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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May 28, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
At first I didn't want to watch this drama because I thought it would be too boring or cliche but I am so glad I did. This drama's story line is interesting and unique totally underrated by its title. The characters and relationships are interesting to watch develop. The romance in this drama is not what you would usually expect but somehow you still find yourself fangirling at the cuteness. I read more was surprised and completely fell in love with the story. Of course it isn't perfect and at times you can feel quite lost or like me in the beginning wasn't quite sure of it but the story is great.

Of course a drama wouldn't be complete with great acting to carry the story and I thing the cast did a great job. Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi are two actors which I have seen before and so I was expecting them to be great which I think they were. Oguri Shun I thought fitted his quite different character very well and I don't think anyone could have played it quite like him. Together I thought their chemistry was excellent and they had something which I just can't explain.

I gave a music a 10 because I LOVED their OST's and introduced me to one of my favourite Japanese female artists- miwa. I constantly listen to the songs in Rich Man Poor Woman and unlike many dramas the music used really stuck to you and imprinted onto the drama. As well as the miwa songs, the rest of the music was really well used and distinct tot the theme of the drama.

Basically I love Rich Man Poor Woman and do recommend it
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Dec 10, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
For me Rich Man, Poor Woman, before the 6th or 7th episode, threaded a very thin line between ‘drop or keep’. The drama was so slow to build it almost lost me, the hero was not human (as the Koreans like to say) and the heroine, though cute and well-meaning, got on my nerves with her over-the-top deferential behaviour toward a guy who was an obnoxious brute for most of the show. read more Yeah, I get that he's the big man on campus, and everyone's expected to kiss his (very fine) behind, but still ... I wanted to punch him every time he went off the rails at his innocent employees.

With corporate espionage, insider trading and other back stabbings, the story picked up tremendously in the second act. By episode 8 I was finally invested. Valuable life lessons were learnt (by both us and our leads). Our prodigious but arrogant hero grew as a person and as a businessman, and it was hard not to like him then. You come to realize that under that gruff exterior he wasn't such a bastard after all.

The acting was convincing, perhaps a tad overdone by our heroine, but she had some mad on-screen chemistry with the hero. They reminded you of an old married couple who loves to bicker and swear at each other, but feels lost when their beloved isn't around. Very cute. And although a bit juvenile and silly at times the actress did a good job of portraying the adorable klutz next to the hero's gruff, cantankerous persona. She may also come across as somewhat of a pushover, but it was, for the most part, a very effective front she used to manage Hyuga. After all, you catch more bees with honey than vinegar, don't you? I wished more time was dedicated to developing their love story, but unfortunately this was sidelined to accommodate other characters and purposes of the plot.

I felt the role of the second female lead, Yoko, was redundant. A perfectly decent character she was, but she served no true purpose whatsoever. I’m pretty convinced the drama could have gone on just as easily, and more effectively, without her. Why are Asians so obsessed with these blasted love triangles I don't know. It gets really old really fast and has no real dramatic effect if all second leads do is confirm the attractiveness of our lead male/female. Give them a more substantial purpose or leave them out entirely.

I did not care for Asahina. I wanted the resolution of his story arc to be completely different. Without giving anything away, here's why: I understood his feelings very well & even sympathized with him to a point, but his actions toward someone who was essentially like a brother to him were despicable, vicious and totally unforgivable. Therefore, to my way of thinking you don't give people like that a second chance to wedge the knife deeper into your back.

Anyway, if you’re into technology and the machinations of the business world (with a smattering of romance), you’ll likely enjoy this series. This was like The Social Network adapted for the small screen. I wanted more from it, but in the end what we got was okay, I guess.
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    amo0on08 1 day ago

    i'm re watching this drama <333

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    Gaijin_ 6 days ago
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    CatherineDuhGr8 9 days ago

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

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      needs 1 day ago

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

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      ishaa 25 days ago

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

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      Kagura 24 days ago

      I know right?!? Hanazawa Rui stays with 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!!!

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    amo0on08 Jun 8, 2014

    Great Drama, i love the actors , oguri san so Cute <33333
    we want seasson 2 T~T

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    uppsid May 31, 2014

    Wow, I'm so glad I finally watched this! Oguri Shun proved to me once again that he's a brilliant actor ^_^ The title sure scared me away for a while tho lol :D

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    Sweety-Face Apr 19, 2014

    l dont like the serie at all,

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    vanillasalt Mar 26, 2014

    I really hope they add a second season :( they probably won't, but a girl can dream i suppose. lol

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    darkn3ss Mar 11, 2014

    I thought they say that this was getting a season two did they change their mind?

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    AnaK24 Feb 28, 2014

    I enjoyed every bit of it. This is fun, lovely, true feelings about love and friendship. I love the bromance and Hyuga's eccentric character. Truly amazing.

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    AnaK24 Feb 24, 2014
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    AnaK24 Feb 22, 2014

    Wow! What a great surprise. Really good drama. Im happy I started :DD

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    Surprise-Lobotomy Feb 11, 2014

    I really love this OST


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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 5,194 users)
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