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Ai wo kudasai [愛をください]



Drama Details
Title:Ai wo kudasai
Please give me love
Telecast:2000-07-01 to 2000-09-30
Season:Summer 2000

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:12 Episodes

Miho Kanno stars as a nursery school teacher who is trying her best to overcome her traumatic past despite the bullying of other teachers and parents who keep insinuating she is incapable of doing the job because she was not raised properly herself.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Zoo [Echoes]

Actor/Actress Cast (6)
Kanno Miho
Jinnai Takanori
Eguchi Yosuke
Ito Hideaki
Hara Sachie
Yamaguchi Ayumi

Drama Reviews (5)
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1. Another Award-winning performance by Kanno Miho! [Rating: 10/10]
I suppose not many people like this drama because of the generally depressing story and the initially unlikable (even nasty) character played by Kanno Miho. This is not one of those feel-good type of dramas that leave you all fuzzy and warm inside, but is instead a brutally honest character-driven drama about the almost unbearable fate suffered by its main character.

Kanno Miho again confirms her reputation as the Queen of Gloom and Doom (TM) by her award-winning performance (her performance in this show won her the best actress award in the Japanese Drama Academy Awards in 2000) as the lonely and vengeful Tohno Ririka, who was abandoned when she was a baby, grew up in an abusive orphanage, and ended up as a nursery school teacher plotting sweet revenge on the unloving world that abandoned her. But her road to revenge and self-destruction was obstructed by a seeming stranger who rescued her from suicide attempt and went on to support and encourage her through written correspondence...

While there aren't a lot of tear-jerking moments in this drama, it's nevertheless a moving statement about one unfortunate soul's journey through loneliness and despair, played to gloomy perfection by Kanno Miho. She even sang the very addictive theme song "Zoo"! Highly recommended!
Reviewed by Ming on 10 January 2007
2. Subarashi!! [Rating: 9/10]
Ai wo Kudasai is the very first J-dorama that I watched, and probably the one that got me into other Japanese dramas. Ai wo Kudasai, really hits the drama-o-meter pretty high. The storyline is depressing for the most part and unlike others dramas, it doesn't contain humor. This is overall, only for people who likes to see sad dramatic scenarios till' they cry. Nonetheless, it's still outstanding. Miho Kanno really did a good work on how to portray a lonely-depressive individual. Ai wo Kudasai also has a cool theme song called, Zoo (by, Echoes), with ballad acoustic guitar strings accompanied by the slow-melodic piano that perfectly fits the drama's essence, which is the main protagonist, Syuka Hasui, in deep vain wishing please give her love/relief.

I think this drama is also trying to imply a lesson about hope; never give up no matter what or how worst matters get. I will confess that I even cried at some of the most dramatic scenes of the series.

Ai wo Kudasai is so awesome, if only I could see it I would! ^_^' However, I would only recommend, Ai wo Kudasai, for mature audiences, otherwise, younger viewers might find it boring or inappropriate for them. ^_^
Reviewed by Anjiro on 27 May 2002
3. Not much, only to pass the time [Rating: 7/10]
Less than what I expect from such talent because:
-There's no buildup to the eventual relationship between Kanno and Ito;
-Eguchi's influence is overpushed, as is the conflict between Miho and her father (actor = Kazuyoshi Kushida).
I had actually turned off the TV in 2000 when this came out and only recently took the time to watch it in its entirety from rentals.
The ending is good, but at the same time disappointing. Seems to me as unlike Kono Yo no Hate, these guys are just happy to be themselves and there's no reflection on what the relationship means to both.
Reviewed by UWFShooter on 22 October 2003
4. nice song [Rating: 4/10]
the theme song by zoo is a haunting one..gets u singing along wen u hear the song�the story was so-so..I found it abit boring somehow..
Reviewed by ct_subang on 10 May 2003
5. Quite a dark drama [Rating: 5/10]
I like the ending but the process was a bit draggy. Ito Hideaki had to act the role of the reserve player. So poor thing!
Reviewed by piglet44 on 14 April 2002

Comments From Users (21)
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1. Comments by xploring [Rating: 8/10]
Kanno Miho was great in this. By the end of the series, I feel like I know intricately all kinds of things about what Ririka (Kanno Miho) is like as a person, and the pains and transformations she went through. I didn't realize what a star she is until now.

