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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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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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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Both dramas about a big boss and his emploee.
The boss is also rich and hides his emotions.
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Rich arrogant guy who always gets his way vs. Headstrong stubborn common woman who stands up for herself. Both are good romantic stories and both have really handsome lead actors (RMPW - Shun Oguri and HapiMari- Dean Fujioka!!)
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    OnigiriBunnie 10 days ago - edited
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    Jessica Jun 8, 2017

    Simply Loved it !!!

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    MargaritaMargol May 14, 2017

    I'd like to see season 2

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    syana Apr 30, 2017

    i decided to watch it bc of the reviews which made me expect alot but as i watched the story the plot is quite horrible, i came for the romance but nah. ep.5 i decided to dropped it bc theres no reason for me to keep going.
    as i read those reviews who didn't give high ratings, i agree to them bc it's true.
    but it's all up to you if you'll or not bc we all have different taste when it comes to drama.

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    YueofBlueGables Apr 26, 2017

    the cast is good. The match between Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi is nice. I like that both of them are black-haired, and that he is so much taller than her (she is no midget). Everybody was good, I can't complain. My favorite maybe me Aibu Saki (Yoko) but that's only because her character was nice, and likeable while being the rival.

    As for the romance, awful. Terrible. The same kind that happens in HYD, only that Makoto is not strong nor has any personality as Makino has. Tohru is such a jerk with her! Treats her like an inferior, mocks her constantly, belittles her career, her ability in other stuffs. Thinks of her as "idiot" only because she can't find any job and because she is not the genius he is. Still, she likes him since Day 1. Why? I can't see any redeemable quality about him except maybe for the last episodes.

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    KimsaAbe Apr 4, 2017 - edited

    Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi --- Love the chemistry and Love them both..
    GORGEOUS Couple!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    Shilpa Potdar Apr 1, 2017

    Finally completed...this drama was just amazing...Shun oguri nailed it...sugoi performance :-) loved the ending #happy :-)

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    Jessica Mar 21, 2017 - edited

    Love Oguri Shun!! Love this acting, in this drama.

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      Ellie Mar 28, 2017

      which site did you find this drama on to watch!?! i can only find the movie specials

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    blue-y Mar 5, 2017 - edited

    Marathon-ed all 11 episodes within a day~! XD Just wish there were more romantic scenes XD

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      Ellie Mar 28, 2017


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    Maya Feb 24, 2017 - edited

    this series kept me hanging with each episode. i really love this drama.. please make a season 2...

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      Ellie Mar 28, 2017

      there is a 2 hour movie called rich man poor woman in newyork. but where did u watch this series?

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    jagasthesecond Jan 21, 2017 - edited

    can't get enough of the theme song, Hikari e by miwa! <3

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    MargaritaMargol Dec 24, 2016

    I hope I will watch 2nd season someday.

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    kiririn Dec 21, 2016 - edited

    No offense to anyone. I am just really curious. I had high expectation before starting this drama because of its great review, and I watched all the way up to episode 4. However, I have yet to seen what makes this drama really great as many people said. I found the actors/actress to be amazing and fun to watch, but I somehow feel that the story is lacking. It is hard to pinpoint it, but I think it has to do with me not understanding what is going on in most of the characters' head. I don't really understand Hyuga's character. He seems all about innovation and doing things that are interesting, but he seems awfully close-minded a lot of the times, shutting down ideas and people really quickly. This next part might be a spoiler for some people. I was really confused by Natsui in this first 4 episodes. I thought she might have had something planned because she obviously knew Hyuga before, but there doesn't seem to be anything to it. So, my question is, is the only reason Natsui tried to get attention from Hyuga in the first episode is because she felt guilty for not telling him what she knew about his mother long time ago. And, another question is that Natsui seems like she is attracted to Hyuga in ep 4, but I still don't see any reasons why she would be???? I went through the first 4 eps really quickly, but the only thing I saw was the scene when Hyuga went to Toudai to return her shoes and rehire her. However, that reasoning sounds so weak as it is the shoes he should have returned anyway. Also, Natsui's focus which used to be overwhelmingly to find job seem to be shifted away in favor of "being useful" to Hyuga. I can't say I am not disappointed by that, but I could understand as it is an Asian drama. But, if anyone knows a different reason for the shift of attention, that would be great. I thought it was somewhere along the line of the fact that she got accepted in an interview that she constantly failed by just working a bit for Hyuga and she could have thought that he changed her for better, but I have yet to find "how" she became better which allowed her to pass an interview and "how" Hyuga took part in that character development.

