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Muri na Renai [無理な恋愛]


Drama Details
Title:Muri na Renai
Telecast:2008-04-08 to 2008-06-17
Season:Spring 2008

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes

Shogo is a divorced man with one daughter. In his younger days, he was briefly in a band but it quickly broke up, and he took on a job at a record company. At the age of 60, he falls in love with the 35-year-old Kaede, but her career and values are very different from his own. In addition, Kaede already has an "ikemen" boyfriend. Will he be able to win her heart?

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (3)
1. Wasuremono [Sakai Masaaki]
2. Psyche na Heart [The Raindrops (Sakai Masaaki)]
3. Heidi [ZUKAN]

Actor/Actress Cast (31)
Sakai Masaaki
Tachiki Shogo (60)
Natsukawa Yui
Nagano Kaede (35)
Tokui Yoshimi
Shoji Tatsuhiko
Aoki Sayaka
Kadota Shoko
Tanaka Kei
Yashiro Bunpei
Fukuda Mitsunori
Mizuta Ichiro
Nagata Akira
Tashiro Kazuya
Himeno Madoka
Kojima Haruna
Ogawa Asako
Ogata Sayaka
Shigenobu Yoko
Kamayatsu Monsieur
Omi Toshinori
Ogawa Keisuke
Suzuki Sawa
Kubo Ritsuko
Natsuki Mari
Ogawa Mitsuyo
Saito Michi
(ep. 1-2)
Nishiyama Sosuke
(ep. 1, 3, 5, 7)
Sakaguchi Kenji
(ep. 1, 11)
Muto Akiko
(ep. 2)
Takayama Takehisa
(ep. 2)
Takayama Miyako
(ep. 2)
Takase Yukina
(ep. 3-5)
Takeshita Kumi
(ep. 4)
Mitsuishi Ken
(ep. 5)
Fuwa Mansaku
(ep. 5, 9-10)
Takahata Atsuko
(ep. 6)
Inoue Jun
(ep. 7)
Masuda Shuichiro
(ep. 7)
Maeda Gin
(ep. 9)
Okuda Tatsuhito
(ep. 10)
Kumagai Tomohiro
(ep. 10)
Imura Kumi
(ep. 10-11)

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Drama Reviews (1)
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1. Sakai Masaaki was Amazing! [Rating: 8/10]
I started watching this drama because of Natsukawa Yui (and I love her to pieces), but I kept watching the show because of Sakai Masaaki. What a great performance he gave! I went into the drama with high expectations, but I had very little for him because he's so heavily associated with the role he had in Churasan. However, he completely broke the mold for me and I really had fun watching him in this drama. Both the leads were great, with an okay chemistry between them. Tokui Yoshimi was great as the good-for-nothing boyfriend, and although his character was downright annoying, the acting was grand.

I was a little disappointed with the ending. It was too rushed for my taste, but the overall story was great. Although this drama is a romance, the comedic moments were fantastic. My favourite scenes were the ones between Natsukawa Yui's and Suzuki Sawa's characters. I'd watch the entire drama again just to see the two interact.

I definitely recommend this drama... especially if you're a Yui fan.
Reviewed by Wynter on 23 July 2009

Comments From Users (16)
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1. Comments by xploring [Rating: 8/10]
Even though I never really saw Chappy and Kaede as a couple, there were a lot of highlights which made this one of the most enjoyable series in recent memory. Almost all the characters were interesting and memorable in some ways, and the excellent acting from almost everyone really elevated this drama to another level. I felt at times there was a sense of freedom with the acting rarely seen in other dramas. I especially enjoyed the interactions and friendship between Kaede and her actress friend, and the wise and optimistic outlook on life from Chappy and his ex-wife. Sakai Masaaki's confession in episode 7 was one of the best, I thought. It does have a slow start but definitely recommended. Very uplifting last episode.
2. Comments by sucigam [Rating: 7/10]
This was a pretty predictable drama made watchable by Natsukawa Yui, who with this drama and Kekkon Dekinai Otoko, has convinced me that she is the best 30-something actress working in jdramas right now as she has shown the ability to make two very different characters(from a very sarcastic doctor to an overly optimisic actress) completely believable. It's hard to recommend as there are pacing issues and the writing/direction isnt as polished as KDO, but if you are a fan of Natsukawa's then it's worth checking out.
3. Comments by Cerebus [Rating: 9/10]
Fantastic comedy drama about love between generations. Natsukawa Yui is even better than she was in KDO. Tokui Yoshimi is also excellent as her dead-beat boyfriend. This show is really about not regretting the past, but rather thinking about the future. The plot offers nothing original, but it is excellently written. It is completely free of cynicism, and the characters are the sort of people you would actually want to spend some time with in real life.
4. Comments by sadacori [Rating: 8/10]
Boy meets girl and falls in love. Problem is: the age gap is about 25 years and it's awkward to observe...at first. After a while, I found myself rooting for Chappy (the 60-year old man) and Kaede (the 35-year old woman) to get together.

The highlights for me were the songs in this drama. "Wasuremono" was a great theme song and "Psyche na Heart" was a catchy tune heard throughout this excellent series.
5. Comments by marspeach [Rating: 9/10]
Didn't expect much after the first ep but it turned out to be really entertaining. Natsukawa Yui was incredible. Very different from her Kekkon Dekinai Otoko character but the show did have some similarities. Very character driven. Not perfect, but one of my favorite shows.
6. Comments by Anime Dad [Rating: 9/10]
Another stellar performance from Natsukawa Yui and an entertaining storyline, with a great supporting cast. Highly recommended for anyone looking for something that doesn't focus on the looks of the latest Johnny's alumni.
7. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
A nice, sweet little drama. Sakai was great and Yui gave her usual solid performance, but my favorite scenes were the ones between Yui and Sawa Suzuki as two actresses for whom "Been there, done that" really applies.
8. Comments by chibichan [Rating: 7/10]
this dorama is about Chappy - singer in 60's era- who try to find a love, He fall in love with the girl whom he met by coincidence, Kaede. but Kaede already have a boyfriend.
The story is very interesting.
9. Comments by Smiley_18 [Rating: 8/10]
To my surprise, it turned out to be a better drama than I had thought. The main actor is not that good looking you know....which I think makes the drama funny and sad at the same time.
10. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 6/10]
It�Ls actually better than a 6 - it deserves a 7 or 8. In this case it�Ls me, not the drama (and certainly not the acting). It�Ls just simply not my kind of drama.
11. Comments by bmwracer [Rating: 9/10]
Thoroughly enjoyable drama and two wonderful performances from the lead characters, particularly the endearing Natsukawa Yui.
12. Comments by Wynter [Rating: 8/10]
A really sweet drama with great performances by both Sakai Masaaki and Natsukawa Yui.
13. Comments by romi510 [Rating: 6/10]
Current season, started watching 2 episodes, and it is getting pretty boring...
14. Comments by desert-raven [Rating: 8/10]
Very enjoyable story and characters. Plus it has Natsukawa Yui!
15. Comments by Omren [Rating: 6/10]
Better than expected.
16. Comments by niknik [Rating: 9/10]
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Users who voted for this drama (2)
1. desert-raven
Once again, Natsukawa Yui made the show.
2. niknik