Rich Man Poor Woman is one of the series that went straight to my “Personal File” of Jdorama faves. I’ve been waiting for this Special ever since their first behind-the-scenes stills in New York were posted online.
It’s been years since Hana Yori Dango but Shun Oguri still hasn’t lost his shoujo charms. And I like him more in fun,quirky and confident roles like Hyuga Toru compared to the cold and mysterious types like Rui Hanazawa and Sano Izumi.
Hyuga Toru admitted himself flawed and that it would take time for him to change. This Special is exactly what I needed to see just how much he’s improved and how happy he is that he did. Toru and Natsui look so cute together.
Hyuga was right when he said that Makoto Natsui looks a bit more of a grown up now. I’ve only seen a few of Ishihara Satomi’s works but I’m totally convinced that she shines whenever she plays the cute and clumsy one. She played almost the same clumsy role in H2 Kimi to Itahibi but it didn’t have this much impact even though she was paired with the versatile and babyfaced Takayuki Yamada. I also watched the recent Romeo and Juliet stage play where she starred as Juliet opposite Sato Takeru. They were brilliant as individual actors but honestly,even in the most daring scenes, I didn’t feel the star-crossed lovers’ passion at all.
Rich Man Poor Woman might come across as just a typical romcom with a simple title, cliched story, famous actors and stereotyped characters. They all follow the same formula but what sets this apart from the rest is ..well.. Oguri Shun! hahah.
I enjoyed watching this SP as it shows their growth both as individuals and as a couple. I was particularly moved at that time when Hyuga finally called Makoto by her first name for the first time. It took 11 episodes and a 2 hour special before he was finally able to say it.
This show just proves why Oguri Shun and Ishihara Satomi are the go-to actors when it comes to romcoms. I giggled like an idiot in the beginning, laughed out loud in the middle, then cried towards the end. Rich Man Poor Woman is more than just an emotional journey for its characters, it sure is one hell of an emotional roller coaster for me too and I couldn’t wait to ride one more time.