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Home & Away [ホーム&アウェイ]


Drama Details
Title:Home & Away
Home and Away
Telecast:2002-10-07 to 2002-12-16
Season:Fall 2002

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes

This is the story of a woman who sets out on a trip with a friend one month before her wedding day. As a result of being caught up in one freak accident after another, she is unable to return home. This woman, driven by emotion, meets many people on her journey, and touches the hearts of each one.

In December, just a month away, the heroine of this story Kaede is to be married. Her husband-to-be is an elite businessman. The two of them are just as happy as can be.

Kaede has a problem though...she hasn't talked to her father in 10 years. When her mother suddenly fell sick 10 years ago, her father was too busy with work to go to the hospital. That night, her mother passed away. Furious at her father for not being at her mother's side at her time of need, Kaede let him have it after he arrived at the hospital just before dawn. Because of her father's negligence, Kaede hasn't laid eyes on him since the Buddhist ceremony held seven days after her mother's passing. Even with all that has happened, her brother insists that this is all water under the bridge and that she should invite their father to the wedding.

Although it doesn't appear that way, Kaede is actually a very kind-hearted person, who can't turn people down when they come to her for help. She is also sentimental, gets flustered easily, and is really bad with directions.

After suddenly being caught up in several freak mishaps on the way home from a trip, Kaede finds herself stranded in all sorts of unfamiliar places throughout the country. She meets many people along the way; some ask for help, some are in pain, and others sad. Seeing this, Kaede begins to help them, and brings a little more happiness to the lives of each one. To those that she comes in contact with, Kaede is like an angel, who leaves after her deed is done. But to Kaede, it is not like that-all she wants to do is go home.

Kaede's experiences help her to find her "real self," which makes her grow as a person.
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. My faith [Day after tomorrow]LYRICS ]

Actor/Actress Cast (4)
Nakayama Miho
Nakamori Kaede
Nishida Naomi
Koizumi Kotaro
Sakai Wakana

Drama Reviews (17)
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1. Home and away + MURPHY'S LAWS [Rating: 10/10]

1 Nothing is as easy as it looks.

2 Everything takes longer than you think.

3 Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

4 If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.

5 Corollary: If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.

6 If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.

7 If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.

8 left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

9 If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

10 Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

11 Mother nature is a bitch.

12 It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

13 Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.

14 Every solution breeds new problems

The reason I decieded to list them is that it is the perfect way to decribe this series!

In this story of constent wrong turns every thing seems to go from bad to worse. But it is a very funny drama it is about a woman that misses her flight after her vacation then many differnt things happen along the way. She grows up. she undersands life better after her jurney. Among all things her father. But along the way she meets people and helps them with their problems and though them she learns about herself.

this is a realy good drama but the last episode wasnt needed they could have added part of episode 11 to 10 then it would have been done a stupid last episode!
But I was very pleased with this drama!
Reviewed by johuth on 12 December 2004
2. Very good except for the end [Rating: 9/10]
This drama is about the main character's journey home and helping people along the way. All the stories are very interesting as we see her do all sorts of jobs and solve people's problems. The subplot about her brother and her two friends is also very good. Unfortunately the last 2 episodes are a letdown and spoil this otherwise perfect drama.