    I really want to enjoy this drama, but I am having hard time understanding it. I hope someone can help me doing so. Also, considering what I thought about the drama, should i keep watching?? Is it going to get better toward the end?

    Thank you everyone who spent time reading my questions, and extra thanks to anyone who answer!!

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      usagi Jan 24, 2017 - edited

      I had high expectations too because of the gushy reviews and because the cast had quite a few actors I usually enjoy. I'm glad many people think this is awesome, but as far as all the j-dramas of this genre I've seen, this is a serious meh.

      The idea is great, but aside from the interesting setting and a few of the relationship dynamics, the writing is really weak, and the characters, who had lots of potential, are never really developed. Oguri Shun does all he can to make his erratic character compelling, but even so most of them feel more and more flat as you go on, and the motivations aren't very believable. This is definitely the worst I've seen Aibu Saki, Ishihara Satomi, and Iura Arata, who are quite good actors, but didn't have much to work with. Other capable actors probably just brought in for their names had basically pointless roles. Seemed like a huge waste of talent to me.

      You are spot on with your questions. I'll try to answer without spoilers (athough there are few surprises in the story!). The whole thing in the beginning with Natsui knowing Hyuga's mom and feeling guilty for not telling him has nothing interesting behind it and never pans out into anything remotely compelling plotwise or thematically as it could have. Her attraction for him from beginning to end is totally based on starry-eyed admiration, thinking he's cool/handsome and wanting to be the person to change him. The shift in her motivations has nothing to do with this being an Asian drama. Her character begins as an aimless university chick, and her self-esteem low, and so as she has a huge crush on Hyuga and also starts to feel needed by him, he becomes her first defining drive.

      Hope this helps. You weren't missing anything, or misunderstanding anything; other people who gave it super high ratings just have different expectations/taste, so no need to apologize for not gushing about it! The drama was just weak writing, and all your questions point out many of the missing factors. For anyone else who is on the fence about this one, there are many other far better j-dramas of this genre--this should by no means be representative.

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      kiririn Feb 15, 2017

      Thanks so much usagi for answering! I am glad I am not missing anything too important. I have not gotten back to watching this drama, but I might one day. Hopefully, I can get back to it with fresh eyes!! Again thanks for replying!

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    Mighty_Brosia Nov 6, 2016 - edited

    Because of this drama, I began to switch in Jdramas for a while.. This is one of the old school romantic drama but still you will be touch in the story... This is a must watch drama. And I became a fan of Oguri Shun.. :) That smile... :)

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      hollywillow Nov 21, 2016

      Hi this is my first J-Drama too :D
      Do u have any good (rom-com) J-Drama? I become interested.

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      Mighty_Brosia Nov 21, 2016

      hello!! yup! you need to watch Nobununaga Concierto.. You will love that one!! :)

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      hollywillow Nov 22, 2016

      Ah it's Shun's another drama right? Is that romance?

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      Mighty_Brosia Nov 22, 2016

      yup kinda. but it focus in the history. but he was sooo funny. for me I appreciate shun as nobunaga. but both drama was great..

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    Meeiishal Oct 24, 2016

    Worth the watch. Oguri Shun has one of the greatest smiles I've ever seen!


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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 8,426 users)
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