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Title:Engine
エンジン
Telecast:2005-04-18 to 2005-06-27



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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes
Viewership:22.42%



Synopsis
Jiro Kanzaki is an F3000 test driver blessed with acute sensitivity and breathtaking driving techniques. He's a daredevil who feels no fear driving at speeds that even top racers dare not attempt. But unexpected trouble forces this world-famous racer to leave his team and return to Japan for the first time in years. Until he finds a new job as a racer, Jiro decides to stay with his parents. What awaits Jiro there is his hardheaded father, his nagging sister, the 12 children of the foster home his father runs, a snobbish male nurse, and a stubborn female nurse who likes to daydream about her life.

Jiro's return home brings a breath of fresh air that influences the people around him. However, he is still unaware that he too will eventually be influenced to change the way he thinks and lives.
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Actor/Actress Cast (19)
Kimura Takuya 木村拓哉Kimura Takuya
木村拓哉

Kanzaki Jiro
神崎次郎 (32)
Koyuki 小雪Koyuki
小雪

Mizukoshi Tomomi
水越朋美 (28)
Sakai Masato 堺雅人Sakai Masato
堺雅人

Torii Motoichiro
鳥居元一郎 (34)
Matsushita Yuki 松下由樹Matsushita Yuki
松下由樹

Kanzaki Chihiro
神崎ちひろ (37)
Harada Yoshio 原田芳雄Harada Yoshio
原田芳雄

Kanzaki Takeshi
神崎猛 (64)
Takashima Reiko 高島礼子Takashima Reiko
高島礼子

Ushikubo Eiko
牛久保瑛子 (38)
Izumiya Shigeru 泉谷しげるIzumiya Shigeru
泉谷しげる

Ichinose Chinsaku
一之瀬新作 (54)
Okamoto Aya 岡本綾Okamoto Aya
岡本綾

Suenaga Tamaki
末永たまき (26)
Kadono Takuzo 角野卓造Kadono Takuzo
角野卓造

Haruyama Mario
Aoki Shinsuke 青木伸輔Aoki Shinsuke
青木伸輔

Sugawara Hiroto
菅原比呂人 (24)
Ishigaki Yuma 石垣佑磨Ishigaki Yuma
石垣佑磨

Ibuki Tetsuya
Kokusho Sayuri 国生さゆりKokusho Sayuri
国生さゆり

Harumi's Mother
Shimada Kyusaku 嶋田久作Shimada Kyusaku
嶋田久作

Daisuke's Father
Asaka Mayumi 朝加真由美Asaka Mayumi
朝加真由美

Daisuke's Mother
Ueno Juri 上野樹里Ueno Juri
上野樹里

Hoshino Misae
星野美冴 (18)
Toda Erika 戸田恵梨香Toda Erika
戸田恵梨香

Harumi
Nakajima Yuto 中島裕翔Nakajima Yuto
中島裕翔
Komuro Yuta 小室優太Komuro Yuta
小室優太
Kaho 夏帆Kaho
夏帆

Ninomiya Yukie
二宮ユキエ
  

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1. Fun to watch, but not twice. [Rating: 8/10]
Although I enjoyed watching Engine, I must admit that it is a forgettable drama. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline in regards to the Orphanage and the staff, but I was confused as to the importance of Race Car Driving. This career of Jiro’s (played by Kimura) didn’t mesh well with the Orphanage storyline. In fact, the Racing career could have been easily replaced with any other career. The purpose of having a career in the first place was to demonstrate Jiro’s personal growth as an individual. It didn’t have to be racing. It could have been anything. I didn’t find that it was incorporated well at all.

Before watching the drama I read that many people didn’t enjoy the Kimura/Koyuki pairing. I had no problem with it. I think Koyuki has a difficult job appealing to the viewers. She doesn’t have the typical “kawaii” features and therefore doesn’t have the mass appeal… but she’s a fabulous actress. She was perfect in the role of Tomomi sensei. Her character type and Kimura’s character type really did go well together, even if they physically weren’t a match.

The children at the orphanage were charming and, once again, Ueno Juri demonstrated her wide range of talent. The plot became problematic when it fell into a stringent routine of featuring a child every episode, but I didn’t mind it that much.

In the end, I’m glad I watched this drama… but I probably won’t spend the 11 hours watching it again.
Reviewed by Wynter on 2 June 2007
2. engine [Rating: 9/10]
Overall, the drama presents a new facet to kimura's diverse range of acting talents. I find no fault in his acting nor the casts. Koyuki was a stand-out in her role, acting flustered & lost that I find her irritating in the first few episodes (that's a sign of good acting!). However, I cannot say the same for the storyline. It's not too original to focus on each child's story for the different episode. I also find everytime there's a point to be made regarding the main story plot, the camera will focus on each child's face. This too was most irritating. Next, I think what was most on everyone's mind was the irrisistable duo-pairing of Kimura & Koyuki. So most had expected that a super-duper romance between the two would have exploded on-screen. But sad to say, this didn't happened either. Next, I think Koyuki's make-up and her wardrobe was very bad, making her look rather unflattering. This was poor handling since Koyuki is such a beautiful actress and have always have classic sense of dressing that it would have been a great asset for the drama to capitalise on her attributes. Next, of course was the racing aspect - where did it go? Lastly, I would love to see Kimura & Koyuki & the children reprising their roles in a sequel but with all the added potentials that I've suggested. Agree with me? Can't wait for Engine 2.
Reviewed by zai on 22 August 2005
3. A New Dimension to Kimura Takuya [Rating: 10/10]
'The story of a race car driver who meets a woman that changes his life', this was what I thought this drama was going to be about since Kimura Takuya's other dramas have always had romance making up a large part of the plot. However, this drama was not like that. Instead, the major focus of the story was the kids of Kaze no Oka. Each episode focuses on a different child.

