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|1. ||An Emotionally Powerful Bittersweet Romance Story [Rating: 10/10]|
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.
|Reviewed by otaking on 21 July 2002|
|2. ||Beautiful Drama [Rating: 10/10]|
It’s really hard for me to come up with enough things to say about this drama. I mean, when you watch such a brilliant work of art, the artists involved don’t leave the opportunity for you to grasp onto something and express its faults.
Beautiful Life is just a grand, heartwarming drama that touches the soul. At has everything for the serious romantic: Romance, lust, angst, heartache, fluff, truth, etc. The storyline was written with incredible emotion and the plot was performed with a will of its own. The pairing of Kimura Takuya and Tokiwa Takako was perfect. I was really impressed with Takako, since this was my first time seeing her in a drama. I’ve seen Takuya in Pride, and although he plays a similar role in this drama, it was perfect for the character. Yet again he managed to capture his audience with the emotion he emits from his eyes − much in the same way Takako’s emotions blossomed from her incredible smile.
The sub-plots were nicely woven into the main plot, but I almost wish that the drama had extended to include another episode. I found the last few episodes a bit rushed and I would have liked to see more of Shuji’s and Kyoko’s life while living together. This, of course, is merely a selfish whim of mine.
This was altogether a beautiful drama, and I highly recommend it to all.
|Reviewed by Wynter on 5 January 2007|
|3. ||The Greatest Japanese Dorama EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Rating: 10/10]|
dont have this drama but it is a piece of art. I have allways loved this drama very much. Not only is it a good drama it is the second drama that i ever watched it is the best drama that i have seen. still to this day. i dont think that there is or will ever be a drama to top this one i should have voted for this earlier. It is such a good story and it remindes be of my own troubles. As a disabled person Kyoko reminded me about how i felt at times being in a weelchair. Its it a very important drama to me. if anyone hasn't seen it you guys need to. It was the best drama this i have ever seen and i have seen alot of dramas believe me. I watched the whole thing in one day when i was sick and i had to stay home from schoo about 2 or 3 years ago. I have only watched it all the way though once. Such a good story this will be a part of my collection agian one day i just have to wait. I need the JTV episodes agian. Takuya and Takako did a wonderfull performance one of the best performances I have ever seen in my life. I love beautiful life and you guys should watch it.
I have it now old review from vote!!!!
|Reviewed by johuth on 9 December 2004|
|4. ||Beautiful Life [Rating: 10/10]|
My first Drama! I am now the newest fan of TakuKimu! I rushed watching this drama in 2 nites before I left for a trip. I immediately was taken by this artfully directed, acted, written drama. I espeically LOVE the monologue, it made me feel warmly connected to the main characters. When I popped in the 2nd 3-hour DVD, I never stopped reaching for tissues till the very end. Next morning, I woke up with swollen eyes and had to use ice pak 4 times before I could leave the house!
Luckily, I was in AZ 2 days later, bought a "Dream Catcher", like the one Kyoko bought for Shuji in Grand Canyon. Not that I need something to remember "Beautiful Life" by, but it was more of a token for feeling lucky to be embraced by this wonderful drama, introduced to the acting talents of Takuya & Tokiwa & future exploration for more excellent jdorama.
The heartfelt emotions (warmth, sadness, the power of unconditional love.....) stayed with me for over 1 week now. Watch this one if you havn't!!
|Reviewed by lovejdorama on 15 February 2005|
|5. ||Beautiful Life... [Rating: 10/10]|
I admit I haven't seen this one yet, but I think it's going to be shown here in the Philippines...hopefully. Anyway, this reminded me of an old American tv-movie entitled "Leave Yesterday Behind", which was made in 1978. Unlike "Beautiful Life", "Leave Yesterday Behind" also deals with a paraplegic... but here, it's a man (played by John Ritter) who got wheelchair-bound after falling off a horse during a riding accident. He goes to a vacation in his grandpa's ranch, and there, meets this pretty horse trainer (Carrie Fisher) who told him to get a life. They eventually fell in love with each other, but the dilemma here is that the girl is engaged to be married to her fiance. Even though I haven't seen both, I can judge that both dramas have a touching and endearing story--"Beautiful Life" and "Leave Yesterday Behind". I wish somebody would make a Jdorama version of "Leave Yesterday Behind". I hope it'll be better than the original.
|Reviewed by Aprhodite_in_Red on 19 September 2005|
|6. ||Hmm...nothing spectacular... [Rating: 7/10]|
First and foremost...I have to say that this is indeed a heart warming drama,which is at the same time inspiring.But to say that this drama deserves to be addressed as a "classic" is too far-fetched.The story opens with a typical hate-u-so-much realtionship that develops into a do-I-like-him/her thingy.Well,though used over and over agiam....I guess we still enjoy watching sweet bickering between the leads.However,the story soon develops a slower than slow-mo pace,which makes it tiring to watch.The pace picks up in the last few episodes,but I guess by then viewers have became numb to the developments.(unless of coz,staring at Takuya's face is entertaining to you...which is to me...hmmhmm)So the plot moves to a predictable ending(which became predictable after the middle episodes).Though touching,it fails to impress.Thus this drama can only be said as a quality star-studded production,but not a classic.
|Reviewed by GunGod on 20 June 2001|
|7. ||Consuming... [Rating: 10/10]|
I find it rather difficult trying to rate this show by its actors/actresses, since either way I deny the story its true nature with labels. Beautiful Life is arguably one of the most thoughtfully written tragedies I have ever seen, in all of the entertainment I have explored.
