Ikebukuro West Gate Park

Ikebukuro West Gate Park (2000)

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This story follows a young man named Makoto who lives in Ikebukuro West Gate Park, an area known for youth delinquency and gangs. In fact, one of Makoto's best friends from high school, Takeshi, is the "king" or leader, of one such gang, called the G-Boys. Makoto is known for being tough and smart, and while trying to solve the mystery of a friend's death, he finds himself a somewhat unwilling helper read morein many mysteries and problems of IWGP inhabitants. All the while, gang tension is mounting between his best friend's gang (which Makoto refuses to join) and a new gang, the "Black Angels."

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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May 26, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
In the beginning I started watching IWGP because Yamapi was in it - But after only a few minutes I had almost forgotten about him.

The characters in this drama are very believable and well-done, they are realistic and have their good and bad sides.

I like how important friendship is for the story, much more important than the romance or violence.

The acting was really good, especially in the dramatic and read more fighting scenes. The actors looked like they were really in character and I never thought someone looked awkward, when they weren't supposed to.

The music wasn't outstanding, but it was there. I didn't pay much attention to it and felt like it wasn't really important.

The story itself was great, interesting and full of emotions. I never thought an episode was dragging, though there were some that confused me in the beginning.

You do notice that the drama is a few years old, though, but I don't think it's a bad thing.

I recommend everyone to watch this and give it a try because I thought it was great.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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Nov 6, 2014
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
I try not to be biased, but honestly, I love anything Nagase Tomoya is in. In all the dramas I've seen with him, he has not disappointed me, and IWGP is no exception. Putting my feelings aside from Nagase for a minute, I can honestly say that this drama was very good. I loved the aspect of different ppl going to Makoto for help solving crimes that they can't go to the read more police for. I loved the underlying themes of finding what your good at and self-confidence (it's subtle but it's there). I did not like the main girl at all, from the very beginning I thought she was annoying. I loved the themes of friendship and loyalty.

MDL did a good job at summarizing IWGP, but honestly, I thought this drama was gonna be so cliche. Like I thought there would be a fight between Makoto and his best friend for the leadership spot of the gang, but no such thing happened. Makoto's best friend, Takashi, has his back throughout the entire drama. Not only does Takahi love Makoto, but everyone does. This character just has so much swag I can't take it.

There's also kinda sorta a love triangle, between Makoto, the main girl, and some other girl. I definitely liked the other girl better, but w/e. I'm not even upset with the ending because things get wrapped up, all questions are answered, and it all just ties together very nicely.

I wouldn't call this a detective drama to be exact, but if you like those types of dramas (the types where the characters are trying to figure out who committed a certain crime), u like laughing (it was kinda funny, u know anything with Nagase will have u laughing), u like dramas with friendship and loyalty, u may like this one. I'd definitely recommend, although some may not like the style/quality since it is a kinda older one (2000 I think). Of course the acting/cast is on point. And the music is pretty good (at least it is to me). The only character I didn't like was the main girl, I found her very annoying and self-centered. But that didn't stop me from enjoying the drama. It's good, definitely worth a watch.
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Despite having different settings, both dramas have similarities regarding Japanese youth in the early 2000s and delinquency. They also share the same director (Kankuro Kudo), and a major part of the cast.
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The main character and the episode type are similar. The main difference is that GTO is set in a school and IWGP is set in the street.
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    Simplifica Jul 12, 2015 - edited

    IWGP ... oh IWGP
    a fun random ball of genres with loads of stars :D

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    Bakawai May 26, 2015

    It was great!!!King is awesome , Makoto so cool and Hikaru annoying ah ah it was a good thriller with funny moments !

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    Klimari Jan 31, 2015 - edited

    Watching IWGP feels like trip to the past, can't get rid of this nostalgia feeling. I enjoyed it immensely)

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    jagasthesecond Dec 6, 2014

    Wow! Cool chilling drama with some comedy. lots of actors/actresses in this series are now successful.

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    shadowdancer Jul 9, 2014 - edited

    Someone can tell me where to watch this online? Somehow I can not manage to find anywhere :(

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      shadowdancer Jan 2, 2015

      thank you very much. Actually about 2 months ago khjfan01 also told me that it was available in veoh. Truth is veoh used to be not available in my county but I gave it another try, and it worked :) Still I am thankful for your consideration.
      ps: it was amazing :)

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    Panda-san Mar 27, 2014 - edited

    I love how Oguri Shun is listed as a supporting role. He appeared for barely two seconds in this drama lol. Tsumabuki Satoshi should be a supporting role.

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      Azam Jun 20, 2014

      Really? when? I didn't even notice him

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    darkness323 Nov 27, 2013

    I just started watching this (I'm on ep 5) and I understand the (extreme)dislike for Hikaru. Her personality is just soooo annoying and ugh. :/ But despite that, this drama is really good so far~

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    ChaosLove Oct 22, 2013

    I really loved Takashi or "King" in this. Whenever I would see him I would get excited and giddy. It is definitely worth watching just to see him!

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    darkangel662008 Aug 15, 2013

    I really hate Hikaru!!! She's so annoying!!!

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    cho_dee May 29, 2013

    I watched this drama a long time ago (mostly becasue of Nagase Tomoya). I'd say that this drama really convinced me that watching Japanese drama was worthwhile! It's totally different from anything else I've seen since - so random yet believable.
    Keep an open mind and give it a go!

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    sambart Mar 14, 2013

    This is definitely a classic and a must see before you die even if you don't enjoy it, it's just got that thing about it that makes it a compulsive watch.

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    sambart Mar 14, 2013

    Hikaru is SO annoying and so it her voice! -_-

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      pinkcrown May 18, 2013

      Oh god yes.. I've rewatched IWGP so many times and.. goodgod.. her voice. ;A;

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    lunarlegend_03 Feb 13, 2013

    Minna-san! Is this drama good? I've already download it. I've seen first two episodes and now, I'm having a second thought if this one will gets better and better.

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      Yamamotoyusukewife Mar 12, 2013

      Yes, it will! at the start i Was having the same thought but in chapter 4 the real action start!

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    silver_moonlight Dec 10, 2012

    Still my favourite drama ever. The story and characters are both so unique, the acting is great, and it's very fast-paced. So many dramas just drag on and on for the first few episodes, but this one catches you right from the start and never slows down. I actually just rewatched some of it recently, and I'm almost tempted to revisit even more after writing this. If you like gritty delinquent/mystery dramas, definitely give it a try.


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    Apr 14, 2000 to Jun 23, 2000
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    45 min.


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    8.0 (scored by 698 users)
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