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Tokyo Love Cinema [東京ラブ・シネマ]


Drama Details
Title:Tokyo Love Cinema
Telecast:2003-04-14 to 2003-06-30
Season:Spring 2003

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:12 Episodes

The characters of "Tokyo Love Cinema" find love waiting for them in all corners of the world, as they travel to Cannes, Venice, Istanbul, and back to Tokyo buying films.

Masaki Takasugi worked at a department store before starting COCOMO, a small film distribution company. Now the owner of his own company, Masaki travels around the world in search of outstanding films that are yet to be discovered. Not so long ago, one film that Masaki purchased and distributed became a mega hit, but that was where his luck ran out. Now, his company is suffering from financial difficulties, and will probably go under in less than a year. For Masaki, nothing is more important than work. So when it comes to the question of marriage, his answer is, "it can wait."

Yoshinari Chiba, who attended the same college as Masaki, is an employee at COCOMO. He is an unlucky guy that can't lie with a straight face-which is a disadvantage when it comes to being a movie buyer. Because of this, he usually winds up buying love stories that don't do well at the box office. Unlike Masaki, Yoshinari would like to get married, and tends to mention the word "marriage" early in a relationship--which is usually why he always gets dumped.

Eiji Hyuga is a good-looking guy that loves animation and horror movies. His one set back is that he is completely insensitive to girls' feelings.

The only female at COCOMO is Mako Sonoda, who works part-time. Mako's family runs a small movie theater. She is the girl of Yoshinari's dreams, but unfortunately for Yoshinari, the feeling is not mutual. Shinobu Shinohara is a new recruit, yet the most reliable of the four that work at COCOMO. All who work at COCOMO have dreams of making it big with the films they purchase, but just don't seem to have what it takes to be able to find the "big hit in the making."

Haruko Uzuki is an extremely aggressive promoter in one of Japan's major film distribution companies, Phenomenon. She was once famous for turning every film she bought into a blockbuster, but that hasn't happened for a while now. So this prompts the president of Phenomenon to move her from the Hollywood division to the low budget mini-theater division. On her 35th birthday, Haruko decides rather than to cling to the slightest hope of marriage, she'll buy a one-room apartment and work till she drops.

Kaoru Edogawa, the President of Phenomenon, is well-known throughout the movie industry. Kaoru's off-beat, yet strong personality has helped him to be very influential at film festivals around the world. The reason why he has moved Haruko to the mini-theater division, is because he foresees mini-theaters as a profitable business in the future.

Taking advantage of her good looks, Mizuki Sakamoto, who works under Haruko, attempts to put a stop to COCOMO. Another woman that works at Phenomenon is Teruko Sakai. Teruko is devoted to her job, and is good at laying out marketing strategies--rumor has it that she had a romantic relationship with a movie star when she was young.

Haruko's secretary is Sayaka Mine. Along with this team, Haruko starts searching for mini-theater films to purchase. It just happens to be the same genre that COCOMO focuses its attention on. To Phenomenon's dismay however, COCOMO's unique business sense makes it a tough competitor. Using the advantage of working in a major company, Haruko tries to push COCOMO out of business. But Masaki's passion for films helps him to fight back.

Through the movie-buying battle between COCOMO and Phenomenon, a subtle relationship which can be called neither friendship nor romance, is formed between Masaki and Haruko. Once Masaki's ex-girlfriend, Kinuyo Nikaido, who is a subtitle translator, reappears on the scene, this romantic comedy takes a new twist.
Fuji TV

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. Koi suru futari 恋するふたり [Ohtaki Eiichi 大滝詠一]
2. Video Killed the Radio Star ラジオスターの悲劇 [Buggles バグルス]LYRICS ]

Actor/Actress Cast (13)
Eguchi Yosuke
Takasugi Masaki
高杉真先 (35)
Zaizen Naomi
Uzuki Haruko
卯月晴子 (35)
Miyasako Hiroyuki
Chiba Yoshinari
千葉吉成 (30)
Itoh Misaki
Sakamoto Mizuki
坂本理紗 (25)
Shiraishi Miho
Sonoda Mako
園田麻子 (23)
Tamayama Tetsuji
Hyuga Eiji
日向暎二 (23)
Ishikawa Asami
Mine Sayaka
峰沙耶香 (21)
Takaoka Sousuke
Shinohara Shinobu
篠原忍 (23)
Washio Isako
Nikaido Kinuyo
二階堂絹世 (35)
Takenaka Naoto
Edogawa Kaoru
江戸川薫 (48)
Asada Miyoko
Sakai Teruko
堺照子 (42)
Toyohara Kosuke
Mizoguchi Keiichiro (epi 6, 9, 11-12)
Yamada Natsumi