Like Summer Snow, the story began with a rather silly, non-sensical taste of humor. It sat on my brain for a few episodes, until the real story begins. Then, as soon as the dark aura begins to eminate around the series, I started to cherish a relationship I honestly couldn't say I could have of my own. It starts to degrade, very slowly, into a powerful, consuming conclusion - and ends with a smile.
Prepare lots of tissues, and try to look at it with an open heart - a series like this is the key to art-influenced epiphanies.
|Reviewed by requiem on 1 March 2005|
|8. ||Very good, but not the best [Rating: 8/10]|
The first 4 episodes didn't catch me too much, but I watched until the end because I just wanted to know what would happen in the end - at the 4th episode, you know something sad would happen. I liked Kimutaku in this series, his acting sounds so natural and funny in this, yet I don't think his dramatic skills are that good.
First time I watched Takako's acting (she's been dissapeared from drama series, isn't she?) and loved her. Her voice is strong, not that cute-childish-fragile thing that most japanese girls have, which it makes her different from the others.
Miki Mizuno and Takako's brother are SO funny, liked both of them.
The splot is good and makes you think about the condition of people in wheelchairs - it's not that easy to live like this.
A worth watching specially for the end!!!
|Reviewed by shiruchsn on 13 November 2004|
|9. ||Well done [Rating: 8/10]|
Even though the end is predictable somehow, I was able to watched it till the end and with satisfaction, unlike korean sad story dramas , that some of them I am not able to finish watching because they are soooo dramatic. This story, although not original, but the plot was good because it was not all dramatic till the end actually. And for kyoko's attitude is hard to criticize because handicap people really face lots of problems and a lot of complex for their dishabilities so I guess she was the way she had to be in the story.
This is my first sad jdrama, and the first drama I have seen with these two main actors but I can tell I like it very much.
Plus I liked masao and sachi very much, they were the ones that add the humor in this drama :)
|Reviewed by hannazayito on 20 September 2007|
|10. ||Very emotional, moving, sad drama [Rating: 9/10]|
Well, to start off, I'm a picky guy when it comes to watching Drama's... And I give this drama two thumbs up...
NOW FOR THE PPL giving this Drama bad scores, if you read what they said, for example, Comment#28, gave it 3 BECAUSE it doesnt have twisted ending?!?!?! and couple other's gave it bad score because it is tragic/depressing!?!?!?!
To conclude, if you like Drama's that are very emotional and want to cry or to. Watch This... If you dont like sad endings, tragic story line, sad stuff... This is NOT for you...
Acting was great, characters were great, story had some slow moments, but it was great... I liked it a lot... and would recommend this to anyone who dont mind watching sad / love drama's.
|Reviewed by makusu on 20 January 2006|
|11. ||Well Worth the Price of Admission [Rating: 10/10]|
The initial meeting between main characters are the usual and nothing special. The story is slow and subtle, but I very much prefer subtlety over abruptness. The drama is a must watch, not because it is "beautiful" or "heart warming," which it is, but also because the drama provides great insights and perspectives into the daily life of the disabled. For years I have wondered how it would be like to live with a disability, and during certain periods, I tried to replicate disabilities like not utilizing my arm(s) or leg(s), but it wasn't the same. This drama did a great job in portraying how it's like to live with disabilities and to feel disabled. That's how this drama got my 10 stars.
|Reviewed by Liquid Lion on 29 September 2002|
|12. ||Touching [Rating: 8/10]|
This is really a simple story about a man and a woman, and the story that develops between them. What makes this drama so great is character development. This drama doesn't overdo the touchy emotional parts, but I was still touched because the characters started developing from the get go. Also, there are no real sub plots, or any other distractions that takes you away from what is happening between the two. By the end, you have grown so attached to the characters that you really want them to get together and wish for a happy ending.
