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Okane ga nai! [お金がない!]



Drama Details
Title:Okane ga nai!
Escape from poverty
Telecast:1994-07-06 to 1994-09-21
Season:Summer 1994

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TV Station:Fuji TV

Kentaro lives in the suburbs with his two little brothers. They are poor, but they are happy. The factory Kentaro works for, though, goes bankrupt on pay day and Kentaro finds himself out of a job and with even less money. The brothers are thrown out of their apartment and Kentaro, a born optimistic until then, decides that he must aggressively pursue "money". This drama depicts the success story of Kentaro in his search for money and a better life.
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Over The Trouble [Oda Yuji 織田裕二]

Actor/Actress Cast (12)
Oda Yuji
Hagiwara Kentaro
Zaizen Naomi
Kanda Michiko
Azuma Mikihisa
Ozawa Ichiro
Kaneda Akio
Yoshimoto Miyoko
Yamagi Kyoko
Matsuzaki Shigeru
Kenda Shingo
Ishibashi Ryo
Himuro Kosuke
Tomita Shigeo
Takagi Saya
Kashiwagi Reiko
Imai Masayuki
Taguchi Hiromasa
Inohara Yoshihiko

Related Links (2)
1. Official Okane ga nai! Homepage @ Fuji TV (Japanese)
2. Okane ga nai! Infopage (Big5)

Drama Reviews (1)
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that you may find out about this drama's endings and plots!

1. What a drama! [Rating: 9/10]
A entertaining and educated show!
Good choice of background music, experienced actors (including the two children), a clean and precise story plot. The director made every scene worth its purpose. Deals less with romance, more about life maturation.
Reviewed by toiling on 20 May 2001

Comments From Users (29)
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1. Comments by yume [Rating: 9/10]
To be honest, I expected less of this drama--but I was in for a surprise! The story grabs you and you just can't stop watching it! While exaggerated, you can feel what it's like not to have all your desires fulfilled. The ending theme song is great and upbeat. In addition to that, there's a COLORFUL array of characters for anyone to like. The writer of this drama had a knack for creating personalities, I think. While the whole drama is fairly not plausible, the final episode struck me as a bit unrealistic, but more realistic than a happily ever after ending--so that's why it's a 9. YOU GOTTA WATCH THIS!
2. Comments by xploring [Rating: 8/10]
Entertaining drama. They managed to make it a fun and rollercoaster ride, with great storytelling bringing friendship, kinship, romance and work relationships and subplots all clearly to life. Excellent acting performances and good direction make it interesting viewing all the way through. I think it really speaks for the 90's jdramas that a high quality drama such as this won only 2 acting awards (best actor and supporting actor). I would have rated it higher, but it didn't move me deeply, focusing making it fun and entertaining.
3. Comments by aik0 [Rating: 9/10]
Haven't seen a dorama such energetic for a long while, a story/comedy about how a lowly-quailified 'misfit' insurance agent who overcomes all odds (ex office politics, lack of experience, lack of know-how, class difference) to climb to the top. Vibrant acting, nice story and good pace.
4. Comments by Signo [Rating: 8/10]
This is a damn good drama! Plot is very interesting and the general acting skills are fantastic! Oda Yuji, Zaizen Naomi, Azuma Mikihisa and of course the two boys are a perfect team. Don't miss this outstanding drama !! (My 130. jdorama^^)
5. Comments by jaered [Rating: 10/10]
My first j-dorama, watched in Japanese class. The entire class was hooked, and we couldn't wait until Friday, the day we got to watch another episode of Okane ga nai. This show lives on with every member of the class to this day.
6. Comments by toiling [Rating: 10/10]
Like I wrote 3 years ago (in the review section), "Okane Ga Nai" remains my favorite Jdorama!! I can almost forsee Yuji Oda's successful career now when I saw this work 9 years ago...when I was still I elementary student.
7. Comments by shamipe [Rating: 10/10]
Esta é o primeiro drama do Japão que assisti,e a partir deste comecei a gostar das novelas do Japão.Oda Yuji e Zaizen Naomi fizeram nesta novela,papéis que marcaram muito.
8. Comments by akibakenji [Rating: 9/10]
First J-drama I've ever seen...back in 99 in my Japanese class. I haven't seen this one in years, but I remember it was quite funny and enjoyable. Oda Yuji puts on a very memorable performance.
9. Comments by ephesus [Rating: 10/10]
it's hilarious, and it shows how totally jacked japanese business was during the bubble. If you don't hate Kanda Michiko after 3 episodes, it's a fact that you have NO SOUL.
10. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
Probably my favorite Yuji Oda drama after Odoru Daisousasen and my favorite office drama after "Shomuni".
11. Comments by Ezalor [Rating: 8/10]
Not too serious, not a second boring but predictable ending.
EDIT One p down for not remembering.
12. Comments by freeze [Rating: 10/10]
Very funny and good dorama by Oda Yuji (such a good guy!! I never heard bad rumour about him)
13. Comments by Tasse [Rating: 9/10]
One of my favorites - melodrama at its best. Oda Yuji sets a great bar for likeability.
14. Comments by idetakun [Rating: 7/10]
as far as i can remember, it was good enough to keep me following almost every episode.
15. Comments by 100aw [Rating: 7/10]
Interesting drama about a guy climbing to the top seat from the cleaning room!
16. Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: ?/10]
Wish List!

My trade List:
17. Comments by eien Bussan [Rating: 7/10]
i heard a lot of good stuff about it but didn't seem too special to me
18. Comments by kinki_txr [Rating: 5/10]
watchable. You can see young Tachi from Tokio.Meaningful drama.
19. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 7/10]
Ma ma - not a total winner but fun to watch. Has aged a little.
20. Comments by yuji88 [Rating: 10/10]
I liked this drama. Very funny and Oda Yuji is great in it!
21. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 9/10]
not a so good drama but entertaining!
22. Comments by Johnny's_drama [Rating: 9/10]
one of the most touching dramas
23. Comments by rodprime79 [Rating: 8/10]
Very nice rags to riches tale.
24. Comments by cyberarts [Rating: 8/10]
The path of money or life.
25. Comments by kaka [Rating: 8/10]
gambarou !!! q(^_^)p
26. Comments by Hee Hee Hee [Rating: 6/10]
will update again
27. Comments by DoramaOnna [Rating: 7/10]
Seven out of ten.
28. Comments by williu [Rating: 8/10]
Fun drama!
29. Comments by yukari_no_hoshi [Rating: 10/10]
30. Comments by Yasuko [Rating: 7/10]

Users who voted for this drama (7)
1. Signo
This is a damn good drama! Plot is very interesting and the general acting skills are fantastic! Oda Yuji, Zaizen Naomi, Azuma Mikihisa and of course the two boys are a perfect team. Don't miss this outstanding drama !!
2. yukari_no_hoshi
I saw this ages ago, but it still lives on in my memory! I was quite young back then too, but I remember really loving it!!! It was soooo funny and I loved Michiko, she was soooo sweet!!! Ichiro was soooo funny!!!
3. jaered
One of my favorites, for sho. I'm itchin to watch it again, too.
4. Mask Maker
Striver for success!
5. keith863
6. DictionnaireJaponais
7. SquallAdv