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Cheap Love [チープラブ]




Drama Details
Title:Cheap Love
Telecast:1999-10-15 to 1999-12-17
Season:Fall 1999

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:10 Episodes

Junichi is a scout recruiting girls for work in night clubs; but in contrast to what he does, he is actually a sentimental person at heart. Nanami, who is a music teacher at a junior high school, wishes that something would happen to change the course of her ordinary life. Being from a high-class family and having committed to an arranged marriage with a government official, she and the street smart Junichi are from two different worlds. Their initial meetings always ended in disdain for the other, but when Junichi helps her find some sheets of music precious to her, she begins to think that he could change her life. Although it goes against everything that her upbringing has taught her, Nanami decides to give him a chance.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. Wild Flower [Northern Bright ノーザンブライト]LYRICS ]
2. When [Shania Twain]

Actor/Actress Cast (9)
Sorimachi Takashi
Tsuruta Mayu
Yoshizawa Hisashi
Sawamura Ikki
Naitou Takashi
Kurosaka Mami
Shigemori Ayumi
Igawa Hisashi
Nagamine Naoko

Related Links (5)
1. Official Chiipu rabu Homepage @ TBS (Japanese)
2. http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Subway/6869/cheaplove.html
3. Chiipu rabu Episode Synopses @ KIKU TV (English)
4. StarEastNet Singapore
5. Chiipu rabu Infopage (Big5)

Drama Reviews (22)
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that you may find out about this drama's endings and plots!

1. Cheap love is not your averge cheap drama! [Rating: 10/10]
this is a great tv show the characters are well thought out the story is good it is one of the best that I have seen It to me it is one of those dramas that I would watch agian !! It has realy good acting and a great cast. It does start to slow down a little bit but still it is very good. There is nothing wrong with this drama. The ending is sad but it was great because I didn't expect it. Great drama that is all I can say there is noting wrong with it at all!
Reviewed by johuth on 20 November 2004
2. Worthwhile Drama [Rating: 8/10]
Sorimachi's acting is quite good in this dark drama. The storyline is a bit unconventional, but it doesn't mean that you shouldn't be watching it. Although the artist in the female lead is not an intriguing character, Sorimachi's heroism makes up for it. Also, I think I should applaud Sawamura Ikki's acting, since in this movie, he plays a very shady character, yet in Gokusen he plays a bright, and totally unrecognizably charming character.
Reviewed by nhk9 on 25 February 2006
3. Touching & Meaningful [Rating: 9/10]
I love this drama, just like i adore Majo No Jouken! It's so touching and the ending was rather sad. But i just love it!! Really meaningful. I don't understand why this story didn't get high rating but oh well, i guess i'm lucky enough to find out such a brilliant story. This story ain't dark and boring. For me, this drama is not DRAGGY at all. That's why you guys should watch it too. Very Very Recommended!~
Reviewed by Michi on 1 March 2002
4. Cheap Love [Rating: 10/10]
If you want a good drama, go watch Cheap Love right now!... Although sometimes the plot gets too serious, the drama is really good, every episode is exciting and makes you want to watch more.. not to mention the most important: the cast is fantastic and their characters are really captivating!.. I can ensure you- if you watch this high-quality dorama it'll definitely become a memorable one!! Don't miss it!~
Reviewed by Pochi on 18 November 2009
5. A great dark romanace [Rating: 8/10]
I thought it was great. Though I would have loved a different ending, in hindsight, this ending is in keeping with the style of the story. The show isn't a normal love story so why would it have a normal love story ending? I also liked to see an overall serious Sorimachi that's a bit of a departure from his usual carefree characters like in GTO.....
Reviewed by Slackey on 29 September 2003
6. Yeah!! [Rating: ?/10]
Hi, Finally I have found theme this Song Both Open song and End Song, "When" & "Wildflower" - Northern Bright (this song is very very difficult to find -*-.. but I have it now!) , Who want those themes song mail to me.. Enjoy ~~ (^_____,^)

**This Drama is my begining to like Jdrama !! My Favorite!!

[email protected] -GolF-
Reviewed by GB_345 on 4 December 2006
7. interesting [Rating: 7/10]
the theme of the drama had a meaningful point, which is never judge by society's standards. the end kind of ruined what was worked up by the drama. it just seems like all the storyline in the end was useless. but i would say that besides the romantic side of the drama, everything else had potential.
Reviewed by red_for_anti on 28 February 2004
8. Garbage [Rating: 4/10]
I love Sorimachi and I love Tsuruta. And I�fll never, for the life of me, understand why they chose to do this ridiculous drama. It�fs so ridiculous I�fm not sure what else to say about it in this review.