I believe this drama is so popular is because it is wonderfull in its simplicity. Props to Kimura Takuya, he really plays the part well.
|Reviewed by Hiro Toyo on 2 January 2004|
|13. ||Beautiful Drama? [Rating: 7/10]|
For the most part I enjoyed this drama. This is not to say that this drama was flawless from the start. Of course every drama has its downside. One flaw that i'll extort in particular is this drama was verrrry slow. I almost had to force myself to watch sometimes. At one point I was more interested in the side stories rather than the main Shuji and Kyoko relationship. It was not until the end where I really got interested in the story. The ending of the story was obviously predicatable. It is as if I were bracing my self for a punch in the stomach; the question to ask was "when?". And of course episode 11 was the most appropriate place =)
|14. ||So-So [Rating: 6/10]|
Before I got my hands on this one, I heard that it's one of the more melancholic dramas out there, and that it's also one of Kimura Takuya's more famous and more successful dramas. After watching it for a while, I found the pace to be sluggish, and that the plot can be predictable. (esp. with the slogan "the days when we two are together") I have had this dorama for more than 2 years and still I haven't finished it.
I guess that there are more interesting doramas out there. As for Kimura Takuya's doramas, I'd much rather recommend to you his Long Vacation or Hero.
Good theme song by B'z nonetheless though.
|Reviewed by nhk9 on 25 February 2006|
|15. ||Not perfect, but highly recommended [Rating: 8/10]|
A heartwarming/heartbreaking story of finding and fighting for love.
Two characters fighting against each other for much of the series only to finally come together in the face of tragedy. Captures some good themes about beauty and honesty but perhaps falls short of true greatness - the idea of 'life as beauty' only get a cursory examination and could be so much more deeply explored with the same characters. The characters are for the most part very well played. Certain scenes in the end (and likely throughout) will require a handy box of tissues to mop up your face.
|Reviewed by phlargo on 24 April 2008|
|16. ||Really beautiful! [Rating: 10/10]|
Beautiful life, beautiful story, watch this dorama made me feel so beautiful with all that appeared in the dorama. Kyoko was not a perfect girl, but Shuji had made her perfect with all his true love. Her beautiful life became more beautiful that made me so touchful. The ending was predictible, but just like the title, it's really beautiful. Kyoko finally left her beautiful life with smile. It touched me so much. Takuya acting in the end was so perfect that i also can feel the same way like Shuji. Great applause for Kimutaku and Tokiwa and all the crew.
|Reviewed by makimura_RAn on 17 January 2004|
|17. ||A touching story.. [Rating: 10/10]|
At first, I thought this drama is really boring..
but as it got to the end, I coulnd't help but to concentrate in the
story and I started to really CARE about the fates of these two
people who love each other so much.
I liked the way this drama portrayed death..
Restrained emotion..Nobody cries out loud like in Korean dramas,
but still..that overwhelming sadness made my heart melt..
I loved the last scene..Takuya Kimura was endearing..
Shuji and Kyoko are forever in my heart..:-)
This drama is more lovable if you watch it for a second time..
|Reviewed by ilovetakuya on 22 May 2005|
|18. ||Great drama in spite of Kimura Takuya... [Rating: 9/10]|
I suppose I'm in the minority here because I'm not a big fan of Kimura Takuya. I must admit that he's cool and handsome-looking, but let's face it, he can't act! Well, he can act when the character is behaving like Kimura is in real life I guess, but that's about it. His range of acting is really really limited, which really detracts from those otherwise great shows that he's in. He is utterly unconvincing in any scene that demands deep emotions. It's a shame that most people still rate appearance much higher than acting abilities... sigh
|Reviewed by Ming on 6 July 2005|
|19. ||The Beauty of "Beautiful Life" [Rating: 9/10]|
This is the kind of show where you want to re-watch it over and over again ! I'm sure many people feel the same way as me :), I know of people who have watched it 3 times..and still counting.
I believe it is due to the very romantic storyline and also the convincing and heartfelt portrayal of the characters ( Kudos to kimutaku and takako tokiwa !) There are so many moments in this drama that are so incredibly touching !
Be forewarned...for the last episode,prepare a large box of tissues if you're the kind who cries easily...;)
|Reviewed by esther27 on 4 June 2001|
|20. ||Kyoko-chan's Review For: Beautiful Life [Rating: 10/10]|
The Most heart warming Dorama I have seen in my life. I admit, when it first anounced to play after the ending of Good News, I didn't want to watch it. I watched the first day and quickly fell in love with Kyoko Machida-The Main Character, Played by Tokiwa Takako. I loved how she was sooooo Good about her life, and I learned to aprecate my own life from Her and Shuji (Kimura Takuya) And I learned alot about Love. This Dorama is one of my favorites and I Highly Recommend it. So, In till my next Dorama rating.....Ja!
|Reviewed by Kyoko on 13 January 2001|
|21. ||Sweet, Lovely, and of course Sappy ^-^ [Rating: 9/10]|
I admit it, first watching this frankly Kyoko... annoyed me. I wanted to drag her out of her world of self pity and get her to see that the world was more than disabilities... then by around the 7th episode she grew on me. The entire cast did and I loved every moment up until the very last note of the ending song. If you want a wonder sappy romance drama... this is one of the best. Oh, and Takuya-san isn't too bad ether!! ^-^ This is my second favorite drama with him in it after Long Vacation (see that one too!)