We see a different part of Kimura Takuya in this drama and I'm really loving it. He does so well in portraying the laid-back, at times immature, but thoughtful and caring Kanzaki Jiro. He brings a different point of view for the children and his way with dealing with their problems was sweet. Koyuki, on the other hand, plays Tomomi-sensei, a very uptight teacher that cares very much for the kids, but doesn't really understand them as Jiro could. As the drama progresses, we see changes in the way that Tomomi-sensei deals with the children. Even though romance wasn't a significant part of the story, I felt that I enjoyed the short, but sweet and oftentimes funny interaction between Kimura and Koyuki.

Excellent drama. The cast acted wonderfully, especially the children, and some parts of the story will surely bring a tear or two to your eyes.
Reviewed by donna8157 on 27 June 2005
4. More than just KimuTaku [Rating: 9/10]
For fans of Kimura Takuya, all the usual tricks are there. He is still the stud (whatever he does), still acts cool. You wonder if he is actually acting or has just developed a great dorama persona. Nevertheless, one can just see how good an actor he can be. This dorama allows him to show so much sutblety in the delivery of his emotions. Not only that but the supporting cast is pretty solid too. Koyuki's character is somehow limited I think but she gives a good sensitive performance. Sakai Masato manages to portray a man so rigid and uptight that it is nice to see how the little changes affect him. In itself, this is just good work. Literally, there are a dozen other very good characters, some pretty rough, some rather well written and portrayed.
The themes of the dorama are thought provoking. As we are drawn to the touchy topic of adoption, Kimutaku battles with his own issues all the while making it clear that adaption is not about charity, but rather about the selfishness of adults and parents. At many different levels, this story is pleasing and I just hope to see more of these kinds of dorama.
Reviewed by Mitsuaki on 18 June 2005
5. Kimura entertains, the rest falls slightly short. [Rating: 7/10]
(7.5)

Overall it's a good, but not great drama. A bit slow at times, but Kimura keeps things interesting when his character has focus. The kids are cute... unfortunately their stories are pretty sedate for the most part. This is a shame since they are the true focus of the drama.

The female lead, played by Koyuki is also a bit of a let down. She is kind and wants to help, but her nagging behaviour and clumsy stumbling-around is kind of annoying. So it's no surprise that the romance is kept to a relative low. While there is potential from Jiro's (Kimura) ex-girlfriend to create some kind of love triangle, the opportunity is mostly missed. There is a sort of 'missed potential' overall with the characters... looking back it feels as though you really don't get to know them too well. This could just be the result of having such a large cast.

Despite the shortcomings, it's entertaining enough to warrant a watch-through. Though it starts off slow, the ending episode is very good, and will leave you with a positive vibe.
Reviewed by shelf on 22 October 2005
6. Fun to watch [Rating: 9/10]
An enjoyable dorama about a race car driver's life and the children whose lives he touches...the show steers clear of the conventional and is well-served by a great cast, Kimura Takuya & Koyuki not least among them. Kimura Takuya's character, is refreshing as a protagonist that is not imbued with the stereotypical qualities of the male lead. A well-paced show that picks up slowly but gains speed and draws the viewer into the lives of the characters in a meaningful way. The insight into the lives of each of the individual characters in the show, both adult and children, will surely touch upon aspects of life that most viewers will be able to personally relate to on some level.
So start your engines and take a few laps around the tracks!
Reviewed by Tu_triky on 17 September 2005
7. Cool Kimura Takuya [Rating: 9/10]
Overall, I enjoyed this dorama, it's very heartwarming (seems like Spring is the time for children-related doramas, this and Ruri No Shima) and the children are so adorable.

Kimura Takuya, as always, is very convincing in his role as a former F3 champion who's trying very to bring back the joys from his glory days.

Everything in this dorama is perfect except for the forced romance between Kimura Takuya & Koyuki. I got a feeling that the writers were just trying to bring the 2 together quickly in the last episode eventho there weren't much romantic developments between the 2 of them throughout the dorama. It'd have been better left as a platonic relationship between the 2 of them. Hence, a 9 for this dorama instead of a 10.
Reviewed by momoechan on 25 August 2005
8. Kimura is a child. [Rating: 8/10]
I think this is more fun for Kimura than one of his best work. It's more relaxing than his other roles, and the kids were so ADORABLE!!!
The story was not as predictable as I thought, and Kimura's character is just like him, but the chemistry between Koyuki and Kimura wasn't as strong. Although the final page of the two's relationship was creatively performed, I still think they lacked a bit of chemistry in placing a shy relationship...
However I think this is a nice drama for anyone who loves kids, a fmaily drama, or love watching Racing! A story of triumph and failure, but there's always something to learn from it all, especially for Kimura's character...
It's a three Johnny's in one drama, what a special treat as well...^-^
Reviewed by Kirari Ililah on 16 August 2005
9. Title of the dorama misleading. [Rating: 7/10]
Sigh! The title of the drama was quite misleading. I was expecting more racing than dealing with human relationships. Nonetheless, it was quite an entertaining show.

