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News no onna [ニュースの女]



Drama Details
Title:News no onna
News woman/Channel 2
Telecast:1998-01-07 to 1998-03-18
Season:Winter 1998

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes

Honami plays a newscaster, a tough pro who is capable of stonily reporting even her own husband's death in an traffic accident on air. The plot revolves around Honami's relationship with her late husband's teenage son who she is forced to take in. The show stars popular Kyozo Nagatsuka as the boy's lawyer and her romantic interest. The series also includes a lot of behind-the-scenes newsroom action and depicts the rivalry between the show's director and producer, who are locked in a constant debate over whether new and variety are, or should be, one and the same.

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1. Sanpomichi 散歩道 [Judy and Mary]LYRICS ]

Actor/Actress Cast (13)
Abe Hiroshi
Takizawa Hideaki
北原 龍
Suzuki Honami
Nagatsuka Kyozo
Nomura Hironobu
紺野 徹
Fukikoshi Mitsuru
秋吉 直人
Ono Takehiko
Fujiwara Norika
星野 夏美
Ameku Michiko
Okunuki Kaoru
Nishimura Masahiko
Fukada Kyoko
Ito Toshihito
蔵原 圭二

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Drama Reviews (25)
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1. Honami Does It Again [Rating: 9/10]
Suzuki Honami triumphs again, this time playing the independent and goal-driven Aso-san, the anchor of Channel 2 News. The series starts off with a bang, the tragic death of her husband and his ex-wife the day after their marriage and all of a sudden she has to deal with taking care of her husband's fifteen year old son, Ryu, played by Takizawa Hideaki.

The feelings and emotions portrayed by Suzuki Honami were sincere and more realistic, being a single person and being such a career-oriented woman, she didn't want to take the boy in and was rather vociferous about it, too. Takizawa Hideaki in the meantime was a bit of a loner and often grated on Aso's nerves. However, as the series progresses, their relationship blossoms and the audience can really sense a change between them. It just seemed very natural and not forced like some other dramas that I've seen. Like some other reviewer, I also felt that Ryu had some sort of feelings for Aso. They just had great chemistry together! (Maybe that's one of the reasons why Takky was later cast in "Majo no Jouken")

The side characters really helped contribute to the overall plot and feeling of the drama. The lawyer (the perfect man) often added comic relief to the serious moments. The scheming Fujiwara Norika made a great antagonist and it was understandable since she also wanted to become an anchor. Konno's character was also wonderfully executed, it was hard to make out the man's feelings and motives with his one expression face.

