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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RouteVenus
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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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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Starae
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Nov 2, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
The title of this really made me not want to watch it at all, but I figured I would give it a shot since so many people gave it good ratings.

Do I regret it? Not really. Could I have survived without watching it? Yea, probably.

Nothing really stood out to me in this show and even though it wasn't your typical "rich man meets poor helpless girl" story, it just didn't read more really pull me in like others have. I felt that there was an unnecessary relationship in the beginning of the show that could have been left out and it really bothered me. It really had no place in the overall story.

The romance took too long to progress in my opinion, and when it did, it was very typical. If you've watched a lot of romance dramas you would know, and it really does get old when they all end in similar ways, using the same methods.

Overall, it was cute, the lead female is great actress, and the music wasn't bad either, but this just isn't one of those rare gems for me. You can read through the reviews and decide for yourself whether to watch it or not, but if you skip it, you won't really be missing out too much.
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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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    KatieFoo Apr 4, 2015

    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
    Reveal Spoiler »
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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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      Amoraile 9 days ago

      Ikr! First drama I ever saw, so now, even still after all these years and dramas, I usually think Hanazawa Rui, not Oguri Shun. 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 9, 2014

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

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 5,923 users)
  • Ranked:

    #256
  • Popularity:

    #196

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