I guess of the success of this drama and the hype of it, is because of Kimura. Without him, this drama will go unnoticed. But then, i guess the kids' acting performance is quite amazing. In fact, they act better than kimura?! Yes? No?

Overall, the acting of the actors & actress were quite good but i guess the story is kinda underdeveloped. I don't see much racing except the starting, one in the middle episode and the last. Only 3 racing scenes throughout the whole story?

Guess should rename the title to: The story of an orphan racer.
Reviewed by Deceased on 31 July 2005
10. touching [Rating: 8/10]
yep, it's takuya kimura for pete sake, and watching him is like an obligation. He might not be the epitome of japanese dorama, but he has starred in enough doramas to gain that respect. Dont be mislead by the title, it's more of the poor kids then the racing. Engine meant to tell a story about -more or less- life, emotional struggle, will power, and obviosly love, and not someone dies racing. Japanese are good with this storyline, they make you weep and smile easier then flipping a coin. No one dies, no nasty grandma to oppose the lovebirs, no one suffers from cancers, but nonetheles, you'd cry. Who needs those almightly disasters anyway?? guess the korean need to learn more... jodann...
Reviewed by shu sha on 20 October 2005
11. Better than pride [Rating: 8/10]
This is better than Pride in some ways, I really liked Pride until the plot went to crap (read my pride review for what I mean) at least this series waited until the last episode before it went stupid, like a review above says, the spoiler coming off when and how it did was just stupid and there Jiroh is feeling bad and letting everyone down, he should go and give the mechanics a kick up the back side for doing such a poor job on the car. There isn't much chemistry at all among the cast either. The music was rubbish, nothing original at all. An enteraining drama but it's not something that will keep you thinking for a time after you have finished watching it.
Reviewed by Tatakau on 8 November 2005
12. Good but not spectacular [Rating: 8/10]
I've seen almost all of the KimuTaku's dramas and I still love watching him act. It's the charisma thing I'm sure. Engine doesn't really strike me as extraordinary moving or unique, but if you have time, it's alright. KimuTaku plays his usual cool i-don't-express-my-feelings-but-i-care-a-lot-and-i'm-really-nice protagonist. Koyuki plays a rather subservient caretaker that has feelings for KimuTaku. A lot of the episodes in the middle focus on one orphan. Something happens to draw attention to the orphan, and then, we find out why he/she acts a certain way. Again, watch if you have time, but not a mandatory drama^_^.
Reviewed by yukino2002 on 3 November 2005
13. Slow start, solid finish [Rating: 7/10]
I found first half of this dorama to be very boring. There was way too much cheesy interaction with the kids, and way too little racing. Last 3 laps were very touching, and at the same time, very exciting. It would've been a very good drama if not for mediocre episodes 2~8.

Though Kimura and a few kids put up great performance, other supporting actors were terrible, and Engine did not live up to its hype. Humming while racing make this series look like a cheaper version of Driven. It's an OK series, but you would probably expect something better from a dorama starring Kimura Takuya.
Reviewed by Bahamut619 on 29 June 2005
14. Rev Your Engines! [Rating: 9/10]
This was my first Kimura Takuya drama. Seriously! I knew I'd end up watching one eventually, though. I have to admit, he IS a great actor. Engine was such a great drama, as well. It was so cute seeing Jiro (Kimura) interact with the kids and help them out, when what he really wants to do is ressuerct his racing career. Heh. Koyuki shines, once again in a somewhat "geeky" role. Overall the drama was a nice story with plenty of comedy, excitement, and even a bit of romance. I really enjoyed the series, and its conclusion probably couldn't have been better.
Reviewed by Susan on 5 August 2006
15. Something different [Rating: 10/10]
If you're looking for some element of romance in this drama,there is little in here.It focus around the kids in the orphanage and Jiro.The car racing part was exciting,even though it was towards the end.I enjoyed the connection Kimura had with the individual kids.

I'm definately in love with Kimura's character in here.He's like a big kid not wanting to grow up,which probably explains why the kids are able to click with him more than Koyuki.

Something I'll recommend to fans or non fans of Kimura and Koyuki.An excellent drama worth watching.
Reviewed by selphie086 on 30 July 2005
16. Very nice drama ! [Rating: 8/10]
I realy liked Kimura in this role. Acting cool with a sensitive edge towards the kids ... Not a great love story but I didn't mind. The story brought me to tears several times ... especialy when Kimura cried :'( ... I cried buckets.

I didn't like the roles of Koyuki and Sakai... they were too uptight ... but this was probably how the characters were supposed to act.

