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)
Atsuro 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)
 Nakajima Satsuki (3 episodes, 2000)


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 <>

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Typical, but manipulative
22 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Beautiful life is the first and only Asian drama I have watched so far. Why did I watch it? Well the reason is that when I ran into this drama I just happen to run into comments like these, "This is the second J-drama I ever watched and this is still my favourite drama of all time." "Explosive ending," "Be sure to have a box of tissues beside you cause I assure you will really need it." Also half of the nation was watching this show. But this is a terminal illness melodrama, but reading these comments made me curious, thinking that is this drama manipulative enough to make me cry? Also does this melodrama have an unexpected ending? In the end this is just one extended terminal illness/romance melodrama, that is quite manipulative because of the charismatic and confident acting from the actors and actresses.

Kyoko is a librarian who is living her life on a wheelchair, and is quite a burden to her family. Shuji is a hairdresser, working in a famous salon, and has a goal set to become the top hairstylist. These two lives cross, in what forms into friendship, and later love. The obstacles that are standing in this couples way is Kyoko's older brother, and Kyoko's condition that is getting worse as the clocking is ticking. The couple have a dream, will this dream every come true? Will they be able to live a "beautiful life?"

Plot here is the most basic terminal illness plot ever. Heck the plot has every single terminal illness cliché in the book, and I am serious about this. The most annoying is that I expected the ending to be different, since these people were talking about the ending so much. Take a guess how the ending is going to be like, and I guarantee you will be correct on how it ends. At the same time the plot had some great sub plots, such as the relationship between Kyoko's best friend, and Kyoko's older brother, when you see these moments the word come into your head is "cute." Overall the plot was quite disappointing, but for some reason when I woke up the day after I watched the show, the memories of this show came into my mind, which is a good thing.

The characters in this drama is the reason to watch this show. All of them are great to watch, and very likable, no matter how you look at them. All them shared great, fun moments together. The acting was quite good in my opinion, but the biggest flaw is the way that takako takiwa thinks in this show. I swear every single time, she says stuff, and does stuff for us viewers to sympathize for her, also she keeps talking about death, making it like she really want's to die. But the acting is quite manipulative, and you can fall under a hypnosis and still love her character, the best part is the way she smiles. I watched this drama for her, and I was still happy with her, cause physically she was awesome, and her acting was decent, but the guy who stole the show was her older brother.

In the end, the conclusion I came up with the question "why do people love this drama so much?" The answer is that this is one of the first terminal illness drama's to come out, even before the movies you see today. If you have never watched a terminal illness drama, then I recommend this, and I am guessing that you will love it, including depending on the kind of person you are, this can be a forced tearjerker on you. If you have seen other terminal illness drama's such as some of the Korean movies like a moment to remember, the last present, and such, then I say you can pass this, cause there is nothing new in this, but you can just watch this drama to pass some good time, and for the good moments. If you can take all the manipulative actions and dialogs, then you can enjoy this drama. Again I'll say it, just don't expect anything new, whatever you expect from this show, may be correct, but the show can be quite memorable, and some good moments can stay in your head.

On a Sidenote, I have never let out a tear while watching a sad melodramatic movie, and I am happy to say that this show did not have the power to me cry once again, quite proud I am.

3.5/5 ***.5 I'll give this 1 infected thumb up. Still watch this for the good moments, and character's.

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