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 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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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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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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Ishihara Satomi stars in both. The plots are completely different, but both are good love stories that also touch on other subjects.
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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

    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

    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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      AnaK24 Jul 24, 2015

      Thats because he was sort of a disturbed genious with family issues, and Natsui wasnt stupid. She stands for herself several times. Shes just too emotional and impulsive. Thats all, but I respect your opinion if u didnt like the drama. You can always drop and watch another one. I felt that way about Itazura na Kiss.

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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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      hoshitaiga Jun 24, 2015

      Ishihara in this series very much reminded me of Lee Minjung though. And I love them both. <3

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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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      Valier Aug 2, 2015

      I didn't want to rewatch it just to check, but I guess they are talking in yen and not in dollar :)

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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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      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 forevarr! Lol.

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      Amoraile May 16, 2015

      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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    Jul 9, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
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    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    46 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 6,310 users)
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