|Reviewed by suki_beth on 17 March 2004|
|22. ||ok [Rating: 5/10]|
it's ok...kinda boring...we knew that she was gonna die at the end. I watched it cuz everyone said it was good...BUT i didn't think so =_=;;; boring..the only good thing about it is how takuya kimura showed how much he loves kyoko...that's it..it's stupid how she keeps on saying you shouldn't love me or find someone "normal"...=_=;;; at the end, it was scary--i didn't cry cuz she died, but i cried cuz i was scared she'd open her eyes or something =_=;;;
i dind't like long vacation either =_=;;;
|Reviewed by omaren on 11 August 2004|
|23. ||i watched it and cried TWICE!!! [Rating: 10/10]|
The story line was a very heart-warming one and comedy was in it too!!! the part where Kyoko died was the part where i needed a large box of tissues... it was soooo SAD to see Shuji-san applied make-up on her and broke down eventually... his wish was to open a hairdresser with Kyoko, but she didn't make it till then... twice i watched the drama and twice i cried!!! i'd say that if you want to start in collecting j-drama's get this drama first!!! highly recomanded to watch this first!!! =p
|Reviewed by jaycee on 17 June 2001|
|24. ||I am disappointed [Rating: 3/10]|
Personally I didn't find it fantastic. I watched it because everyone says it's good. In the end, I can't even bring myself to watch the middle part because I find it so boring. But I made myself watch the last two episodes. ok, she dies, suppose to be sad, but I feel that the director purposely make him make-up for her corpse just to make audiences cry. I like J Drama that have twists in the story plot, this one lacks it. If this drama is so popular becos of the actor, I can understand.
|Reviewed by ladyelf on 21 June 2003|
|25. ||Very touching love story! [Rating: 9/10]|
Beautiful Life is the most touching drama I've ever seen. Kimura and Tokiwa have great chemistry, and both did great in their roles. (Especially Tokiwa, she was excellent as Kyoko.) You see their relationship grow throughtout the whole series, although the ending is sad... made me cry more than once. I also liked the sidestory with Masao and Sachie. Watabe was funny as Masao, he had such an awkward manner, very amusing XD. Overall, it's a nice, heartwarming love story.
|Reviewed by madsky on 18 August 2005|
|26. ||It had class [Rating: 9/10]|
This dorama really had a lot of quality, and class put into it. This is one of those 'tour-de-force' types, where everyone involved was on the ball with their performances. They could have easily done without TM Revolutions bits, but nothing is perfect.
Honestly, there is little I can say about this dorama that hasnt already been said. Its very captivating, endearing, sweet, painful, and I think it has one of the best endings of a dorama I've seen in many moons.
|Reviewed by Winter on 19 April 2004|
|27. ||Beautifully done! [Rating: 9/10]|
A warm and heartfelt drama that is superbly carried out by Takuya and Takako. The supporting cast gave pretty good performances as well although some slight improvements could be made. Atsuro was a perfect choice as the slow, overprotective older brother and Ikeuchi Hiroyuki and Mizuno Miki were pretty good with their roles. Storyline flowed very smoothly at a good pace. Overall, a very well done drama worthy of comparison to LV and LG.
|Reviewed by Shindou on 9 June 2006|
|28. ||True love that's beyond all boundaries.... [Rating: 10/10]|
Beautiful life really shows how the insecurities a disabled person may have because they feel they are different for the others, despite the fact that everyone around them truly cares for them... A story of real love, where Shuji loved Kyoko no matter what she was or what condition she was in. Great acting by Kimura Takuya and Tokiwa Tokako, and the ending is top notch. This is the only drama that ever made me tear up. Highly recommended!
|Reviewed by DragonSpirit164 on 18 January 2004|
|29. ||The Best Dorama Every! [Rating: 10/10]|
This was one of the first doramas I had ever watched, and after watching over 50 doramas this one is still my favourite. Takuya's character is so cool and handsome and I totally felt the chemistry between the two lead actors. The ending was very touching and amazing, I found myself wanting to watch more, wonder if they would ever come up with a Beautiful Life Speical?
Highly recommend, this is a must see.
|Reviewed by dys199 on 15 August 2003|
|30. ||Touching story... [Rating: 9/10]|
well, the whole drama was indeed heart-warming... last event was indeed sad, but it seems that kyoko will live forever in Shinji's heart, a concept very much similar to that of Summer Snow. The only down part, in my opinion, is the death of kyoko. Why such wonderful stories must end like this? I still yet to come across a drama that has such a powerful storyline as well as a happy ending...
|Reviewed by eugeneyan on 23 June 2002|
|31. ||Pretty Good [Rating: 7/10]|
Overall it was good but didn't seem spectacular. Most dramas that I really like are the ones that make the sappy feeling of the drama stay with me days after I finish it, but this one just didn' affect me that way. All I was thinking was 'okay, so that was pretty good...I guess I can see why people like it...let's move on to the next drama'. It just didn't bring out much feeling in me.