This was my 2nd drama I saw with Kimura in it (I saw Pride also) ... I liked Pride more but this drama was also very good and I'll recommend it to anyone !
Reviewed by saintbe on 20 July 2006
17. misleading title o_o nevertheless still good [Rating: 7/10]
quite good drama. kimura was as usual on par with his superb acting skills. (who would've expected less?)

however, the story was kinda bland. the title itself suggested a fast-pace drama. well, so much for tat. o_o but i do admit it does serve its entertainment purpose to an extent. the kids in the drama were all so adorable ^_^. never liked kids, but the kids were seriously lovable.

would've been better if it showed more racing (come on, stick to the title) and a little more romance.
Reviewed by youhei_mito on 27 March 2006
18. Outstanding, with an attractive cast [Rating: 10/10]
This striking, nicely mounted series is also completely original in the world of doramas. This exceptionally attractive cast (which includes Kimura Takuya, Kaho, Koyuki, Erika Toda, Juri Ueno...and the list goes on) chains your eyes to the TV. And it's hard not to like the sound and small of motor engines - a real change from your standard office drama. Engine is gently humorous at times, but the flavor is more relaxed than you'd might otherwise expect.
Reviewed by jdoramadotcom on 12 November 2008
19. Emotional Speed [Rating: 10/10]
Jiro Kanazaki was tailor made for Kimura Takuya. A race car driver by profession with a heart of steel yet is compassionate.
The story itself gives importance in the building of character yet shows humanity in emotion. Entertaining and very heart warming- especially the children. This contains all the elements of a good drama - can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Highly recommended for all ages.
Reviewed by chin5 on 11 September 2005
20. Engine Review [Rating: 9/10]
This is about my first Japanese drama. Far as I can say, I saw all the episodes. The main character is not your normal character. He's kind of childish but in a adult way. The children in the orphanage are all great. You have the quiet type, the siblings, the youngest and so far and each has a story to them, though not exaggerated in anyway.

Give it a watched, all of the episodes has their own taste.
Reviewed by qwerty32 on 1 January 2009
21. Mwwwaahhhhhh...I'm loving it! [Rating: 10/10]
errr... i'm lost for words. well may be not.... its fantastic! its breathtaking... its magnificent... its excellent... its enjoyable.. its entertaining... its funny... its romantic... its sad... it has all the elements dat wud make a drama I consider the best... Engine rocks!! vroomm...vrooommm..... Kimutaku and the kids were excellent... Koyuki being herself again - but the romance was alrite....
Reviewed by Hide/Takky on 19 July 2005
22. Heartwarming and Funny [Rating: 9/10]
I think this is a good example of a perfect balance between fun and drama. As long as tragedy of the infants struck you there is always Kimuya to cheer the crowd. Along with his characters will to go on and race, this is a very interesting and satisfying dorama altogether. Maybe not much "love story" but hey, there is plenty of love dorama out there. Recommended for everyone.
Reviewed by Sambalici on 1 April 2010
23. Surprisingly good [Rating: 9/10]
Kimura does a good job of playing Jiro, a selfish race car driver who gets stuck taking care of kids. He slowly starts to care more and more for them. This leads to a good emotional scene. Good actor. In addition, some of the kids, while cute, are also good little actors. Harada as Jiro's father is also perfect. Watch this and you shouldn't be disappointed.
Reviewed by kusaisaru on 16 January 2007
24. Great [Rating: 10/10]
It was a wonderful drama that had lots of meanings and lessons that we can interpret in real life. The characters were just so real that you sometimes forget that it's a drama. Kimura Takuya had an amazing chemistry with both the kids and the leading lady. He portrayed his character really well, and the audience could just sympothize with him and his character.
Reviewed by tiktok on 18 November 2007
25. Give it a try!! [Rating: 8/10]
i've watched up to episode 6. its a very good drama. Kimura Takuya's acting is funny and cool! his role in this drama is different than his previous roles, so give it a try!
the children are so cute. the theme song is so nice and suits the drama very well.
i will give it 8 now, since i watched only 6 eps. i will decided later if it deserve 10 (seems it will)
Reviewed by kawaii_kinki on 10 June 2005
26. HIGHLY RECOMMENED DRAMA! [Rating: 8/10]
Currently watching it until Lap #08.. This drama is kinda different from Takuya's past few dramas which talk mostly on relationship. In ENGINE, the friendship between the 12 kids in the home and Takuya really touches me. He has help each of them with their problems and taught them things that they could learnt from their textbook.

HIGHLY RECOMMENED DRAMA!
Reviewed by Jewel on 16 June 2005
27. NOT TO BE MISSED! ENGINE-- [Rating: 10/10]
Maybe i'm a little biased but I'm really a takuya fan so i think this drama rocks a lot!!! The plot heads off to a slow start but the climax builds up slowly and i just can't stop watching!!! The younger casts can easily compare themselves with other actors given their superb acting skills! Kimutaku has done it once again!!
Reviewed by beryl_28 on 12 October 2005
28. NICE!! [Rating: 10/10]
nice plot with great actors..kimura really acted really well n he's really funny here..this drama focuese on family n ambition..the kids actors are also really cute n can act pretty well..although its quite sad towards e end but it still really nice..i highly recommend coz even the theme song of this drama is so nice!!
Reviewed by fre3domlin on 1 August 2008
29. pretty interesting... [Rating: 8/10]
great storyline, cute children, great actors and yes...Takuya Kimura...this drama will touch you from the start until the very end...and it brings the child back in you. Those who have something against KimuTaku...don't worry, the plot revolves more around the kids then the hero ;)
Reviewed by NurulMayfair on 17 July 2005
30. Engine without much power. [Rating: 7/10]
The whole dorama doesn't show much racing though. Somehow the title kinda misleading the audience. Was expecting more racing scenes and storyline to that....but the expectation was totally different. However with kimura in the cast, you can't help it....to like the dorama too.
Reviewed by popdod on 21 July 2008

