Priceless (2012)

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Originally a mid-level manager with a promising future in a big corporation, the life of this elite employee changes dramatically one day. Having attracted the attention of his superiors for some reason, he is framed for a crime which he knows nothing of and forced out of the workplace. Even after that, he is assailed by a series of surprises and in one day, he loses his house, wealth and handphone until read morehe is without a cent to his name. At his wits end, he comes to a park where he encounters two children. Learning from them how to survive even if he does not have money, he somehow weathers this crisis and discovers the truly important and priceless things in life.

  • Native title:

    PRICELESS ~あるわけねぇだろ,んなもん!~
  • Also Known as:

    PRICELESS ~Aru Wake Nedaro,n namon!~ ; PRICELESS ~There's no such thing!~

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Mar 29, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
What made me decide to watch this is its title itself and when I saw that it's a light drama then I decided to watch it. I can't stand too serious heavy dramas especially long ones since it will make me feel bored. After watching this drama, I can really say that it's totally worth it! It's an entertaining drama with a lesson. It teaches you about the 'priceless' things in life read more but at the same time it's not too preachy to the point that it's irritating and that's what I love about this drama. It touches hearts but at the same time entertaining enough for you to stay and finish it.Of course, Kimura Takuya's acting here is superb and I do love Karina here as well. The rest of the actors did great even the villains. The story and character development is just fine for me and I will definitely watch this drama again whether alone or with groups of people. A realistic drama that's worth your time!:)
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Jan 15, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This dramas message really is PRICELESS. I enjoyed every hour of it. Though the story isn't that original - underdog story of a man who finds joy in the priceless items of this world, like friendship, loyalty or a rent for 500 yen - it's perfect in it's execution and pace. It give's you a warm and cuddly feeling every episode because it's strongest point is the light hearted relationship between the read more characters. And there is one theme I really love - different people that form a family by going through hardship and adventures. I remembered how awesome japanese are at forming friendship bonds and this drama does it in a really cute way. A MUST for every Kimura Takuya fan who loves chemistry (I do).

Story 9/10 - Because I think it's not a new story and I still did not see the ending I give it a 9. But certainly it is easy to watch for a full hour, well paced and with an awesome message behind it. The japanese like their stable jobs and a little while back it was normal that a company would employ people for their lifetime. But since recessions struck this country hard "restructuring" became a synonym for angst. Kimura playing a homeless guy with a bright personality might give people hope to not give up completely after falling into poverty (people over there tend to do stuff like suicide). It's a story that gives hope through trust and friendship - still an all-time favorite. Throughout the series there is always the same question coming up - do we value what we have? Didn't money, greed and comfort zones destroy our joy in the simple and priceless things of life? You can checkout yourself - how much are you able to handle? When do you surrender to selfishness?

Acting 10/10 - well what should I say? It's Kimutaku. That guy is a natural at comedy. The rest of the cast is just as awesome with Karina (Nikaido) and Nikai Kiichi (Moai) or Fujiki Naohito (president of miracle electronics). Can't find any miscast - all are really great at what they are doing.

Music 9/10 - Who doesn't like the rolling stones? Come on^^ I jumped through my room when that came in the ending. again. and again. Well the rest is not that special (sounds like a pirate movie) but totally solid stuff.

I would watch it again. Really. And Overall - 9/10 - really a great drama.
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I think they are the same story with some changes the japanese version was very good and fun to watch
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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!
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    lindalinda Jan 31, 2017

    It's very fun drama and very interesting. The meaningful messages it gives truly touched my heart. The three main character relationship which give a hint of love never really favor their friendship and I liked that. The story itself isn't deep, but it got nice development and I like Nakai Kiichi here, he was really encouraging, and he's perfect for that role.

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    usagi Dec 11, 2016

    Never has a thermos been so captivating. I don't think I stopped smiling through most of this drama!

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    sanasoufi Oct 4, 2016 - edited

    It was okay. Fresh unique story, good acting, it's just those thermos made me yawn. Still highly recommended: 8 out of 10. I might have appreciated it more if I wasn't desperate to start other Korean dramas like K2 and Shopping King Louie.

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    desertbanshee Feb 6, 2016

    I loved this drama, so charming, funny, and Kimutaku was fabulous (as always). However, I didn't agree with how they wrapped things up, I thought it should have ended differently. All in all well worth watching.

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    Yojijukugo Jun 13, 2015

    Great stuff. Kimutaka & Karina leading, who could ask for more? Don't expect anything deep and meaningful but I enjoyed every minute :p

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    Klimari Mar 7, 2015

    I skipped many times through the show, but it was amusing enough to watch it whole in one take. So, simple and predictable, but very light and funny.

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    kurimeu Sep 12, 2013

    Just love this drama so freaking much, I think I'll watch the last 5 episodes in one go.

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    Raincat Apr 13, 2013

    I hope they make second season, now with tinybit more romance in it. Ending was kinda open, so there is room for it.What would be next priceless things what this guy finds?

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      Raincat Apr 13, 2013

      its just not "your cup of tea" but it isnt boring :D

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    sakuraKhey Mar 28, 2013

    Dropped it. Got bored of the plot...thermos, really?

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    aelybaby Feb 19, 2013
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    Raincat Feb 13, 2013

    There is news that Kimura Takuya won the "Best Male Leading Actor" from Television Drama Academy Awards for his role of Kindaichi Fumio in PRICELE$S (2012)

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    Kawaikochan Jan 27, 2013

    Looks like I'm in the minority, but I disliked the end the most. However, it's still a good drama and worth your time :)

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      MoonLight Jan 29, 2013

      I agree, I didn't quite like the ending but still, the drama was good.

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    MonikaB Jan 24, 2013

    This was a wonderful 'feel good' drama! Loved the story and the interaction between the characters. I definitely had a smile on my face at the ending.

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    sambart Jan 24, 2013

    This dorama is SO good! Great actors, great story, great fun! xD


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    Oct 22, 2012 to Dec 24, 2012
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    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    54 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 1,070 users)
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