Rich Man, Poor Woman

Rich Man, Poor Woman (2012)

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29-year-old Hyuga Toru is a wealthy man. He first started to run an internet website from his small room and his hobby began to make a lot of money. Nowadays, he doesn't like to socialize and if somebody comes to him he suspects that they may want his money.
Sawaki Chihiro attends a job fair and by an unexpected occurrence begins to work for Toru. Chihiro soon realizes that Toru isn't so read morebad. There's pureness in him and also a good deal of loneliness. She then begins to have feelings for him.

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RouteVenus
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May 6, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 10
STORY 9.5/10
As many reviewers pointed out before me: the title of this show is really misleading. This is most definitely NOT a Cinderella story and the difference in social status plays no significant role in the story. The story itself is interesting and complex and all four main characters go through a real development during the series. It's really refreshing to see a story about an intelligent, career-driven woman who (usually) read more has no problem balancing her work and personal life. Also, she is a scientist (a lab worker of some kind) which is a field not often enough associated with women.
I only wish they would give more space to the character of Yoko. That's my only regret.

ACTING/CAST 10/10
Flawless, but I would expect nothing less from this cast. Oguri Shun is especially hilarious as socially awkward, short-tempered Hyuga Toru and he has great chemistry with adorable Ishihara Satomi who makes her character extremely relatable.

MUSIC 7.5/10
OST is nothing extra special, though several tracks are great. I usually don't like when one song is 'overused' in the show, but I didn't mind with 'Hikari E' . It's an amazing, catchy song that goes well with the mood of the show.

REWATCH VALUE 10/10
I've already rewatched all my favorite parts...oh so many times and I suspect I will rewatch the whole show in the future (also many times).

OVERALL 10/10

WHAT KIND OF FEELS THIS SHOW GAVE ME
This show made me literally giddy with joy. And I mean all the episodes, not just the ending. Despite the fact that some plot points were quite predictible, it never bore me. The Special was superb and it gave a great closure to the series (which is kinda rare in the world of dramas...). I admit I am not praying for the second season. Second seasons are usually worse than the first ones and I am afraid they would ruin this perfect show.
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BetOnMe
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Nov 10, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
This isn't a boring remake of a cinderella type story. The plot was very refreshing but some area of the characters became predictable. I thought the music was wonderful in the drama. I would buy the soundtrack if it were for sale. The male lead was great and so was the female. The actors had great chemistry and really made this drama one of my favorites. If you are thinking about watching read more this, don't just watch it. You won't be disappointed. The drama is a short refreshing watch.
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Rich arrogant guy who always gets his way vs. Headstrong stubborn common woman who stands up for herself. Both are good romantic stories and both have really handsome lead actors (RMPW - Shun Oguri and HapiMari- Dean Fujioka!!)
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there are much of similarities between both drama.. when i was watching suki koto, couple of times i was like literally screaming "gosh, that's so RMPW!!" The pace and tension are different, suki koto has more sweet moments, whereas RMPW has more comedy in it. Both are about summer romance. highly recommended!
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    jagasthesecond Jan 21, 2017 - edited

    can't get enough of the theme song, Hikari e by miwa! <3

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    MargaritaMargol Dec 24, 2016

    I hope I will watch 2nd season someday.

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    kiririn Dec 21, 2016 - edited

    No offense to anyone. I am just really curious. I had high expectation before starting this drama because of its great review, and I watched all the way up to episode 4. However, I have yet to seen what makes this drama really great as many people said. I found the actors/actress to be amazing and fun to watch, but I somehow feel that the story is lacking. It is hard to pinpoint it, but I think it has to do with me not understanding what is going on in most of the characters' head. I don't really understand Hyuga's character. He seems all about innovation and doing things that are interesting, but he seems awfully close-minded a lot of the times, shutting down ideas and people really quickly. This next part might be a spoiler for some people. I was really confused by Natsui in this first 4 episodes. I thought she might have had something planned because she obviously knew Hyuga before, but there doesn't seem to be anything to it. So, my question is, is the only reason Natsui tried to get attention from Hyuga in the first episode is because she felt guilty for not telling him what she knew about his mother long time ago. And, another question is that Natsui seems like she is attracted to Hyuga in ep 4, but I still don't see any reasons why she would be???? I went through the first 4 eps really quickly, but the only thing I saw was the scene when Hyuga went to Toudai to return her shoes and rehire her. However, that reasoning sounds so weak as it is the shoes he should have returned anyway. Also, Natsui's focus which used to be overwhelmingly to find job seem to be shifted away in favor of "being useful" to Hyuga. I can't say I am not disappointed by that, but I could understand as it is an Asian drama. But, if anyone knows a different reason for the shift of attention, that would be great. I thought it was somewhere along the line of the fact that she got accepted in an interview that she constantly failed by just working a bit for Hyuga and she could have thought that he changed her for better, but I have yet to find "how" she became better which allowed her to pass an interview and "how" Hyuga took part in that character development.

    I really want to enjoy this drama, but I am having hard time understanding it. I hope someone can help me doing so. Also, considering what I thought about the drama, should i keep watching?? Is it going to get better toward the end?

    Thank you everyone who spent time reading my questions, and extra thanks to anyone who answer!!

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      usagi 29 days ago - edited

      I had high expectations too because of the gushy reviews and because the cast had quite a few actors I usually enjoy. I'm glad many people think this is awesome, but as far as all the j-dramas of this genre I've seen, this is a serious meh.

