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Toshishita No Otoko [年下之男]


Drama Details
Title:Toshishita No Otoko
Younger Man
Telecast:2003-01-09 to 2003-03-20
Season:Winter 2003

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TV Station:TBS
Duration:11 Episodes

Inamori Izumi plays Yamaguchi Chikako, a 30 years old ordinary office lady who is longing for marriage and love her whole lonesome life. she has been asked out on a date many times by her brother's friend ; Tsuji Kengo (played by Kashu Toshiki) who has been rejected by her several times. Little did they know that Chikako has had crush on the Corporate Sales Manager ; Izaki Shun (played by Takahashi Katsunori) for a while, Eventually, she realizes that waiting for love to show up at the door step will never happen, she finally worked up enough courage to confess her love to the manager. Sadly, the confession did not turn out well, She was rejected and heart broken. On the same night, guess who is spending the night at the hotel with Chikako's mom ; Yamaguchi Hanae (played by Fubuki Jun), believe or not, it's the Sales Manager whom she met a business function and also is lot younger than she is ............. shocking isn't....

What's going to be happen once Chikako finds out that her own mother is in love with the man she has crush on...... is the cruel news going to break the mom and daughter apart? Will she accept the truth? Where is she going to turn to? Will her mom give up love to keep her daughter? Will Chikako ever going to find true love? Will she ever believe true love does exist? You need to watch this drama to find out

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. Ka [Sinba]
2. Hana [Sinba]

Actor/Actress Cast (10)
Inamori Izumi
Yamaguchi Chikako (30)
Takahashi Katsunori
Izaki Shun (43)
Fubuki Jun
Yamaguchi Hanae (51)
Kashu Toshiki
Tsuji Kengo (22)
Aso Yumi
Tamai Azusa (35)
Hoshino Mari
Kitamura Asami (19)
Hirata Mitsuru
Yamaguchi Yuichiro (51)
Yamazaki Yuta
Yamaguchi Taku (22)
Suzuki Ranran
Sugimoto Mami (28)
Takahashi Masaya
Okazaki Jiro (76)

Drama Reviews (3)
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1. a quiet jem [Rating: 10/10]
I watched this drama in one sitting -- only a story of the rarest of rare quality can hold my attention so long.

It was refreshing to see Inamori Izumi in a role in which is isn't comic relief. She does a great job as the lost 30yr.-old daughter. Still, the rest of the cast played their parts perfectly.

I am a fan of Inamori so I turned this one on just to see her, but even if you are not, you are missing out on a good story if you pass this one up. There is a deep sadness you can feel with each episode and all the characters are affected. All of them find it hard to find a reason to smile and we don't know why they should until the end -- the very end. The music, all of it, perfectly matches and enhances the mood of the show.
Reviewed by booniez on 4 November 2006
2. King of all Cringe... [Rating: 9/10]
Youngerman has to be one of the most cringalicious dramas I have ever seen. Almost every scene unfolds with uncomfortable psychological drama. The actors are great. The pacing is brisk. The actresses are normal enough looking to where they don't interfere in the process of losing yourself in the story. A Married with Children for the psychotic. Women are much better and deeper characters than men in drama because they are allowed a wider range of emotion. Allota Fun.
Reviewed by bababui on 1 March 2004
3. Could have chosen a more attractive and convincing [Rating: 2/10]
I only watch this because of Inamori Izumi. Other than that, this drama irks me. There are attractive older women in J-drama world like Kuroki Hitomi (Dark Water, Golden Bowl), and I find it extremely unconvincing that any younger virile man would find Fubuki Jun attractive with her eyebags, sagging chin and neck and "obaasan sweater". This drama is very unrealistic for me and I cringe each time the younger man declares his desire to the older obaasan.
Reviewed by calico on 21 January 2004