Except, the ending theme is great. Everything else is garbage. Literally (ref: last scene).
Reviewed by Wynter on 25 June 2010
9. Grahhh [Rating: 1/10]
Ugh. This Drama started out great. THe first few episodes really got me hooked. But then the middle episodes totally ruined the series. Complete lack of development in both plot and characters, and by the time it started to pick up again, it had already lost me.

Gah. Big disappointment.
Reviewed by Ghil04 on 2 November 2003
10. One of my favorites. [Rating: 10/10]
I'm surprised to see all the not so good reviews for this. It was actually my first drama ever, and still my favorite. Reaaally really good, and the sad ending was perfect, for me. It was cruel, but I loved it.
Reviewed by giggle weed on 19 August 2007
11. Amazing love story [Rating: 9/10]
Great dorama, a very amazing love story, alothough the story did get a but crazy in the end. Sad but very touching ending, both lead actors were great in this one. Truly a great dorama!
Reviewed by dys199 on 17 March 2004
12. very good drama but i didn't like the end [Rating: 8/10]
How can you fight so much in your life for something and then the end is like this?
don't have any comments for it, but I would have prefered a better end... specially for that Manabe
Reviewed by OBakasan on 9 April 2005
13. so-so [Rating: 5/10]
sorimachi in yet another cool role..mayu however was so innocent ..but that whole lot change wen she met sorimachi�

yoshizawa yu was hilarious though
Reviewed by ct_subang on 10 May 2003
14. I'll say it was really good [Rating: 9/10]
I loved how Takashi Sorimachi acted. He's always been a good actor and would always be one. The girl who played Nanami was excellent too .
Reviewed by h20 on 9 April 2001
15. OK only [Rating: 5/10]
A very dark story with a sad ending. A very unusual story line. Lack of chemistry between the main characters and I don't enjoy the ending!
Reviewed by jdfan on 3 July 2002
16. A so-so drama [Rating: 6/10]
This show is neither too romantic nor too action packed. Kinda leads you wondering. Watched it because of Sorimachi. Slightly entertaining.
Reviewed by popdod on 25 July 2008
17. unpredictable ending [Rating: 10/10]
i didnt expect the ending to be like this..
the ending is not as most other romance drama...
great drama...
sorimachi is the man
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 7 December 2003
18. This drama rocks!!!!!!!!! [Rating: 9/10]
I loved Takashi's acting but not as cool as gto.Nanami was excellent and it has a lot of humor too,A drama you can't miss
Reviewed by curian4 on 27 April 2001
19. This drama was great! [Rating: 9/10]
I really enjoyed this drama. I liked the characters, and I could not wait to see the next episode.
Reviewed by ginger6806 on 18 August 2001
20. Cheap love [Rating: 9/10]
It was a great drama, but i think the last episode when the hero dies really ruined it for me
Reviewed by winzors on 10 September 2006
21. not what i expected [Rating: 3/10]
overall its a dark movie, to me its an odd story the twists are just as weird
Reviewed by ezzaaziz on 20 June 2002
22. Very Dark Movie [Rating: 4/10]
Not for those who like good endings.
Reviewed by piglet44 on 15 April 2002