As for the series itself... There was no especially powerful insights for me. Despite being a bit repetitive and slow, and Rirka dwelling on her loneliness and vengefulness for quite some time, the dialogue and people felt genuine and sincere, and there were also some touching moments. By the end, I felt it had some healing effects for me. I would recommend this for those who have trouble coming to terms with their misfortunes or loneliness, but it can be a chore for those who have no such problem. It can be quite depressing at times.
2. Comments by pash [Rating: 10/10]
Have you ever seen a picture of a lit-up candle on a pitch-black background? Well, that visual image came to my mind as I was looking for the best way to describe this dorama without giving away too many details: at first (and for the biggest part of the episodes), the darkness is so thick it's almost unbearable; but then, slowly but surely, a faint light can be seen and, as we approach the ending, the light shines bright and warm and the darkness is vanquished. Heartwarming story, great performance - as usual - by Kanno Miho, very good direction and script, nice and catchy soundtrack and score. Oh, and a special mention for Fubuki Jun: she's always excellent! 10/10
3. Comments by dnie [Rating: 7/10]
beautiful song by Miho Kanno...ai wo kudasai..
a story about a girl who searches herself..she thought she is alone, but no one's really alone in this world..when she wants to suicied, she met a saviour whom she thought she had fallen in love with, but he's actually his brother. Then, when she least expected, love comes to her in a most surprising but beautiful way..
4. Comments by arglborps [Rating: 10/10]
Despite the fact that I personally just can't stand Hideaki Ito, this drama really caught my attention.

I did cry at some scenes, really. This drama also turned me into a Miho Kanno fan immediately she's not only a pretty face she's an extraordinary actress.
5. Comments by piglet44 [Rating: 6/10]
This drama is a bit on the slow & sad side but I liked Ito Hideaki in this drama. He acted as the long suffering supporter of Kanno Miho. Good performance. Also starring Eguchi Yosuke of All under One Roof.
6. Comments by MilkyWay [Rating: ?/10]
This was the first dorama I've seen. But just one episode so I can't really tell. But I liked the acting of Miho Kanno and perhaps I'll be able to get it one day. Just thought it would be worth for an entry ^-^
7. Comments by emiko [Rating: 8/10]
Tocuhing yet 'dark'. Kanno acted as a girl who's struggling to live with the help of her 'penpal' Motojiro. She's been searching for her real father & true love which in the end.....[:hoho:]
8. Comments by aki_07 [Rating: 7/10]
Unusual plot with very true pyschological issues, a tad too draggy with repeated flashbacks and dialogues, delivery did not manage to make me sympathise with lead actress much.
9. Comments by Signo [Rating: 8/10]
Heart-touching!!! I got a tight feeling in the throat while watching the last two episodes. Kanno Miho was brilliant, but the story is sometimes too elongated.
10. Comments by Jwen [Rating: 6/10]
Pretty alright, keeps u wanting to know what happens next. But her melancholy is quite disheartening and boring. Hideaki Ito keeps things going tho'
11. Comments by jaycee [Rating: 5/10]
in this drama, kanno miho plays the evilistic character in taking over her cousin's life, family and friends... even her boyfriend...
12. Comments by okaker [Rating: 6/10]
i love the theme song of this drama
maybe idon't understand the meaning of the lyric but i can feel the whole music.
13. Comments by Aurora [Rating: 6/10]
The theme of this drama is a bit dark and weird for my taste, however the theme song "Ai wo Kudasai" is notably pleasant.
14. Comments by katfame [Rating: 8/10]
Oooo....a dark and evil story... It makes you feel eerie but it'll also keep you glued to the tv...
15. Comments by orenji [Rating: 7/10]
slow paced at first but story gets better as the show goes on. :D
16. Comments by 100aw [Rating: 5/10]
Quite a dark drama. Worth watching for Ito Hideaki.
17. Comments by shiitake [Rating: 4/10]
didnt make me wanna watch it 4 da 2nd time....
18. Comments by yuka [Rating: 2/10]
Don't know why but Kanno Miho puts me off.
19. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 4/10]
pretty boring...the song is haunting
20. Comments by Goodearl [Rating: 5/10]
21. Comments by Hee Hee Hee [Rating: 6/10]
22. Comments by Yasuko [Rating: ?/10]
23. Comments by himawari [Rating: 7/10]
24. Comments by dyh86 [Rating: 6/10]
25. Comments by nick [Rating: 4/10]
26. Comments by babyram [Rating: 8/10]
27. Comments by Zaki [Rating: 5/10]
28. Comments by yellow [Rating: 8/10]
29. Comments by angelicky [Rating: 7/10]
30. Comments by ct3395 [Rating: ?/10]

Users who voted for this drama (4)
1. numlock84
kanno miho cute in these story
2. thyelaine
3. LaughingMan
4. orange1806