I've only seen one another news drama, "Bijo ka Yajuu", and I thought that this one surpassed that one by far. I definitely recommend watching this for both fans of Suzuki Honami and Takizawa Hideaki. The ending was also exceptional.
Reviewed by donna8157 on 23 June 2005
2. What a news! [Rating: 9/10]
Once again Honami Suzuki prooves that she's a brilliant actress. She played her character very well. Plus, there's this Mr. Cool Hideaki Takizawa and Nagatsuka Kyozo who brings life to his character. I wonder how Kyozo could act to naturally and so funny. He was the one who add some humor to this dorama and made it even more interesting. The story is great and well-packed. Sometimes it was so sweet, touching and lovely, yet sometimes it is so funny! It made me understand everything behind the newsmaking and each episode also gave us some lessons in life. All the actors and actresses there gave freshy feelings to everyone who watch it. I found myself so anxious about Ryu's feelings towards Tamaki and it was so sweet when he tried to show her with his attitude. Ryu never talked much, but his action explained everything. To tell you the truth, this dorama was one of my reasons for living. I couldn't live without it. News no Onna is one of my favorite doramas now. I can tell you that it is abosulutely great, I mean GREAT!
Reviewed by Iing on 17 March 2001
I watched NEWS WOMAN from beginning to end TWICE non-stop. I am planning to watch it again tonight. IT IS GREAT. As I have said, the Japanese characteristic is going to extremes. They work hard, ambitious and have little respect to life, etc. But I would quote a sentence from the drama: "I respect you Tamaki." I respect those who devote to realizing their life dreams. This drama is so encouraging and all the characters are so well played among which, of course, Tamaki (Suzuki Honami) is the best. Though I first know Suzuki Honami from her "Tokyo Love Story", I want to say that Suzuki Honami is great at playing the role of a devoted loving woman. Not only the love between man and woman, but also the love of work, of one's own dream, the love of truth and good things in the world. Love in a more abstract and broader sense. That's why I love this drama. It's the best drama I have ever seen. Don't believe that? Watch it for yourself.
Reviewed by iamhuzhe on 28 December 2002
4. TRAGIC PERFORMANCE [Rating: 7/10]
I am a big fan of Suzuki san. It pains me to have to rip this drama when I expected her usual great perfomances, but for me this was a sleeping pill. Everyone just looked like they were just acting on auto pilot and not really gving any kind of real inspired acting. Every aspect of the subject of this drama has been done already and a lot better. Even the aspect of her being a female reporter wasn't that interesting for me after seing JOSHIANA. Miki Mizuno is a good actress and ordinarily would never surpass Suzukis performance,but her performance in JOSHIANA was better than this crap.
Reviewed by warren.mcclendon on 30 December 2002
5. The original and best! [Rating: 10/10]
This is actually the first J-dorama that I watched one that hooked me on the genre. Honami is superb in her last comeback ever. She had been a top idol since 1986, and with good reason. Her acting with current teen favorite Takizawa shows a lot of good chemistry. You almost wish Honami was really his mother... Nagatsuka, a veteran of samurai and workplace movies, plays a good fountain of wisdom. Norika is very credible as the antagonist. Fukigoshi actually looks better here than in Naguru Onna (too plain) and Ashita ga Aru sa (a weasel). A great drama which I recommend!
Reviewed by UWFShooter on 15 September 2002
6. Felt very much like Nanisama =) [Rating: 8/10]
News no Onna was another great light-hearted and fun drama to watch! Similar to Nanisama (strong independent woman in the workplace type of show), the cast was very strong and I liked Norika's jealous performance in this one. Kyozo was just hilarious and it was very interesting to compare his performance from this drama to his rather serious character in Midnight Rain. Also loved all the scenes between Honami and Tackey - great fun to watch.
Reviewed by Shindou on 13 March 2006
7. one word... HILARIOUS!!! [Rating: 10/10]
the first episode that i watched i laughed. then i continued to watch it to the very end of the drama... it's funny and also the feeling of punching that somebody....like the characters whom were played by Norika Fujiwara... and gang... man!! i couldn't stand them in the dorama... but then again they're just acting... *^^* well, NOW i would say a drama worth watching!!!! *^^* NEWS WA ONNA!!!!
Reviewed by jaycee on 2 November 2001
8. Watch this with your gf! [Rating: 9/10]
I liked this one alot. I just wish I hadn't watched it in a two year period. However even for two years I was still kept interested in this jdrama. I liked the news aspect of it. It kinda carries over the same feeling now that I'm watching Beauty or Beast which is also about news.
Reviewed by gizm092 on 29 May 2004
9. Just watch it! It's nice! [Rating: 9/10]
The dorama is kinda inspirative one. The story seems so real, you know, like our daily life or you can say life-alike. And of course the story is very touching and sometimes funny, too.
One more, all the actors in this dorama play very well. Just watch it yourself! =)
Reviewed by Minna on 2 September 2001
10. i love this one and so should you! [Rating: 9/10]
its meaningful,its fun,its sweet and so much more.no regret watching this dorama.you'll find urself touched by the relationship between ryu and tamaki and also how they bonded with each other,and all the happenings surrounding em.definitely worth a watch.
Reviewed by divineyutaka kimura on 25 October 2001
11. what an amazing drama?! [Rating: 9/10]
this is my favourite j-drama, no doubt at ll. the humor, the story and the messages are crystal clear and takizawa hideaki make me suffer cause my girl just fall in love with him after watching this drama
Reviewed by chep ammar on 15 November 2004
12. nice [Rating: 7/10]
the storyline is exactly nice... all the while i thought that hideaki was in love wif honami.. it makes me curious bout their realtion ship... the storyline is so nice and it keep me curious....
Reviewed by cherlin_takky on 21 February 2002
13. News no onna [�j���[�X�̏�] [Rating: 10/10]
I like the theme song of News no onna. But I just want to see that drama because I just want to know what is the life of a newscaster in or behind in a camera. :)
Reviewed by areshi on 9 August 2011
14. Very Good! [Rating: 8/10]
Good show! It is a nice change from love stories. You will stick around till the end. Too bad Suzuki Honami is not acting in more dramas.
Reviewed by jdfan on 3 July 2002
15. superb! [Rating: 10/10]
this drama is really funny and i got hooked the first time i watched it. tackky and kyoko were really small and cute!
Reviewed by aizawa^hase on 14 March 2005
16. funny [Rating: 9/10]
I like Tamaki Aso here.
She has her own ambition and purpose to do something.
One way to learn about live I think.
Reviewed by thee on 6 March 2002
17. goood [Rating: 8/10]
nice drama
n u'll be surprised to see how they broadcast news...
it's like, wow!..they r so prefectionist
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 21 June 2003
18. Comments by Hidealinne [Rating: 10/10]
I like this drama.There are morals from this drama.I love the way Hideaki Takizawa act and he is so cute.
Reviewed by Hidealinne on 31 August 2002
19. awesome.... [Rating: 7/10]
i thought hideaki would fall for his step mom at the first place..
but i dont really like the ending....
Reviewed by refrizz on 14 May 2006
20. LOVING IT [Rating: 10/10]
LOVE the story, like the plotting, like the casts. touching and a little funny~ung actors did it well!!
Reviewed by idetakun on 10 June 2006
21. A fun and relaxing piece... [Rating: 8/10]
A drama with great swettness, humor, and encouragement through life. Well performed by the actors.
Reviewed by toiling on 20 May 2001
22. Worth watching [Rating: 9/10]
This is the first Honami's drama I've watched. I have to say, she's very pretty and talented.
Reviewed by aleen84 on 15 November 2001
23. Unforgetable [Rating: 9/10]
Unforgetable dorama.. takky's sooo cute and honami's so adorable.
Reviewed by ester_grace on 23 December 2010
24. He's the best [Rating: 10/10]
If you like takki, this is one drama you can't miss.
Reviewed by cheebster on 5 September 2003
25. Gambate [Rating: 8/10]
Keep goin Tamaki! You're the best reporter in town.
Reviewed by mojack on 17 February 2004

