Last Friends

Last Friends (2008)

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Last Friends tackles issues that afflict the current generation. Michiru's mother has brought a man back to their home and she is bullied at her workplace where she works as a beauty parlour assistant. She starts cohabiting with her boyfriend, a good young man who works at the Child Welfare Division and the only person who can give her emotional support, but ends up the victim of domestic violence and becomes fearful read moreof love. The boyishly charming Ruka was a classmate of Michiru's in junior high school. She has performed brilliantly as a motocross racer and aims to win the national championship, but as the story progresses, a deep worry that she can neither confide in her parents or close friends grows evident. Takeru is a hair and makeup artist acquainted with Ruka. He is a good confidant to females due to his kindness and perceptiveness, and finds himself attracted to Ruka but has a phobia of sex as a result of a past trauma. The three of them become house mates and through their associations with others, gain the capacity to be positive about life.

  • Native title:

    ラスト・フレンズ

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Crazy4You
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Nov 26, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This drama left me deep in thought even after I finished it. None of the episodes were boring, each one left me wanting to watch the next, it was just so good. The story is on the more mature and serious nature, so I wouldn't recommend watching this drama if you're in the mood for something light and funny. It's not a romance either. The story deals more with abuse, friendship, growing read more stronger and finding yourself. Each character had their own story, their own problems they were struggling with.



What really got to me in this drama was the realism of it. There are people that go through these types of issues in real life, and they don't always have someone by their side to help them get back on their feet. In the drama you find out more about each person as the story progresses, it made me think a lot about the people in my own life, everyone struggles with something, some people have deep dark secrets their embarrassed to talk about or afraid to talk about.



The acting was done really well! Exceptional! I haven't seen any of the other actors act in anything else, except for Nishikido Ryo, I've seen him in 1 Litre Of Tears. Needless to say, seeing him go from his character there to this one proves how much of a good actor he is. Sosuke was dark, his character was scary in ways because of the things he did. Nagasawa Masami as Michiru did a really good job, you saw her character getting stronger as the drama progressed. Ueno Juri as Ruka did an excellent job, her character had a lot of internal suffering going on as you find out more as each episode ends. I loved Eita's character, Takeru, even with all the things he's gone through he's an upbeat guy, admirable. The rest of the cast was really good, as well.



The music was good, the theme song, "Prisoner Of Love" by Utada Hikaru was perfect for the drama. The lyrics really matched with what the characters felt. The instrumental to it was really nice as well. The rest of the instrumentals fit the drama as well.



Will I rewatch this again? Someday. Serious dramas like this I love and enjoy for their realism, but I'm not sure when I'll rewatch this, if I do it won't be for a while.



Overall: It's a really good drama, I'd recommend it to everyone. It deals with a lot of issues. I found myself needing to watch each episode, like I mentioned above - I wasn't bored with any of this drama. There was always something going on to keep me intrigued and wanting to see what happens next.



The impact of their friendship, how each of them were willing to do anything to protect each other, that's the most important part of this drama I feel.



I wished they'd of gone a little more into detail about a few things, but overall it was done really well, I can't say it enough!
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Shika
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Jul 26, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This drama illustrates beautifully the strength of friendship, the struggles of daily life that many people go through, and the various forms of love. It is a remarkable true to life drama that leaves you with an overall warm, positive feeling at the end. On top of that, the main theme song (Prisoner of Love by Utada Hikaru) fits perfectly with the theme of the drama. Definitely worth the watch when you're read more in the mood for something serious and realistic.
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Both of these have a very similar feel and style, more than a little dark and serious at times, while delving into issues of friendship, love, relationships. If you liked the Nana anime or manga but didn't really like the movie adaptation, give Last Friends a try.
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Both have strong friendship bonds between group of people, and romance. Though Last Friends has dramatic tention as well.
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    Mitsukirox101 17 days ago - edited
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    b_a_d Jun 2, 2016

    Адски силен и разтърсващ сериал! Винаги ще го помня! Остави дълбока следа в сърцето ми! Perfect Actors! Love it!! ❤❤❤

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    Luly Aug 23, 2015

    Is this based on a true story?

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    ochan07 Jul 24, 2015

    Really beautiful drama! Totally worth of watching!

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    GirlOfTheEast May 6, 2015

    hmmmmmn the plot tells to much!!!!

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    WhiteCloud Jan 21, 2015

    Fascinating and beautiful drama about friendship 10/10

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    Blademan2 Dec 13, 2014 - edited

    So disappointed that Ryo san would play a role of an abusive partner, I HAVE TO say, shame on him.

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      mika Jan 25, 2016

      He's an actor. If he's not abusive in reality, there is no shame. If you want everything you watch to be sugar coated and unrealistic that's fine, man, but don't attack actors or writers for trying to shed light on prevalent issues in society.

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      mika Jan 25, 2016

      DON'T WORRY ACTUALLY, I just read your profile? Oh my God, what the hell. "I've been a gentle and kind soul all my life, but thanks to you kinds of women that hit, slap, cheat, lie, selfish, and feminist, you have made me into the person I am today." No, you being the person you are today SOLELY owes to how you reacted to the situations you've been through. Stop blaming other people, look at the world with an open mind, damn, wtf.

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    Apple_pear Sep 29, 2014

    Loved this drama but ending Soo sad

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    thirdworld Sep 4, 2014
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    ParkYeonRin May 17, 2014

    I liked the way how those five got closer to each other.
    Ryo was amazing in this, even if he was a psycho.
    One of the best j-dramas!
    Ruka <3

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    nyny Feb 27, 2014

    Eita! <3

    + ruka was such a great character in here, i don't get why so many people were hating on her :/

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    Viande Jan 22, 2014

    Great drama with important message(s).

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    femmedesneiges Dec 13, 2013

    I forgot they were always standing around corners listening to other people's conversations in this drama.

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    jessy Dec 13, 2013

    love Takeru's character.. he's my fav in the drama

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    Gaijin_ Aug 29, 2013

    prisoner of love....just a prisoner of loove ooh oh ohh. just a prisoner of love...
    (somebody get this song out of my head... >.<)

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    11
  • Aired:

    Apr 10, 2008 to Jun 19, 2008
  • Aired On:

    Thursday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    54 min.

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  • Score:

    8.1 (scored by 2,921 users)
  • Ranked:

    #557
  • Popularity:

    #1481

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