Utsukushii Rinjin

Utsukushii Rinjin (2011)

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Ratings: 7.6/10 from 216 users
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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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May 22, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
I hadn't watched a J-Drama since a long time as I was into K-Dramas lately. So, I picked up 'Utsukushii Rinjin' randomly when I was going through the Drama database of MDL. I read the plot and it seemed to be kind of... interesting. As I was only watching romantic stuffs and stories about the young generation, I decided to give this one a go as the story was different. And I read more am so glad that I picked it for watching.

You should definitely watch this drama if you are a fan of the suspense genre. The story is UNIQUE and UNPREDICTABLE, and it kept me wondering what was going to happen next.

The cast is awesome. Nakama Yukie and Dan Rei have done great acting there. The supporting characters are also pretty good. Nakama Yukie, especially, impressed me. She literally gave me the creeps!

The music is decent and suits with the drama. The occasional 'tik-tok' of the clock gave it a 'horror movie' feel as if at the strike of 12, a ghost would pop out of somewhere!

The reason why I gave this story a 9 is because I was not quite satisfied with the ending. I won't say I was disappointed but it's just that several questions that I had in my mind were remain unanswered. Also, I gave rewatch value a 4 because although this is a good drama, you probably won't feel like watching it again as you will already know what's going to happen next, and it is no fun that way as the suspense won't be there.

Overall the drama is a good watch. The story doesn't drag and it keeps you hooked.
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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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Both of these dramas star Nakama Yukie as "Saki", and although the stories are quite different they give off a similar feeling. Nakama Yukie is brilliant, and her acting is compelling and terrifying at the same time. These two stories could be the same person, but they could also be not.
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They both deal about extra marital affairs. Utsukushii rinjin is more intense and thrilling.
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    Mitsukirox101 May 14, 2017

    The show is super slow... I'm only on ep 4 but I think I had high expectations since this was recommended for those who watched Hirugao :/

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    Marooya Mar 22, 2017

    Loved Nakama Yukie as Saki. I really don't understand how is it possible that this drama has a 7.6 overall rating.

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    Netta Aug 1, 2015 - edited

    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 - edited

    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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      PsychologyM Jul 8, 2017

      So, do you know of any more dramas like this at this point?

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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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    7.6 (scored by 216 users)
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