Comments From Users (145)
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1. Comments by donna8157 [Rating: 9/10]
After watching "Tokyo Love Story", I really wanted to see other dramas that Suzuki Honami had been in, since I really enjoyed her performance in that series and I could not say any less for this one. Rather, she exceeded my expectations yet again, her character as the anchorwoman, Tamaki Aso, was very much career-oriented and serious versus the fun-loving and energetic, Akana Rika.

The chemistry between the characters was also wonderfully created. Tamaki Aso and Ryu (the fifteen year old son of her late husband) grew together throughout the series and they became close. It was touching and very well done. I couldn't help but wish that Suzuki Honami's character and Takizawa Hideaki's character would get together somehow (although that would be a terrible sin) and make another Forbidden Love type series. The chemistry was definitely there. The news aspect of the dorama was also very well done and kept it really interesting. I highly recommend watching this drama!
2. Comments by dnie [Rating: 9/10]
Humourous! Suzuki plays a top journalist of a broadcasting station
who after the death of her recently married husband, gives her the
custody of his husband's son from a previous marriage. Her stepson
is well, er besides cute and all, has that cold, i dont care and i-dont-wanna
live-here-too attitude. What i look through in this dorama is the quirky but
lovable lawyer who tries to make Suzuki accept her stepson Takky but
we cd see that he does harbour some feelings for her too, only his
moral prevents him from admitting it to his bestfriend's ex wife. Hmm..
watch out for a vey young Fukakyon who plays Takky's classmate.Plus,
the realtionship among em three is very good and convincing-shows
the develepment from non existing trust and love, but dynamically evolved
and at the end, when the three of em walk together, u can see that warmth
engulfing them, as if they are a family. A good show!
3. Comments by GreenIce [Rating: 10/10]
Wonderful, wonderful chemistry between all the actors/actresses especially Suzuki as the unwilling foster-mother and Takky as the unwilling foster-son. Gradually the headstrong duo begin to earn each other's begrudging respect, giving us many light-hearted moments in the process. Meanwhile we are treated to valuable lessons about morality, ethics and professionalism, against the backdrop of a news station.