Related Links (1)
1. Tokyo Love Cinema Official Website (SJIS)

Drama Reviews (1)
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1. Enjoyable [Rating: 8/10]
This was actually the first dorama series I rented in many months, and it didn't disappoint me. The relationship between Masaki and Haruko comes off well, despite they not having a burning rivalry as the synopsis proclaims. Tamayama has evolved a lot since I saw him in Gao Rangers (thanks to my kid brothers), and the rest of the cast plays very well.

A note to Webmaster: The one who plays Teruko is not Kanako Fukaura, it's Miyoko Asada. If there's an older woman I'd fall for other than Hitomi Kuroki, it would have to be her.

Overall not bad, but if you expect bitter business and personal rivalry, then you'll be disappointed.
Reviewed by UWFShooter on 8 July 2003

Comments From Users (22)
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1. Comments by *����~sara* [Rating: 9/10]
Really really good. Love how the characters ����ꂠ��. At first it doesn't go as predicted but in the end all ends well. Tamayama Testuji a real cutie and love how he gets together with Itoh Misaki. And Eguchi Yuuske gets with Haruko. Ending was such a cute ending. Its all like Oh- I see- that interesting.
2. Comments by jade_frost [Rating: 7/10]
I like Yosuke Eguchi, but didn't really fall for this show. The pacing was rather slow, though the story line was interesting. And average drama with a happy ending.
3. Comments by SushiMaki [Rating: 6/10]
I like to watch Yusuke since I saw him in Lunch Queen. Story is good and I'm beginning to see more and more of the same actors and actresses.
4. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 6/10]
I like Yosuke Eguchi, but the pacing was really slow! A typical theme related drama with a happy ending. Chemistry if the leads was weak!!!
5. Comments by Boogoo8 [Rating: 8/10]
Quite enjoyable to watch through but just that the leading actress is not persuasive to attract Masaki! Still she acted well.
6. Comments by keith863 [Rating: 8/10]
This is a suprisingly good drama. Lots of love relationships to keep you unable to see it to the end. Nicely entertaining.
7. Comments by Tad [Rating: 9/10]
I like Eguchi's dramas so a bit biased, but thought it was good - funny and touching: the way a japanese drama should be!
8. Comments by kindaichee [Rating: 6/10]
So so dorama in terms of storyline. Can give it a miss unless 1 is a fan of any of the actors/actresses.
9. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 7/10]
well...average i guess..not among the best...eguchi could do better!!
10. Comments by Kendesu [Rating: 8/10]
this was a good drama and was not disappointed to see it as well.
11. Comments by FierceStriker [Rating: 8/10]
Nice sweet little drama with great acting.

Ii kimochi desu ne
12. Comments by masnita [Rating: 7/10]
Nice!!! (i shall add more review later)
13. Comments by Hee Hee Hee [Rating: 7/10]
Ok....abit boring....will update again
14. Comments by ppx040481 [Rating: 5/10]
din really finish the dorama
15. Comments by ReD [Rating: 1/10]
Tak best bagi aku.letih jak.
16. Comments by Zaki-kun [Rating: 7/10]
what's up with abby boxer???
17. Comments by maui [Rating: 7/10]
futsuuni omoshiroi...
18. Comments by Aunty Coco [Rating: ?/10]
Sitting on my shelf
19. Comments by dango [Rating: ?/10]
love love cushion!
20. Comments by horse35 [Rating: 8/10]
8.5 actually
21. Comments by Dezza [Rating: 9/10]
22. Comments by pinkokoro [Rating: ?/10]
23. Comments by arb3i [Rating: ?/10]
24. Comments by fuqinlan [Rating: 7/10]
25. Comments by poks [Rating: ?/10]
26. Comments by Vanessa [Rating: ?/10]
27. Comments by yipsm [Rating: 7/10]
28. Comments by juliana_phang [Rating: 8/10]
29. Comments by Yasuko [Rating: ?/10]
30. Comments by lynn [Rating: 9/10]

Users who voted for this drama (1)
1. flyingangel
A heartwarming, light show, the casts really did a great job!