      The idea is great, but aside from the interesting setting and a few of the relationship dynamics, the writing is really weak, and the characters, who had lots of potential, are never really developed. Oguri Shun does all he can to make his erratic character compelling, but even so most of them feel more and more flat as you go on, and the motivations aren't very believable. This is definitely the worst I've seen Aibu Saki, Ishihara Satomi, and Iura Arata, who are quite good actors, but didn't have much to work with. Other capable actors probably just brought in for their names had basically pointless roles. Seemed like a huge waste of talent to me.

      You are spot on with your questions. I'll try to answer without spoilers (athough there are few surprises in the story!). The whole thing in the beginning with Natsui knowing Hyuga's mom and feeling guilty for not telling him has nothing interesting behind it and never pans out into anything remotely compelling plotwise or thematically as it could have. Her attraction for him from beginning to end is totally based on starry-eyed admiration, thinking he's cool/handsome and wanting to be the person to change him. The shift in her motivations has nothing to do with this being an Asian drama. Her character begins as an aimless university chick, and her self-esteem low, and so as she has a huge crush on Hyuga and also starts to feel needed by him, he becomes her first defining drive.

      Hope this helps. You weren't missing anything, or misunderstanding anything; other people who gave it super high ratings just have different expectations/taste, so no need to apologize for not gushing about it! The drama was just weak writing, and all your questions point out many of the missing factors. For anyone else who is on the fence about this one, there are many other far better j-dramas of this genre--this should by no means be representative.

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      kiririn 7 days ago

      Thanks so much usagi for answering! I am glad I am not missing anything too important. I have not gotten back to watching this drama, but I might one day. Hopefully, I can get back to it with fresh eyes!! Again thanks for replying!

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    Mighty_Brosia Nov 6, 2016 - edited

    Because of this drama, I began to switch in Jdramas for a while.. This is one of the old school romantic drama but still you will be touch in the story... This is a must watch drama. And I became a fan of Oguri Shun.. :) That smile... :)

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      blee Nov 21, 2016

      Hi this is my first J-Drama too :D
      Do u have any good (rom-com) J-Drama? I become interested.

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      Mighty_Brosia Nov 21, 2016

      hello!! yup! you need to watch Nobununaga Concierto.. You will love that one!! :)

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      blee Nov 22, 2016

      Ah it's Shun's another drama right? Is that romance?

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      Mighty_Brosia Nov 22, 2016

      yup kinda. but it focus in the history. but he was sooo funny. for me I appreciate shun as nobunaga. but both drama was great..

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    Meeiishal Oct 24, 2016

    Worth the watch. Oguri Shun has one of the greatest smiles I've ever seen!

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    jxsilicon9 Sep 10, 2016 - edited

    So how did she know his mothers name?

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      blee Sep 13, 2016
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      jxsilicon9 Sep 13, 2016 - edited

      So basically she met his mother in her hometown and used that to get into his company? Sounds screwed up.

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      blee Sep 13, 2016
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      jxsilicon9 Sep 14, 2016

      I would get angry if someone played me like that.

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      jxsilicon9 Sep 14, 2016

      I would get angry if someone played me like that.

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    Meye Jul 14, 2016

    Oh my god!!! This is seriously awesome. I've been putting it off for sometime, but now i regret that. I loved this drama and every bit of it. gave it a 10. enjoyed each moments of those 11hours! <3

    I wanna say more great things about this drama but cannot find the words. Now I am reminiscing how great this drama was! <3 and how hot Oguri Shun was ^_^

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    Elli Jun 29, 2016 - edited

    I actually liked this a lot, I didn't have very high expectations when I started watching It... But It was alright, If you're thinking about watching It- you definitely should.

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    Pate Jun 25, 2016

    Alright, this is actually great.

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    Marooya May 11, 2016

    I finally watched and finished this :D
    The ending is so so cute!! Rom-com are best in J drama I really enjoy them ;)
    Ishihara Satomi is as cute as ever and Aguri Shun is as great as ever <33

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    mikucchan Apr 22, 2016 - edited

    Just finished episode 3 and all I'm feeling right now is HYUGA IS AN ASSHOLE. Does this get as good as what the reviews/ratings reeled me to? >:(

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      WinterGale May 4, 2016

      LOL my exact thought... I love Satomi so much but he's a total jerk!

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    Gee Apr 10, 2016 - edited

    is this worth watching?

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      igotc Apr 11, 2016

      definitely! worth to watch :)

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    Gyeouligago Mar 23, 2016 - edited

    Where can I watch this?

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      Chloe Apr 14, 2016

      You can watch it at kissasian.com (:

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    Serin Mar 21, 2016

    Female lead has really good acting skills and she is beautiful. But still... I think it was kinda waste of time for me. It was a cliche. And the chemistry wasn't the best. The couple is cute though.

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    Rigby Mar 14, 2016

    I absolutely loved this drama. Oguro
    Shun is such an endearing actor that plays his part very well. This is witty, fast paced, inspiring light romance drama. I just loved the two leads! I enjoyed and i was entertained! Two thumbs up!

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    11
  • Aired:

    Jul 9, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Monday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    46 min.

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  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 7,963 users)
  • Ranked:

    #433
  • Popularity:

    #264

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