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1. Comments by phoenix_angkasa [Rating: 8/10]
Overall, the drama presents a new facet to kimura's diverse range of acting talents. I find no fault in his acting nor the casts. Koyuki was a stand-out in her role, acting flustered & lost that I find her irritating in the first few episodes (that's a sign of good acting!). However, I cannot say the same for the storyline. It's not too original to focus on each child's story for the different episode. I also find everytime there's a point to be made regarding the main story plot, the camera will focus on each child's face. This too was most irritating. Next, I think what was most on everyone's mind was the irrisistable duo-pairing of Kimura & Koyuki. So most had expected that a super-duper romance between the two would have exploded on-screen. But sad to say, this didn't happened either. Next, I think Koyuki's make-up and her wardrobe was very bad, making her look rather unflattering. This was poor handling since Koyuki is such a beautiful actress and have always have classic sense of dressing that it would have been a great asset for the drama to capitalise on her attributes. Next, of course was the racing aspect - where did it go? Lastly, I would love to see Kimura & Koyuki & the children reprising their roles in a sequel but with all the added potentials that I've suggested. Agree with me? Can't wait for Engine 2.
2. Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 10/10]
In the beginning, I was a bit disappointed with this drama because it was different from Kimura Takuya's other ones. Romance wasn't a big focus of the plot and neither was his career as a race car driver, it dealt with the children of "Kaze no Oka" home. But as the series continued, it started to really grow on me and I found that I really liked Kimura's character, Kanzaki Jiro. The subtle way that he expresses his kindness and his often hilarious ways of dealing with the children really make him a very touching and sweet character.

Koyuki also does a wonderful job portraying Tomomi-sensei, a teacher that goes by the book, but in the beginning didn't consider the students feelings as much. Her change is apparent through the series. Also, even though there was not much of a romantic plot in this series, I really felt that I enjoyed the short, but cute scenes between Kimura and Koyuki. I felt that it was appropriate for this drama and even glad that it wasn't a main part of the plot.

This drama was great and highly recommend watching it. It's not to be missed, especially by other Kimura Takuya fans.
3. Comments by Sorata [Rating: 7/10]
I would love to live in the same orphanage as Juri-chan and Toda Erika :).
This dorama was the exact copy of 2004 Wonderful Life, you just trade Kimutaku with Sorimachi Takashi; Koyuki with Hasegawa Kyoko and racing with baseball; even the main plot was the same: washed up athlete with a bad attitude who doesn´t like kids is thrown in an enviroment full of kids, then he starts changing his attitude, begins to like the kids, fall in love with the female lead who likes kids and end up a professional athlete again(racing and baseball). And i take Sorimachi and Hasekyo any day of the year over Kimutaku and Koyuki.
But even if this was a copy i really enjoyed it and the kids were really awesome, the fat one made me laugh a lot of times and Juri-chan and Toda Erika are so cute in this, poor Ishigaki Yuma that got such a secondary part :(.
Overall it´s nothing new but pretty enjoyable.
4. Comments by cass_dust [Rating: 8/10]
Good show! First, I really like the flow of the drama that not only focus on kimura's driving career, but the background of all the children at the home and what happened to them. All the kids are soo cute and good in acting.

I think that Koyuki has displayed good acting in the show, with chemistry between kimura.

It is a surprising twist at the last episode of the show, when all 'hints' gave that kimura will win the race, but the ending was well done, giving it a difference between other doramas of similar type. Else, this dorama's plot is a typical one, with one guy fighting to save others and learning some lessons through the children etc.

Overall good, for the plot, pace of the show; good acting by the kids, koyuki and kimura (as usual?).
5. Comments by serebi [Rating: 7/10]
Another drama with kimura takuya, in which he portrays, (as he always does), a cocky guy role. That is getting old for me, a little change would be good. Anyway, this drama is regular, regular because it's called Engine but its racing sequences are too scarce, its name is just a name but the drama itself doesn't live up to it. You can see right from the start that this one was one of the big guns for monday night's during its run in 2005, the aerosmith theme song, the racing track scenes (although few), takuya himself; all of these elements presuppose a big budget. Acting was good, the soundtrack works well with the drama, has toda erika in it.
Not a bad drama but it could've been better.
6. Comments by abelcmcr [Rating: 7/10]
Another drama with kimura takuya, in which he portrays, (as he always does), a cocky guy role. That is getting old for me, a little change would be good. Anyway, this drama is regular, regular because it's called Engine but its racing sequences are too scarce, its name is just a name but the drama itself doesn't live up to it. You can see right from the start that this one was one of the big guns for monday night's during its run in 2005, the aerosmith theme song, the racing track scenes (although few), takuya himself; all of these elements presuppose a big budget. Acting was good, the soundtrack works well with the drama, has toda erika in it. Not a bad drama but it could've been better.
7. Comments by ilovetakuya [Rating: 8/10]
This drama is a great home drama. The way Jiro changed the children's lives was very sweet. Also, the kids are so adorable. I just fell in love with all the kids in this drama.
Though the drama was very boring in the beginning, it just got better and better toward the end. The ending is especially touching.
The theme song is very good as well. I love Aerosmith's Angel and Jimmy Cliff's song.