SPOILER: They should not have put the fiancee in the story as the story is about her relationship with her father and did not build up anything on her marriage. It should have ended with her wedding without showing her fiancee's face. The people that she helped should have made an appearance in the last episode to help her in order to give it a sense of closure.
Reviewed by akiramike on 4 November 2003
3. Such a Boring Dorama [Rating: 1/10]
this is the most boring dorama that i have ever seen and i have watched alot of doramas. The storylines were so unrealistic and each episode was so predictable and boring, had to force myself to actually finish the dorama. This is one dorama that you can definitly skip watching. You can tell how unrealtistic this dorama is when the main character has not been home for a month and is wearing the same stuff for a month yet remains to look so beautiful and perfect even without a few days of showering.
Reviewed by dys199 on 30 October 2003
4. "I want go home" (thunder!) [Rating: 10/10]
A hilarious drama! A must watch for all Nakayama's fan!
Kaede (Nakayama) is a kind girl who loves good food (quite similar to Oishi Kankei?), who wants to go home but seems that heaven forbides her to do so...
You'll keep guessing where Kaede will end up for each episode!
If you manage to catch the drama, remember to watch the hilarious ending after the credit roll for the last episode!
Also, take alook at the home page (while it's still up!). It's one of the best that I've seen!
Reviewed by Dot on 23 June 2003
5. Great! [Rating: 9/10]
Sure it may be unrealistic but it takes you on a tour of the Japan you've never seen if you're so weaned on Tokyo storylines! Miho Nakayama may have lost sexiness, but she's still talented and cute to be the main eventer. Nishida, Wakana and Kotaro make for greatly funny supporting characters, the bad thing is that the husband's face is never shown, a trend previously seen in Omiai Kekkon with Ayako Kawahara's on-screen hubby.
Reviewed by UWFShooter on 2 November 2003
6. Slightly disappointing [Rating: 6/10]
The only thing that made me bought this drama is Nakayama Miho. However, after watching it from one disc to another my disappointment has overthrown my excitement of watching this drama. What a let down. I just could not stand the character's stupidity. The one that save this drama is the cast other than that oh well just go watch it yourself.
Reviewed by Akakage on 1 December 2003
7. Fun [Rating: 8/10]
This was a fun drama of a woman on a journey and the people and lives that she touches along the way. Though their are some other side stories they are not well developed or important. I found this very enjoyable to watch. It is not a must see right now kind of drama but worth checking out when you have the opportunity.
Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 16 August 2010
8. bad ending [Rating: 6/10]
the story is so funny you have no idea where will she end up and some location she whent look quite nice Oaska, the sushi place where kid miss his mom , lol great comedy but very bad ending, watch just don't watch final unless you really have to
Reviewed by Gundam-Freedom on 2 March 2004
9. like it !!!! [Rating: 8/10]
well like my title ... i like so much
the story goes not on slow, and also the have the comedy :D
anyway .. for learning bout human realtionship you will know something from this dorama
Reviewed by 4julls on 5 December 2003
10. Bad Ending [Rating: 8/10]
The ending is very bad, just disappointed with the ending. It's a good drama and has a lot of family meaning, and the ending song (sing: Day After Tomorrow) is good.
Reviewed by rinarina on 22 May 2005
11. wakara nai [Rating: 10/10]
good nut not that great. i know they can make a better ending for this. but u'll a lot of lessons every episodes especially those who are getting married.
Reviewed by zchendevlemh on 29 March 2004
12. Unrealistic but.. [Rating: 8/10]
Unrealistic but it's fun to see kaede's adventures around the country..
Reviewed by ester_grace on 21 March 2011
13. Unrealistic but.. [Rating: 8/10]
Unrealistic but it's fun to see kaede's adventures around the country..
Reviewed by ester_grace on 21 March 2011
14. Unrealistic but.. [Rating: 8/10]
Unrealistic but it's fun to see kaede's adventures around the country..
Reviewed by ester_grace on 22 March 2011
15. Unrealistic but.. [Rating: 8/10]
Unrealistic but it's fun to see kaede's adventures around the country..
Reviewed by ester_grace on 22 March 2011
16. Unrealistic but.. [Rating: 8/10]
Unrealistic but it's fun to see kaede's adventures around the country..
Reviewed by ester_grace on 22 March 2011
17. Sounds impossible..but that's what happened [Rating: 8/10]
Obstacles faced just to return to her home sweet home
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 23 December 2004

