Stand Up!!

Stand Up!! (2003)

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Four schoolboys find themselves the last virgins left at school. During the summer holidays, a girl they knew as children 11 years ago, moves back to the neighborhood. Despite their childhood attraction to her, they realize she is a mere shadow of the "princess" they all thought they knew. This story of summer - love, friendship, school, family, the hypocrisy of adults, complications of life, experience and failure is set in an read moreeveryday shopping district and shows the clumsiness of children who have developed a little later than their peers. It's a bright romantic comedy that both young and old can appreciate. --TBS

  • Native title:

    スタンドアップ!!
  • Also Known as:

    Sutando Appu!!;

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rad_lisette
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Jan 18, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
So STAND UP! is one of my favorite jdramas ever. So please pardon my gushy feelings in this review.

One, I loved the message that the drama brings to the table, which I elaborate on further below.
And Two, it was fun to see some leading jdrama actors (Oguri Shun, Narimiya Hiroki, Yamapi, and Nino) before they hit their height of popularity.

STORY-
The drama is about a group of 4 high read more school friends and all the crazy things that they get into in the process of losing their virginity.
They also reunite with their childhood friend Chie (Suzuki Anne), who seems to have her own reasons for coming back into their neighborhood.
The story is written well, with a perfect balance of comedy and touching moments between friends and family. The plot twists are interesting and I was quite invested in the characters. I usually hate love triangles with a passion, but this drama managed to do a believable and sweet love triangle that I actually connected with emotionally.
At its heart, STAND UP! is a coming of age drama with a focus on sex and friendship.

ACTING/CAST-
Great acting all across the board. Tons of character development and fun minor characters.
Nino really impressed me with his portrayal of Sho: he played insecure, naive, and adorkable very well
Also, Suzuki Anne took the Chie's character and made her into a sweet and endearing female lead.

MUSIC-
Pretty decent soundtrack featuring Arashi.


LAST THOUGHTS-
Though this is a teen sex comedy, there is a good amount of character development, so it's worthwhile to watch. There are also positive messages throughout the drama which reinforce that love is more better than sex. And not to fall into peer pressures. And that sex has consequences. And friends are awesome!

One of my favorite j dramas for its laughs and for its heart.
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amrita828
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Apr 9, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
The aptest adjective to describe this drama, in my opinion, is "surprising".



The plot is a surprise because it never goes in the direction one expected it to. Don't be fooled by an apparently superficial beginning: nothing in Stand Up!! is what it seems.



The cast is a surprise, because despite the very young age of the main leads, the acting is brilliant and gives the read more viewer a glimpse to the type of actors those young people would become.



The script is a surprise, as it deals with ordinary occurrences, teens fixations and the relationship between teens and adults in a sweet, mostly hilarious way.



You'll find yourself laughing out loud, giggling and, at times, remembering with a smile.
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Both really sweet older j-dramas about highschoolers dealing with friendship, first love, problems with adultsand their first sexual experiences. Very touching, funny and heartwarming.
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Ho Goos Love can be in some aspects related to Stand up. Both are great dramas that start as a comedies but end up being something much more than you have ever expected. From both you will learn that power of love and friendship can heal you from deep emotional scars. Stand Up is however about highschoolers while Ho Goos Love is about people in their 20s.
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    voodoomoocow 2 days ago

    This was the very first Jdrama I ever watched back in 2004. Holds fond memories but I'll need to rewatch it to give it a more accurate review

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    Kristal Mar 1, 2016

    I didn't like the direction the last two episodes took. I'm giving it a 6.5 because, all in all, it was a funny dorama about friendship and adolescence.

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    Animanga_fan Sep 30, 2015

    That was so funny! Very good! :D

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    FrancescaMaloku Sep 22, 2015

    Where can I find the english subs?

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    HAMEX Mar 8, 2015

    soooo funny... and the cast are my favorites,,,

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    sylwia Jan 3, 2015

    Kenken's mom ftw!

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    Earthquake Apr 17, 2014 - edited

    LOVED IT. yes the overall story isn't so exciting, but common Yamapi, Oguri Shun and Narimiya Hiroki, I say hotness overloaded >.< when there are scenes when it's not super funny (it is most of the time), then just focus on their hot faces ;D

    Also can we take a second to thank the stylist who put them into those sexy low cut tank tops,to add to that the many topless scenes...
    YES YES YES, that's all i can say xD

    If you like comedies then this is for you, if you want some deep dramatic story you better look elsewhere^^

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    lillith Jan 9, 2014

    I just finished this and I must say I absolutely LOVE it! I didn't even expected to like so much just by reading the synopsis. I'm surprised it has such an average-ish rating. It's really funny, it got me laughing from ep 1 through 11. And also, it deals with sex and puberty in a very mature but well-humored way. Plus there's a boat load of eye candy in this one :)
    Granted, Chie was a little bit boring, but I really think this drama deserves more love, people!

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    Meye Sep 12, 2013

    it was fun watching the stupid boys, but got annoyed at Chie's personality. made me mad.

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      GokaiGold Nov 9, 2013

      same here. indeed, they are stupid but really cute boys. can't believe that they are now grown up since 10 years ago! :D

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    bannie May 21, 2013

    it was quite disappointing. was recommended by people on mdl to pick it up because it was underrated. and was also intrigued by the strong casting and opportunity to see all of them in their early career. however, its early comedy slowly because predictable and even kinda lame. there was no plot and the substories were very uninteresting. the characters themselves were stale, with no characterization. furthermore, the female lead was very unattractive, especially physically but not just it. the fact that there was so little about her personality was itself a failure. this was quite a huge letdown. it was worth the gamble, but maybe i should have been a little more particular in selecting my dramas and heeded advice that might have been more appropriate.

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    MarksonLove Mar 21, 2013

    So, this is like a love rectangle.

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    Karolcia955 Feb 1, 2013

    I love almost the whole cast, but this drama was just... borring for me.<br />It's quite uniqe drama, but i can't reccomend it with a pure heart... <br />You have to see it yourself and judge according to your own feelings ... It seems to me that this drama will have many admirers because of the humor, which is very specific and is a major asset for which viewers still watching this drama and do not have the heart to leave it in the middle of watching ...<br /><br />6/10

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    athinyuni Jan 17, 2013

    i love this drama so much. so funny! especially their residential area committee. the parent try their best hard to save the children n show the right path of life eventhough their own path is not that decent.

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    samtrooper Jan 7, 2013

    i envy their friendship.. awesome drama full of love, laughs and forming bonds.

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    11
  • Aired:

    Jul 4, 2003 to Sep 12, 2003
  • Aired On:

    Friday
  • Network:

    TBS
  • Duration:

    45 min.

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    7.3 (scored by 2,465 users)
  • Ranked:

    #2507
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