The bad part: I didn't like Koyuki's character at all. Her character was so stock and had only one side. Kimura Takuya and Koyuki didn't really have any chemistry. Also, I hated Takuya's fashion here. His pants made his legs look short..:(
Still, a pretty good drama. Touching..!
8. Comments by xploring [Rating: 7/10]
I enjoyed for the most parts watching this feel good drama, but there were a lot of places that irked me very much too. Some aspects of the foster home portrayed seemed very unrealistic (not well-researched?), and there were also dialogues and situations that felt plain contrived and very much lacking in credibility. Nevertheless, I liked the message it tried to send across when Jiro talked to the kids about life in the first half, as well as the scenes when the kids were all together. KimuTaku and Koyuki didn't have much chemistry, but the kids were quite good. There were probably too many characters. And I would have liked to learn more about the kids and see them together.
9. Comments by Tatakau [Rating: 8/10]
This is better than Pride in some ways, I really liked Pride until the plot went to crap (read my pride review for what I mean) at least this series waited until the last episode before it went stupid, like a review above says, the spoiler coming off when and how it did was just stupid and there Jiroh is feeling bad and letting everyone down, he should go and give the mechanics a kick up the back side for doing such a poor job on the car. There isn't much chemistry at all among the cast either. The music was rubbish, nothing original at all. An enteraining drama but it's not something that will keep you thinking for a time after you have finished watching it.
10. Comments by Deceased [Rating: 7/10]
Sigh! The title of the drama was quite misleading. I was expecting more racing than dealing with human relationships. Nonetheless, it was quite an entertaining show.

I guess of the success of this drama and the hype of it, is because of Kimura. Without him, this drama will go unnoticed. But then, i guess the kids' acting performance is quite amazing. In fact, they act better than kimura?! Yes? No?

Overall, the acting of the actors & actress were quite good but i guess the story is kinda underdeveloped. I don't see much racing except the starting, one in the middle episode and the last. Only 3 racing scenes throughout the whole story?
11. Comments by kanshu [Rating: 8/10]
This drama suffers a lot from the absolute lack of chemistry between Kimura's character and the female lead. Still, it's worth watching for the scenes with Kimura and the other characters the orphanage.
Kimura's part is that of an F1 racer who lost his position due to his own behaviour and the fact that he's not 25 any more.
So he's forced to return from the big wide world to his home town, and return to a family he hasn't even bothered to call in five years. He's more than surprised to learn that his father has turned his home into an orphanage, but will this 'lost son' be allowed to return? And what will become of his racing career?
12. Comments by orange1806 [Rating: 7/10]
though the plot revolving around the kids was touching, i felt there was no impact to the show. was quite a surprise when kimura lost the race in the last episode. and i'm still wondering how come kimura and koyuki suddenly just hit it off like that when there was hardly any hint of fondness for each other. i felt the racing theme could have been better explored. they should decide whether to have the children's home as the main theme or racing as the main theme. though Pride had other elements apart from ice hockey, the main and side themes were explored much better. the kids really made the show worth the watch though.
13. Comments by madsky [Rating: 9/10]
KimuTaku and Koyuki together, two of my favorites, yay! This is actually my favorite Kimura dorama now. The little kids in the Kaze no Oka home were BEYOND ADORABLE. Especially Shunta ^________^ Misae looks exactly like a Japanese Selma Blair. Anyways... after watching the ending I feel all "Eh..." because I really was hoping for a predictable 100% super crazy rabu rabu celebration ending!...>_>... But I know things can't go my way, and the ending was still good. It's certainly worth a watch -- especially with all the kids -- it gives it a different, more warm feeling.
14. Comments by Jeanxi [Rating: 4/10]
I really liked the interaction between KimuTaku and the kids, but that's about it. It was an enjoyable show when I just watched the parts that involved all the kids at the orphanage, but I just can't bring myself to watch the drama in its entirety (especially where KimuTaku and Koyuki pretend to be interested in each other and have "deep" conversations...eck, cheesy!) The only touchy feely part of the drama I enjoyed was when KimuTaku said goodbye to the kids in ep 8. Other than that, the funny parts are the only reason I finished this drama (after a 3 yr hiatus =P).
15. Comments by aoi_dolphine [Rating: 10/10]
Kimura played a different role in this drama. The first thought that crossed my mind when I saw the title was that this is going to be a racing theme drama. But alas I AM wrong in this. It's lesser of the racing and more of the humane theme drama. Esp with the children that are protrayed in this drama. Esp with the acting of nanae and shunta in this drama...so kawaii!! I am touch at one of the scence when Daisuke walked off and Jiro (kimura) watched on as the kid make his way back to the bus... (T_T) so much emotion in it... for that I give this a 10
16. Comments by Susan [Rating: 9/10]
This was my first Kimura Takuya drama. Seriously! I knew I'd end up watching one eventually, though. I have to admit, he IS a great actor. Engine was such a great drama, as well. It was so cute seeing Jiro (Kimura) interact with the kids and help them out, when what he really wants to do is ressuerct his racing career. Heh. Koyuki shines, once again in a somewhat "geeky" role. Overall the drama was a nice story with plenty of comedy, excitement, and even a bit of romance. I really enjoyed the series, and its conclusion probably couldn't have been better.
17. Comments by pumpkin puff [Rating: 9/10]
What can I say? I love KimuTaku dramas! He's just so kakkoii! He's a great actor, but honestly, his acting hasn't improved since I watched him last in Love Generation... his style of acting is so distintly Kimura that you can't help but think that he's not indulged in his character enough. But I still like watching him. Also, the children in Engine are super kawaii ne~ Yuto and Daiki from J.J.Express are in there, so if you like Johnny Jr., then you must check this drama out. This is simply a delightfully heart-warming story na!
18. Comments by rikastar [Rating: 8/10]
I enjoyed this drama, it had a good combination of coolness and heart. My favourite part was actually the storylines of the kids and the home, not really the racing part (which was quite boring sometimes ^^;;;). The children are really loveable, like Shuhei, Akira, Aoi etc. Kimura had really good chemistry with them. My viewpoint will be like the kids, everything that Jiro does seems so right and awesome. The chemistry between him and Koyuki wasn't really there however, so thank goodness the love story wasn't the main part.
19. Comments by DragonSpirit164 [Rating: 8/10]
Hmmm a good drama, but not my fave Kimura one though. As a Formula 1 fan, I was hoping to see him involved in a bit more races, but alas.. Anyhow, Kimura acts as the impetuous and almost completely oblivious Jiro this time round. At first he cares only about what affects him directly, but soon after living some time at the child's home, he learns to care about others too. I thought the entire supporting child cast was great. Some scenes were quite touching. A good drama, but I felt it didn't bring out the best of Kimura.
20. Comments by SayaOtonashi [Rating: 9/10]
I saw this dorama long time ago and I still remember enjoying it. I like F1 so it catched my attention from the beginning :D I like Kimura Takuya very much, he is a really good actor and singer, and the relationship he has with all children is wonderful. I also like Koyuki a lot. The only thing that I found a bit weird is the relationship between these two and Jiro's ex-girlfriend. But I prefer the story not being another love story... This one talks about something different. Really interesting and entertaining.
21. Comments by yamete_evie [Rating: 5/10]
This is probably the worst Kimura Takuya drama I've seen, but that still makes it a good drama. He's worth watching it for. Koyuki's part was airheaded and annoying. She was completely unlikeable. The racing storyline was shoved into the background in favour of the orphanage. Having said that, the orphanage kids are extremely cute, and the way Kimura sama interacts with them is adorable. The ending seemed sort of flat. In short, not a very well structured drama, but worth watching if you're a Kimura Takuya fan.
22. Comments by dreamer10231 [Rating: 8/10]
at first, i was very hesitant to watch this; however, i really wanted to watch a j-dorama...eventually, i finished everything in two days...it is very nice...although many are saying that the chemistry between the two leads is lacking, i find it just enough (given that they are not really the focus of the story)...i believe that the stories behind the characters would be further improved or developed...nonetheless, i love it...as usual the ignorance or childlikeness of kimura is what i look forward to...
23. Comments by IniQx [Rating: 10/10]
"Jiro! Jiro!", that's how the kids call out to Takuya in the show. Extremely love the role Takuya plays. You can sense the seriousness in him, though he appears nonchalant. He has got his gentle side, although he looks tough all the time. From hating kids to giving up his lifetime dream & career for them in the end, this drama is no anywhere near the tough boy racing show that of Initial D. It is instead, heart-warming - like a cup of hot chocolate taken on a balmy rainy evening.
24. Comments by kartanoman [Rating: 9/10]
Kimura and Koyuki played very well off each other and made this dorama very entertaining. It's very easy to like Kimura's character as the "adult orphan" in the household who is able to understand and relate to the children better than the staff themselves! I expected a predictable ending, once I understood the plot, but was pleased when the ending didn't unfold quite as I had expected. Kimura has entertained us with many of his doramas and this one is no exception!
25. Comments by K.T.Tran [Rating: 10/10]
Ended up giving this a 10.
Story, Character, Acting were all great. Plus the kids are cute and you feel for them. The racing....well its not like we're watching a racing movie, but it was good.

