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Tengoku ni ichiban chikai otoko [天国に一番近い男]

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Title:Tengoku ni ichiban chikai otoko
The man closest to heaven / Heaven cannot wait
Telecast:1999-01-08 to 1999-03-19
Season:Winter 1999

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:11 Episodes
1 Special

Due to his lack of drive, Shiro has failed the university entrance exams three times and just can't seem to do anything right. When Shiro starts to contemplate why somebody like him is living at all, a mysterious man named Tendo appears, calling himself an "angel." Tendo warns Shiro that his death is just around the corner if he does not push himself harder. Shiro takes the initiative and ends up saving someone else from an untimely death. In this way, Shiro avoids one brush with death after another by listening to Tendo's frustrating riddles and gradually learns the value of life. With a lot of laughter and a few tears, Shiro's trial teaches the importance of being confident and hard work.

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Related Dramas (1)
Tengoku ni ichiban chikai otoko Season 2
天国に一番近い男 - 教師編


Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. Oh! Heaven [TOKIO]
2. Message メッセージ [TOKIO]LYRICS ]

Actor/Actress Cast (19)
Matsuoka Masahiro
Amakasu Shiro
甘粕四郎 (21)
Okina Megumi
Tsuyuzaki Koharu
露崎小春 (20)
Hakamada Yoshihiko
Samejima Haruki
鮫島春樹 (27)
Ikeuchi Hiroyuki
Nakatsukawa Asato
中津川麻人 (22)
Jinnai Takanori
Yoshimi Tendo
Kubozuka Yosuke
Yuki Satoru
結城サトル (21)
Matsumoto Takami
Tengenji Ruri
天現寺るり (32)
Kitamura Soichiro
Yuki Junichi
結城純一 (60)
Watanabe Ikkei
小笠原 克雄 (42)
Shofukutei Tsuruko
Kagaya Junichi
Tendo Yoshimi
Moto Fuyuki
Nakayama Mari
Suzuki Sonoko
Musaka Naomasa
Kondo Yoshimasa
David Ito
Okamoto Kenichi

Related Links (2)
1. Tengoku ni ichiban chikai otoko Episode Synopses @ KIKU TV (English)
2. Tengoku ni ichiban chikai otoko Infopage (Big5)

Drama Reviews (6)
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1. Great Idea [Rating: 7/10]
I liked the idea, but I think they tried too hard to make it funny, and sometimes I found the support cast a bit irritating, especially the colleagues at the office. I am not sure if that's how they like it in Japan, but to me, it's overacting. Sometimes I feel even the main characters overact a bit. But I like the missions for each episode and they are creative with them. There is definitely a message being conveyed in this drama, and they do a great job bringing the message to light. Like most dramas, this show tries to teach the importance of being a decent person, and there are morals throughout.
Reviewed by Hiro Toyo on 18 January 2004
2. Watch this with your gf! [Rating: 7/10]
I want to give this one a higher rating, but I couldn't just sit and watch it. Maybe it didnt' grab my interest as much with the missions, or maybe it was lacking attention grabbers (poor directoring maybe). It seemed interesting enough to the end. Hm, just thinking about it makes me wanna rewatch it. Or maybe it was me and a sad time in my life when I watched this. Well, I stand by my "7".
Reviewed by gizm092 on 23 August 2003
3. Heaven would be LUCKY ^_^ [Rating: 10/10]
Heaven would be lucky to get Mabo (Matsuoka Masahiro). This drama is an excellent drama if you are one of those people who love comedy and action. It is really worth watching plus it will lighten your mood if you are having a bad day ^_^. Overall, a wonderful drama that I suggest everyone watches.
Reviewed by miakasan21 on 3 January 2003
4. Above average [Rating: 8/10]
Pretty good drama similar to Home and Away where the main character has a different mission each episode. Though the individual stories are not as good as Home and Away, the overall story is better and it has a decent ending. The character of Tendou is very memorable.
Reviewed by akiramike on 4 November 2003
5. Very Funny [Rating: 9/10]
I saw this show a long time ago so my memory might be a bit fuzzy. I did remember it being very enjoyable and the Angel is incredibly hilarious ;)
Reviewed by zoglog on 6 September 2006
6. GOOD!! [Rating: 9/10]
never fail to make me laugh...watched a few times already hahah....finished the vcds in one shot cause dying to know the ending
Reviewed by himitsu on 28 May 2003

