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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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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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.

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.

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).


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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Ishihara Satomi plays the main female role in both dramas. the plots are quite different, but if you enjoyed the chemistry between Yamapi and Ishihara, you will enjoy the chemistry between her and Oguri Shun.
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Both involves the rich and the poor... but it's not just about being rich or poor, it's also about the choices people (the characters) make and weather the outcome will be a good one that makes them happy, or a bad one that makes them suffer.
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    DaemonSaDia 9 days ago

    A very nice drama except that the writers don't seem to have any understanding of how the business world actually works. That part of the the drama is very two dimensional and distractingly unrealistic. When that aspect wasn't annoying me, I found it very enjoyable.

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    JJkunLL 10 days ago
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    AliceStone 23 days ago

    I really like this drama! The tech is good and I get the feeling that there isn't another drama like this with the same kind of atmosphere though the plot is quite common.

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    dore430 Jan 5, 2016

    This is the first time I've watched a drama without knowing absolutely how I felt about it when it was over ... Weird feeling! All of the actors portrayed their characters really well, and the chemistry between the two lead actors was simply amazing. I smiled a lot, and there were times I cried. Somehow, I felt that the ending left me wondering and wanting more... There was more that I liked about it than I didn't like, though ... Check it out. Hopefully, you won't be left feeling the way I did ...

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    caterpower Jan 3, 2016 - edited

    Where is everybody watching this?! I can't find it anywhere

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    mica28 Dec 5, 2015

    Loved the sound track of this drama! <33333333

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    aja Dec 4, 2015

    Simply Amazing... At first I drop this drama and Im happy that I tried to watch it again and I didn't regret

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    AmyLovesDramas Nov 27, 2015

    I thought that this was really good! <3 At first, I didn't want to watch it because the plot didn't seem too interesting to me, but I decided to finally give it a try! It was so popular, so I was like "why not?" I did not regret it! I totally love Shun Oguri and Ishihara Satomi's chemistry! They're so cute! <3 9/10 for me!

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    NuoviAdeline Nov 19, 2015

    Love Love this! What I like most is the character's development through the whole series. (I love OGURI SHUN too, haha!)

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    Blademan2 Oct 22, 2015 - edited

    This is just another trashy despicable triangle story written by a writer with no integrity, or morals, and is a very selfish and obsessive person, if I can call him/her that.

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    Kikka Aug 21, 2015

    Finished! XD I was really reluctant to watch this drama but finally after I decided to watch it, I loved it!! ^_^ Now off to see the special! XD

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    AnaK24 Jul 24, 2015

    Finished watching for the 3th time and I repeat, one of the best jdramas ever. Talks about friendship, faith, love, family issues, talent... and the bromance gets me everytime. Ishihara did great, I can really feel her emotions, her passion. And you wont see such a great cast working together so soon. Believe me.

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    Kachiiing Jun 30, 2015 - edited

    I wonder if people liked this drama because it had Oguri Shun in it, or because the drama was groundbreaking. For me, it was neither.

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    KatieFoo Apr 4, 2015

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

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    CaliGirl712 Feb 11, 2015 - edited

    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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      dore430 Jan 5, 2016

      I totally agree!! Besides being so handsome, he's an amazing actor. To pull off his character in this drama took an exceptional talent! Can't wait to watch something else he's been in...


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    Jul 9, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
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    Fuji TV
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    46 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 6,667 users)
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