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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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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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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    docnty Feb 14, 2014

    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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      docnty Apr 19, 2014

      And to be honest, I don't know why I did reply to such a stupid and ludicrous comment to begin with, count on me never replying back to either your comment or Kyah's comments EVER!!! When it comes to immorality, I do have a closed mind, you sick despicable person and as I said to Kyah, I hope sometime down the road your spouse or boyfriend cheats on you, then maybe, just maybe you might feel differently, but then again, that I have to wonder... Anyone who cheats, even if it's emotional, deserves the death penalty in my most humble opinion, and I stand strong on that. In the Bible days, they were stoned to death, them and their families... God will judge me for the sin in my life and he will judge each and every one of you that loves this kind of BS despicable garbage, it IS a SIN to ENJOY and LIKE this kind of trash, and if you don't believe me, go out and purchase a Bible and read it for yourself, don't take it from me. WE ARE ALL HYPOCRITES!!! I so wouldn't want to be you or Kyah... And I most certainly wouldn't want to be married to someone who thinks morality is okay... They need to be put to death just as much as the person that actually commits the immoral act... The Bible even says so... So if I'm a hypocrite for not liking or agreeing to this kind of trash, SO BE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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      shuna Apr 19, 2014

      the movie still has murders etc shit, so u're so immoral for liking it, lol.

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      shuna Apr 19, 2014
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      angelyzha Apr 30, 2014

      Why so serious? :))

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      Stepkdramafan226 Dec 19, 2014

      stop giving a bad name to Christians by interpreting the bible in your own way. i have not watched this drama but i tend to see ur comments every where, u spread too much negativity, btw from what i read in the bible when Jesus found those people stoning the adulterous person (mary magdalene) he said : "If any of you is without a single amount of sin then cast the first stone" you know the rest (they all left). i am not a saint you are not a saint so i have no right to judge you and others as you have no right to judge.....
      sory for this long message, i tend not to reply to ur comments but as u used the bible in an innaccurate way i had to step in. XD

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    Kikuchi_love 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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    7.5 (scored by 165 users)
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