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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Jul 22, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
This was better than I expected, It got me hooked from the first minutes. I loved Nagase Tomoya in this one - it\''s maybe his greatest series - but I\''ll have to add that other than him Kubozuka Yosuke did a great job as King.

What should I say more?! This series can be categorized as one of the best, a must see, as it combines the street factor with all the read more violence, gangs and raw characters with detective work and funny moments. For me this is the recipe to success.
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Jun 9, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Seriously, the cast, the BGM and the storyline.. were just amazingly perfect.
The personalities of the cast were thought through until the end, the BGM fitted perfectly and the whole plot was done nicely.

It was my first Drama. I totally recommend that to everyone.
You'll laugh a lot and cry a lot. It's a very good drama. :D

The OST is one of my favourites until now. :)

[off topic]And I read more choose a Hotel in Ikebukuro when I went to Japan in 2009.. because of this Drama. :D[/off]
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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

    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

    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

    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

    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 688 users)
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