Itsumo futari de [いつもふたりで] Matsu plays her true age, 26 here and is once more totally captivating. You could tell the other members of the cast try hard to stand up to her but no matter when she is acting as a silly spoilt out-of-towner or in a serious mode, she completely captures your attention even when the scrip and other actors are dull at times. The fantastic DVD quality of the show as well as the decor of the apartment featured here makes this even more of a delight to watch
Love generation [ラブジェネレーション] 1st Jdorama I ever watched and it was by accident but I was totally bowled over by the energy and professionalism of Matsu. Very few actors/acttresses could cry on TV but she could do it so naturally. Not only is she very attractive, but you watch carefully you'll see she takes great care over evey shot compared with her fellow cast. I have since found out she's also a great singer with more than 30 singles and albums+2 around Japaon concerts, she composes some songs, writes many of the lyrics, plays the piano well and acts in many plays but strangely enough very few films so far. A true professional to be admired. If only she could speak English and sing in English, she would be a worldwide phenonmenon.
Omiai kekkon [お見合い結婚] Matsu has matured both in her looks and in her acting by now. Her looks now make her absolutely desirable. Her acting has been refined to stage where only the very best from Japan could hold a candle to her so that most of the time you can't help but to focus on her because she stands out so much more--kind of like a Vivian Leigh, Rita Hayworth or Liz Taylor. Do watch this---a light /humorous love story and you will be delighted that you did. Notice also Matsu sings the theme song here.
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Matsu Takako [松たか子] I was never interested in Jdorama until the very first show I watched by accident at a friend's place and I was totally bowled over by the professioalism and depth of Matsu Takako--that first show was Love Generation and she was just 19 when it was filmed. I have since learnt that she is known as "the Queen of soap operas" in Japan and if you watch her shows, you'll undertand why. Most guys like me may find her attractive but this was not what captivated me. Rather, Matsu is one of those rare actors / actresses who truly "belong" on screen, like a Vivian Leigh, Rita Hayworth or Liz Taylor. I admire her because of her professioalism, and if you watch her shows carefully, you will notice she makes the most of every shot and evey emotion, nothing is half hearted--which is rare on TV. Having watched all her shows I can tell you that she cries in every single one because she is among very few who actually cries real tears on TV and it is said she could cry in 3 seconds flat. I also admire her as a true artist--not only can she sing very very well (over 30 singles and albums plus 2 round Japan concerts), but she acts in many plays in Japan, composes a few of her songs, writes many of the lyrics, plays the piano like Elton John but surprisingly has acted in only 5 feature films so far although she did win the Japanese Oscar (equivalent) in her last film--the Hidden Blade released in 2004. She has won so many acting and singing awards, and is constantly featured in ads--both prints and on TV. However, her abilities are not too surprising once you realise that her father is a famous stage actor and Matsu was trained for the stage from a very age. All her siblings, one brother and one sister are involved either on screen or on stage but not as famous as Matsu--truly a rare phenonmenon who has given me many hours of viewing pleasure.