LIFE (2007)

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Ayumu passes an entrance exam of a high school with help of Yuko, her best friend, but Yuko fails and blames Ayumu for her failure. Broken heart from the broken friendship, Ayumu shuts her up and gives up making new friends in high school. But Manami, the most popular girl in her class, is more than happy to accept her as her friend, so she starts to enjoy her new life. But read morewhen Manami misunderstands that Ayumu is trying to steal her boyfriend, her insidious bullying to Ayumu begins. With nobody to turn to as her mother concerns more about her weak brother, and her teacher has her own problem, she is pushed to the limit of losing herself. ~~ Adapted from Keiko Suenobu's manga "LIFE".

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A comparison of Keiko Suenobu's manga LIFE and its adaptation.

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Jul 15, 2011
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I finished watching this drama a few weeks ago and forgot to write a review, so, here I am :) First of all I'd like to say that I was introduced to this drama because I read the manga which I am currently waiting for translations... I am a fan of the manga and also a big fan of the drama. LIFE dived into human emotions and really expressed them well. This read more stroy of bullying takes it to the extreme following a girl named Ayumu. The actors were amazing especially Hosoda Yoshihiko- he honestly at some points, scared the crap out of me! Though, towards the end I started to pity Katsumi and hate him a little less. In my opinion the cast was very well chosen. I watched LIFE straight through because I couldn't put it off- my eyes were glued to the screen. I even ordered the series on DVD 'cuz it's something I could watch over again. I wish this series was longer...though it did capture the concept in the course of 11 episodes ;D I reccommend LIFE to everyone even if you aren't really interested in this type of drama, usually I wouldn't want to watch a drama like this but with life it's an exception.
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Jan 6, 2012
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Holy Crap! Life is insanely good! You need to watch this! Life is a drama like no other. At only 36 minutes per episode, It's a fast pasted thrill ride from beginning to end. At first there are so many utterly terrible things happening that it's hard to watch, but for some reason you can't stop watching. This is do to the amazing cinematography and the infectious OST. The best part about read more Life is that it has several amazing messages. That's one thing that makes Jdramas so great. There's actually morals in the story rather than meaningless crap. Life has an amazing Christian message to it even though there's no mention of Christianity. Romans 12:21 - Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
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both drama Life and School 2013 are about the bullying in school and true friendship .
if you like school drama you will definitely like them both
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They both revolve around bullying and how a bully can easily become the bullied.
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    NasserBader Jun 23, 2017

    I didn't like this drama

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    Sungjaes_Muko Apr 3, 2017

    compared to the manga the drama really let me down. but i liked the acting so i'm good with it

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    SmileyVibe Apr 3, 2017 - edited

    This is the most intense drama I ever watched! It is not for the emotionally weak because it will frustrate you and steer your emotions inside. Every episode is like a hot mess but ...somehow makes you want to watch the next episode. You want to see how far is too far and what hardships the main leader will experience.

    I'll admit, its over the top but very entertaining and suspenseful. The actresses and actors are amazing at what they do!

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    foreverwitchy Nov 11, 2016 - edited

    while I agree with other comments that the characters and situations are exaggerated...I still liked it and would recommend.

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    Cheerfulgiggle Oct 15, 2016

    I finish this. Drama in one day all the 11 episodes ITs so intersting I was scared from the problems that happen to ayumu

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    Shichi Sep 28, 2016

    This drama was sooo good! It made me cry, it made me anxious, it made me laugh.. It was amazing!!

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    Marooya May 13, 2016

    Bullying as a subject never gets old so I always appreciate projects which offers this but this drama is over the top and very much exaggerated character wise and plot wise. It was frustrating to watch the main character and there were many annoying ridiculous situations. I also got annoyed by the background music. This would have been much better if it was adopted into an anime rather than a drama imo. Nonetheless I appreciated Fukuda Saki's performance

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    skye Mar 20, 2016
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    Netta Aug 10, 2015

    A school drama focusing on bullying. It's a nice antidote to GTO and Gokusen.

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    joel Aug 6, 2015 - edited

    the characters are so exaggerated, and the "suspenseful" scenes are so outrageous that i can't even manage to become emotionally invested or take this seriously. if you're a younger viewer or perhaps REALLY interested in the synopsis, then maybe give it a shot, but you won't find a realistic setting or cast here. expected to like this one, but less than mediocre so far.

    edit: somehow even more ridiculous in the latter half

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    Brenda Jul 19, 2015 - edited

    I watched this years ago and its still one of the best dramas I have ever seen. And I love Hatori Miki *-*

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    Lairees Jul 4, 2015 - edited
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    MaryamYumna Jun 24, 2015 - edited

    Where can i watch this with english sub.

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    Lusi Indah May 22, 2015

    I've fallen in love with this drama since the first episode.crazy male character and annoying ayumi's mother.

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    Hessa Jan 6, 2015

    I read the whole manga a couple of month ago and it freaked me out. I didn't know it had a drama until recently, but I don't think I will be able to watch the drama since the manga seriously messed me up.


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    Jun 30, 2007 to Sep 15, 2007
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    Fuji TV
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    36 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 3,148 users)
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