Dragon Zakura

Dragon Zakura (2005)

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Sakuragi Kenji is a destitute lawyer and one-time member of a motorcycle gang trying to guide failing high school students with an average score of 36 into Japan's most prestigious educational institution, Tokyo University (Toudai).
For no other reason than Sakuragi's personal ambition, he has advertised his intention to produce 5 successful Toudai applicants from the students of a nearly bankrupt failure of a school.
In addition to revealing essential test taking read moretechniques for everyone who wants to know how to get into Toudai, Dragon Zakura will also teach the essentials of living one's life.

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Jun 23, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Loved: Abe Hiroshi is excellent in this role (it was the first I saw him in and probably still my favourite) - he maintains the balance of strictness, understanding and self-interest well and the students develop a real rapport with him. While the students were all quite young when Dragon Zakura was filmed most of them are now big names (Yamashita Tomohisa, Koike Teppei, Nagasawa Masami, Aragaki Yui) and it's interesting to read more see where they started out (although the acting of some has definitely improved with time!).

Didn't Love: The student's homeroom teacher (played by Hasegawa Kyoko) can be annoying at times but she always has the student's best interests at heart. Like most high school doramas there is a whole bunch of anti-change teachers to irritate the viewer and an incompetent but well-meaning principal with a penchant for hats tops it off.

Dragon Zakura isn't just another high school dorama - it's unique, funny and focuses on encouraging the students to want to improve themselves and their lives, rather than just mass-producing exam bots who can't think for themselves. A feel good show with some wacky characters and teaching methods thrown in for good measure.

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Jul 10, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
A funny yet heart warming drama Dragon Zakura tackles the lives of teens who are always looked down upon and called "idiots".

This drama deals with very realistic problems that teens face everyday in schools and in their homes. I quite liked how there are many lessons you will learn just by watching this drama. I think you will be left with a little bit of a new outlook on life as read more i was.

The cast is jammed packed full of great actors and actresses such as Aragaki Yui (from Koi Zora), Koike Teppei (from Lovely Complex), Yamashita Tomohisa (from Kurosagi) along with the charming Abe Hiroshi.
I think the cast was perfectly matched to this drama and kept it interesting. Plenty of eye candy for both boys and girls!

Music wise all the music seem to fit really well into the story especially the opening theme song Realize by Melody.

I would recommend this drama to everyone, It has its funny moments but also has a very serious side to the drama that most people would understand and relate to.
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They're basically about the same thing, with a slitghtly different approach. Also both have amazing teachers in them, who can speak the "student's language". You will be left with a very similar feeling.
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Both are about working hard to achieve a goal. Both have amazing teachers in them, who can speak the "student's language".
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    Syranus 15 days ago

    Sorry but if I had to compare between this and the Korean version, I'd say this is much better because it's shorter and funnier. Abe Hiroshi is not bad, no not bad at all. He is just perfect.

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    Maya Jul 10, 2017

    i'm loving this jdrama..

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    claudya87 Apr 19, 2017

    I loved it..watching during my obsession for YamaPi and he offered.

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    Bakawai Aug 26, 2015

    Sakuragi is very smart but so cold , he got hard words for everybody ...But I think the method could be helpful and classes would be more fun !!

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    Sheng Her Dec 11, 2014

    I think what I like most about this drama is that I actually learned things that I could use in school. It made me want to try harder. That was a few years ago. Maybe I should watch it again.

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    ShadowBerry Sep 8, 2014 - edited

    I really liked it and even though the people might not like it but...I find myself comparing it to the korean remake (as for some reason I watched the remake first)

    I like Sakuragi waaaay better than Seok Ho but on the other hand..
    I missed the romance between Yajima and Naomi (Beak Hyun & Pul Ip) and the cute one sided love from Ogata (Chan Doo) for Naomi xDD

    But all in all great :3

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    Randevouz Jul 8, 2014 - edited

    Catchy even after so many years. Hiroshi is excellent as always and this original is better than Korean remake, though God of Study was okay.

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    THATCRAZYOTAKU Jun 4, 2014

    This was an ok drama. I liked the Korean version more.

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    Takai Dec 25, 2013

    The funny thing about this drama is I decided to watch it solely for Yamapi as I was a huge fan of his years ago (was basically hunting down all of his roles). However, that also happened to be the first drama where I saw Abe Hiroshi, and I have to say I was completely blown away by his incredible acting. So much that I barely paid attention to Yamapi (oops)! Grew out of Yamapi with time, but Abe Hiroshi is still one of my absolute favorites. So this drama is pretty special to me even if the story was kinda cliche. :)

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    Aya-san Dec 10, 2013 - edited
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    _Ahsen_ Oct 20, 2013

    dowload for yamapi

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    lontongstroong Oct 17, 2013
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    em45 Sep 25, 2013

    This is one of my favourite dramas ever! The study techniques that they teach actually work; literally, they helped me get into University haha

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    awkward-duck Aug 13, 2013

    I wish there were Maki x Hideki scenes!

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    Betty20 Jun 23, 2013 - edited

    SPOILERS <----- Sorry I was convince that I hit the 'Spoiler' box.


    Sorry drama you came too late :(<br />I have already seen so much school dramas that this one just bored me because I felt like I had already saw everything that was in it, the stubborn students, the "I quit school thus run after me to make me go back", the scheming teachers, etc. Too bad :( I really wanted to like it because of the actors but I just found it to be an ok drama!

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      ShadowBerry Sep 8, 2014

      did you happen to watch Gokusen I-III? that would explain a lot xDDD


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    Jul 8, 2005 to Sep 16, 2005
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    45 min.


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