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Aishiteiru to Ittekure [愛していると言ってくれ]



Drama Details
Title:Aishiteiru to Ittekure
Say You Love Me
Telecast:1995-07-07 to 1995-09-22
Season:Summer 1995

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:12 Episodes

This delicate love story transcends the spoken word as it depicts the lives of an aspiring young actress and a painter who lost his sense of hearing during childhood. As their relationship develops, the audience learns the true power of sign language and experiences the couple's growth first-hand through the progression of their visual communication.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Love Love Love [Dreams Come True]LYRICS | MIDI ]

Actor/Actress Cast (8)
Toyokawa Etsushi
Sakaki Koji (31)
Tokiwa Takako
Mizuno Hiroko
Okada Kohki
Yabe Kenichi
Suzuki Ranran
Yoshida Maki
Yo Kimiko
Kanzaki Kaoru
Yada Akiko
Sakaki Shiori
Aso Yumi
Shimada Hikaru
Aijima Kazuyuki

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1. http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/6036/SayYouLoveMe.html
2. Official Site
3. Say You Love Me
4. Aishiteiru to itte kure Infopage (Big5)

Drama Reviews (14)
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1. Ok at first then quite sucks at the following end [Rating: 8/10]
I have to say that this drama is quite good actually for an old japanese drama sice I just finished watching it.

The story is about Hiroko (Takako tokiwa) felt in love with a painter named Kohji who is 10 years older than her and deaf therefore he also couldn't talk so they were communicate using sign language. Hiroko acted impulsively in love and with no pride as woman or too brave since she's still quite young (21th). She's too emotional and stupid. When they got together she didn't trust Kohji she always being jelous of kohji and his ex-girlfriend from 6 years ago. The stupidest thing that she did is she slept with his best friend (ken) out of jelousy and made three of them suffer while the fact is Kohji didn't do anything with her. Ken at 1st was a good friend but after always being listening of Hiroko's problems with Kohji he turned out to be a fox cover as a sheep, he slept with Hiroko and tried to separate Kohji and Hiroko out of his selfishness but at the end he realised that he was being selfish and gave up on her. At the end it didn't explain whether Kohji and Hiroko end up together or not (that's sucks).

I have to say that this story is very Japanese old drama/comic style. A couple who are being together quickly without a really proper introduction to each other and then separated after just 5 months because of some ex- and best-friend turn out to be a lover its just too lame for 21th century drama but it still good to be watched for episode 1-7 then the rest became quite boring. The soundtrack also ok. I just found out from this drama that Takako's breasts are actually quite big Hahaha....
Reviewed by rinarina on 28 March 2008
2. The transcendent genius of a love story [Rating: 10/10]
This remarkable and melancholic love story stays resilient against the test of time still and is my favourite Japanese drama of all time. It's a gem that is teeming with romance, memorable scenes and powerful performances by 2 of the best actors of their generation, Toyokawa Etsushi and Tokiwa Takako.

Through the solitary world of silence of a deaf painter, a tender romance that transcends the language barrier kindles between him and a young budding actress, but the romance is bound to be inundated by self-inflicted insecurities, misunderstandings and a forgotten past that pose a threat to mar their relationship.

The use of sign language, which was beautifully depicted by Toyokawa, is always brimming with hopes to be reached and understood and because of that, there are countless amount of beautiful and moving scenes that are burnt in my mind, heralding the drama's reputation as being a true classic.

Hats off to Toyokawa for his mesmeric and wondrous performance of a deaf man; his hands move with such grace and precision, and Tokiwa Takako for truly immersing herself into her vulnerable and young character who's besotted with Toyokawa. These 2 elicit amazing chemistry from each other; their love scenes are so natural and romantic despite Toyokawa not uttering a single word, and when they gaze at each other, there's a look of love that is palpable in their eyes. Their scenes together can make me smile with giddiness, fume in frustration and bawl from sadness.

