Pride (2004)

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Halu (Kimura Takuya) is the captain and star player of an ice hockey team, who is greatly respected by his teammates. For him, hockey is serious business that fully occupies his mind, while he treats romance as if it were a game.
Aki (Takeuchi Yuko) is a typical OL (office lady), and is waiting for her boyfriend to return from studying architecture abroad. At this point in time however, he shows no read moresign of coming back. One day, Aki's friends who are determined to find her a new boyfriend, invite her to watch an ice hockey game. There she sees Halu for the first time.
After the game, Aki and her friends join the players for a party celebrating their victory. Aki, however, is not so excited to be there. When she leaves the party, she bumps into Halu, who was slightly injured from a fight. They exchange e-mail addresses and part.
The sparks of mutual attraction are ignited in a second encounter between Aki and Halu, arranged with the help of her friends shortly after a party.
Hyodo (Sato Koichi) has come as a replacement for the team's coach who has been hospitalized. Halu has a lot of respect for the hospitalized coach. Unfortunately, he can't stand Hyodo's way of doing things. Bringing with him a lot of coaching experience from overseas, Hyodo criticizes the former coach's strategies. Whenever Halu and Hyodo see each other, they get into a quarrel; consequently influencing Halu's behavior during games.
Seeing that his game ended in a brawl, Aki visits Halu to comfort him. But he tells her that she is being too friendly with him.
Aki is hurt, Halu is irritated, and his teammate Hotta (Sakaguchi Kenji) can't stand seeing Halu like this...

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Jan 6, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Pride is yet another Jdorama that really scores! (pun intended, Sorry!) As I was going through the different rating points I tried to be more critical; does every point really deserve a 10? And I had to say yes for every one.

Like Rita, I found this drama lovely to watch and well worth my time every single episode. Unlike Rita I am actually a fan of Hockey. I grew up in read more a Hockey family. My father coached and my brothers both played hockey and in turn now coach their sons. Never once did I feel the action on the ice was fake or poorly executed. The team spirit and pride of the players was also something the writer and actors captured quite nicely.

The story and plot played out in time with the 11 episodes and I never felt bored or as if the plot was dragging. The writer really captured the feeling of the players, their motivations, dreams and fears. I have to wonder if he/she was either a player or came from a hockey family. If not...I'd be surprised.

Kimura Takuya and Takeuchi Yoko had amazing chemistry together and more importantly, with the rest of the cast. Kimura Takuya as Haru was particularly good. He was so natural as confident in his role that I might have trouble seeing him as anyone else. The love story between Haru and Aki is wonderful! They were what most people aspire to in a love match; comfortable with each other with a friendship that comes easy and a necessary undercurrent of passion. Lovely!!

The soundtrack is by Queen. One of my favorite bands when I was a kid. The tried and true anthem We Are The Champions was only one obvious fit for a sports driven drama. A lot of their other songs "I Was Born To Love You" spoke perfectly to, not only Haru's love for the game of Hockey but also his love for Aki.

My re-watch value is a 10 because I would enthusiastically watch this drama again. It is fun and such an easy, entertaining story. 11 episodes long and does not drag. If you don't like watching sports dramas I promise you this one is a perfect blend of the right elements. This is about the characters and the love story set within the world of Hockey.

I recommend this drama very highly. So much fun to watch!
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Jul 30, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
One of my all-time favourites. And the nth sign that Kimura Takuya is not the star he is for nothing.

I hate hockey, therefore I was very hesitant before starting it, a good two years ago. But I soon realized that this particular sport was a narrative necessity, being a rude, violent one, but played by people with a lot of heart.

Pride is a sweet love story, between a man whose read more name means Spring and a woman who's called Autumn. They are totally different in almost everything, to the point they become complementary and fit into each other's life like two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. He has his way of pulling her out of her shell, and she has her own at showing real strength is not the physical one.
They are a pleasure to watch together. As I said before, Kimura does not disappoint, he's a great actor who knows how to charm the audience. I'm very partial to Yuko Takeuchi, I can't help being completely captured by her voice, her elegance and blend of ingenuity and wisdom.
Aki and Haru - Autumn and Spring - are one of my favourite drama couples, with tons of sparks crackling between them whenever they are on screen together.