I feel that what sets this drama apart from the rest is the brilliant orchestral score that does credit to every scene, be it humorous, touching, brave or sad. It really is an excellent drama.. full marks from me!!
4. Comments by xploring [Rating: 9/10]
Although this is not groundbreaking by any means, it was a lot of fun, I think they made the most of the material on offer. Suzuki Honami shone, I was particularly impressed with the light-hearted side of her performance. The focus of the drama is more on inter-personal relationships rather than news reporting. It was very good at putting across all aspects of the story, and pretty much the whole support cast delivered very good performances. This is honestly a series that I enjoyed from start to finish. Very much recommended. :thumbsup:
5. Comments by DragonSpirit164 [Rating: 8/10]
Interesting drama about a iron willed newscaster and her stepson whom shes forced to take in after her husband passes away. Although she never admits it, deep sown she cares for him deeply despite his usual high school teen attitude. Suzuki Honami and Takky did a great job here to bring out such an unusual realtionship. She was very elegant in the show, and radiates a certain charm about her. I din like the theme song though.. it was a bit meh...This drama kept my interest thorughout. Recommended!~
6. Comments by Sana1x2 [Rating: 8/10]
A really good drama with great actors and good script. The first half of the show was really funny and emotional, while I found the last few episodes a little boring. But that is probably just me because I didn't care about the newscaster storyline and was much more interested in the dynamics between Aso, Ryuu and Kubota. And, even though he wasn't the lead, Takki showed how amazing an actor he is (even as young as he was back then). It's a great dorama and a must see for Takki fans!
7. Comments by compaqmac321 [Rating: 8/10]
hmmm, i liked it, it was pretty good i suppose..but what was the show really about? her career as a news anchor? or starting a new life with her ex husbands son? this show was good, but it would have been better if they stuck to one thing...OR they could have done both, since both stories are interesting, but the lawyer ruined the chemistry between aso and ryu...this show was pretty good but it could have been WAAAAAAY better, i was disappointed after the 1st episode.
8. Comments by marzyu [Rating: 9/10]
Aw . . . so cute . . . seems like Takki likez Honami in this one, doesn't it!? hehe and Fukada got jealous! Dat'z sooooo cute! This is one of the many dramaz I actually enjoyed watching becuz it showz how family luv is realli important! As this drama wuz touching it wuz also realli funni! Honami did a realli good job in this one . . . and it'z da last drama before she actually retired from da film industry so support her all da way ^^
9. Comments by yamada_taro [Rating: 10/10]
Excellent drama, very good story, and great acting by Suzuki Honami, Takizawa Hideaki and the rest of the brilliant cast. One of the best dramas I have watched. I loved how they developed the mother/son relationship between Suzuki and Takizawa's characters, and the overall impression of how a news program is put together. It even has a few funny moments here and there. Highly recommended to anyone.
10. Comments by Yuki [Rating: 9/10]
Honami Suzuki is very stylish and elegant in this dorama. The story goes great.Takky also not bad. He played a problem child who lost his parent in a car accident. Takky's father divorced with his mother and married Honami which made her his step mother. And Honami was the one who reported about the tragedy in Channel Two . That's what make her became famous.
11. Comments by JuLy [Rating: 8/10]
Hideaki Takizawa...the first drama that make me fall in luv to his acting. Itsn't easy to make a drama about news broadcasting...two thumbs up for the detailed...the rushed...and the way described about dillema's that always faced by every news journalist, to pick between...money...life...career...or human sense...which one will u chose?!
12. Comments by laramatsu [Rating: 10/10]
Its funny, heartwarming and just simply enjoyable. Just imagine taking care of someone that is related to you through someone who already passed away - no blood ties or anything. Takki is so cool in this drama, Honami is great playing Aso Tamaki, being indifferent but yet reluctantly going along with the guardian role.
13. Comments by nadrika [Rating: 8/10]
Watched this on local tv pre-2000. Again, can't remember in great detail what this drama is about. But i remember enjoying this show when i watched it back then. Something about how the leading lady, a newscaster, was trying to balance her work and getting along with her husband's (?) son. Sorry really too long ago.
14. Comments by icebaby028 [Rating: 9/10]
