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Drama Details
Season:Winter 2000

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TV Station:Fuji TV

Miki Imai plays Midori, a fashion industry executive who is dedicated to her job but beginning to wonder if she is not missing something in life. Company colleague and former lover Eisaku Yoshida suggests she needs a husband and children and appears ready to take on the assignment. But Imai insists it is a deeper, more internal question like: "Why was I born and what am I supposed to do in this life?" Little does she know she is about to meet Koichiro, the heir to a tea ceremony empire and a young man who has had all those questions answered for him since birth.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Goodbye Yesterday [Imai Miki 今井美樹]LYRICS ]

Actor/Actress Cast (8)
Imai Miki
川嶋 碧 (35)
Ichikawa Somegoro
神崎宗一朗 (25)
Sato Aiko
森山 由里 (24)
Yoshida Eisaku
堀口 一仁 (34)
Kajihara Zen
Hiraizumi Sei
神崎丈太郎 (58)
Enami Kyoko
日向 遙子 (52)
Utsui Ken
川嶋 哲雄 (64)

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1. Official Brand Homepage @ Fuji TV (Japanese)
2. StarEastNet Singapore

Drama Reviews (8)
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that you may find out about this drama's endings and plots!

1. Loved this Drama! Great Storyline but the Ending.. [Rating: 9/10]
I have to admit that I enjoyed watching this drama. Imai Miki "Midori" plays a very convincing honest person (kinda like Matsushima Nanako? heh:P) throughout the series and Ichikawa Somegoro "Kanzaki" is the one responsible for that. I also liked how each episode ended, where it leaves you hanging which also makes this drama addictive to watch b/c you have to know what happens next. But the ending also might leave a few of you hanging too. Then again the story has to deal with two people trying to find who they are and what their purpose in life is and I think if you can figure that out then you can understand why it ended the way it did.
Reviewed by Sakuragi Hanamichi on 6 July 2002
2. A good Brand [Rating: 8/10]
Miki Imai was outstanding in this, I really gathered a lot of respect for her acting after this drama. I felt she was strong but vulnerable and a really good love story about two people searching for what was really important to them in life. Parts felt a little slow which made it hard to give it much higher than an 8 but yet somehow and 8 feels too low. I am having a difficult time with that part.
Reviewed by MonsterZero-65 on 13 November 2009
3. Watch this with your gf! [Rating: 8/10]
The theme song to this drama is just so catchy. It would be one that will stick on me for a while. I'll remember this drama as one directed with good taste. The story line may lack sometimes, but like any other drama, you'll need to stick to the end to find maybe a happy ending.
Reviewed by gizm092 on 23 August 2003
4. Okay.... [Rating: 6/10]
This drama was okay. It's the usual older woman younger man drama with the not so usual ending. It was good but I felt that it dragged in the middle. Overall good for at least a once over but not much replay value.
Reviewed by Slackey on 29 September 2003
5. Didnt really like this one. [Rating: 2/10]
Ok I really didnt like this one very much. I found Sato Aiko's cjaracter to be pretty annoying at times and didnt like th chemistry that much between Imai Miki and her male lead. I dont really recommend this one.
Reviewed by dys199 on 25 July 2004
6. Another classic [Rating: 8/10]
This drama is another memorable classic. I can't say that it is very exciting but it is good and Miki Imai was wonderful in this. I recommend it as a good drama for a mellow mood.
Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 16 August 2010
7. So far So good :) [Rating: 8/10]
I have watch a few of the episodes of this show and i really
enjoy the storyline and the on-screen chemistry between the
main cast of this j-dorama. Thumbs up!
Reviewed by yvetsh on 11 June 2002
8. OK [Rating: 8/10]
Imai Miki looks good in the show. The supporting case is quite good too. You'll stick around for the ending.
Reviewed by jdfan on 26 June 2002