This is a wonderful drama that is highly recommended. I've watched this drama numerous times and I shed tears every single time.
Reviewed by Mint on 8 May 2008
3. A Very Strong Experience [Rating: 8/10]
I hugely enjoyed this show, and I loved it throughout the first ten episodes.

Toyokawa Etsushi completely blew me away. So much so, that I've voted for him as a fav on this site. Not only was he convincing as a hearing impaired individual (his use of sign language seemed so natural!), but he truly encompassed the persona of a true artist. His quiet disposition, what he wore, the way he walked, his gaze... everything about him was so attractive.

I've enjoyed watching Tokiwa Takako in other dramas, but never really appreciated her as actress until now. Although her character faltered in the last two episodes, I found her riveting to watch.

My only complaint about the show was Hiroko's betrayal. Although I can completely understand how it came about and what she was feeling when it happened, I still felt it was out of character. As a result the whole ordeal left a bad taste in my mouth. I'm so glad it ended the way it did, though. A shimmer of hope. I'm really glad that they allowed some time to pass before the final (but hopefully not the last) encounter they portrayed in the show. It gave room for both characters to mature and truly be ready to continue with each other.
Reviewed by Wynter on 1 July 2010
4. Compare Oranges With Apples [Rating: 9/10]
And I meant that literally, ppl who have watched both Say you Love me & Orange Days would get my drift. I wish I had watched this drama first instead of Orange Days so I would've been more intrigued by this great yet familiar love story.

The insecurity of Tokiwa's character intensifed in each episode made it almost painful to continue at the end which means she did a wonderful job portraying this innocent young lady in love willingly to give her all without calculating any outcome that is now rare at this fast-paced computer age.

Although a heart wrenching love story, I totally love how it ended with a promising beginning instead of a tragedy.

Great Theme Song!!!
Reviewed by lovejdorama on 18 March 2005
5. not too bad [Rating: 7/10]
what makes the show worthed watching is Sakaki's performance. He is simple excellent, so cool and has his own style. He is not exactly gorgeous looking but somehow he is attactive, charasmatic. Don't really like Tokiwa in this show, i think she tried too hard to act cute and lively. Her love for Sakaki is quite childish, or her character is childish in the show. I understand the frustration that will come in when you fall in love with a handicap, but you see, we are talking about Jdorama and so we expect "perfect love". Her love for him is shallow as compared to Die Sterntaler/Hoshi no kinka.
Reviewed by ladyelf on 30 December 2003
6. Not As Good As I Thought It Would Be [Rating: 5/10]
I started watching this dorama because I am a big fan of Toyokawa Etsushi. However I found my attenstion drifting off many times throughout this dorama. Like others have said it is very draggy which makes it hard to keep you focused on the story. Also Tokiwa Takako's character is just so annoying always whining about one thing to the next, it makes it hard to believe that Toyokawa Etsushi's character can even like someone like her. I saw watch this dorama for Toyokawa Etsushi's great acting, but I dont think it is a must watch dorama.
Reviewed by dys199 on 25 July 2004
7. Frustrating [Rating: 6/10]
Toyokawa's acting was excellent in this series, but the story is very repetitve. It seems Yada Akiko's character is just lying to Tokiwa's character in the first half to get them apart, and then Tokiwa's character sees Koji with his ex and gets jealous in every single episode in the second half.