I really liked this drama because I think Suzuki Honami's acting is superb. I think she's definiately the best japanese actress there is. This story is very interesting and isn't overdone like the whole teacher plot. It's also interesting to see Suzuki Honami's character evolve throughout the drama.
15. Comments by Lucian Dureau [Rating: 6/10]
This drama might seem boring but it's quite interesting. It has very good episodes, all of them about the world of the TV news and a woman newsreader that have to fight between that world and her personal life after she had to report on air the death of her husband in a traffic accident.
16. Comments by arashilove [Rating: 10/10]
I love this drama as it is very fun to watch! I enjoyed the touching stepmother-son relationship that developed between Aso Tamaki (Suzuki) and Ryu (Takizawa). I loved Nagatsuka Kyozo's character (Kubata-san), plus Fujiwara Norika did a great job as Aso-san's rival. Highly recommended!
17. Comments by jaycee [Rating: 9/10]
loved this dorama a lot..... very interesting.... takes u to the world of news casters..... aso tamaki the great newcaster who took her pride wif joy and never determind to lose... very funny dorama.....*^^* must be a hit...... becuz takizawa hideaki was soooo kawaii in the dorama...
18. Comments by Shindou [Rating: 8/10]
This dorama ROCKS!!!! Excellent balance of drama, comedy, character development and great plotlines. Suzuki Honami, Nagatsuka Kyozo, and Tackey fully carried this dorama to the end with an interesting surprise ending I didn't expect due to an unconventional twist late in the jdorama.
19. Comments by akitsu [Rating: 9/10]
I laughed and laughed :) It was touching. The story and characters werent very realistic actually but i didnt mind. I must say that the beginning was really good and further episodes were slacking ^^; but I kept watching and truly I love the cast >D
20. Comments by Taurmindo [Rating: 7/10]
despite they played too much with the "you're so alike!" stuff in every epsiode, while having them do and realize same things on different areas, this was a good drama. great to see a non-love story that still is touching, but on a different field.
21. Comments by Hoshi [Rating: 10/10]
This show really offers the audience a view of what it is like in the newsroom, through the eyes of a news anchor. Even though there are many dramas which take place in the newsroom, this remains one of my favourites. The cast did a great job.
22. Comments by mmyy [Rating: 7/10]
When I first watched this, I have my eyes all on Takki. It's my first encounter with Takki back then and omg he looks so lovely! Storywise, I didn't find the drama too entertaining, but not boring either. I guess it's a pretty okay show.
23. Comments by princess [Rating: 8/10]
First drama i watched with Hideaki Takizawa in it. He is indeed very cute. XD
The storyline is ok. I thought the ending was quite good. At least it made her a happy person and I was so happy when Taki finally got along with her.
24. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 7/10]
This dorama has nothing special. If you like the actors and you want to be a journalist it can be interesting. Don't watch it if you want to have a great time. If you have free time a watch an ok dorama why not this one.
25. Comments by yourasthma [Rating: 8/10]
entertaining, strong cast esp the lawyer dude. but i thought the finale was less exciting than ep 9. a light-hearted drama to watch, but not life-changing. but it does make me wish suzuki honami didn't retire so early.
26. Comments by Marit [Rating: 7/10]
pretty ok.
the acting made the show pretty good, but all together the story wasn`t very interesting.. the ending was a bit boring, but still thanx to wonderfull actors and actresses I would give this show 7 points :)
27. Comments by Tiffany [Rating: 8/10]
Surprisingly, I enjoyed this dorama. It took a few episodes to draw me in, but then I found the sneak peeks into the telecaster world to be incredibly eye-opening. The actors all gave impressive performances as well.
28. Comments by shanghai_honey [Rating: 8/10]
Very entertaining drama! I enjoyed the mother-son relationship between Suzuki Honami and her rebellious son. It was a great performance from the casting and we get a glimpse into the world of news reporting.
29. Comments by yanie_chan [Rating: 9/10]
Just like GTO, doesn't need a romantic type story to attract viewers!^^ Lots of funny scenes occur, and the story of a reporter is just interesting! That's what have drawn me watching this drama!!!^_^
30. Comments by Kiyomi L. Denise [Rating: 8/10]
Ah~ This drama once caused me to want to be a news broadcaster, (but that's so over, ha). It's nice actually, I like the plot, and I like Hideaki as the teenage boy who's dying for a mother's love...