Comments From Users (91)
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1. Comments by Sorata [Rating: 7/10]
Another great Sorimachi dorama with a crappy ending(cough**Over Time*Cough**).
The first 8 episodes are like a romance-drama with some dark comedy and the last 2 are more like some policial thriller.
I like sad endings, but a sad ending(unlike a happy ending) needs a good build up and not something out of nowhere and the build up of Cheap�Ls Love ending is horrible.
If it wasn�Lt for the ending i would give 8 to this.
Anyway Sorimachi was gold(as allways) and the rest of the cast wasn�Lt that great but they weren�Lt that bad either.
2. Comments by Patazilla [Rating: 9/10]
uhm, yeah, what to say. I'm still not sure what to think about the ending - what's the purpose behind it and is it really as it seems?! Well, as I don't want to spoil anything I'll just say that I had a lot of fun with this dorama, a definite must-have for every Takashi Sorimachi-fan. xD I loved all the main characters and I also liked the flow of the story. Nicely worked out, but as I already said the ending gives it kind of a flaw. Still it isn't that bad. Shouldn't stop anyone from watching.
3. Comments by dnie [Rating: 9/10]
perhaps the most gothic dorama i've ever seen...but here Sorimachi is quite good as a person who 'recruits' err..whores (??) but he showed that he actually has more than that.. the lead actress is also very impressive as a gullible but strong woman (you go girl!) Yoshizawa Yu plays an idiot who follows Sorimachi around, but he's darn adorable!! all in all, i give this a fair treat..oh, and the theme song is sooo good..!!
4. Comments by Eyrien* [Rating: 7/10]
One of the first dramas I ever watched. At the time, I thought this drama was awesome, but now that I'm a seasoned drama viewer, I know that it falls short, mainly because of the lack of on screen chemistry between Sorimachi Takashi and Tsuruta Mayu. Still, if you're looking for a drama about the less reputable side of Tokyo, and at the same time a love story, this is a drama to see.
5. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 6/10]
A very dark story with a sad ending. A very unusual story line. Lack of chemistry between the main characters. I just feel that the ending can be better... Sorimachi Takashi, Tsuruta Mayu both did a good job with the roles. What if they change the ending?! Well, come think of it Overtime ended in a similar fashion. Poor Sorimachi! But it's not the same in real life for him.
6. Comments by dannyboy [Rating: 9/10]
I liked the story and I'm a big fan of Sorimachi Takashi. Im really infatuated with Tsuruta Mayu, she's one beautiful woman. The series reminds me of my jaded life and all the things that we do perfunctorily. It made me realized that life is too short and we should seize the day and get out of this monotous life that we live in. Though the ending saddened me.
7. Comments by sasukekun6 [Rating: 8/10]
I really enjoyed this drama. My second drama based outta Ikebukuro and I loved it! There's a lot of laughs and then there's a tooooon of intense stuff going on. I really enjoyed Sorimachi in this but I must say I really loved Yoshizawa as Ryo! I'd only seen him in more serious roles so it was awesome seeing him so young and crazy in this.
8. Comments by ReD [Rating: 8/10]
jenis Drama yang aku suka tengok.Cerita yang berkonsepkan jenayah(DI MANA TERDAPAT JENAYAH PEMALSUAN PASSPORT).Dalam cerita ni aku rasa peranan takeshi sorimachi sebagai seorang pengoda gadis agar jadik pelayan, menjadik skali (pendapat aku).Lakonan Takeshi sebagai hero,menjadi dan aku suka tonton.ending machoo....(MUZIK VALLEY SG.BULOH)
9. Comments by freak_of_psycho [Rating: 7/10]
At first, it was really cheasy... but after the third episode, it got kinda interesting... again, something to relate to... the fact that OL's or normal women with careers do get tired of the mundane world of the elite/avg society... we sometimes do seek out different and exciting things in our lifes.
10. Comments by Susie [Rating: 10/10]
One of my favorites for Takashi Sorimachi. Something about the set up of his character, and his relationship to the people who care for him, makes it compelling to watch. I really think it was a nice change of character for him and also was pleased with Yoshizawa Yu as his younger partner/friend.
11. Comments by AngelXing [Rating: 9/10]
OoOh...I loved Sorimachi in this movie...He's best at playing roles like this...but the ending is sad....really sad....kinda unexpected. BUT!! Not all dramas should have happy endings right? THen it would be predictable and boring....moreover...life isn't really perfect
12. Comments by sonychak [Rating: 10/10]
Now this is what you call a romance drama. No sugar coated crap like you see in others. This is a true romance film. I understand many people were sadden because of the ending with the hero, but regardless it was a good drama. All I have to say is Manabe-san sucks.
13. Comments by natzumi [Rating: 10/10]
I fell in the love with this one just from reading the plot. It's a romantic story about 2 people from really different backgrounds falling in love. They overcome obsticles to be together eventhough it may still not be enough. This one has a tear jerking ending.
