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Tomodachi no koibito [友達の恋人]



Drama Details
Title:Tomodachi no koibito
Friend's lover / Le petit amie de mon amie
Telecast:1997-04-10 to 1997-06-26
Season:Spring 1997

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:12 Episodes

Having just graduated from art school, three young people discover that their paths are no longer the same, and they must reconcile their new lives with their former relationships. Mako has given up her idealism to join a company, and falls in love with Akira's boyfriend. Meanwhile, Akira decides to end her own romantic involvement to pursue her dreams. This is a new twist on a love-triangle from the perspective of three twenty-somethings facing an unknown future.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. Wonder [Four Trips]
2. Ben [Hakase Taro]

Actor/Actress Cast (12)
Seto Asaka
Sakurai Sachiko
Ando Masanobu
Kato Haruhiko
Kase Taisho
Sakuma Tetsu
Masuda Miya
Miura Koichi
Hoshino Yuka
Tezuka Toru
Akashi Ryotaro

Related Links (1)
1. Official Tomodachi no koibito Homepage @ TBS (Japanese)

Drama Reviews (6)
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1. Tomodachi no koibito [Rating: 8/10]
OK, this was my very first jdorama and it wasn't dubbed in English (I do not speak/understand Japanese) and I STILL enjoyed it! Although, there were many sad moments (what is drama without them though?), there were lots of heartfelt moments and twists that kept me interested in the story and the characters.
I was disappointed that one of the characters changed drastically in personality - it was like night and day! I thought she was a pretty good person until the change happened then I really didn't like her at all after that - lol!
Masanobu Ando's performance was wonderful, he is able to convey so much with just his expressions (especially his eyes) - but maybe I'm biased 'cos I think he's the bee's knees :b
"Ben" by Michael Jackson was used frequently throughout the series and although I'm not a fan of the song (kind of creeps me out, actually), it was appropriate if you know the lyrics to it. This drama really underlined the friendships between the characters and how deep they ran.
This is an 8 because the ending left me somewhat unsatisfied. For those who have seen it, you know what I'm talking about!
Reviewed by aesthetic reasons on 17 November 2004
2. One of my favourite dramas... [Rating: 10/10]
Though the storyline seems to be unoriginal, it is interesting to see how seto asaka transformed from a tom-boyish girl to a beautiful, elegant and successful woman coming back for revenge. Pretty touching and sad to see the change in the relationship between the 2 best friends.
Personally, I've always like dramas featuring actresses acting as mean characters (such as Miho Kanno in "Koi no Kiseki").
I really love this drama.
Worth watching, really...^^
Reviewed by ciel on 30 June 2002
3. it may not be as touching as beautiful life...but. [Rating: 10/10]
i think that the drama is worth to watch... i mean yes it's started well, and ended... uhh quite a meaningless one... but for me, i think that Masako should have been the one with Kawashigi, but her best friend <Akira> delibretly stolen him from her... well, just the drama is based on a triangle love relationship, between two best friends and a guy... i would say it's a worth to watch... i only like the last episode though... it's very sad....
Reviewed by jaycee on 3 July 2001
4. Started well, but ended quite silly [Rating: 6/10]
A beautiful young cast, but relatively unknown.

The story is quite dramatic, but somewhat unoriginal. You can pretty much anticipate what happens next. So no surprises for those who often watch dramas.

Again, the theme music is outstanding.
Reviewed by tetsukei on 10 November 2000
5. Sad story.. [Rating: 8/10]
so touching...it's hard for you to make a choice between your bestfriend and your special one...
Reviewed by syahirah on 28 April 2004
6. first dramas [Rating: 8/10]
nice..love story..this is the first japanese dorama i've seen...
not bad..
Reviewed by shyra_sakura on 23 February 2003

Comments From Users (12)
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1. Comments by tetsukei [Rating: 6/10]
Love triangle. Nice music, but the story is boring. The usual tricks : "I'm pregnant, don't leave me", "She's pregnant, i can't leave her", "I still love you", "In fact I never loved her".... etc etc. Nothing new.

Humour 4/10 Story 5/10 Actors 5/10 Music 7/10
2. Comments by jaycee [Rating: 9/10]
this was the second japanese dorama i watched on tv, becuz of the main actor... ando... sumthing... can't remember his name....... his looks were absoulutely gorgeous there... this story involves a love triangle between masako, aki and kashiwagi......they were best of friends in art uni...
3. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 7/10]
I was happy with the dorama overall except what happened in the finale. It got my attention all through. This story shows how people can change because of love� typical love-triangle theme. I think Seto Asaka is so pretty here! The Angel theme is misleading....no angels in this dorama!
4. Comments by eiko [Rating: 7/10]
Its really nice!! But the ending kinda sucks for those who supports Akira (Seto Asaka) instead of Masako (Sakurai Sachiko) and Masanobu Ando is really cute!! However, Akanishi Jin, Imai Tsubasa is still the cutest!!!!!!
5. Comments by dnie [Rating: 7/10]
this one stars Asaka Seto, Masanobu Ando and ..err...i forgot. a love triangle story and only one got the man. blah blah..
6. Comments by thereds [Rating: ?/10]
i will never watch this dorama because i don't understand chinese subs unless i buy english/malay subs
7. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 4/10]
abt r/ship yet again�was kinda sad�hate these backstabbing characters
8. Comments by silver_shining [Rating: 8/10]
i love this series!!!! first dorama i watched ^^;
9. Comments by syahirah [Rating: 8/10]
interesting drama!!
10. Comments by Hee Hee Hee [Rating: 6/10]
will update again
11. Comments by aesthetic reasons [Rating: 8/10]
See my review :)
12. Comments by N|sz^^aYa [Rating: 9/10]
this is good..
13. Comments by sarafina [Rating: 5/10]
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15. Comments by babyram [Rating: 6/10]
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19. Comments by ciel [Rating: 10/10]
20. Comments by Yasuko [Rating: 8/10]
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22. Comments by lynn [Rating: 6/10]
23. Comments by emiko [Rating: 6/10]
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26. Comments by eien Bussan [Rating: 8/10]
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28. Comments by carie_akanishi [Rating: 4/10]
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30. Comments by natni [Rating: 5/10]

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Andou wa sukoi!!!