Fukuyado Honpo: Kyoto Love Story (TV Series 2016) Poster

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Highly Repetitive; Mugging City; But Has It's Moments.
net_orders25 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers

  • Not a silly chick flick.
  • Many exteriors shot in Gion district of Kyoto.
  • Great opportunity to brush up on modern Kyoto/Kensai dialog.
  • Loaded with kimono/yukata.
  • OK acting (Hina Miyano steals every scene she is in!).
  • Script captures (more or less) the dynamics of characters' emerging/changing thought patterns.
  • Catchy opening credits music.
  • Worth watching, but in small dosages (a boring candidate for bingeing).

  • "Groundhog Day" rules!
  • Overly padded with superfluous episodes (can skip several and not miss anything).
  • Acting often limited to mugging.
  • English translations flash by at warp speed (keep finger on the pause button).
  • Uneven cinephotography (poor inter-scene color matching).
  • Same establishing shot used over and over.
  • Minimalistic score (limited number of themes and variations).
  • Weak closing episode; stretches reality with predicable happy endings.

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cute drama in a traditional setting
chickenjackson11 May 2018
Kyoto is one of the most traditional cities in Japan and this drama takes place in a traditional home where three sisters must work out love, duty, and family. Nothing too crazy here but it's a humble and honoring look into a specific cultural world (that ups the ante of even the usual frustration of asian dramas where you'd hope your protagonist would say what they really feel...given the context). But what can connect with a larger audience is figuring out where to stand in the tension between what one ought to do and what one wants.
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Fairytale like story (SO immature) but Gorgeous shots
parnildh4 April 2021
Three fairytale like love stories of three sisters coming from a traditional family that's been running family business of selling sweets since generations.

The use of colors is so incredibly gorgeous! The cinematography is excellent. Everything from the locations to the dresses that people wear is beautiful.

BUT if you don't like puppy love or unrealistic relationship stories, this isn't for you because you might find it immature.
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Stylized and Idealized but fun to watch
JSL2620 July 2019
As a Japanophile who has spent a lot of summers in Kyoto, I enjoyed this Amazon Prime original series. It's really a genteel soap opera centered around a high-end and long-lived sweet shop run by a widowed proprietress with three daughters and a skilled young chef. The family lives a very traditional life--almost always wearing kimono and (usually) behaving with impeccable politeness. The production values are high with incredibly attractive costumes, settings, sweets--and actors.

The plot centers around the love lives of the three daughters, and also who will become the next proprietress, and Ken, the chef plays an important role. These stories keep the plot moving. Of the three sisters, the oldest, Hina, is a porcelain beauty, but has trouble deciding what she wants out of life. The middle sister, Arare, is the key player in all of this-a former tomboy who wants to break away from the traditional life, but keep getting pulled back in. The youngest, middle-schooler Hana, is the most likeable, but her story gets too little attention.

Although I enjoyed the series, it does have some weaknesses. The dialogue too often is rather halting and overly dramatic. Ken in particular is a man of few words--he is so laconic he makes John Wayne look like a chatterbox. It's also hardly a real depiction of life in Kyoto today. While it's true that there are a surprising number of confectionary shops like this in Kyoto, and many equally beautiful gardens, I doubt that more than one percent of Kyoto residents live like the characters in this series. It's an idealized and stylized depiction-like life in the old days but with cell phones. Not that this takes away from the guilty pleasure enjoyment of the series, but viewers who have never been to Kyoto should not get the wrong idea.

After you watch this series, if you want to immerse yourself in a real depiction of old Kansai with three sisters at the center of the story, I'd suggest reading The Makioka Sisters, written in the 1940s by Junichiro Tanizaki, or seeing the 1983 movie version of this classic directed by Kon Ichikawa.
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Utterly Beguiling!
jalmoradie27 May 2018
An adorable fable of modern love set in magnificent Kyoto, a city I had previously fallen in love with and remembered as magical as portrayed here. Nothing too serious other than a light-hearted romp through the romance of young lives dealing with the vagaries of the heart. Watch it and be transported!
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