Comments From Users (41)
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1. Comments by pash [Rating: 9/10]
One of the best doramas I've seen, unfortunately partially tainted by an unispired last episode; without giving anything away, let's just say that after a 10-eps-long emotional rollercoaster (you laugh, you smile, you think, you cry...the whole 9 yards, really! Huge congrats to the writers!), the ending feels suprisingly plain, flat and dull. Too bad, 'cause it would have deserved a full 10/10 otherwise. Who does deserve a perfect 10 anyway are the lead (seriously, Nakayama Miho could make even reciting a shopping list an interesting watch; when, instead of a shopping list, there's a beautifully written script, the result is just superb of course) and the supporting cast (those adorably funny scenes portraying the trio of brother+kohais!). Solid score, great scenery. A must watch! :)
2. Comments by eugeneyan [Rating: 8/10]
Cute drama, saw the kawaii part of nakayama miho~! Well, she plays Kaede, who got lost during a pre-wedding trip, and never seem to find her way home. But throughout her fantastical journey, she learns more about relationships, married life and importance of family bonds. A light-hearted drama, but the underlying values it portrays are very meaningful...
3. Comments by mornin_view [Rating: 7/10]
the story is quite interesting .. Kaede just want to return home but hehehe she faced many many weird situations along the way.. she helped to solve their problems and these in return, help to find where her father is... the ending is not that gd... but the ending song my faith by day after tomorrow is nice!
4. Comments by 206 [Rating: 8/10]
The adventure was good each episode till the end. Fun! The ending was a little strange and not very satisfying compared to the rest of the adventure but was a nice story of Kaede needing to resolve past issues by meeting people on the road and finding her true self.
5. Comments by Nightcall411 [Rating: 10/10]
I love this show this has to be my all time Jdrama show I love the twist and how she kept getting into more and more trouble lol. but if anyone knows where I can download the opening and Ending theme IM me or Email it to me. THANX
6. Comments by madol [Rating: 5/10]
What in the world....? or I should say what in the Japan? Home&Away just keeps pushing for more storyline for the same concept..whatever..i dun understand it either...why did i watch this at the first place anyway? i dunno.
7. Comments by arashinokoto [Rating: 8/10]
a great performance by nakayama miho.. what a beautiful drama.. the stories were all touching and the cast was perfect.. miho-chan did really well as kaede.. thought the last ep was a bit rushed though..
8. Comments by atheon [Rating: 6/10]
Dec 2003: This drama did not caught my interest to continue watch it, but overall, it's great that u can know many places in japan, like japan tour guide in drama form.
9. Comments by z123_us [Rating: 7/10]
Nice pass time and funny drama, single episode based, so one is not obliged to stick with the drama for long sitting ... phew !!!... over all a nice one
10. Comments by retrodivot [Rating: 8/10]
Very funny, but the ending was kinda messed up. Like they needed more episodes to do all of what they wanted, but just smushed it in at the end.
11. Comments by IniQx [Rating: 7/10]
a light-hearted performance by Miho Nakayama. it gets alittle boring as the story develops & you can easily guess what's gonna happen next.
12. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 7/10]
i just love miho...she's such a charming lady...its hilarious n funny!!an adventurous drama...a drama with an edge...really something...
13. Comments by Smiley_18 [Rating: 7/10]
Interesting setting. The drama takes places in different location in Japan. Watch for the scenery only, cause the plot isn't that good.
14. Comments by kewlger [Rating: 10/10]
This is such a fun drama to watch
Nakayama Miho is absolutely wonderful to watch
very delightful.. she is very kawaii ~~
15. Comments by biga816 [Rating: 8/10]
I only watch half of the drama and it was scattered. This was cus I kept missing it on tv. Pretty good tho.
16. Comments by SushiMaki [Rating: 7/10]
Excellent short stories! Very unlikely, but well acted of course. I would love to watch Miho again!
17. Comments by thyelaine [Rating: 8/10]
Not too bad in the fact that it brings you to so many places and meet all kinds of people.
18. Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: ?/10]
avail for trade, 2-DVD English Subbed http://www.geocities.com/reddashay/jdorama.html
19. Comments by uglymale [Rating: 7/10]
Relatively funny drama. It was kind of like an all japan tour or some travel show!
20. Comments by fahsum [Rating: 10/10]
Very funny drama!! Totally Recommended!! I wanna buy her suitcase -- so durable!!
21. Comments by maguro666 [Rating: 2/10]
Only two ep, not good enough to keep me interested to finish the whoe series
22. Comments by anduriachan [Rating: 9/10]
This show was a really good one!! There was always something new going on.
23. Comments by yijing [Rating: 5/10]
interesting....like the special effects & the stories she left behind...
24. Comments by Bsalez [Rating: 7/10]
A quite ok and fun drama to watch Iro iro type of person on da journey
25. Comments by maui [Rating: 7/10]
good lesson about human relationship but the ending is so not right.
26. Comments by Mink [Rating: 7/10]
At times, unbelievable... but overall very entertaining and funny.
27. Comments by juliana_phang [Rating: 8/10]
interesting.. traveling n lending a helpin hand at the same time
28. Comments by MilkyWay [Rating: 8/10]
Entertaining dorama, but I won't really watch it again
29. Comments by Dorochive [Rating: 6/10]
At the start I was smiling, at the end I was sleeping.
30. Comments by chin5 [Rating: 7/10]
interesting. good stories for every episode adventure.

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Users who voted for this drama (13)
1. xsintill
this my first ever jdrama i've watched in it's entirety... especially the first 3/4 part of the series is both very touching and hilarious. i think i'm getting hooked on things japanese!
2. HC
Very funny with touching moments. Miho is amazing as usual and the supporting cast who played her friends and brother are hilarious.
3. samurai_x
It's a real different type of show.. the ending was a little weird but the overall show.. funny and heartfelt..
4. lemonlime
i just like her in this drama. so cute and blur!!! can be heartwarming and touching at times!!!
5. kewlger
I love this drama
Nakayama Miho is so good in this role ~__~
6. Pes
Very Interesting...
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