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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An Emotionally Powerful Bittersweet Romance
9 July 2002 | by (Silicon Valley, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

From the writer of the popular drama Long Vacation, comes a tale of a talented hair stylist and a librarian living with a handicap, set against the backdrop of Aoyama. Bringing these two characters to life and together are the one-two angst punch of Kimura Takuya (from Long Vacation, in the role of Okishima Shuji, the stylist), and Tokiwa Takako (from Utsukushi Hito, in the role of Machida Kyoko). Appearing in supporting roles are Mizuno Miki (currently starring in Hatsu Taiken, she portrayed Kyoko's best friend Tamura Sachi), Ikeuchi Hiroyuki (from GTO [Drama], in the role of Shuji's kohai [junior] Okabe Takumi), and the most memorable performance within this series comes from actor Watabe Atsuro, playing Kyoko's younger brother Masao.

Machida Kyoko and Okishima Shuji have a chance encounter in the streets of Aoyama. With a carelessly outstretched hand from the window of her car, she nearly knocks Shuji from his motorcycle. After a terse exchange, they find that they have ac ommon destination; the library where Kyoko is employed. Following another short exchange, Kyoko's handicap is revealed in a rather gentle way, and our story unfolds.

This series lasts eleven episodes and will not fail to tickle your funny bone from the start, then begin tugging at your heart until the very end. Keep a box of tissue handy, as the depth of these characters are superbly potrayed by this cast, not to mention the realism of the story masterfully written by Kitagawa Eriko. This was the highest rated drama in its season in Japan, and the last episode kept them talking for quite a while after.

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