|Reviewed by biga816 on 2 July 2002|
|32. ||heartwarming [Rating: 9/10]|
i silently cried, tears rolled down endlessly for shuji and kyoko...
crying, hurting, suffering silently for a great love that is already lost but trying to live for her memories and dreams ----shuji
courage, strength, fighting for a pure , gentle great love she found but knowing youll be leaving soon.....sob sob sob
why does it come to an end after you found your love of your life?
|Reviewed by dabog223 on 24 August 2009|
|33. ||Excellent~ [Rating: 9/10]|
This has to be one of the best romance story I have watched ... this film is wonderfully directed and had lots of morals about life, the troubles and feelings that disabled people go through ... & the romance between Shuji and Kyoko will keep you definitely keep you glued to the screen! RECOMMENDED~!
This is my first TV series that I brought and I'm glad I brought it!
|Reviewed by JohnnyBoy_3000 on 1 June 2001|
|34. ||it really is beautiful........... [Rating: 10/10]|
a really touching story....i was hoping till the last momment..that kyoko might live but that sounds too ridiculous..plus it's unlogical..so the end though a bit sad but somehow there's a feeling of satisfaction. it really is a moving story. it makes you feel that the world ain't that cruel and callous!!good work for the cast and the crew. you guys are incredible
|Reviewed by zaizyan on 3 February 2004|
|35. ||*DO NOT WATCH IF YOU DO NOT LIKE TRAGIC ENDINGS* [Rating: 6/10]|
Takako Tokiwa is superb in this drama. She is very cute and her acting is great. I must admit I didn't like Takuya's character because of his hot-headedness.
I watched the whole series through only to hope for a happy ending but was verydisappointed by the tragic Titanic-like ending. If I knew how it would have ended, I would have never start watching it.
|Reviewed by coolbreeze on 8 August 2005|
|36. ||BEAUTIFUL!!! [Rating: 10/10]|
The story plot is definitely original which captures the mind of the viewers.. great chemistry between shuji and kyoko.. kimura takuya had managed to fully capture the role that he is playing and portray the character beautifully.. perfect soundtrack.. A heart-aching story between the two main leads and its definitely one of kimura takuya's best works ever!
|Reviewed by hide_hikaru_minako on 17 November 2005|
|37. ||Speechless... [Rating: 10/10]|
A true Masterpiece. Actually my second drama after Love Generation and I must say this one was far better. It was so deep. I've NEVER cried so much watching a tv drama. Touching, thought provoking, really pulled me in....truly truly wonderful. That Takuya actor is really good...pretty hot too...A beautiful drama indeed...no wonder it has so many votes.
|Reviewed by k4g0me on 17 February 2006|
|38. ||Just like love in life itself [Rating: 8/10]|
A wonderfully-crafted series, Beautiful Life seek to define the broad expanse of how love is like, both its happy and unhappy moments. Although at times, the unhappy moments in the show can be pretty painful to go through but in preservering you would understand why this show is so wonderful and also why love is so wonderful.
|Reviewed by dashx on 16 September 2005|
|39. ||Beautiful Dorama [KAZSAW] [Rating: 10/10]|
This dorama was great and had me going throughout the whole series. The ending, though a sad situation, was set so nicely that it leaves you perfectly content with it ending. Very nicely done, but a bit quiet at times when there is no background music or anything, but I guess it kind of adds to the effect.
|Reviewed by KAZSAW on 16 May 2002|
|40. ||Quite good. [Rating: 7/10]|
It's a very cool serie , it's healthy and very psychological (all dramas are, but this one is even more) It makes you re-consider the true value of life, though the last episodes are a bit harsh, some others a bit action-less and its end sad. Nevertheless in the overall it's a very fine show !
|Reviewed by Battle48 on 29 October 2006|
|41. ||seems pretty cool for now [Rating: 7/10]|
I am still watching this dorama,having finished it yet,but for now it seems kinda sad,but it sure stands out as a promising dorama,especially when you come to see the great actors and a well-balanced story telling.I am pretty sure i will love this dorama even more after i am done watching it.
|Reviewed by triyandafilisus on 25 July 2005|
|42. ||hmmm... [Rating: 8/10]|
this dorama is not the best... storylinenya gak nyambung.... but it touches enough... kimutaku n kyoko are really awkward arent they? the themesong is really nice to hear eventhough i do not know what the meanings of the words.... i just enjoy it ...... life is really beautiful....
|Reviewed by reztya on 29 July 2004|
|43. ||so far the best [Rating: 10/10]|
this is a beautiful drama, the chemestry between kimutaku and takako is very very beautiful. not boring at all...
takako is very adoreable, cho kawaii...
kimutaku is defenietly good actor, he make this drama perfect. his role as shuji just like he is real shuji (the cool shuji)
|Reviewed by Steve on 17 April 2007|
|44. ||A great drama ever seen... [Rating: 10/10]|
This is the first time i've nearly cry before this drama.....and i am a guy !!! This is so great, but the end......