Comments From Users (40)
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1. Comments by mldesu [Rating: 6/10]
good japanese dramas go one up by using its storyline to espouse a philosopy of life or dwell on issues like the meaning of life. the brand storyline is not original, but the drama seeks with each progressing episode to share a moral through its heroine. the summation of her lessons -- from learning to free herself from the thinking and expectations of others, to the meaning of what "branding" really is -- are offered in the good final episode. dramas may not offer practical solutions to life's problems, but hey, they do remind us it is important to dream. good acting from the three leads and supporting cast. imai miki's wonderfully warm smile. ichikawa somegoro's charisma grows with each episode. eisaku yoshida brings out the layers in his character as he goes from ex-boyfriend to renewing his love for midori to having it rejected again, and through it all, making his love and concern for midori startlingly clear. entertaining, good looking drama.
2. Comments by Sorata [Rating: 6/10]
Despite the rating i gave it, this was a very well played dorama, it probably would have been much more famous if the male lead wasn�Lt Ichikawa Somegoro, if his part was played by Kimura or Sorimachi this dorama would have very high ratings.
This was my first(and probably the last) dorama i watched with Imai Miki and i have to say she was awesome, great acting and such a beauty for a 37 year old woman(real age at the time of this dorama).
Ichikawa Somegoro played his part well, but he looks much more older than 25 and that killed a little the 10 year age diference problem.
I really loved the dialogue, very clever and interesting; the main plot is a lot like Anego, Sapuri and Hataraki Man, if you like those kinds of dorama you will enjoy this.
3. Comments by aki_07 [Rating: 10/10]
If there's a 11/10 score I would choose it! This drama portrays many real-life issues which to me are close to heart & what I can relate to. Once again the interesting dialogues and character development made me hooked and buffled. I was searching for it for yrs and finally managed to buy from HK. After 4 yrs and watched it the 2nd time, I am able to appreciate the issues at a deeper level. It's one drama that leaves me with lots of thoughts and reflections on life, one that requires a mature audience to unravel the underlying meanings of the scripts. The cast is very attractive and the soundtrack beautiful! One of the best ever!!
4. Comments by kaonashi [Rating: 4/10]
Pretty lame story about a romance in the fashion industry. What saves this from a much lower rating's the final episode where things sum up. That final episode's good & the reason alone for making this drama almost worth watching after all. But the overall problem with this story's the lack of credibility. And one great episode can't make up for 10 bad ones.
5. Comments by heimu [Rating: 6/10]
Similar to the title, I felt it's rather "Bland", umm.. Brand's storyline is something like man dorama for example OverTime and Majo no jouken where a older female is impress by a younger male and eventually fall in love...
6. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 7/10]
Imai Miki looks good in the show. It shows how difficult it is to be a business woman in Japn, where males dominate. The supporting case is quite good too. You'll stick around for the ending.
7. Comments by chin5 [Rating: 9/10]
miki portrayed a very elegant woman to the end. both supporting actors were very good looking. i love the plot wherein modernity and tradition struggles to the end.
8. Comments by xhidex33 [Rating: 7/10]
Watching... this drama is more mature. I heard things about the ending but since I'm not there yet this is my rating so far.
Sato Aiko's character pisses me off. haha.
9. Comments by amethyst [Rating: 6/10]
Romance between a young man and an older woman, who is also his superior. Gets a little draggy in the middle with an unexpected ending but nonetheless well filmed.
10. Comments by arashinokoto [Rating: 7/10]
i loved the theme song by imai miki.. the show although focused on the lead actors.. gave an insight of the work done at these kind of designer houses..
11. Comments by iluvhyde [Rating: 7/10]
I like this show. Its very intriguting and inspiring. Great acting. Love the way the show handle the feelings between the 3 people. So great!
12. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
Good work by Imai, Ichikawa and Yoshida. For some reason, I empathized with Yoshida's character (the twice rejected boyfriend) the most.
13. Comments by elfgeek [Rating: 8/10]
My first taste of Imai Miki. Great in this series teaching us the tough world of 'perceived value' and keeping up with the 'brands'.
14. Comments by 4julls [Rating: 7/10]
nice drama ....
down to earth ... means that though its a happy ever after but ... life is just like that
nice one ... :D
15. Comments by ephesus [Rating: 9/10]
Despite having a horrible theme song, I really enjoyed the development of this drama. Just a solid romance.
16. Comments by uglymale [Rating: 7/10]
Mildly entertaining, not outstanding in anyway. I like the tea house angle. At least it's not silly.
17. Comments by kobashi [Rating: 8/10]
I enjoyed this drama. I like the chemistry between the two leads. Interesting and memorable ending.
18. Comments by Eve [Rating: 10/10]
So interesting to learn about the Tea houses. And the love story is fantastic. Be sure to see it!
19. Comments by lawsco [Rating: 8/10]
Still not sure why I liked this as much as I did. Guess you'll just have to decide for yourself.
20. Comments by tk_iva [Rating: 7/10]
this dorama do not leave a deep impression on me but the theme song (goodbye yesterday) did.
21. Comments by jade_frost [Rating: 6/10]
Nice for a peek into brand management, that was about all that sustained my interest.
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24. Comments by ppx040481 [Rating: 6/10]
watch it on tv...not much impression but nice theme song...
25. Comments by GIGI [Rating: ?/10]
Thought it would be boring but I was glued until the end.
26. Comments by MilkyWay [Rating: 4/10]
I can't help myself but I think this dorama was boring.
27. Comments by Angry Machines [Rating: 4/10]
Nothing would describe how bad and boring this show is.
28. Comments by Geezer [Rating: 4/10]
A nice enough time waster, but not very memorable.
29. Comments by ryce [Rating: 8/10]
Interesting perspective on Designer label goods.
30. Comments by jindo [Rating: 8/10]
Didn't like the ending but overall it was good.

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Users who voted for this drama (5)
1. aki_07
10 out of 10, if not, 11! One of the best drama with thought-provoking conversations and real-life issues. Great soundtrack & great performance from the cast, nevermind that they are not as popular as Kimura. You can grow on the lead actor's looks. I can only say it takes a mature audience to appreciate it. If you like dreamy, teenage romance or easy-to-understand scripts, you won't be touched by this drama.
2. ephesus
Solid acting and a really basic romance taking place in the business world of Tokyo. The amazingly japanese view of brand names is creepy, and wonderful...
3. ^aPPLe^
I love this drama.. I watched it a few year ago, but it sure left a deep impression in me.. A must-watch!! ^.~
4. animetama
I thought Imai Miki was really good in this series. The ending was good too.
5. Eve
A unique cross cultural experience.