Jotei (2007)

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Kato Rosa stars as Tachibana Ayaka, a young woman whose life has been ruined after she lost her boyfriend then her mother became gravely ill. Looking for revenge, she starts out as a hostess with the goal of rising to become the "empress" of the Osaka nightlife scene. Matsuda Shota plays a member of the underworld who becomes Ayaka's ally.

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    Empress ; Jotai: Empress of Ginza ; Super Queen

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Nov 15, 2011
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I loved-hated the drama. The acting especially the early epis left a lot to be desired from most of the cast. Shota was awesome as always (no I'm not being biased he really was the best actor) and he has the sexiest hair in this drama. Shota's character Noato was probably the most complex character in this drama. Although the acting could have been better the overall story saved this drama and read more kept me marathoning through the episodes.

This drama also gave me some insight into Japanese night life. It taught me that host clubs are like reverse escort services. Escorts go to the customers to entertain them but at host clubs the customers come to the host for the same type of entertainment and this big business and a lot of money. It is also the selling of the human body. And if the host does not know what he or she is doing it can mean a lot of trouble like the main character Ayaka-chan learns.

The lead actress Kato Rosa is gorgeous. I really was interested in every obstacle that came Ayaka-chan's way and how she was able to over come everything and keep going. The relationship between Ayaka-chan and Naoto-kun is not the typical romance story and it was part of what made this drama unique. This drama is a tragedy about triumph. It is a mature drama that probably won't appeal to some people who don't like adult themes such as violence, sexual abuse and prostition.

My main gripe as I mentioned was the acting. The horrible villainous laugh of Hojo Rina-san was too much to bear at times and the actress's acting was equally as terrible and disappointing. Most of the bad girls were just horribly played. Some parts of the story were not very believable either especially the initial interactions (epis 1 and 2) between the lead love interests but I was able to quickly put that aside to follow the rest of the story which flowed well.

This is also not a typical drama that takes place over a few weeks. this story encompasses many years of these characters lives to show the struggle they go through to achieve their ambitions. The jumps through time are done well and the characters all seem to mature and age in their looks as well as demeanor appropriately. I did not want it to end the way it did but it's kinda fitting ending to everything.
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Nov 9, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
It would have gotten a 10 but I cant say i believed in the lead characters cause. otherwise I loved Jotei! The story is about a girl who never gives up and reaches her goal. Yes it is based in the dirty underworld of hostess clubs, and deals with a lot of sex, alcohol, money and revenge but it's a must see.

I really liked Kato Rosa in this; although read more she looked innocent she played her role well. I already love Matsuda Shota, and he always plays a really good tsundere character. I liked the story line because she the character Ayaka didn't get everything like Cinderella, but in the end made out fairly well. This story didn't seem realistic, but a really ugly fantasy, where Ayaka has all of these disappointing moments and events to make it to a place that really isn't all that great. The drama played in between what is realistic and what would only happen in dramas. I think because it mixed them both it came off as this awesome semi-realistic story.

What I didn't like was how much they put an emphasis on having sex for something you want. It is true that this is a story about a girl becoming an empress in the night world, so that is part of it I guess. I would have wanted to see her get where she was going without sex- but maybe even that is too far-fetched for the fantasy. I also didn't like that the main character, Ayaka, believed that becoming a Ginza Empress would really allow her to exact revenge. That seemed just plain silly to me. I also detested her revenge plans for her father, and screamed my head off when that part came around.

All in all I thought the drama was well planned, a great story to watch, great actors and it was entertaining. It kept me glued to my computer, like hadn't been in a long time. Yes you may not agree with the premise, but if you give it a chance and have an open mind, I think it will win you over.

p.s. the end was good and gave resolution and satisfaction.

p.p.s I cried in the drama- and I am not a crier!

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Both have plot focusing on the gap between the high society (rich) vs. the poor.
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Very similar theme....
1. focusing on a promising highschool girl turned hostess

2. then being bullied jealous by colleagues

3. little by little gains respect from customers, her boss, and colleagues becoming a star in her workplace.

4. main protagonist turns out to be the savior of the club (in various situations) she is working at.

on the flipside.....

1. Jyouou Virgin have AV idols as casts thus the exposing of nude scenes is a plus while Jotei is somewhat on the conservative side (no av idols).

2. Jyouou Virgin focuses on a highschool girl who wants to be love and accepted in society joins a competition of cabaret girls gathered around Japan in run for the prize money, while Jotei focuses on highschool girl who decided to be a Jotei (Empress) - top cabaret sort of legendary title, in order to take revenge to the people who have money and power who steps on the poor for fun.
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    asianfranticshows Feb 28, 2016

    Where can I watch this?

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    McLovin Nov 27, 2015

    Does anyone know where I can watch this?

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    umikichi Feb 6, 2014 - edited

    Does anybody now where I can watch this drama? Haven't been able to find it anywhere :(

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      umikichi Feb 6, 2014

      nvm found it)

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      Geehoo Jul 18, 2014

      Where did you find it?? I can't find it anywhere! Thanks:)

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    Miya Dec 30, 2013

    I will give it 10 but...I want to give it 11! Or 12..or...
    Anyway,this drama is perfect for my taste.
    And I loved the ending.

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    NemiMontoya Jul 11, 2013

    This drama was really incredibly campy. But I love camp, so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Koisuru Jun 17, 2013
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    Oriano Nov 24, 2012

    I really want to watch this drama, but I can't find it!! Does someone know where I can watch this? Thanks!

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      Mivla Feb 8, 2013

      Oh, well... sorry about it then...I haven't watched anything online for a long time,and when I do,I use dramacrazy... :D

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      0000 Mar 4, 2013

      Did you guys find any other site ?

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      Oriano Mar 5, 2013

      Yay thanks! My french isn't that good, but I'll bear with it :p

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      0000 Mar 5, 2013

      Thanks !

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    KuroiHoshi Jul 17, 2012

    One of the best japananese dramas I've seen so far. Hontoni saikou datta-yo!

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    Sleepninja Nov 11, 2011

    Yes Wow Don't read Nyanae's review. She gives away a huge spoiler!

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    Jeaniessi Nov 11, 2011



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    Jul 13, 2007 to Sep 14, 2007
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    TV Asahi
  • Duration:

    54 min.


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    7.3 (scored by 772 users)
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