Long Vacation

Long Vacation (1996)

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Sena is a college graduate who dreams of becoming a world class pianist. He teaches piano at a local piano school. Minami is an out of work model. On her wedding day, she gets dumped by her fiance and loses all of her savings, which she gave to her fiance. Her fiance turns out to be Senna's former roommate. She rushes to Sena's apartment and finds out that her fiance has skipped read moretown. With no money and no where to go, she moves in with Sena.

Sena likes Ryoko, a college sophomore. He likes her a lot, but just doesn't have the courage to ask her out. Momoko is Minami's best friend and is also a model. She provides much of the comedic relief in this show. Shinji is Minami's younger brother who just happens to be better than Senna at piano. He opens a bar/nite club. Rumiko is Shinji's girlfriend. Sasaki-sensei is Sena's professor at college and is always encouraging Sena to perform at the next piano competition. -dramawiki

  • Native title:

    ロングバケーション

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allicya
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Nov 15, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
9 years ago, which is the first time I watched this drama, I was simply mesmerized by it. And now I just finish rewatched it, this drama is still one of my favorite drama, I will never get tired of it.

If you are searching for a light but simply addicting drama, you should pick Long Vacation. The story may began just like the other 'living under the same roof' dramas, but read more the setting is on 1996 so it was different from other recent dramas. No handphones or emails, so it was more about the characters dealing with themselves regarding their feelings. The simple twist at the end of every episode will keep you want to know more about what will happened next. And the ending is simply beautiful.

The chemistry between the main couple really worked out, it was fun to see them together. Kimura Takuya is as excellent as ever and Yamaguchi Tomoko did a very nice job playing a miserable 31 years old woman. The other casts are also awesome, I didn't find any of them annoying.

The soundtrack is also one of the winning factor for this drama. The opening theme is still one of my favorite song up until this moment (and I always sing it whenever I went for a karaoke) plus all the music pieces they chose for this drama is awesome.

Even though this drama is quite old, it will remain evergreen in my heart. Try watching this drama, you are not going to be disappointed.
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NewKDramaAddict
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Mar 31, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This is definitely the oldest drama I've ever watched but I must say I felt right at home watching it. From the beginning to the end, I just loved the characters and their interactions. I think viewers of a certain age would appreciate this more than others. As I watched, it solidified my fandom with Kimura Takuya, what an actor. Imagine my surprise to see this was Yamaguchi Tomoko's last role. I read more loved her character's perkiness and willingness to bounce back after her break up. The supporting characters also brought so much to the drama. And thankfully totally devoid of the usual drama cliques!! I loved that the most about this drama!! Again, it's not for everyone. Not one cell phone in the story!! It was great!
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It has the same feeling to it. Two people who randomly meet and become friends. They both have these conversations that make you see their deep connection they share. They both have that "billboard" and basketball court that appears near their apartment.

If you like one, you'll definitely like the other!
Recommended by intimewithyou
Both have a remarkable cast,, acting, storyline, romance, and witty dialogue. Both are "feel good"dramas that you will want to watch again and again! Wish the new ones were as good!
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    rainruma Oct 9, 2016

    This was highly recommended, but I didn't like it much.
    - The characters are not well-developed, so I didn't really connect w/ them or care what happens to them.
    - their actions were unreasonable, for the most part, and no motivation given... o.O
    - The female character is the type I strongly dislike: naive, dumb, clumsy, slob, obnoxiously feisty plain-Jane, ...Yet she is stubborn and foolishly optimistic...
    He supposedly fell in love w/ her for the above reasons :P
    - Her friend, who is supposed to be insightful about love, is dumb, loud and says the stupidest things at the wrong time and place :P

    - Sena needs more depth, but he is the best thing in the drama.
    - Takenouchi Yutaka as Shinji is good, but his character could have been so interesting if treated w/ a little depth.

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    Ruby Sep 3, 2016

    everyone loves this drama ! I don't get it... I've watched two episodes and I'm so bored :-(

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    Kiribechan Aug 31, 2016

    Agreed! 10/10
    The best show I have seen so far. Could have watched another 365 episodes ;)

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    irish Jul 17, 2016

    10/10
    Yes, it goes a bit overly melodramatic in the last episode, and the character of Momoko Koishika,the heroine's flaky but of course insightful girlfriend is one you could find enderaring, or want to strangle. But oveall, this is an excellent, slice of life drama.

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    Katie Jul 5, 2016 - edited

    I loved every bit of it ! Do watch it

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    winnie Jun 5, 2016
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    Faith May 14, 2016

    I love the drama so much. But can anyone tell me, who did Shinji ended up with in the end?

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    Lunacordelia Apr 9, 2016

    i love this drama so much!!! all the characters were wonderful and refreshing!

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    aoitenshi Feb 23, 2016

    Amazing drama!!! Highly recommended !!!

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    MinSora Jan 12, 2016

    Does anybody know what is the name of the song Minami learned to play on the piano?

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    desertbanshee Jan 6, 2016

    Omg, just completed a binge watch of this drama - love love loved it! 10/10~

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    KMR Dec 5, 2015

    It was a nice drama with some weird moments lol. Maybe more for mature audience since not so fluffy and cheesy. The characters were frustrating at times, but the pace of the story is nice, not to fast not to slow. :)

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    Annalisse Sep 16, 2015

    Hmmm...I see what this drama was trying to do in making a mature, and more realistic love story, but it just never really got there for me. It wasn't bad, but I've wanted to watch this one for a while so the buildup might have ruined it for me a bit. I didn't mind that it was an older drama, but the characters were so frustrating: they butted-in when you wanted them to shut up and then they were silent cowards when I needed them to stand up for themselves! I don't know, this just wasnt my drama, but that's another tick off my PTW, so yay for that!

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    sakuraKhey Aug 9, 2015

    Love this many times, it was better than I expected. The female lead is very different from the usual japanese woman in dramas. More skinship that I expected. And I gotta say I've never considered Kimura Takuya to be a handsome man, but there were some shots of his then flawless face that made me realize how ridiculously good looking he was.

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    falcon Jul 24, 2015

    the best yet addicted ost i ever heard...

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    11
  • Aired:

    Apr 15, 1996 to Jun 24, 1996
  • Aired On:

    Monday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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  • Score:

    8.1 (scored by 1,031 users)
  • Ranked:

    #852
  • Popularity:

    #1724

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