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Somurie [ソムリエ]



Drama Details
Sommelier / Grape wine expert
Telecast:1998-10-13 to 1998-12-22
Season:Fall 1998

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TV Station:Fuji TV

Talented but eccentric sommelier Inagaki acts as a sommelier even in the streets, trying to relax people with his bizarre and unique ways.

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Actor/Actress Cast (14)
Inagaki Goro
Kanno Miho
Takeda Tetsuya
Suzuki Anju
Ogi Shigemitsu
Komoto Masahiro
Abe Sadao
Hara Sachie
Satoi Kenta
Yamaguchi Moe
Takahashi Hitomi
Morishita Tetsuo
Sasaki Kazuya
Akimoto Naomi

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1. Official Somurie Homepage @ Fuji TV (Japanese)
2. Somurie Infopage (Big5)

Drama Reviews (2)
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1. Show worth watching [Rating: 9/10]
A well executed drama with a few lessons about the relations between 'jinsei', the problems within one's 'jinsei', and wine. There is much to learn not just about wine, but the people who drink them, and also the people who serve them. We also get to know more about why some drinks are famous -- usually there's a story behind every famous wine.

We have Satake (Inagaki) who is the master sommelier of this French restaurant, La Mer. It seems that he's interested in providing the best wine when and wherever possible, to those who is in need of them. He also treats his wine with love the way one would treat his/her lovers.

Naho (Kanno) is the spoiled daughter of the bucho (head) of the French restaurant department of a chain company. She is teased by Satake about how she cannot become a sommelier. As an act of revenge, so to speak, she decided to become a sommelier at the restaurant that Satake works at. Over the course of the show, it seems like that Naho learned much from Satake, and became more of a respectable sommelier herself.

The show is filled with good episodes of humour and life lessons. Although I was expecting more revelations about Satake's background and Satake's character transformation, neither came. However, the theme of the show is consistent. So by the end of the show, we understand why the entire world is Satake's hall.

A light hearted show suitable for entertainment. I give it a 9/10.
Reviewed by nhk9 on 31 March 2006
2. Wasn't expecting much [Rating: 5/10]
Wasn't expecting much and that's what I got. It's sort of a wine based version of "My Little Chef" but no where near as good. The biggest problem is the robotic performance of the lead character. You can't really blame the actor, I'm sure that is how the role is written but he just comes off as a dry pedantic guy with no personality. He's just not capable of selling the idea that the right glass of wine (and the story that goes along with it) can solve most of life's problems.

Miho Kanno's energetic performance almost makes up for it but just isn't enough to recommend the series.
Reviewed by johnjeon on 31 May 2008

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1. Comments by sukino [Rating: 6/10]
If you like wines, this is probably nice. But I find it boring and unrealistic as wine is used to resolve most situation. Still, I find the knowledge of wine is quite interesting.
2. Comments by vienna_sg [Rating: 8/10]
Brought it, because for Goro and Miho. Not much chemistry between the both although i heard they become couple thru this show. Goro was sugoi kakoii and so cool
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really interesting to see how a sommelier can do so much...and learnt more about wines in this show!
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Users who voted for this drama (1)
1. youri77
Heip to expand my knowledge of red wine