KimuTaku gave me a performance i liked this time around and his character's personality isn't like his other ones.....similar to that of one in Pride....but different in a way.

Once catchy little song, the one he sings when racing.
Stuck in my head now hahaha.
26. Comments by KusMoG_X [Rating: 9/10]
KimuTaku's character is pretty much the same as he's ever been in recent dramas, and yet he still shines. This drama seems to follow a GTO-ish formula of the main character helping each person in their own unique way but I still am enjoying this drama alot. The kids in this drama are veeeery cute... and the girls (Erika Toda!) are definitely CUTE ~_^ Recommended watch for those who aren't yet tired of the usual cool Kimutaku or the GTO-story-formula.
27. Comments by icebaby028 [Rating: 7/10]
As usual, Takuya Kimura casted in a very desireable role. A nice story but Takuya and Koyuki definiately lack chemistry between them. Their relationship wasn't developed well and it feels like they just had to get together because the drama was ending and they were forced. The kids were cute but it's annoying how they have to pan to every single kid to get their reaction on everything. I really only liked the last two episodes. Overall disappointed.
28. Comments by xxhiroxx [Rating: 9/10]
Wonderful drama. It's quite depressing to see how much the orphans have to go through, yet they can still manage to be the sweetest kids ever--which makes it even more depressing.

Though... I thought this was supposed to be the story of a racecar driver? How come we don't get to see any real racing till the last episode?

