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Yume no California [夢のカリフォルニア]



Drama Details
Title:Yume no California
California Dreamin'
Season:Spring 2002

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:11 Episodes

Shu is a senior at a low-ranked university. Kotomi is a struggling model. Keiko has a desk job at a small company. All of them are former classmates from junior high school. All of them are not satisfied with their current lives and want to find something better but can't seem to. Reflecting many of the conflicts and anxieties of today's youth, these three turn to each other for support to find the meaning in their lives for which they are searching.

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Actor/Actress Cast (4)
Dohmoto Tsuyoshi
Kuninaka Ryoko
Kudo Kankuro
Shibasaki Kou

Drama Reviews (1)
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1. I thought it was okay... [Rating: 8/10]
Ya, the storyline is kind of boring and dark. But if you watch closely, you will get the meaning behind it. I thought the story was quite meaningful. Tsuyoshi was extremely cute in this drama. Plus both the lead actresses Shibasaki Kou & Kuninaka Ryoko were extremely beautiful and competible with Tsuyoshi. So, this is an added point. But then, I still hope Tsuyoshi will act in Eriko Komatsu's dramas.
Reviewed by pearl on 30 April 2003

Comments From Users (27)
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1. Comments by masnita [Rating: 9/10]
I read the review of this drama before I watched it..and it said that if you'll be dissapointed with tsuyo-chan's role in this drama...but after watching it, i think it's ok. Although the role did not involved any romantic scenes like those in to heart or summer snow, but i still like his role (well, I might be bias though). A very realistic role indeed. The storyline was very good (although some scenes are a bit dragging) and it convey the today problems facing the younger generation...and of course the 2 heroins are soo kawaii...really like both roles. Especially like the scenes where the three of them are together and trying to boost each other spirit.
2. Comments by Ezalor [Rating: 8/10]
This, again, is a real lesson in life. The story doesn't dive into the deepest crates of emotions, but that wasn't the intention, I think. Very realistic and down-to-earth aprroach on the problems of young grown-ups finding their place they belong. The main character, Shu, develops very nicely, while his two friends do not. But personality-wise they already had grown up, but struggled and eventually overcame their problems from their past.
Nicely integrated classic 60s Soundtrack, good actors, and a little portion of not taking itself too seriously (they reference on being in a Dorama story).
3. Comments by orange1806 [Rating: 10/10]
beautifully written dark story. very inspirational to me, since i'm watching it at the age of 21. it's encouraging to know that there are probably a few others who feels like me now. comforted to know the scriptwriter understands wat i feel at times. give this show a go if u somehow feel something's missing in ur life. u mite feel better after that! shibasaki kou and dohmoto tsuyoshi were really good. :)
4. Comments by atheon [Rating: 8/10]
Dec 2003: The three leads did it very well. I love the concept of this drama, but sometimes turned out quite boring and serious. Taught me a lot, about living in this world, is there anything good will happen? Friends do play an important role in teenagers life, they are one of the keys of happiness, wish i had the same relationship in the story too. Very meaningful drama.
5. Comments by Mink [Rating: 6/10]
Interesting plotline, but man, it just drags its way on from episode 1. Contemplative, dark, and interesting questions on life itself, but add to the fact that you have got one of the most boring actors in Japanese drama history as the lead role [not to mention he plays the very role of a boring guy in itself!], and it just gets painfully tedious after a while.
6. Comments by iluvhyde [Rating: 8/10]
This show has a very weird plot and is very dark and depressing. It makes one think alot. I would argue that this is a good show thou the ending will make you go... "Er...". But pretty much I think it makes a perfect ending for such a show... You will have to watch it yourself to understand what I mean....
7. Comments by Akiiness [Rating: 7/10]
Not exactly sure what to say about this one... But I guess I should start off by saying that this drama is very friendship & slice-of-life oriented. I don't regret watching it, but let's just say I probably wouldn't have picked it up if I wasn't familiar with the casts.
8. Comments by marzyu [Rating: 4/10]
this drama is the only one i hate with tsuyo in it . . . usually his dramas are the bomb but this one really sucked . . . .sorry ><" . . . .anywayz yeah i sorta regret watching it because it harsh ruined my perfect image of tsuyo . .. . so don't watch if u luv tsuyo ^.^
9. Comments by Signo [Rating: 8/10]
the first episode shocked me al lot. thought of a 9p dorama, but the midsection was too sustained. all of the leading actresses did a nice job and it was nice to see the struggle with the daily grind. the end is ok.
10. Comments by maui [Rating: 8/10]
I finished in one day.It's not a great drama but it's so watchable.I enjoyed watching this drama bc it's so inspirational and very meaningful.I can relate the story with my real life.
11. Comments by yolande [Rating: 6/10]
plot is good, acting is good. tsuyoshi is adorable in the show. but the show doesn't grab me. its not intriguing enough. but not bad, reccomended for fans of the cast. they did well.
12. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10]
It was okay, but I really couldn't get into it. If you want to watch a drama about young people figuring out what to do with their lives, "Tentai Kanzoku" is much better.
13. Comments by Sun_Shang_Xiang [Rating: 8/10]
This is not for those who like happy, romantic or unrealistic dramas. Its pretty dark and realistic, Kudos to all three main leads who performed really well.
14. Comments by glyq [Rating: 8/10]
i found it abit dull.. its not a series i wud watch it till the morning.. but its ok.. at times it can abit depresing lol.. but its a gd drama.
15. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 8/10]
Nice try, a dorama about the meaning of life. The conclusion has no miracle, I expected one. Tsuyoshi plays well the boring guy.
16. Comments by natzumi [Rating: 7/10]
Shoo's family is funny.
Overall the drama is realistic and quite depressing.
17. Comments by Kazanko [Rating: 8/10]
It's not that 08/15 cute drama. It's a really serious and cute drama
18. Comments by maguro666 [Rating: 9/10]
It is a very good show.. kind of dark... but feeling quite real
19. Comments by dango [Rating: ?/10]
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20. Comments by saya24 [Rating: 10/10]
Meaningful drama with inspiring meanings of life behind!
21. Comments by shozen [Rating: 6/10]
in the middle of watching it.
22. Comments by malorum [Rating: 8/10]
Yay Shibasaki Kou!
23. Comments by eien Bussan [Rating: 7/10]
deep but boring
24. Comments by Shachihoko [Rating: ?/10]
plan to watch
25. Comments by compaqmac321 [Rating: 10/10]
great series
26. Comments by pinkokoro [Rating: ?/10]
27. Comments by lynn [Rating: 8/10]
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28. Comments by 100aw [Rating: 5/10]
29. Comments by katrinka [Rating: ?/10]
30. Comments by Good Tree [Rating: 6/10]

Users who voted for this drama (2)
1. masnita
I just like it although for some it might have been a bit heavy...don't really like kou shibasaki in good luck...but after watching her playing the role of 'kotomi" in this drama...now she's one of my favourite actresses together with the actress playing the part of "keiko"..so kawaii and talented...both can bring out the role of young women whose trying to find themselves and as for tsuyochan..what can I say...although a bit more chubby than before but still a good actor...SUGOI. And the theme song - california dreaming; and machi by tsuyochan has become my favourite songs after watching the drama.
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