14. Comments by chin5 [Rating: 8/10]
sorimachi is great in this drama. though he seems to belong to the underworld he has a redeeming factor- the winning of good versus evil in the end. I rate this an 8/10 simply because the end though seemingly happy was very tragic- simply an anthithesis!
15. Comments by jpnallbuzzedsaw [Rating: 9/10]
Sorimachi Takashi ... good drama. plus, one of the funniest quotes i've ever seen in dramas ... "look, you see the red threads of destiny?" hahahahah. funny stuff. semi good theme song too ... "When" by Shania Twain
16. Comments by williu [Rating: 10/10]
Wow. Just when I thought I had seen everything, I found Cheap Love. One of the most exciting and intelligent dramas I have seen. It arouses many feelings, and not one episode is boring. And a great cast! A must-watch for everyone.
17. Comments by CdMe [Rating: 6/10]
this love story becomes a crime story towards the end, which is btw horribly unsatisfying and cost this nice drama 2 points!!! you struggle 10 for episodes just to be left with a terrible "WTF???" feeling! i was really pissed of!
18. Comments by piglet44 [Rating: 3/10]
Not worth watching. I thought it would not be too bad since its stars Sorimachi. However, there was no chemistry between Sorimachi & the lead actress. Sorimachi is acting the small time gangster as usual. Quite a slow drama.
19. Comments by Wynter [Rating: 4/10]
I watched it because of its cast. BIG MISTAKE! What a terrible drama. Even the brilliant leads couldn't save this one. What a waste of time. You know the drama is bad when it stops a 145-dramas-in-row stream. Jeez.
20. Comments by ben_soh23 [Rating: 6/10]
do not really like this show except for takashi sorimachi... do not like the stupid and totally uncalled for ending.... i personally think that the female lead wasnt likable enough and tt spoil my viewing as well....
21. Comments by 4julls [Rating: 7/10]
nice story ... the first ...
but the end .. SUCK ....!!!!
hey .. why dont you make others happy ?? what an end ....
so many sycho ??? just like Face dorama ... ex-lover that so sycho :((
get over it !!!
22. Comments by JAKQ [Rating: 10/10]
Despite what others say, overall great drama. Ending unexpected, but still amazing. I happen to think that the chemistry between the two was just fine, and this was one of the better romance dramas made.
23. Comments by Michi [Rating: 9/10]
I love this drama, just like i adore Majo No Jouken! It's so touching and the ending was rather sad. But i just love it!! Really meaningful. its such a brilliant story. This story ain't dark and boring.
24. Comments by db9paka [Rating: 3/10]
Maybe this is a bit biased, as I don't really like Sorimachi..., but the story was boring and I fell asllep quite a number of times... missed a lot of parts but then again, who'd give a damn, rite??
25. Comments by warren.mcclendon [Rating: 6/10]
I did not like this at all. The story to me is just completely unbelievable. It takes the 'Beauty an Beast' theme like 'Tokyo Love Story' and uses more recent actors. But it didn't work for me
26. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 10/10]
Un veritable chef d'oeuvre.�����[��������.a Masterpiece, the ending may be sad but it had to end like this. Sorimachi is even better than in GTO!!!!
Hope to watch more dorama like this one!
27. Comments by Signo [Rating: 7/10]
cool story, but the last ten minutes suck. it's seems that the story has a happy end, but five minutes before the last episode ends there is a hard twist.
28. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10]
Great up until about half-way thru episode 8 when they decided to change directions. Special mention for Yuu Yoshizawa as the loyal, somewhat naive Ryo.
29. Comments by anduriachan [Rating: 9/10]
At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one, but it definately grew on me. Totally pissed me off at the end!!!! But that's dorama for ya! ;)
30. Comments by Shakyamuni [Rating: 7/10]
Sorimachi is so cool and Tsuruta Mayu is pretty cute. They have great chemistry. The plot tends to get weaker as it goes on, but it's a decent series.

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Users who voted for this drama (16)
1. loveaomori
Un veritable chef d'oeuvre.�����[��������.a Masterpiece, the ending may be sad but it had to end like this. Sorimachi is even better than in GTO!!!!
Hope to watch more dorama like this one!
2. Patazilla
I enjoyed this very much, not only because of Takashi Sorimachi, but also because of him. The only thing I damn is the ending. xD
3. PapaDeshio
WooHooo!!! The best dorama I've ever seen starring Sorimachi Takashi after GTO.
4. Gao
A drama of romance on the streets of Japan. Amazing.
5. gotosira
Great both drama and song until the last ep
Superb. Possibly one of my favorites.
7. great5678
nice story... different from others
8. takim
emm...like him responsibility
9. Michi
tragic love story!! :~(
10. cokecheers
One of my fav...
11. whahoo
12. ahfong
13. cursed within
14. Dawgie
15. carla-chan
16. masaki-chan