There were some good scenes, but overall, the story was very poorly written, and frustrating to watch.
Reviewed by 8thSin on 24 February 2007
8. First rate [Rating: 9/10]
Both of the leads give extraordinary performances in a cast of lightweights, but I really liked it anyway. The only thing I didn't like was the last couple of episodes where Tokiwa goes for being obsessed with Toyokawa san to flying into a blind idiotic rage because she found the ring, and just destroyed their relationship
Reviewed by warren.mcclendon on 10 April 2002
9. Touching [Rating: 10/10]
This is my favourite dorama! I was so drawn to this story I can't help falling in love with Sakaki Kohji. He is deaf but with the most enchanting personality. I love all the sign language scene. And the background. The park,Hiroko's apartment,Just watch it then you can understand me.
Reviewed by aleen84 on 7 November 2001
10. not too bad [Rating: 7/10]
The story is rather touching though some of the parts were quite draggy. Sasaki Koji is an excellent actor. He successfully portrays a deaf and mute lover who is extremly sensitive and caring. Tokiwa also acted fairly well here
Reviewed by kawaii on 10 June 2001
11. One Classic show [Rating: 9/10]
A Classic! This is what Japanese drama is all about. Love story with twists and turns. Great performance from the main actors. Takako was amazing! And this show demonstrated why she is one of the best.
Reviewed by jdfan on 1 July 2002
12. Sad & Touching [Rating: 8/10]
The show is very sad and touching. Takako truly love Etsushi even though he's deaf & mute and even willing to learn sign language just to communicate with him. Truely endless love.
Reviewed by Sakuraba Yuichiro on 7 April 2002
13. Good show [Rating: 8/10]
Fantastic acting from Etsushi Toyokawa. first 3/4 of the show is rather enjoyable. but the last 1/4 got a little too draggy.
but overall i still love this show.
Reviewed by kook05 on 18 December 2003
14. Aishiteiru to itte kure [Rating: 9/10]
This love story isn't your typical daily bread and toast...it's really original. Plus the casts are great...it made me want to learn sign language =)
Reviewed by katfame on 19 August 2003

