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Fighting Girl [ファイティングガール]



Drama Details
Title:Fighting Girl
Telecast:2001-07-01 to 2001-09-28
Season:Summer 2001

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TV Station:Fuji TV

Fukada plays Sayoko, a tough, 19-year-old with ambition, energy and nowhere to direct it. Her father clearly favors her blind 16-year-old sister. Junior college is unstimulating. She is fired from her part time job in a dress shop because she is too diligent at catching shoplifters and slaps them around a bit when she does. Even her boyfriend opts out for a more docile girl, but Sayoko doesn't think she is tough enough.

Coming home on the train, she nonchalantly puts on her makeup and changes her shirt, oblivious to the other passengers' silent glares, until Ami (South Korean actress Yoon Son Ha) confronts her. They stare each other down and Sayoko gets off. The passengers commend the Korean student but she scoffs at them too, asking, "Instead of praising me, why don't you say something yourself?"

A few days later Ami is also the one who comes to the aid of Sayoko's sister, who has sprained her ankle when pushed on the platform. Ami can't understand whether the Japanese are kind or cold. They all look worried about you but no one steps forward to help, she tells the girl.

In gratitude, Sayoko's poor father invites Ami for expensive sushi. She shows up with five friends to make things more cheery and in doing so, shows a lack of cross-cultural understanding herself.

Life gets more complicated when Sayoko goes to the beach to sulk and comes across a frustrated rich kid who she fends off with her considerable kickboxing skills. She loses her new belly-button jewel in the process, a guarantee they will meet again.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Seed [Time Fellowship]

Actor/Actress Cast (10)
Fukada Kyoko
Yoshida Sayoko
吉田小夜子 (19)
Yoon Son Ha
Son Ami
宗亜美 (22)
Sakaguchi Kenji
Awamura Gen
粟村元 (23)
Amami Yuki
Mitsui Shoko
三井祥子 (33)
Hirayama Aya
Yoshida Fuyumi
吉田冬実 (16)
Yasui Kenichiro
Tsuchiya Kotaro
土屋浩太郎 (18)
Izumiya Shigeru
Awamura Mitsuo
粟村光夫 (50)
Hagiwara Kenichi
Yoshida Yuzo
吉田祐三 (48)
Katsumura Masanobu
大伴洋輔 (29)
Sasano Takashi
滝川稔 (60)

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1. Fighting Girl Official Website

Drama Reviews (13)
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1. -___- [Rating: 4/10]
At the beginning of watching it, I asked myself, "Hmm... what is the plot of this?" An hour later, I ask myself, "Hmm... what is the plot of this?" Two episodes later, I ask myself, "Hmm... what is the plot of this?" Two more episodes later, I ask myself why I'm still watching this. I wait for something, ANYTHING interesting to happen... And except for the mildly amusing parts of one dude trying to hit on one of the girls and him getting drunk, I don't get my prayers answered. It could have been better, I know it could... but the way it was quietly acted out, I was just bored out of my mind as I was at that constant state of where I think something exciting is going to happen. But to the drama's credit, they somehow made it so I was unable to turn off the TV and burn the DVD's. And no, I don't mean burn as in copying burning. Flames. Boom. THAT'S what I mean. That would be more exciting than the actual drama. But maybe something DID happen. I never found out. My sister saved me by stealing it, oblivious to its plot, or lack thereof.
Reviewed by hummer on 4 December 2005
2. Not spectacular, but not awful.... [Rating: 6/10]
I am editing this because I finally have the option and have seen more stuff in 3 years! ^^;; I am familiar with Fukada Kyoko san's work, and I must say I'm not a fan of her in general. This dorama showed her as a very aggressive girl, which was new for me to see, and it was actually kinda refreshing. I couldn't adjust to the strawberry blond-ish hair on her though! :P Getting to the point, this dorama wasn't terribly exciting. The story didn't seem very dramatic, but enjoyed it somewhat. But any fan of Fukada san would probably like to see this one. Or, anyone like me who doesn't really like her and prefers not to see her whine and pout, hehehe. Yoon Son Ha played a likeable character as well, and her Japanese is quite good!
Reviewed by KouSeiya315 on 14 December 2001
3. Above Average [Rating: 8/10]
The one thing I enjoyed about this Dorama was Yoon Son Ha, she is rather pretty & can act decent too :D, really looking forward to her next dorama "Seoul Love Story"?... I think she acts with that guy from "S.O.S" .. Kubozuka Yosuke?