The music doesn't need a review. The entire OST is by the Queen. Like them or not, they have been one of the greatest rock bands in history. And they fit the drama to a T.

I have already watched Pride twice and a third view is definitely in my plans, therefore I'm ready to give it a very high re-watch value and recommend this show to everyone.
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Even though Pride is a bit darker and more serious, these two dramas both have a male lead dedicated to sports, who fall in love with a woman who is hard to reach. I would recommend Pride for those who were hoping for a more worked out love story. It is also aimed at an older audience.

(P.s Pride also has a Johnny's lead) :P
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You like Buzzer Beat? Well, let me show you the best romance/sport jdorama: Pride :)

Pride is a classic and halu-aki onscreen couple chemistry is arguably the best ever in jdorama world.
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    Sara si 1 day ago
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    AadharGupta 9 days ago

    BEST sports drama. Amazing performance by Kimura Takuya.

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    GraceLee 12 days ago

    I'm going to re-watch this lol

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    GraceLee 12 days ago

    Oh my goodness!!! I'm so in love with this drama. Glad I watched it. Now my favorite

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    Jessica Mar 21, 2017

    Love "Pride"! Takeuchi Yuko is Gorgeous!! Kimura Takuya is handsome!!

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    anastassia Mar 6, 2017

    easily fav. the romance were intense.

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    Shizuka Feb 26, 2017

    Love this drama. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    btrue2u Jan 29, 2017

    This was just waaaay toooo cuuuute!

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    Andie Jan 9, 2017 - edited

    There were many things I disliked about this drama, especially when it comes to Aki's character and how passive she was, but the main couple's chemistry and the friendship between the team made it worth the ride for me. Not one of my favorite j dramas though.

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    WhiteGoldMVs1 Nov 14, 2016

    give me another jdrama like this one plsssss <3

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    rainruma Oct 9, 2016 - edited

    Very, very good....
    The characters are well-developed, they are also real and lovable .... scenes and script allow for emotions to run deep...... Very good chemistry ..... Wonderful friendships .....

    Contrary to some comments below, I found the female character likable and reasonable, w/ logical motivation behind her actions.
    ..... Best acting I've seen from KimuTaku so far. .....

    Some cliches, but done very well, w/ realistic emotions and motivations!
    Ex: Haru is a typical tragic hero w/ a painful past who only needs love to melt his cold exterior...Cliche!....
    BUT, Haru is also surprisingly honest about his insecurities ... very refreshing!.... which makes me connect w/ him and makes him more 3-dimensional and real, not cliche!

    Rare for a J-dorama to appeal so much to the heart... This show entices many feels ... mainly because I could feel and believe Haru's love and growing attachment to her!

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    101Rubellite Oct 3, 2016

    simply Brilliant! Halu x Aki = <3

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    Ruby Sep 22, 2016 - edited

    oh boy.. i started watching this really late at night... I thought id watch one episode of something before i went to bed. HUGE mistake...

    Its now almost 2 am... and i can't stop watching!!! Easily becoming one of my favourites and i don't even like hockey!!

    Who needs sleep anyway?

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      intimewithyou Feb 21, 2017

      I feel your pain! 4 a.m. currently and I don't want to stop watching it :[

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    NHK95 Apr 19, 2016

    the two leads make such a sweet couple and their friendship is very kindred. nothing much happens but it deals with a lot of history and baggage that they all carry which actually made it interesting for me. i like how is delves into the history of his teammates and how they rely on one another one another overcome their problems and fears.

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    desertbanshee Feb 4, 2016 - edited

    It was alright, gets better near the end, and of course, KimuTaku is worth watching in anything.

    I didn't rate it very high because there is no real character growth for the female lead, the chemistry is alright, she just stays so passive it's annoying.


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    Jan 12, 2004 to Mar 22, 2004
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    Fuji TV
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    45 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 2,388 users)
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