Though, having worked with a group of orphans myself for a year. I feel an especially strong connection to this drama.
29. Comments by ScrappedShinigami [Rating: 7/10]
Once again KimuTaku picked a winner!
This was fun, sweet, sad, it had action, drama, romance. It was a wonderful idea and it was great to see how Kimu's character Jiroh changed after his time at the children's home and how his character changed the children and other adults there.
It was unusual and interesting to see Kimu play a character that was constantly being looked down on by others and yet never gave up!
Gambatte Jiroh-nii-san XD
30. Comments by waffer [Rating: 10/10]
I know I shouldn't give it a 10 because I didn't like the ending (I liked most of it, except the part about what Jiro does after the problem is solved) but the series overall deserves one. I laughed and I cried throughout this drama, I really really recommend it. It also reminds you that only real men wear pink (kimura wears a pink shirt in every single episode ;P). This one was better than Good Luck but I loved Pride a lil bit more.

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Users who voted for this drama (107)
1. xxhiroxx
Wonderful drama. It's quite depressing to see how much the orphans have to go through, yet they can still manage to be the sweetest kids ever--which makes it even more depressing.

Though... I thought this was supposed to be the story of a racecar driver? How come we don't get to see any real racing till the last episode?

Though, having worked with a group of orphans myself for a year. I feel an especially strong connection to this drama.
2. leftleg
i thought this would be a boring one for girls cos it might be all about racing/engines, to my surprise the kids in it make such a big difference and it's sweet to see how jiro interacts with them, in an unusual adult-way.
unlike kimura takuya's previous classical dramas about love relationships (long vacation, love generation), this one is vey different.
3. kins
the show is nice. like i said. superrr nice. it sad. i cried like buckets and buckets of tears. i must say this is one of the most saddest show i've watch in my whole life. =) applause for the pple. all the small kids can act. and takuya kimura really brought the character Jiroh very well. i like junda. lols. so small.. and all his small friends. =)
4. oldasianguy
I really like this series because of the great cast...especially the children!!! The relationship beween Kimura and the children was really tender and made this series enjoyable....a mixture of sadness and happiness brought this series home for me!
5. k4g0me
Wow...This drama blew me away. I saw each and every episode completely. So interesting and moving. Not much romance, but then again it wasn't needed to keep this drama moving. Loved It. Haven't seen a kimutaku drama I havent enjoyed yet!!!!
6. Sugarplumie
im sad the ratings in japan werent very high, but regardless this show was amazing - mostly due to the relationship between him and kids, i wish there was more car racing scenes and a little bit of extra romance in there, anyone have the OST?
7. favug
After seeing Pride I thought that Engine would be somehow similar - it is not the case...it has more in common with Ninkyo Helper.
All in all it is a very good show.
Worth watching!
8. Azn_Rayver
A great drama that didn't resort to pure "romance" tactics to win over the audience. Instead it uses the charm of children and teaches us the value of human potential and opportunity.
9. k2_the_aoru
wow, awesome dorama. just touched my heart. especially the ending. i won't ruin it for all of you people that haven't watched it, but let me just say, it was AWESOME! i cried... haha.
10. tiktok
It's really a great drama. Very touching and one of the few dramas with low key romance but tells relatioship between kids' from very different environment and families. MUST SEE!!!
11. some_gurl
Well, its not too bad. Nothing really spectecular bout this series. BUt as per usual, Kimutaku did an awesome job. The way he bonded with the other children are just touching.
12. chibichan
One of my favorite dorama, Takuya Kimura plays perfectly as a childish racer. The story was great, very touching, and i like all the children, they're really cute
13. tk_iva
just finish watching the whole show.... finally with sub... got to say it is a great drama.... love takuya with the kids .... especially the younger one...
14. syahirah
i luvv this drama...this drama is so cool.Kimura takuya's acting is the best of all with the cute funny kids.hey u guys,this drama is the best ever.....
15. Hide/Takky
I can't say the same thing again.... but its just that I'm loving every bit and piece of Engine!! Love it to the max...yeay... Engine... vavavooommm...
16. GIGI
Simply love it! A refreshing change in characters Takuya Kimura played. It moved me when I watched it raw and moved me more watching with subs.
17. m3lz
I absolutely LOVED this drama! It could make me laugh, cry, excited all in one episode! And Kimura Takuya acted really well in it!
18. ryoko293
Didn't know that Kimukun knows how to handle kis, well I guess it's because he already is married and has two little girls *sobb*
19. Akakumori
I loved it! The main character relationship with children is very charming and Kimutaku role is funny and convincing.
20. Evil_Ellie
Excellent acting, kimura did a great job and i thought he was heaps funny. The kids were cast really well too!!
21. Bille!
Very Good Drama. Nice variation since having seen a couple of the typical Kimura drama's. Surely recommended.
22. shooqie
hmmm... a cute drama... I found myself crying, at the scene when minna was in the bus at the track... (T.T)
23. hide_hikaru_minako
Interesting and brand new role portrayed by kimura takuya.. =) kimura takuya looks soo great as a racer !!
24. starocean456
Ueno Juri, Kimura Takuya, exciting F1 races, funny kids. A great formula for a TV drama. Love them all!!
25. VanessaAyukawa
Seeing Kimura with childern really blew me away! This is Kimura outside his lovestory/leading man box!
26. fighterpilot
Great story line, and Kimura Takuya really is an amazing actor! He complements Koyuki very well.
27. shiroki
Loved it. Kimura and the children, they were all amazing, and the story was really touching.
28. Juppi
not seen all eps yet but the relationship between Jiro and Tomomi seems quite interessting
29. TempestRider
i love Takuya's character in this series.i have rewatched this already, still loved it!
30. phoenix_angkasa
This could turn out to be one of the all time best drama ever. Check it out.

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