Comments From Users (65)
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1. Comments by kartanoman [Rating: 10/10]
I agree with the folks who speak high volumes of this series, its main characters and the theme song as they all significantly contributed to the success of this dorama. Though my wife and I have already watched "Utsukushii hito" and "Beautiful life," this series won us over to actress Takako Tokiwa as one of our favorites. Her ability to master such a complex part, given the need to act young and bubbly one minute, serious and insecure the next ... not to mention having to learn sign language, is a credit to her acting credentials. This was a very complex story that touches on several levels. The first, and obvious, is the relationship between the characters Hiroko and Koji and the obstacles of overcoming the communication barrier, Koji's half sister "loving" him, Koji's ex returning onto the scene as well as Hiroko's childhood friend Ken confessing his love to her. On a deeper level, it tries to answer the eternal question most folks in a relationship end up wondering at one time or another: is love simply enough? Even deeper is the examination of Hiroko as she "grows up" in front of us ... starting with falling madly in love with Koji, eventually revealing her own insecurities whenever that love was confronted ... to the realization of her own weaknesses and need to go off on her own to find herself and her way in the world. Her leaving Koji in the end was indeed a sad moment; however, the re-enactment of the opening scene, when the two first met, some three years later ends the story on a hopeful note that the two, with Hiroko now more mature and secure of herself, may rekindle their relationship and this time be more successful. The story leaves you yearning for more. The message in this story rings clear for anyone who has been in a relationship where each person is on a different maturity level. Whether it (the relationship) can work out or not isn't the intent of this story ... but the importance of being true to one's feelings as the cornerstone of every relationship as well as openly communicating one's thoughts, dreams and fears to their partner. From that standpoint, this series was a masterpiece!
2. Comments by dokaben [Rating: 6/10]
After Orange Days and Long Vacation I started looking for other shows written by Kitagawa Eriko. This one took most of the 1995 TV Drama awards, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. In the end I just didn't get it! The acting felt overdone, the story dragged, the characters didn't grab me. Something just didn't click. In OD and LV I felt the pain that each couple was going through. I saw how the relationship grew and I desperately wanted them to have a future together. In this drama I really didn't care what happened. Part of me wanted to blame the quality on the fact that it was written in 1995, but then LV came just one year later! I'd say it's worth watching for fans interested in an 'early draft' of Orange Days, but I wouldn't expect the same depth.
3. Comments by aimare [Rating: 10/10]
Aishiteiru to Ittekure is the most beautiful drama I've seen and the first Japanese drama I love. I really adore Toyokawa Etsushi and Tokiwa Takako in this drama. They conveyed their feelings through sign language and faces so superbly that if someone told me Toyokawa-san was actually deaf, I would have believed him. > <
The theme song, 'Love Love Love' by Dreams Come True, also contributed to the drama very well and is my favorite of all time.
4. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 9/10]
A real classic for many drama fans�call over the world! I would consider this as one of the top ten dorama. This is what Japanese trendy drama is all about. Love story with many twists and turns. Great performance from the main actors. Takako was amazing! Well, the main characters has to learn sign language before this show! That has to be a difficult requirement! And this show demonstrated why Tokiwa Takako is considered one of the best.
5. Comments by jugatsu15 [Rating: 10/10]
I love this drama!!! The story is about a relationship not only between a 20 something woman to a 30 yrs old man but also between a hearing impaired, gentle and mature man and a normal, cheerful but childish woman. Some commented that it is a bit draggy but I didn't feel that way. I watched the drama for just a one day and I was really satisfied with everything. Both the actors expressed their feelings naturally and really convincing.
6. Comments by aleen84 [Rating: 10/10]
This is my favourite dorama of all time. I love how the scenery is beautifully taken. Etsushi Toyokawa's performance was very-very good. Takako tokiwa impress me too.This is a must watch for all dorama lovers, especially those who loves the works of Eriko Kitagawa (the scriptwriter for Aishiteiru to itte kure, Long Vacation, Asunaro Hakusho, Beautiful Life, Overtime...)
7. Comments by missa [Rating: 8/10]
This dorama got me and my sister interested in learning up sign language. This is well worth the watch, loads of touching moments, makes us think how lucky we are to be able to have the simplest of things - the ability to listen to others and to let others hear our thoughts. I'm going to search for this dorama and purchase it for keepsakes.
8. Comments by dnie [Rating: 8/10]
this dorama is quite okay for me, except for its pace..quite draggy sometimes. Tokiwa Takako plays a girlin love with a mute man, Toyokawa Etsushi. The storyis belieavable but I kept questioning myself how cd she learn all those sign language in a short time? and the storyline is interesting, but it kinda lose out in the end..
9. Comments by yuka [Rating: 3/10]
Toyokawa Etsushi deserved special mention for his graceful execution of the sign language – it enhanced his unutterable words so beautifully. Hence, I was totally annoyed when Tokiwa suddenly went mental and found fault with his disability to vocalize his feelings for her. That completely killed the show for me.
10. Comments by amane [Rating: 5/10]
Quite a slow dorama.I didn't watched it from the start though, so can't really give a good comment on this dorama.just nice storyline and good casting.but one thing that did get my attention was the sweet and beautifully written soundtrack song "love love love" by dreams come true.it has become my fav song all the time.
11. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 10/10]
Tokiwa Takako is on my list of favorite Japanese actress..in this drama she portrayed a girl maturing into a woman...She's protrays a young girl falling in love with a man and we see her developement into a woman....some of her actions were so childlike..and therefore very charming...
12. Comments by ryce [Rating: 10/10]
I watched this around 1998 and it's still one of my all-time favourite jdroama. Love the theme song. This show led to many people learning or wanting to learn sign language. I liked the chemistry between Etsushi & Takako. Etsushi was really good with sign language... yasashiiiii...
13. Comments by Saburo [Rating: 8/10]
Here's what a friend said about this drama: if you're not all weepy after seeing the last episode, then you're NOT HUMAN!

I think that pretty much sums it up. Yes, the plot has its holes but it's status as a J-dorama Classic is richly deserved.
14. Comments by Kitsuchi [Rating: 4/10]
Good but it still had buts. A bit slow sometimes and some incidents didn't make any sense to me, but it was still watchable I guess. The acting wasn't lacking at all and how they managed to handle the sign language was good and realistic.
15. Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: 8/10]
Thanks to "pcmodem" !!! Now I have this in AVI files with Eng sub.