Comments From Users (31)
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1. Comments by michiru3 [Rating: 2/10]
awful. Matsuoka Masahiro did a good job, i suppose, but I just really dislike his acting. he became really annoying. the story seems interesting, but there just seems to be something lacking and didn't cut it for me, even though I like some of the actors. sadly, Kubozuka Yousuke's role was so small that it wasn't worth sitting thru this awful thing to catch glimpses of him. oh, but the ending sequence is so cute. that's my favorite part of every episode, haha.
2. Comments by g_hunter1 [Rating: 9/10]
Heh. I watched this drama without any english subtitles so i didn't understand most of it when it aired on tv. But it was sorta easy to understand by the acting. This is a great wacky drama. I even caught the special episode.
3. Comments by jjpsychic2 [Rating: 9/10]
i really liked it.. it's so funny and jinnai's personality makes it really good.. it may be a bit stupid in ways..but i really enjoyed and the ending was pretty good as well..
4. Comments by Blood_Berry [Rating: 8/10]
one of the very first j-doramas that i've seen. Shiro Amakasu was sooo freakin' adorable! (^O^) The humor was so slapstick as well.. w/c i find really enjoyable.
5. Comments by kaonashi [Rating: 5/10]
A pretty hysterical drama. Weak story & Tendo, the angel is too noisy. Some episodes are ok & it has some funny moments. But overall a mediocre drama.
6. Comments by kyunspark [Rating: 8/10]
Watching young Mabo is definitely fun...^^
Ah, for you johnny lovers, please peeled your eyes open, for there were more johnny's talents in the series...
7. Comments by miakasan21 [Rating: 10/10]
This drama really brightens your day when you are feeling sad...Mabo is really fun in this drama...I like it a lot....Mabo is so cute!!!
8. Comments by Hee Hee Hee [Rating: 9/10]
super nice!!! like all the characters in this drama.....chasin every episode to find out wats next command..
9. Comments by katrinka [Rating: 10/10]
funny, wonderful drama. I adore the way Masahiro's charactor was able to change himself. highly recomended!
10. Comments by BettylovesTakuya [Rating: 6/10]
I enjoyed watching both Takanori and Masahiro whenever they have a squabble. They're just so funny.
11. Comments by Tad [Rating: 8/10]
Good entertainment, has a bit of a thrill in all the episodes with many funny moments.
12. Comments by Okiunic [Rating: 9/10]
i found this one to be really funny and it had its touching moments too. i loved it!
13. Comments by Akakage [Rating: 8/10]
A very unusual drama comedy and it has succeeded to make me laugh a lot.
14. Comments by kipas [Rating: ?/10]
also have the special part too (the one with Kyoko Fukada's in it)
15. Comments by Sungirl [Rating: 10/10]
This drama is sooo funny! If you can find it please watch it!
16. Comments by crimsonRED [Rating: 8/10]
One of the funniest i've ever watched. I recommend this.
17. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 4/10]
okay i guess...each episode with a different story..
18. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 6/10]
Bad, I give it 6 for the cast and the idea.
19. Comments by johuth [Rating: ?/10]
Bought means available for trade! COMPLETE
20. Comments by FierceStriker [Rating: 9/10]
Hilarious, very well acted by the cast.
21. Comments by eien Bussan [Rating: 9/10]
much better than the sequel!!
22. Comments by gotosira [Rating: 10/10]
like it ^.^ very good drama
23. Comments by Lauralye76 [Rating: ?/10]
Haven't start watching yet
24. Comments by stargirl [Rating: 9/10]
a highly enjoyable drama
25. Comments by Shiro [Rating: 10/10]
I love shiro =D
26. Comments by dummyuser6 [Rating: 10/10]
i love it =D
27. Comments by marienella [Rating: 10/10]
very funny!
28. Comments by pinkokoro [Rating: ?/10]
29. Comments by Amika [Rating: ?/10]
30. Comments by sho_sakurai [Rating: 8/10]

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Users who voted for this drama (7)
1. effronterie
I LOVE THIS DRAMA! Matsuoka Masahiro is hot, and I love the chemistry between the actors! The plot is light and funny, I'll be watching it for the 4th time this weekend ^^ I wish someone would sub the sequel.
2. dummyuser6
i love shiro =D
3. strawberryfzz
4. Shiro
5. akulaki
6. blu4ev3r
7. zdorama