasm in developing the very first Japanese whisky. Everything here was absolutely perfect starting from the script, on to the acting (Charlotte Kate Fox was excellent in her acting and speaking fluent Japanese) and the sceneries. Part of this was filmed in Hokkaido which allowed me to appreciate another really beautiful part of Japan. I very highly recommend this drama as it was for me a real masterpiece.

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      Simplifica Apr 20, 2015 - edited

      glad you love this asadora :)

      try Gegege no Nyobo (my personal best asadora) and Amachan (fun asadora) if you have some time, you'll love it. And try Yasashii Jikan for more Hokkaido scenery :D

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      sunflower63 Apr 20, 2015

      Thanks for your recommendations, I just started Hanako to Anne, and I will see if there are the subs of those you mentioned for my plan to watch list.

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      shiroi-ookami Feb 19, 2017

      I've started watching it and like it very much so far. Especially the main female lead does a great job. I usually find foreigners acting in japanese movies hard to watch because of their often wooden performance, but she was natural and likeable.
      Btw, if you like asadora you should try Asa ga kita. It's the drama that got me into asadora dramas.:D

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      sunflower63 Feb 19, 2017

      Thanks, in the meanwhile I also finished Hanako to Anne which I enjoyed very much and I also started Asa ga kita but only got as far as the first episode for now.

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      shiroi-ookami Feb 19, 2017

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.:)
      I've started watching Hanako to Anne at the same time as Massan, up till episode 4, but I want to finish Massan first though.

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    rainruma Jan 13, 2015 - edited

    I was scared off by the 150 episodes than realized it is a total of 37.5 hours...
    So now, I can manage to watch it ...XD

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      Plural Jan 14, 2015

      I'm enjoying it a lot so far. Too bad it is almost half way subbed.

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      NewKDramaAddict Feb 9, 2015

      Loving it too. Can't believe we are approaching the 100s and I'm still just as interested in the story!

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    harukita Dec 8, 2014

    love it!

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    mooniix Oct 26, 2014

    Great drama!!

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    NewKDramaAddict Oct 25, 2014 - edited

    I love dramas that are different. So far, I like it Hope they continue to sub.

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    finally a Japanese drama I might actually enjoy!

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    slmorse Oct 17, 2014

    The drama is also being updated on gooddrama with subs. Episodes 1-6 are up now.

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    mikachan Oct 9, 2014 - edited

    I'll wait forever for subs T__T

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      mikachan Oct 17, 2014

      you're the new love of my life, thanks :D

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      samsoons Oct 17, 2014

      You're welcome! ^^

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    Pate Oct 3, 2014 - edited

    >ugly waito in a glorious Nipponese drama
    I don't want to watch this.

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      Gia Oct 4, 2014 - edited

      >ugly troll commenting on a glorious Nipponese drama
      I don't want such people on this planet

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      Pate Oct 5, 2014

      It's a joke, calm down.

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      Gia Oct 5, 2014

      It's a joke, calm down.

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      Cinnamaroll Oct 5, 2014

      I guess that's what you do to try to get away with saying racially offensive things. Your "joke" is neither funny, nor appropriate. You could be white yourself and it's still not cool.

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      Gia Oct 5, 2014


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    DontPanicToktok Oct 1, 2014

    Where can you watch this??


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    Sep 29, 2014 to Mar 28, 2015
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    15 min.


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