• Drama: Smile
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Apr 17, 2009 - Jun 26, 2009
  • Network: TBS
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 1,389 users)
  • Ranked: #1416
  • Popularity: #764
  • Watchers: 3,465

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Hayakawa Vito has a Filipino father and a Japanese mother, but he was born and raised in Japan and has never visited the Philippines. The ever-smiling Vito works at Machimura Foods during the day, and at night, he works a part-time job trying to make his dreams come true. One day during an incident at a bookstore, he meets a girl named Mishima Hana, who lost her ability to speak due to an accident. But even though she can't speak, Vito is drawn to her beautiful smile. However, Vito becomes wrongly suspected by the police for a crime, and after meeting the lawyer Kazuma, the issue begins to grow... Together, Vito, Hana, and Kazuma will go through challenging times and have to overcome many obstacles.
(Source: Tokyograph)

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Apr 17, 2009 - Jun 26, 2009
  • Network: TBS
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 1,389 users)
  • Ranked: #1416
  • Popularity: #764
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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21 people found this review helpful
Jun 2, 2011
11 of 11 episodes seen
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
A brilliant drama...I think every drama addicted person should watch this one.

About the life of ordinary people, who have their past, with which they are not proud of. About the boomerang of life, when it brings back all the dead back in 100 times worse ways...

About a guy who is trying to forget his past life, and live on honestly and maybe averagely happy, who has experienced many hardships as a son of a lonely mother who drank and took men home, leaving the child on the porch...His way of coping? Smile...a kind and genuine smile...

About a girl who experienced human cruelty and lost her voice only because she was unfortunate enough to be born in a family, where the father was not honest person...

About a Korean lawyer who works in Japan under a Japanese name, just so he can be accepted...

These three people meet, start helping each other, fall in love, try to overcome the hardships...

Again...a brilliant drama.

The score is perfect, by the way, it was composed by Yamashita Kousuke...and if fits the drama just perfectly...

I have watched this drama last year in winter, and I still listen to it score...

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6 people found this review helpful
Apr 5, 2013
11 of 11 episodes seen
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
A great story told well. The premise is simple- the trials and hardships a man faces living in a prejudiced world, and yet he faces the world with his most infectious heartiest smile..

The characters are great..the actors are great. Matsumoto Jun does a brilliant job as the kind hearted Vito. The lawyer and the girl are both central to the drama as well, and their roles and smiles are beautiful. Oguri Shun plays Hayashi, the dark shaded character, with great impact in the drama.

The story is uplifting in the end; ends on a happy note, has a great message throughout and is about facing life's difficulties with a big smile.

So, why was it so difficult for me to smile through the drama? Despite what the ending is, this drama was really difficult for me to watch happily. I had a heavy heart through all of it. There was so much injustice and the good people were too unlucky. Every victory they gained was only to be followed by more heartbreaking troubles.

The characters showed great spirit through it all, but I really couldn't share it. I was heavyhearted and sad throughout, and I was thankful when it finally ended, happy or not. In fact I don't think a different ending would have affected me anymore, I was already feeling so blue.
I definitely wouldn't re-watch it, though I assure you- this is a good drama.

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