Utsukushii Rinjin

Utsukushii Rinjin (2011)

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A sudden encounter between a gracefully attractive but mysterious woman, Saki (Nakama Yukie), and an ordinary housewife, Eriko (Dan Rei), who has a happy family, causes Eriko's serene daily life to fall apart. Eriko's husband, Shinji (Watabe Atsuro) becomes the target of Saki's advances and finds himself caught between her and his wife. --jdramas

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Jun 3, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I'm used to Nakama Yukie's more energetic and happy roles but her version of an obsessed mother and deceiving woman is spin-chilling. She's brilliant!

Unlike most Japanese drama, the acting is not over done and sets a more serious and believable tone to the series. The music gets a little repetitive, having the same theme played during the episode and then the same song at the end.
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It tugs at the heart strings, has you gasping at the disloyalty and questioning who to believe. Utsukushii Rinjin is a brilliant introduction into thriller drama and one worth sinking your teeth into.
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May 17, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
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  • Music 7.0
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Nakama Yukie is my favorite actor. She is most famous for her roles in Gokusen (1,2 and 3) and Trick (1, 2 and 3 and movies and specials...) But she has done equally fine work in serious dramas like Utsukushii Rinjin and Arifureta Kiseki (which I have also reviewed).

Utsukushii Rinjin is about two women. Yano Erika, played by Rei Dan, has a happy family life briefly marred by an incident in read more which she thinks her young son may have drowned. Her life subtly but inexorably changes after Meyer Saki, played by Nakama Yukie, moves in next door.

Rei Dan portrays a devoted wife and mother who is stretched to her emotional limits as her life is gradually pulled out from under her by the mysterious and beautiful neighbor whom she has come to consider a friend. Nakama plays the scheming Meyer Saki in such a way that we are seduced by her beauty at the same time that we are appalled by her actions.

Sometime near the beginning of the two women's friendship, Saki says to Erika something like this: 'If I ever lie to you, you can kill me.' Erika doesn't understand why Saki could say something like that. But those words and Erika's inability to hear their importance, express the underlying conflict between the two women. At the same time it is the closest thing to a plea for help that Saki can make.

The central mystery of the drama is 'What is the bond that both draws these two women together and also pits them against each other?' Are they headed for tragedy or can they save what is most important in their lives?

It is refreshing to see two women play opposite each other as 'protagonist' and 'antagonist.' Both give wonderful performances. Anyone who has seen Nakama only in comedies or light dramas will be astonished at her performance here. Utsukushii Rinjin is a terrific drama -- not exactly enjoyable, more fascinating. And for me it was oddly uplifting.
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They both deal about extra marital affairs. Utsukushii rinjin is more intense and thrilling.
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They both deal with housewife being suspicious about their husband. Yakou Kanransha is more about the secret that lies in each family of the same neighborhood and how they deal with them
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    SernyAnna Aug 1, 2015

    The first episode was quite slow moving and slightly boring, but once I finished that episode it was uphill from there and I very quickly finished the entire series. Both Yukie Nakama and Rei Dan are excellent in their roles. Yukie Nakama is creepy and magnetic.

    This drama explores, without delving too deeply, the darker side of human nature.

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    Blademan2 Apr 24, 2015

    Folks, how can you like this drama? Let me ask you, how would you like it if someone tried to or did steal your spouse from you, even if it's just an affair? I don't think you'd like it now would you? And yet you rate this drama so highly and say how amazing it is. I just have to say, anyone who would enjoy this kind of drama, shame on you, and you really need to have the same done to you. This kind of drama is despicable.

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      Powster May 22, 2015

      after reading your comment decided to change my rating from 9.0 to 9.5

      I wish there were more dramas like this because then I would have something to watch.

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    Kao-chin Nov 16, 2013

    I think this show is amazing!

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    tamstar07 May 18, 2013

    in this show Yukie Nakama scared me so much it took me a while to complete it. But could see that she could play an antagonist character compared to her comedic roles. She did really well.

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    twinklelie Dec 30, 2011

    such a good drama. And Nakama Yukie is amazing...

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    HAVA-RAVA May 6, 2011

    Very catchy and mysterious drama so far. Nakama Yukie is awesome as always.


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    Jan 11, 2011 to Mar 15, 2011
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    45 min.


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