I dont know how to describe perfectly my feelings, but i recommend you this drama cause, for sure, it will changes your vision o life.....and love =)
|Reviewed by Shigu on 28 November 2004|
|45. ||not the best i've seen, but pretty darn close... [Rating: 9/10]|
A solid 8, nah, i'll give it a 9. easily one of the best drama i've ever seen. nicely produced, good casting, and very heart warming series. even though you knew the inevidible was gonna happen, it made you stayed with the story, and THAT is a mark of an unforgettable drama.
|Reviewed by niko2x on 12 July 2004|
|46. ||what the.. [Rating: 5/10]|
don't understand how everyone likes this drama. it is too depressing for me and i also thought the girl is kind of annoying. she has such low self esteem and always accuse the guy of not wanting to be when her. geezz.. the guy told her so many times that he doesn't mind.
|Reviewed by duba878 on 16 May 2004|
|47. ||always my favourite... [Rating: ?/10]|
this is the best drama i ever watch in my entire life..the way kimura takuya play the character make me feel that he is the greatest japanese actor..or ever in asia...the character he play as shuji really touch my heart and he act with attitude...big appalause for him...i
|Reviewed by jellyana on 26 July 2005|
|48. ||average...okay... [Rating: 7/10]|
this series was okay. it wasn't that great as i expected. to be honest, i think this series is way overrated. nothing seem to surprise or impress me in this series. i consider this series kinda boring... but overall.....it wasn't all THAT bad. just not that great.
|Reviewed by FaNtaSYDrEaMeRZ on 15 September 2003|
|49. ||touching drama..... [Rating: 7/10]|
honestly i dont like kimura takuya very much...but i like his character in BL...we cant deny that he is talented...tokiwa...on the other hand..i like her...either her character in BL or she herself...BL is quite a good drama...& i ve watched for many times...=)
|Reviewed by anne on 28 June 2001|
|50. ||beautiful indeed but tearjerker [Rating: 8/10]|
kamura and tokiwa were great. and the parts that were touching were really sweet. good supporting cast too. but be warned theres alot of downs to go with the ups. yes it was quite sad at times. maybe a bit too much. still holds a special place in my heart.
|Reviewed by salarysan on 18 April 2010|
|51. ||sad ending.......but that the way it should be [Rating: 10/10]|
actually this is the first japan drama i watch and it's the drama that make me fall in love with japan drama.maybe the ending a bit sad but that's how it touch us all.and one more, I love TAKAKO TOKIWA.it's a must watch.worth all your time and money.
|Reviewed by Jon Saviola on 13 January 2002|
|52. ||Beautiful Dorama [Rating: 10/10]|
watched this on tv years ago, can't believe i cried near the end. very good drama, strong storyline, strong acting and some funny moments. have re-watched it several times since then (mark of a good drama).... Definitely worth watching.
|Reviewed by aiaiyaya on 10 October 2009|
|53. ||I think its worth 10/10points! [Rating: 10/10]|
Very Sad story.. Shuji was strong till end and he didn't realise it first that it would be their last time together.. Great series though.. a bit of sad :(. Wonderful Casting, everyone did their best in this series. I recommend!!!
|Reviewed by Juhis on 27 February 2005|
|54. ||JDrama at its peak [Rating: 10/10]|
I just rewatched this series, and it's great no matter how many times I see it. Its quality is still unmatched today. KimuTaku and Tokiwa Takako's chemistry is PERFECT, heartwarming story, and beautiful OST/Theme song.
|Reviewed by 8thSin on 30 January 2007|
|55. ||TWO THUMBS UP!! [Rating: 10/10]|
this drama is really very nice n different..basically its a really sweet n touching drama with some sadness at the ending..the climax of the show nv seem to hav stop..i really highly recommend this drama to everyone out dere..
|Reviewed by fre3domlin on 1 August 2008|
|56. ||Beautiful Life [Rating: 10/10]|
This story made a big impact of my life. It showed me a whole different perspectives from different people. Tokiwa Takako "Kyoko" played her role so outstanding...well outstanding would be an understatement. I was so touched.
|Reviewed by dannyboy on 7 December 2003|
|57. ||One of the Best [Rating: 10/10]|
Great and convincing acting job form Takako Tokiwa. Touched on the life and love of a handicap person. A very interesting character setup. A very moving but sad ending. Kimura and Tokiwa were a great combination!
|Reviewed by jdfan on 27 June 2002|
|58. ||The Drama [Rating: 10/10]|
Every thing about this drama adds up to be the best drama I have ever seen (I have seen about 30 over 10 years time) the actors, the music, the outside shooting venues, everything was thought out and done to the max
|Reviewed by warren.mcclendon on 10 April 2002|
|59. ||Sad story.. [Rating: ?/10]|
this is my favourite drama....it's really really sad on the ending...but this drama have a moral value,the true love came from the heart,not from body or face or other thing....love this drama....it's so touching!!!