Well, enough about that! I found the drama quite interesting, especially the relationship between Kyoko Fukada & Yoon Son Ha, but I didn't really like how it ended, the ending could have been better (ps* As usual Kyoko Fukada was good)
Reviewed by JohnnyBoy_3000 on 11 November 2001
4. I liked the idea [Rating: 7/10]
I liked this drama. Granted, there wasn't much to it, but I thought the portrayal of this headstrong girl was cool. I like alot of the outfits as well, and was very happy to see an actress with some curves, this being Fukada Kyoko. It could have been much better, and the end really did nothing for me. But again I liked the idea, and the message that it sent.
Reviewed by Namielove on 10 January 2002
5. I like this one [Rating: 9/10]
When I saw some first episodes of this dorama.
Actually, I didn't really like it.
Very boring and made me want to sleep -_-.
But, after I saw the others episodes I started to like.
The story tell me that live isn�t easy and everything has the end and always change.
I think the ending is quite strange.
I still guess whether it�s happy ending or sad ending.
Reviewed by thee on 19 March 2002
6. Good Drama [Rating: 7/10]
A descent drama, but not Kyoko's best. It is refreshing though because she has a much different role than what she usually plays. Instead of playing the cute, sweet, and naive girl, Kyoko plays a rather tough character with a short temper. The Korean actress, Yoon Son Ha, speaks good Japanese. It's not the best but it is worth watching.
Reviewed by mrsmith10 on 3 November 2010
7. A bit boring... [Rating: 6/10]
The story's a bit boring in the middle. Not a nice ending too but it encourages one to go for what they want to do in life. A fresh role & look for Kyoko san. The blonde hair look takes a while to adjust. The Korean girl speaks good Japanese surprisingly.
Reviewed by bluewie on 16 December 2001
8. FIGHT for the RIGHT to NOT watch this one! [KAZSAW [Rating: 3/10]
This dorama was very boring. Though I watched it all the way through it was more-so just to say I've seen it rather than to enjoy it. Not worth buying, maybe worth getting for free like me, just to have it. ONE WORD="boring"
Reviewed by KAZSAW on 16 May 2002
9. Quite boring [Rating: 5/10]
Quite disappointed with this drama, really not a bit interesting, I only watch it coz of Kyoko Fukada, it is enough to watch it once!!
Watch it only if you like the people in the drama.
Reviewed by Amy on 6 January 2002
10. Watch this with your gf! [Rating: 5/10]
I like Kyoko Fukada, but I liked Ami more! Korean girls that speak Japanese is a hella turn on. Oh...the drama...well. watch it for Ami and buy Aniyo clothes
Reviewed by gizm092 on 23 August 2003
11. Hidden Gem [Rating: 8/10]
I really liked this drama, although i didn't finish it. The story wasn't that special, but the characters made up for the lack of plotline.
Reviewed by AppleTree on 21 August 2006
12. Just ok [Rating: 6/10]
Just ok but the clothes which made by kyoko and the korean girl were really cute, I want to buy one!!
Reviewed by ester_grace on 28 November 2010
13. boring [Rating: 1/10]
Boring drama, and very unliked to see.
Reviewed by rinarina on 5 October 2002

Comments From Users (64)
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1. Comments by yume [Rating: 5/10]
Even knowing that it had bad reviews and that normally Fukada Kyoko can't act her way out of a bag, I still rented this. I wasted my precious money!!! This was about as interesting as picking lint from my toes--probably less interesting. The story feels as if it was written in 20 minutes by an amateur who saw one too many of Kyoko's bad dramas. She says the same line, "I want to be stronger, more and more stronger!" for absolutely no reason at times. I watched one episode and couldn't believe I wasted my time...but being the psycho that I am, I watched episode number two in which it got SLIGHTLY better. The plot is still draggy, but there are tiny, itsy bitsy cute moments with Sakaguchi Kenji (whom I adore) and Kyoko's acting isn't so blood-dripping-from-my-eyes-inducing anymore. So I bump it up to a 5.
2. Comments by marzyu [Rating: 6/10]
Pretty fresh drama! Never saw a drama similiar to it?! Anywayz, not bad but I WOULDN'T say this is one of Fukada'z BEST drama . . . it'z average! The only thing I don't realli like about this drama is dat it'z realli realli lagging! The way it lagged is how they spend most of the time waiting in their store waiting for people to go chek out the clothes when they could have replaced those parts in how hard they are trying to make this job actually work! And I dun realli liek the ending either . . . I've watched it for Kyoko . . .
3. Comments by AngelXing [Rating: 4/10]
Ugh....i'm not excatly a kyoko fukada fan so i might be bias. I can't stand this drama and it bored me to tears. If it wasn't for Sakaguchi Kenji, i would've given up half way. But i think Fuyumi's boyfriend was wayyyyyy adorable. Other than that, the plot is weak, the storyline is weak and I can't stand her repeating. I WANT TO BE STRONGER all the time.
4. Comments by Namielove [Rating: 8/10]
I liked the idea of this drama more than the drama itself. Head strong female takes control of her suroundings and makes things happen. Sounds good, but it was kinda draggy. Fukakyon was cute, and I liked her outfits, I also think this marks one of the earlier collaborations between Korea and Japan. It was fun, but not for everyone.
5. Comments by jaycee [Rating: 6/10]
not bad... i totaly love the fashion that Sayoko and Ami was making...~! ehehe... "annion" a really interesting story, just that, it's kinda very BORED in the middle... overall, i'd say, it's not bad.... although i love the guy that played Fuyumi's boyfriend.... he's gorgeous~! eheheh *^^*
6. Comments by zealous [Rating: 6/10]
I rate it 6.5 cuz I dunno, I like Kyoko but the story is so quit boring. It just show us that Japan and Korean girl fight about something then became a friend. Try to open a new bis. together and end of the day they did it.
7. Comments by romi510 [Rating: 7/10]
I've always like Fukada Kyoko's dramas. This is about the friendship between a japanese girl and a korean girl, and the difficulties that they had to endure to fulfil their dream. It's quite touching, recommended.
8. Comments by dnie [Rating: 6/10]
a story of two different gorls from two different cultures. what's cool abt this movie is that it highlights culture tolerance and understanding..what's not cool is its plot and characterization..
9. Comments by glayjiro1017 [Rating: 6/10]
A cute romantic comedy of a drama!

