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

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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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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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If you like one, you'll definitely like the other!
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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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    Antonin 16 days ago

    Anyone know where I can watch this?

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    Sueperstar Jul 17, 2017 - edited

    The year is 2017 and I've just only completed this drama. And it's my first KimuTaku drama. Where the hell have I been??? Am moving on to Pride, next. Now I know why they say the older Jap dramas are better. The plot is gold. The women are feisty-er. Good god! Bring back the feels of old jap dramas please! <3

    and Momo-chan.....LOL #Ijustcant.

    One thing though, Kimura doesnt age very well. Takenouchi on the other hand....is fiiiine as he gets older. :P

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    yumizi Apr 21, 2017

    Ohh! An easy 10/10! Loooved it <3

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    J-DRAMASROCK Apr 16, 2017

    Just love it! love it! love it! sooooooooooo muchhhhh...........<3

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    KimsaAbe Apr 4, 2017

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Love it ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    Jessica Mar 20, 2017 - edited

    This is better rating than Descendant from the sun and any dramas. J-Drams back in 1996, rocked the Drama World. "Long Vacation" and "Love Generation" - Kimura Takuya

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    XiaoYan Mar 5, 2017 - edited

    Can't believe I didn't watch this til just recently. It's good. <3 It kind of gives me 90's nostalgia as well.

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    Shizuka Feb 26, 2017 - edited

    Awesome J-DRAMA in 1996.

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      Jessica Mar 21, 2017

      Yup. my favourite drama!!

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    rainruma Oct 9, 2016 - edited

    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.
    and why would Shinji fall for a boring girl when he has a wonderful adventurous beauty by his side?

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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 - edited

    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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      KimsaAbe Apr 4, 2017

      10/10... loved Kimura Takuya!!

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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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    Apr 15, 1996 to Jun 24, 1996
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    Fuji TV
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    45 min.


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    8.1 (scored by 1,135 users)
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