|Reviewed by syahirah on 26 April 2004|
|60. ||Simply Beautiful [Rating: 10/10]|
The best dorama I have ever seen. It has that magical feeling from start to finish. It is very sad, yet happy. I try to enjoy life to the fullest now. This was a very wonderful learning experience about love.
|Reviewed by zef on 17 July 2003|
|61. ||lovely and touching story [Rating: 10/10]|
It's a very very touching drama where you have to grab a box of tissue when you're watching the ending of the drama. I reccommend all viewers who hasn't seen it. It's a must watch drama serie.
|Reviewed by ping_bong on 5 August 2001|
|62. ||A fantasy romance story [Rating: 9/10]|
Another sad ending romance story. One of the fantasy story telling which will NOT happen to real life. Great casts and theme songs. Urge everyone to watch it......just for the fantasy sake. :)
|Reviewed by popdod on 25 July 2008|
|63. ||Beautiful "Beautiful Life" [Rating: 9/10]|
A very touching and beautiful story line but, sadly with a not so perfect ending that is to made the Takako died at last. Fortunately, the very cool guy, Kimura, did live happily at last...
|Reviewed by Evelyn Takuya on 15 August 2001|
|64. ||There are no words that can describe its greatness [Rating: 10/10]|
First drama I've watched, and the best. The acting and the story was superb. Every episode was so touching that I ended up using an entire box of kleenex on the damn drama >.< Saikou!
|Reviewed by sykotic_808 on 3 March 2004|
|65. ||One of the best... [Rating: 10/10]|
Touching and heartwarming dramas ever. The romance between the two leads really defines love at its purest form. In my opinion, second only to Ichi Rittoru no Namida in its genre.
|Reviewed by eml132 on 6 June 2007|
|66. ||definitely a waste for not watching this [Rating: 10/10]|
definitely worth watching for even more than 2times. the chemistry between takuya n tokiwa is really good.. the way they got into the relationship n stuff.. it all started well..
|Reviewed by juliana_phang on 21 June 2003|
|67. ||Ichiban no dorama......... [Rating: 10/10]|
The touching story, perfect couples either in the story or reality, heart warming, it will be the one and the only No.1 Japanese drama.......You just ccan't missed it.......
|Reviewed by shirley on 3 July 2001|
|68. ||One of the BEST! [Rating: 10/10]|
I love this drama...especially the leads..they're in their best performance ever. The story line is very hartwarming and touching. Watch it and you'll love it too.
|Reviewed by juita_ejet on 7 May 2002|
|69. ||Not my taste [Rating: 4/10]|
I watched it all the way through and I just didn't care for it at all. I would have given it a 5 but I couldn't do it honestly. It only got 4 because of KimuTaku.
|Reviewed by iluvasiandrama on 6 April 2011|
|70. ||Beautiful Life RULEZZZ [Rating: 10/10]|
Beautiful Life is a really great drama. You'll regret if you miss it. Takuya & Tokiwa is just a perfect couple ... If the drama is on, never ever miss it ......
|Reviewed by Mieko on 29 July 2001|
|71. ||Touching.....Romantic BL [Rating: 10/10]|
I love it..This story is my favourite story..very touching..It's very dramatic and good to watch for a few hundreds time.....See it..U will never regret it....
|Reviewed by Lilynadia on 22 October 2001|
|72. ||I can't stand her. [Rating: 4/10]|
hmm...there's takuya. which is the only reason why I could resist until the end of this predictable, boring, annoying drama. the female lead is unwatchable.
|Reviewed by extravale on 16 May 2006|
|73. ||Une lesson d'amour [Rating: 8/10]|
Si il suffisait d'aimer, ça ce saurait.
Pour avoir une belle vie ça n'exsite pas.
Une bonne lesson de civisme, courage et de respect.
|Reviewed by psychomann on 3 February 2004|
|74. ||sugoi!! [Rating: 10/10]|
its a really good dorama... definately recomanded
i cried twice when i "read" the ending, where shuji applies makeup for kyoko. really touching...
|Reviewed by eiko on 5 June 2001|
|75. ||Touching~ [Rating: 10/10]|
This drama is nice and touching, especially the last part, where kyoko die, and shuji was applying makeup for her... Definitely worth wathcing~
|Reviewed by hmm on 1 March 2004|
|76. ||Superb [Rating: 10/10]|
The chemistry works. Probably because of Kimutaku himself. He can create chemistry with anyone and I must add that Bz's track is perfect!
|Reviewed by panterna on 18 May 2006|
|77. ||A Touching And Entertaining Drama [Rating: 10/10]|
I Don't USusally Cry When Watching SAd Drama.