**Avail for Trade, 8 VCDs, B-~C-/10% not in sync, 70% end abruptly. Chinese Sub
16. Comments by Love Revolution [Rating: 8/10]
Erm, about this drama..not bad i think coz i have been very excited with the ending... wondered if Hiroko and Sakaki Kohji will be together or not..:) In conclusion, it's a bittersweet love story..:)
17. Comments by Silvermist [Rating: 9/10]
This is one of the best drama I have ever seen. I was even prompted to learn sign language after watching this show. There is superb acting from the leads as well and their chemistry was great!
18. Comments by michelle [Rating: 10/10]
I admit! I confess! Haha...I'm addicted to love stories! Can't help it! I really enjoy this drama. Each scene are so memoriable and Toyokawa Etsushi is so kakoiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~~
19. Comments by Michi [Rating: 4/10]
i wanna buy this drama! last time i watched it on the local tv and i dun really remember how the story goes...but one thing for sure is that the theme song is great!!
20. Comments by jpnallbuzzedsaw [Rating: 10/10]
Tokiwa Takako and Toyokawa Etsushi ... great combination for this drama. backed up by probably the best theme song ever ... Love Love Love by Dreams Come True.
21. Comments by db9paka [Rating: 5/10]
Tokiwa in her early days...cute and naive... spectacular performance by the actors, particularly Toyoetsu. Sadly, it didn't have a good plot to match...
22. Comments by Eyrien* [Rating: 9/10]
On my list of best dramas of all time! A very touching story about an aspiring actress and a mute painter. Toyokawa's performance is enrapturing!
23. Comments by Mint [Rating: 10/10]
This is a true love story that can whisk your fluttering heart away. The ensembled cast is absolutely brilliant...my favourite drama of all time.
24. Comments by Surpur [Rating: 10/10]
Great - I just loved it. It is also very good for learning Japanese because of the precise language.
Bought the original Japanese DVD's
25. Comments by 100aw [Rating: 4/10]
Tokiwa Takako stars as a girl who falls in love with a deaf man. Quite a slow drama. Need quite a lot of patience to finish this drama.
26. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
Pretty good love story, had some holes in the plot, but I overlooked those based on the performances by Toyokawa, Tokiwa, and Okada.
27. Comments by marspeach [Rating: 8/10]
Good series but I got very annoyed by Hiroko. Stop whining and crying and being all jealous! I just wanted her to shut up for once.
28. Comments by majinbads [Rating: 6/10]
Quite similar to Beautiful Life. The tale of a normal girl with a disabled guy. Worth watching cause it has Takako Tokiwa in it.
29. Comments by Milano [Rating: 6/10]
The same "solfa" (look in an italian dictionary to know what it means). - Orange Days has a similar story but very better made.
30. Comments by Bud002 [Rating: 7/10]
One of the first dramas to feature the love story between the deaf girl and hearing guy. Now the theme seems overused a bit.

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Users who voted for this drama (19)
1. aimare
Aishiteiru to Ittekure is the most beautiful drama I've seen and the first Japanese drama I love. I really adore Toyokawa Etsushi and Tokiwa Takako in this drama. They conveyed their feelings through sign language and faces so superbly that if someone told me Toyokawa-san was actually deaf, I would have believed him. > < The theme song, 'Love Love Love' by Dreams Come True, also contributed to the drama very well and is my favorite of all time.
2. warren.mcclendon
One of the oldest Tokiwa dramas, and its another of her fantastic performancs as the girl in the relationship with a deaf guy. It was great as it showed their relationship maturing until the last part where it gets torn apart in a childish fit
3. Eve
What a moving, gorgeous piece. The lead actors steal your breath and heart away!!
4. katfame
I've watched this drama three times already...and it's still exciting!
5. aleen84
Because this dorama is simply the best.. what else?
6. biru_gohan
Superb acting by Toyokawa Etsushi.
7. ct_subang
unique story..n has takako init
8. kook05
9. nzb
10. lingling
11. keith863
12. rolland
13. jenny
14. Lynn9
15. irul
16. Mint
17. toyotaku
18. zdorama
19. brenda307