Rich Man, Poor Woman

Rich Man, Poor Woman (2012)

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29-year-old Toru Hyuga (Oguri Shun) 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 (Ishihara Satomi) attends a job fair and by an unexpected occurrence begins to work for Toru Hyuga. Sawaki Chihiro read moresoon realizes that Toru Hyuga isn't so bad. There's pureness in him and also a good deal of loneliness. She then begins to have feelings for him.

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Squibbles
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Jul 1, 2014
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
After watching this drama I understand why this was one of the most popular Japanese dramas of 2012. Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi were pitch perfect in their roles. In fact, I felt the lead actors were so commanding in their roles that everything else paled in comparison. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the other characters. I wasn't even really into the storyline either. However I kept watching read more because I found the two lead characters interesting so I kept watching because I wanted to find out what was going to happen to them. The chemistry between the two leads was amazing too!

I also really liked the music used in this drama, I felt it matched the drama completely.

Overall, although Rich Man, Poor Woman is a very good drama I would not classify it as a must-see.
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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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Whatching this drama I kept being reminded of Priceless all the time. Rich man is a lot more romance-y, but both these titles are about passionate and talented bussinessmen who end up having to rebuild their companies. Priceless is also very interesting, well written and extremely funny and enjoyable. A definitive must watch for all Jdrama lovers out there!
Recommended by lillith
Both are romantic comedies revolving around an ordinary girl who has been job seeking for a while, being employed by a rich man with an arrogant personality and poor social skills, and even though they dislike each other at first, they soon fall in love.
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    Clevername03 13 days ago

    If you like watching a kind, smart, hardworking woman get constantly insulted and belittled by a rich asshole then you will like this show! Personally I find it pretty unbearable to watch a girl fall deeper and deeper in love with a man that treats her like garbage.

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    KatieFoo 16 days ago

    do you guys know where i can watch/download this in 720p

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    CaliGirl712 Feb 11, 2015

    Oguri Shun took a complicated, eccentric, brilliant character and made him human and even likeable. Props to him for great acting! I liked this show and now want to see other work he's done.

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    aamna Dec 22, 2014

    the heroine was stupid and a doormat. the hero spent whole of the drama wiping boots on her. i still can't make out any sense of their romance

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      TTGL Mar 19, 2015

      I agree. He walked all over her the entire show and somehow it's justifiable for her. No self respect at all.

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    shambles Dec 14, 2014

    Loved this...That the only thing I can say! And Oguri Shun looked absolutely gorgeous!!

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    jagasthesecond Dec 6, 2014

    love the theme song by Miwa. Great acting! Oguri Shun is so hot! Ishihara looks so cute here! and she kind of looks like a Korean girl here haha.

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      JDRAMAFAN Dec 20, 2014

      She did not look like a Korean girl,but I respect your opinion,still it was a great drama

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    Aida85 Oct 22, 2014

    I rewatched it again <3

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    jxsilicon9 Oct 17, 2014

    So did he ever find his mom?

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      Sheng Her Dec 11, 2014
      Reveal Spoiler »
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    Dez-uh-re Sep 28, 2014

    Does anyone know where I can watch all jdrama's including this one online with english subs??

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    amo0on08 Aug 26, 2014

    i'm re watching this drama <333

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    Gaijin_ Aug 21, 2014
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    CatherineDuhGr8 Aug 19, 2014

    Where can I watch this please? ( # ^ . ^ # ) *

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      needs Aug 26, 2014

      I'm watching this drama on #dramania it a online app just have to download it

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      Valier Oct 6, 2014

      gooddrama dot net
      should have it :)

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    Kagura Jul 15, 2014

    HAAAAA. NAAA. ZZZZZAAA. WAAAA. RUUUUUII.

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      ishaa Aug 2, 2014

      omgg! i loved him thereeeee XD i can never forget that name LOL

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      Kagura Aug 3, 2014

      I know right?!? Hanazawa Rui stays with you..like forevarr! Lol.

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    arbutus Jul 9, 2014

    Great acting and I love the element of technology in this one! Unfortunately, I was expecting more humor, but on the flip side, there were some very promising sweet and romantic moments! I enjoyed it, but it wasnt what I was looking for!

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    iamsarah Jun 11, 2014

    i love love love this awesome dramas with its awesome actors!!!

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    11
  • Aired:

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

    Monday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    46 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 5,842 users)
  • Ranked:

    #255
  • Popularity:

    #185

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