But This Drama Made Me Cry Especially When Kimura Apply Makeup On Takako After She's Dead
|Reviewed by fhchiang on 12 August 2002|
|78. ||Beautiful Life [Rating: 9/10]|
Very emotional - I could not stop watching it through the whole weekend. If there are many Dorama like this I am definitely hooked!
|Reviewed by Surpur on 17 March 2004|
|79. ||Nice!!!!!!! [Rating: 8/10]|
Hello it's me again!!!!Well speaking of this drama i will give a double thumbs-ub because this story is a very heat warming drama
|Reviewed by curian4 on 27 April 2001|
|80. ||NIce niCe Nice! [Rating: 10/10]|
This drama is t he most touching love story..I've ever watched ...espescially when there's Takuya Kimura acting in it! .. .
|Reviewed by cookielmy on 25 February 2005|
|81. ||love it [Rating: 10/10]|
the best jap drama i've seen to date .its really sweet and is also a very moving story, it does make life seems beautiful
|Reviewed by ezzaaziz on 20 June 2002|
|82. ||Beautiful Life [Rating: 10/10]|
One of my favourite dorama of all time...the way Takuya and Takako play their roles was great!! And a very sad ending...
|Reviewed by okishima84 on 4 January 2004|
|83. ||the last scene..... [Rating: 10/10]|
the last scene, when Shuji make up dead-Kyoko. it really made me cry. shit, i'm a man, i shouldn't have cried....
|Reviewed by shitomaru on 26 August 2006|
|84. ||very touching [Rating: ?/10]|
i would say this is one of the very slow moving shows of takuya kimura.... so sad... takuya's acting is good.
|Reviewed by JAP FREAK on 17 March 2006|
|85. ||kewl~ [Rating: 8/10]|
it's really sad 4 the ending....
but it's really a good show...
so 4 ppl who haven't watch it
|Reviewed by dummyuser3 on 18 May 2001|
|86. ||Watch this with your gf! [Rating: 10/10]|
Although this was a drama that i saw long ago, it will always be memorable. I like to cry, really i do.
|Reviewed by gizm092 on 23 August 2003|
|87. ||GOOD SERIES [Rating: 9/10]|
Great series to watch.. except the girl was getting to me.. she's somewhat annoying w/ her insecurities.
|Reviewed by Piloha on 7 January 2005|
|88. ||Only this drama which made me cry [Rating: 10/10]|
Very touching Jdorama.The only and onlyyyyyy drama that made me cry after watching the last part of it
|Reviewed by Warrior on 30 June 2003|
|89. ||the best!! [Rating: 10/10]|
this is the first drama i've watched.. and the best!!.. ,Takuya Kimura is so cute....!
|Reviewed by cookielmy on 22 February 2005|
|90. ||Good! [Rating: 10/10]|
Highly recommended. Also what is the English song that play in episode 1 at the start?
|Reviewed by wezard on 10 January 2007|
|91. ||yo... [Rating: 9/10]|
dunno what to say but this drama tell's everything 'bout life,love and hate...
|Reviewed by TA-Chan on 31 March 2008|
|92. ||best jap drama [Rating: 10/10]|
this is definitely a must-watch,
the plot as well the plot was excellent
|Reviewed by tomassi on 4 October 2007|
|93. ||Must see!! [Rating: 10/10]|
what more can u ask for??
|Reviewed by ilovedeath on 1 November 2003|
|94. ||hmmm [Rating: 6/10]|
not very interesting... & i don't really like okinawa shuuji. -__-
|Reviewed by PepperGreen on 20 August 2008|
|95. ||tarapappapa... i'm luvin it... tarapappapa... [Rating: 9/10]|
life of a hairstylist & librarian can be beautiful too!!!
|Reviewed by yon on 19 October 2004|
|96. ||THE BEST J DRAMA EVER... [Rating: 10/10]|
I wish to give it 11, but the mark is only to 10....
|Reviewed by keepasusyanamati2003 on 3 November 2002|
|97. ||simply the best... [Rating: 10/10]|
love takuya as a hairstylist..and it's touching....
|Reviewed by refrizz on 14 May 2006|
|98. ||Wonderful story line [Rating: 10/10]|
Very touching love story. Highly recommemded.
|Reviewed by KS17 on 15 October 2001|
|99. ||beautiful life [Rating: 10/10]|
i like this drama
i really like this drama
|Reviewed by addlynna on 7 April 2004|
|100. ||very beautiful [Rating: 10/10]|
one of the most beautiful dorama ever!
|Reviewed by [a]-i-[r]-e-[n] on 7 September 2004|
|101. ||Sugoi!!!!!! [Rating: 9/10]|
It can't get much better than this.
|Reviewed by lordgus on 1 July 2004|
|102. ||Good [Rating: 9/10]|
|Reviewed by Piloha on 5 December 2004|
|103. ||Beautiful Life is a really great drama [Rating: 7/10]|
|Reviewed by jed_ka on 19 April 2009|