It has fashion in it! =)
I thought Sakaguchi Kenji was hot in this drama. I've only seen him in this one so...
Fukada Kyoko is always cute as ever.
10. Comments by Yumemiru Hito [Rating: 6/10]
I enjoyed the spirit of both the girls, some directions the story went were odd to me (but my subs were engrish) - so this review might be higher if I had understood the dialogue better.
11. Comments by Lisat1005 [Rating: 8/10]
I Liked this one, a little bit different from all the other drama's that i own, kinda opens your eyes about cultural differences & reminds you about them!! All in all good flick!!
12. Comments by Jalapeno [Rating: 7/10]
it's a different drama for fukada kyoko cuz she didn't cry buckets but she did run, and run she did. does she run in all her dramas? cuz the ones i've seen had her running wildly. :)
13. Comments by andorea [Rating: 10/10]
I love the plot. It's very fun! It shows a different kind of Japanese Girl, the TOUGH ONE! the one that we don't get to see that much in dramas. GOTTA WATCH IT!
14. Comments by Aurora [Rating: 7/10]
I've found the drama slow paced at the beginning, but slowly got on rail as the drama focuses on the love and friendship between kyoko and her korean friend.
15. Comments by ReD [Rating: 1/10]
Blah la!!!!! Bosan Gila (Bagi AKu).Buat ngabih duit jer.Ni semua salah abg aku yg suka kat kyoko fukada.BAKKA Onee-san.
16. Comments by 100aw [Rating: 5/10]
Stars Fukada Kyoko, Sakaguchi Kenji and that Korean actress Yoon Son Ha. Worth watching for Sakaguchi Kenji. The ending leaves you going HUH?
17. Comments by piglet44 [Rating: 6/10]
Stars Fukada Kyoko and the Korean actress. A little boring at times. But it was interesting to see Sakaguchi Kenji act as a spoilt rich boy.
18. Comments by Dina-chan [Rating: 9/10]
Hooo...The thing that I like from this drama is the way kyoko dreesing...I mean the fashion...I really want o have the clothes they made...
19. Comments by zhirong [Rating: 3/10]
Okie.. pretty bad. Fukada Kyoko's acting in it is not really nice. She seems kinda plump in it too. One of the earlier drama i watched.
20. Comments by manutunia [Rating: 4/10]
try to find meaning of life???
come on...just enjoy life as is it....
boring kind of dorama....
ending...what kind ending is that!!!
21. Comments by we!Rd^dUcK [Rating: 7/10]
even though this one a bit bored; but still got it own attraction; still can give it more than 5...hihihi...
22. Comments by akitsu [Rating: 2/10]
I didnt like the story or cast. Fukada Kyoko did not surprise (her acting was as bad as expected).
23. Comments by Akakage [Rating: 7/10]
It was quite slow at start..but if you give it a chance for a little while, it was quite good
24. Comments by aiscess [Rating: 3/10]
Watched ep1-4 then skipped up to the last episode...hmmm...not too interesting for me;(
25. Comments by Lauralye76 [Rating: 4/10]
I wonder how I manage to complete watching?? Honestly its quite a boring show...
26. Comments by thee [Rating: 6/10]
I like Sayoko character here. A very stubborn girl who has her own ambition.
27. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 6/10]
wat is there 2 fight abt..the clothes wer stylish n fukada not at her best..
28. Comments by 100%enka4life [Rating: 3/10]
I dont know, i liked to heart and kind of like sos but this one kind of blew
29. Comments by Yuana [Rating: 10/10]
it shows me how strong can a girl's mind be, and theif fighting spirit :)
30. Comments by GIGI [Rating: ?/10]
Sakaguchi Kenji was gorgeous here. Did not like Kyoko blonde...

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Users who voted for this drama (13)
1. chocofit
i watched a little and found out that Kyoko Fukada was so different in this dorama. her wild attitude was really excited me.
2. kokuou
Being a gaikokujin myself, I was able to understand what Ami was going through. It was cute as well.
3. cute_kyoko
i like fukada kyoko character as a naughty girl and always want to be strong girl... so cute!
4. Samuel
can be considered as good drama but sometimes you will feel boring....
5. haisai
so-so but kept me wanting to watch it. it has some funny parts.
6. Dina-chan
the fashion is very cool...sugoi...2 thumbs up 4 this
7. gLay
Boisterously entertaining, and sometimes funny too.
8. manticoreusagi
it was entertaining.
9. vRacing
Cute Kyoko!!!
10. bearz
11. rina
12. -naOmi-
13. ella