Comments From Users (33)
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1. Comments by MixxDreamer [Rating: 8/10]
moving my rating from 6 to 8, first off i thought the first eps. were boring, but things are getting really intense somewhere in the middle, where her daughter found out bout her mom.. this is the first darkest 'family' series ive seen.. the ending isnt something i expected.. i dont like homewreckers at all, as much as i dont like how it turned out, i still give it an 8 cuz i wouldnt wanna give a low rating just cuz i didnt like the ending, its a good story actually.. not recommended for hot tempered like me ;P
2. Comments by jo [Rating: 7/10]
Good Drama, but I think the format of "Older Woman going for a youger man" is kind of old, I mean really old and repetetive (Ex. Long Vacation, etc.) . What's ironic is Inamori Izumi was one of the star in Long Vacation (she was 24 then), I think she was making fun of Tomoko going for a yonger Kimura, and now that Izumi is old, she accepted the same role that Tomoko did. Still this drama has its own style, so I give it a 7.
3. Comments by JAKQ [Rating: 9/10]
One of the most serious dramas I have seen. This is really what you can call a sad drama. People don't like it, but if you're into the whole serious love and family affairs, then it's perfect. The only reason it gets a "9" from me is because there was no humor at all to it. Great drama.
4. Comments by takezo [Rating: 9/10]
the director of this soap is better than most...
the ebb and flow of the storyline is good and it's quite a dark comedy...if you equate comedy with tragedy, that is...definitely not for the younger audience since there are no "cute" moments to be found in this gem...
5. Comments by Super No. 1 [Rating: 5/10]
If I learned anything from this, it's that you can make really bad choices and ruin your life and still everything might turn out okay. The story wasn't very good and a lot of the characters were creepy. The ending was bizarre. What the heck happened at the end?
6. Comments by FierceStriker [Rating: 8/10]
Very serious drama about maturity and purpose of living, explored through various relationships: parents, siblings, marriage, lovers, elder with younger... It feels more like a play than a drama. Well done but some how feels a little stale.
7. Comments by jjpsychic2 [Rating: 6/10]
it was okay.. a very different drama..very dark family.. shows how their lives change for each person but i was kinda disappointed with the ending.. i was expecting something more.. i felt it didn't solve much..
8. Comments by AjiKan [Rating: 3/10]
I watched this because i thought it looked a little interesting. But in the end, i wasnt very interested. Somehow it lost my interest towards the end. Plus, the storyline kinda gives me the creeps.
9. Comments by truetrueno86 [Rating: 10/10]
this gets a 10 because it is hilarious. seeing jiro whine and all. this get soo twisted. i love the end of episode8 and beginning of episode 9 its awsome. made me laugh so much.
10. Comments by Eyeyore [Rating: 1/10]
Casting is horrrrrrrrrible. why would anyone put a sexy Takahashi Katsunori with ....ahem, a obasan-looking obasan. the theme and ending didn't go down well with me either.....
11. Comments by sabriel [Rating: 6/10]
Ugh. it was wong of those. i hate you, you hate me movies. and people schemeing to get something they want. everyone is so selfish. i skimmed throught the ending.
12. Comments by hikaruhana [Rating: 3/10]
Lame... I like Inamori Izumi a lot but I was so not buying the story. Her character got so paranoid and pathetic that I just couldn't sympathize... yikes...
13. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 8/10]
The actors were all good. Inamori was very good. But I just couldn't work out Takahashi being attracted to Fubuki, otherwise I might have rated it higher.
14. Comments by kiba92 [Rating: 7/10]
A serious love story which they try to make a dark one but fail. I expected a different ending but I guess they were trying to please the audience
15. Comments by Jellybean66 [Rating: ?/10]
Saw this when I was browsing on d-addicts...sounds like a good one. After I watch Densha Otoko Deluxe, I'm watching this next!
16. Comments by booniez [Rating: 10/10]
Simply excelent. Inamori Izumi proves she is move than comic relief in this sad family drama. Well acted by all involved.
17. Comments by Amika [Rating: 6/10]
another dark drama, the storyline is a bit stupid.. the thought of a guy loving a 50 years old lady make me sick... ^^"
18. Comments by idetakun [Rating: 4/10]
The drama itself is not bad actually.
But I found it too boring and the cast is not intriguing.
19. Comments by groink [Rating: 9/10]
Excellent drama! Some people may gross out on a 50+ woman and a 40+ man, but hey it happens!!!!
20. Comments by bababui [Rating: 9/10]
Cringalicious and psychotic. great fun. Married with Children for the Battle Royal crowd.
21. Comments by Kendesu [Rating: 8/10]
It had a lot of twist to the drama, it's a interesting and serious type of love drama.
22. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 4/10]
this is one dark drama...its serious all the way...all abt r/ships with younger man...
23. Comments by AsanoRin [Rating: 6/10]
It took a couple of episodes for me to get into it but I did.
24. Comments by Bodhi [Rating: 7/10]
Inamori Izumi is good but prefer her in comedy roles
25. Comments by yami-sakura [Rating: 7/10]
The ending was a TOTAL let down =.=
26. Comments by miriya52 [Rating: 8/10]
Scandalous but intriguing to watch.
27. Comments by smmlt [Rating: ?/10]
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28. Comments by Ikuko [Rating: 6/10]
It is a nice drama. I liked it.
29. Comments by gaston [Rating: 4/10]
Crazy! In not a good way.
30. Comments by moonchyld [Rating: 2/10]
kirai~~~! >_<!

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Users who voted for this drama (6)
1. tatsx
Starts as a philosophical look at aging through the eyes of a 30-something japanese woman but the plot quickly thickens. Loved it the first time through, but suffers the same downfall as all great thrillers: You can't watch it over again for the first time. The cast and their performance keeps me compelled though, despite my knowledge of the outcome.
2. yufan
watched for the sake of hoshino mari only... but it's kinda bad... 1. they lack good looking ppl in it... 2. it's a ridiculous storyline... totally unreal 3. it's about mid-life crisis, and i'm just 17...
3. AmarnaObsession
OMG! This is the only "soap"-type show I've ever liked....I hate american soap operas. It kinda gets complicated, but it's def worth watching. Kinda dissapointed with the end though.
4. takezo
enjoyed the work of the actors and director..."a woman is a woman no matter her age"...this series may have one of the scariest and creepiest villainess of all time...
5. Chickadee
I just finished it and loved it! I feel bad for Chikako though. The drama has a really nice moral.
Though humorless, I still liked it.