Kekkon dekinai otoko is a TV series starring Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, and Ryôko Kuninaka. 40 year old gifted architect enjoys living by himself and does not communicate well with people. He has 3 women friends. Will he ever marry?






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Series cast summary:
...  Kuwano Shinsuke 12 episodes, 2006
Yui Natsukawa ...  Hayasaka Natsumi 12 episodes, 2006
Ryôko Kuninaka ...  Tamura Michiru 12 episodes, 2006
...  Murakami Eiji 12 episodes, 2006
Sheila ...  Nishimura Chizuru 12 episodes, 2006
Emi Hiraoka ...  Nakagawa Yumi 12 episodes, 2006
Mitsuko Kusabue ...  Kuwano Ikuyo 12 episodes, 2006
Ryoko Matsui ...  Waitress 12 episodes, 2006
Rieko Miura ...  Keiko Nakagawa 12 episodes, 2006
Yûko Nishimaru ...  Ozawa Mari 12 episodes, 2006
Hiroyuki Nishio ...  Video Rental Cashier 12 episodes, 2006
Toshinori Omi ...  Nakagawa Yoshio 12 episodes, 2006
Sakura ...  Yoshikawa Saori 12 episodes, 2006
Ayano Tachibana ...  Combini Cashier 12 episodes, 2006
Noboru Takachi ...  Kaneda Hiroyuki 12 episodes, 2006
Reiko Takashima ...  Sawazaki Maya 12 episodes, 2006
Mansaku Fuwa ...  The Foreman 5 episodes, 2006


A 40 year old architect is happy living by himself. His social skills are lacking, he can not communicate and connect well with other people. He is able to design wonderful houses that his clients enjoy. He has three women friends, a business partner, a neighbor, and his doctor. Will he make a love connection with any of them? Written by anonymous

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4 July 2006 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

He Who Can't Marry  »

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One of the best comedic drama in recent years from Japan
25 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is a great comedic drama starring Hiroshi Abe, and Yui Natsukawa. The title literally means "A man who can't get married", and hints at the personality of the main character played by Hiroshi Abe.

Shinsuke Kuwano (Hiroshi Abe) is a good looking, and successful architect, but he's a nerd and doesn't enjoy the company of a woman. He runs his own office with his assistant Takashi (Eiji Murakami), and Maya Sawazaki (Reiko Takashima) who works for a general contractor's office that brings him clients. He always eats alone, sometimes rents a video, and hates to compromise when it comes to his work. There's nothing wrong about his person, or his personality except for the fact that he's somewhat socially retarded. One night he gets hit with a severe stomach ache. While he's suffering, his next door neighbor Michiru (Ryoko Kuninaka) comes to his condo to ask him to lower the sound of his stereo. She takes Shinsuke to a hospital that's run by his brother in law Yoshio (Toshinori Omi). There he meets Dr. Natsumi Hayasaka (Yui Natsukawa) who's working the graveyard shift. She wants to give him rectal examination, but Shinsuke refuses, and as soon as his pain subsides with the aid of medicine, he goes home without the permission of the doctor. But few days later on his 40th birthday, the pain returns, and he's sent back to the hospital. This time, Shinsuke is forced to submit to Natsumi's rectal probe. Natsumi and Shinsuke from then on starts to meet each other in strange coincidences, and without either of them recognizing, they start to fall in love.

What's superb about this comedy is that it goes deep into the modern day social culture of Japan. Each situational comedy is a reflection of people who lives in modern day Japan. You will understand why Japan is one of the few countries in the world where population is decreasing when you see this series. Hiroshi Abe, and Yui Natsukawa puts in a superb performance portraying the intelligent but lacking individuals who've lost emotional ties to other human beings, but feels something is lacking in their lives. The supporting cast is also great in this series, bringing the level of drama a notch or two higher in each of the episodes.

Superbly crafted, and performed drama that's a must see for all Asian drama fans.

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