Beautiful Life (2000– )

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Shuji, a confident young hairdresser working in Tokyo, has an accidental run-in with Kyoko, a wheelchair-bound and somewhat mousy librarian. When Shuji asks Kyoko to be his makeover model, ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Takuya Kimura ...
 Okishima Shuji (11 episodes, 2000)
Takako Tokiwa ...
 Machida Kyoko (11 episodes, 2000)
Atsurô Watabe ...
 Machida Masao (11 episodes, 2000)
Miki Mizuno ...
 Tamura Sachie (11 episodes, 2000)
Chiaki Hara ...
 Ozawa Mayumi (11 episodes, 2000)
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi ...
 Okabe Takumi (11 episodes, 2000)
Kenzô Kawarasaki ...
 Machida Yoshio (11 episodes, 2000)
Kôji Matoba ...
 Miyama Kouzou (11 episodes, 2000)
Moro Morooka ...
 Tsuchiya (11 episodes, 2000)
Takanori Nishikawa ...
 Kawamura Satoru (11 episodes, 2000)
Akemi Ohmori ...
 Machida Kuniko (11 episodes, 2000)
Masafumi Senô
(11 episodes, 2000)
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 Nakajima Satsuki (3 episodes, 2000)
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Shuji, a confident young hairdresser working in Tokyo, has an accidental run-in with Kyoko, a wheelchair-bound and somewhat mousy librarian. When Shuji asks Kyoko to be his makeover model, she is skeptical, but agrees to give it a try. The two gradually start to grow closer to each other, and eventually fall in love. Things seem to be going well for the couple until Kyoko's illness starts growing more severe. Will she recover, or will this young romance end in tragedy? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Great show!
2 December 2000 | by (Palo Alto, California) – See all my reviews

This was about the most popular show around last year. Nearly half of the population of Japan watched the last episode, and everybody talked about it every week. I totally dug this series. I did not miss a single episode

  • even when I came back to the U.S. for a 2-week trip, my VCR was set to
record the shows I would miss. It lasted 11 or 12 episodes, standard for Japanese dramas.

This show, a little clumsily, addresses issues relating to disability, with the main female character in a wheelchair because of a mysterious (but quite serious) disease. Her overprotective brother is particularly good.

Kimura - or Kimutaku as everybody calls him - lives up to his title as Japan's Sexiest Man in this movie. Great hair, reasonable acting, plenty of standing around looking nonchalant.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who understands a little Japanese - you don't need to understand everything to follow the very sweet story. The short version is: boy (hairdresser) meets girl in wheelchair (librarian), they fall in love, she gets sicker, things progress, blah blah. But darn it, it's so sweet.


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