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Users who voted for this drama (52)
1. ainoviere
This jdrama is great! Suzuki Honami excellently plays a strong, albeit selfish newsreader who matures throughout the series. I was a bit torn about the ending, I wish she could have done both. Definitely recommended!!
2. hidezawa_himeko
love at the first time fot takizawa hideaki.. i thought he and suzuki honami had a great chemistry.. this was my 2nd honami's dorama but she made the unforgettable roles because of her great acting..
3. rw11
Great chemistry between the cast members and you feel like they have become a real family at the end. One of my first jdrama and I still remember this after all these years.
4. bababoom
This is such a great drama, different from your typical love stories. At times lighthearted yet touching. Highly recommendable. Wish honami suzuki would act again!
5. arashilove
Cute, hilarious, touching! The bond that developed between the characters portrayed by Suzuki Honami, Nagatsuka Kyozo, and Takizawa Hideaki was extremely convincing.
6. laramatsu
I really love the humour and the familial value that this drama have. It is hard living with someone that you barely know but is actually related to you
7. Frits
honami suzuki is amazing, she has someone that make u want to see her more and more.. i just saw her twice in doramas but she already became my fave one
8. naoki_kotoko
i've never disappointed with honami suzuki's act...and in news no onna she is very good..many lessons that can we take from the drama
9. gorgeous_in_tears
Beautiful work by Suzuki Honami. I remeber her from The Tokyo love story. She managed to make a great character in this dorama
10. stararies17
this drama tells a lot about adapting to the environment. like e story, e relationship n the job she has. a delightful drama
11. UWFShooter
Honami did a great job of putting over Takizawa as a credible actor. A great farewell to a legendary actress.
12. michaela
nice relationship between ryu and his step-mother, so funny when ryu's feeling was miss understood by aso
13. FierceStriker
Great great dorama!!! The best News story show ever! The actors are all soooo good. A must watch!
14. aki21
The storyline is great, plus Hideaki... Yumm.. his current pic doesn't do him any justice.
15. IkematsuSosuke
Hilarious and interesting drama, didn't realize that broadcasting news was that intense.
16. juunigatsu
an enjoyable drama which is quite funny at times. love all the honami vs takki scenes.
17. idetakun
like the story, like the plot, like the casts. touching and a little funny~
18. ester_grace
Thanx to thìs drama, i became a fan of takky~ luv @ the 1st sight
19. Aya_fans
this is my 1st jdrama I ever watch and it's absolutely fits my taste :P
20. sojuqueen
Hilariously funny! There was great chemistry between Aso and Ryu!
21. lim_li
It's good for woman and girl...I like the story!!!
22. hendry
my first dorama, d one dat make me become d-addict
23. Michi
give love-story a break.. give this is a try!!
24. mimisyamimi
urmm....Love Hideaki very much!
25. nanien
good story, and great actor!
26. agni
thEy are pLaying gReat!!!
27. ery-chan
Best J-Dorama ever!
28. mizuno_takako
A classic for me
29. aruthberry
A bit touching.
30. serewen

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