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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If you like fun, exciting, action and history, then this movie is for you. I do recommend this movie is quite full with history and action. Shun Oguri is quite talented in acting and making his role come alive. And to add up the spark, we have Kou Shibasaki, a lovely actress. And a Japanese-Amercian, Kiko Mizuhara. She is really born in U.S. and his father is Japanese and her mother is American.
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The male lead are both CEO of an IT company and both ocd yet gentle and caring to their employee. The female heroine are the same in a way of pursuing the boss. Both dramas are funny, romantic with good amount of drama.
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    Meye Jul 14, 2016

    Oh my god!!! This is seriously awesome. I've been putting it off for sometime, but now i regret that. I loved this drama and every bit of it. gave it a 10. enjoyed each moments of those 11hours! <3

    I wanna say more great things about this drama but cannot find the words. Now I am reminiscing how great this drama was! <3 and how hot Oguri Shun was ^_^

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    Elli Jun 29, 2016 - edited

    I actually liked this a lot, I didn't have very high expectations when I started watching It... But It was alright, If you're thinking about watching It- you definitely should.

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    Pate Jun 25, 2016

    Alright, this is actually great.

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    Marooya May 11, 2016

    I finally watched and finished this :D
    The ending is so so cute!! Rom-com are best in J drama I really enjoy them ;)
    Ishihara Satomi is as cute as ever and Aguri Shun is as great as ever <33

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    mikucchan Apr 22, 2016 - edited

    Just finished episode 3 and all I'm feeling right now is HYUGA IS AN ASSHOLE. Does this get as good as what the reviews/ratings reeled me to? >:(

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      WinterGale May 4, 2016

      LOL my exact thought... I love Satomi so much but he's a total jerk!

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    Gee Apr 10, 2016 - edited

    is this worth watching?

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      igotc Apr 11, 2016

      definitely! worth to watch :)

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    Gyeouligago Mar 23, 2016 - edited

    Where can I watch this?

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      Chloe Apr 14, 2016

      You can watch it at (:

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    Serin Mar 21, 2016

    Female lead has really good acting skills and she is beautiful. But still... I think it was kinda waste of time for me. It was a cliche. And the chemistry wasn't the best. The couple is cute though.

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    Rigby Mar 14, 2016

    I absolutely loved this drama. Oguro
    Shun is such an endearing actor that plays his part very well. This is witty, fast paced, inspiring light romance drama. I just loved the two leads! I enjoyed and i was entertained! Two thumbs up!

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    Fortuna Mar 4, 2016

    Enjoyable, quirky, and cute. Adorable lead and chemistry~.

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    NesrineTao Feb 6, 2016
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    DaemonSaDia Jan 27, 2016

    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 Jan 26, 2016
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    AliceStone Jan 13, 2016

    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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    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 7,433 users)
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