Japanese Drama and Movie Reviews

Welcome to my official compilation page of drama and movie reviews for Japanese entertainment. I will list these dramas/movies alphabetically for convenience' sake (so A - Z), with summaries, my personal star rating, cast lists for each drama/movie, and a link to the review.

My Rating System
★★★★★ - Love it so much that I'm seeing stars
★★★★ - Awesome story with maybe a couple of little niggly dislikes
★★★ - Not bad, not good, just has some inescapable issues
★★ - What did they think they were doing?
★ - Please, just stop. Why did I even finish this?

Japanese Drama and Film Review Archives

Drama: Five
Year: 2017
Cast: Nana Asakawa, Ryuji Sato, Koudai Matsuoka, Mario Kuroba, Yukito Nishii, Takuya Negishi
Genre: School, Romance, Friendship, Reverse Harem
My Rating: ★★
Summary: When Hina Aso joins her new high school, she is put in an all-boys A-Class (these are the smartest kids in school). The only friends she makes are the 5 most popular boys in the school, Toshi, Takui, Jun, Nao, and Kojiro which naturally puts her at odds with the girls in the school, especially when Toshi's interest in her deepens to something more than friendship. (continue to the full review)

Kimi wa Petto
Year: 2017
Cast: Noriko Iriyama, Jun Shison, Terunosuke Takezai, Yurina Yanagi
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Dance, Age-Gap
My Rating: ★★★
Summary: Sumire lives with a beautiful young man with a gorgeous mop of brown hair and sweet doe eyes. He's not her roommate, husband, nephew, or lover, instead, Sumire has dubbed him Momo (peach) and he is her . . . pet? A mostly entertaining romantic comedy that finds its way to true love with quite a few bumps along the way. (continue to the full review)

Koizora (Sky of Love)
Year: 2007
Cast: Haruma Miura, Yui Aragaki
Genre: Romance, School, Tragedy
My Rating: ★★★★
Summary: A touching love story between good girl Mika and would-be teen delinquent Hiro. Between the two of them, they discover the meaning of true love and self-sacrifice, a heart-rending romantic tragedy like Romeo and Juliet or Five Feet Apart. Much love to Haruma Miura, may he rest in peace. (continue to the full review)

My Little Monster
Year: 2018
Cast: Suda Masaki, Tao Tsuchiya, Yuuki Furukawa, Yuki Yamada
Genre: Romance, School, Comedy
My Rating: ★★★★
Summary: When studiously serious Shizuku agreed to deliver study notes to absentee student Haru, she never imagined that he would latch onto her with the ferociousness of an octopus. When love strikes, it strikes hard. This hilarious film comes as near to perfect as a shojo manga adaptation can manage. (continue to the full review)

Year: 2006
Cast: Kazuya Kamenashi, Ito Misaki, Eita Nagayama, Koichi Sato, Reina Asami
Genre: Inter-Office Romance, Age-Gap
My Rating: ★★
Summary: College-age Yuya Ishida is the new part-timer at a marketing company. While there, he falls hard for straight-shooter Minami Fujii, a woman in her late twenties who has never been in love. A clean but dull office romance series that lacks pizzazz. (continue to the full review)

Second Love
Year: 2015
Cast: Kazuya Kamenashi, Kyoko Fukada, Akari Haryami, Yumi Aso
Genre: Romance, Drama, Dance, Age-Gap
My Rating: ★★★
Summary: Unemployed modern interpretive dancer Kei Tara finds a rejuvenated muse through falling in love with chemistry teacher Yui Nishihara, a woman 6 years his senior. Is the initial passion enough to carry them through hardships and misunderstandings to a long-term relationship? (continue to the full review)

Tatta Hitotsu no Koi
Year: 2006
Cast: Kazuya Kamenashi, Ayase Haruko, Koki Tanaka, Yuta Hiraoka, Erika Toda
Genre: Romance, Drama, Friendship
My Rating: ★★★★
Summary: Hiroto struggles to maintain the ship repair factory he inherited from his father. When he meets Nao, the heiress to a jewelry store tycoon, he knows their situation is hopeless, but it doesn't stop him from wanting to believe in her insistence that their love can survive any obstacle. One of Kamenashi's more popular dramas from his youth. (continue to the full review)

Drama: Today's Kira-kun
Year: 2017
Cast: Marie Iitoyo, Taishi Nakagawa, Shono Hayama, Yuna Taira
Genre: School, Romance, Friendship, Illness
My Rating: ★★★★
Summary: When Ninon Okamura finds out that her classmate Yuiji Kira has only one year to live due to a bad heart, she extends the offer to him of staying by his side during that time to keep his fears and loneliness at bay. A heartfelt drama about friendship and new love that ends on a positive note. (continue to the full review)

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