Japanese Dramas and Movies

Below is the list of dramas and movies that I have seen for as long as I can remember. They are ranked on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. I judge in terms of likeness as well as quality and production value. For the ones that I do not remember  they are represented with a “^” and for short dramas and short movies, they will be represented with a “#” depending on which category they fall under. These ratings are ranked in their category.

Japanese Dramas/Short Dramas (represented with a #) That I Have Seen

  • Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia’s Case Files (AKA Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Technou) (2013) – If you have great knowledge on antiquarian books and are a huge lover of it, then you will love it. However, that is not me. And because of that, I felt that many of the cases did not make sense, and some of it also felt unsolved. (3/10)
  • BORDER (2014) – I like Oguri Shun but I didn’t feel the drama allowed him to showcase his acting to full potential. The writing of the drama was a let-down for me. There wasn’t any excitement with each ep and it was quite a struggle for me to continue watching. (5/10)
  • Itazura na Kiss: Love in Tokyo (2013) – This was quite and fluffy! I liked the drama’s progression and the leads had a chemistry that really drove forth the drama. It was a very fun watch. (8.5/10)
  • Itazura na Kiss: Love in Okinawa (2014) –
  • Kaseifu No Mita (2011) – This was very interesting. It was quite different from dramas that I have seen. I loved the eerie atmosphere and I especially enjoyed watching the different friendly bonds being formed. (8/10)
  • Last Cinderella (2013) – The basic Cinderella line was there but there wasn’t much done to it to make it special and unique. The OTP didn’t have much chemistry so this was a let down to the drama. The start was impressive but thereafter it just started to slug and was no longer interesting. (7/10)
  • Lucky Seven (2012) – I really enjoyed it! I especially loved the performance from Eita. The way the cases were woven into bringing the seven detectives together really nicely done. It was very upbeat and hearty. (8.5/10)
  • Rich Man, Poor Woman (2012) – My first ever Jap drama! (: & I just love it! It has all the elements of romance, work and and interpersonal relationship that are all neatly and creatively worked into the drama. I just love Makato and Toru! They are adorable together with amazing chemistry! I cannot get enough of this drama! It is too short. (11/10)
  • # Rich Man, Poor Woman Special (2013) – More Makato and Toru! They are so cute! I really enjoyed watching their interactions. It also tied up the drama really well filling in the missing time period that was left with the drama.
  • Shitsuren Chocolatier (2014) – It was a very deflating drama to say the least. I lost interest after the first two eps and had to push myself to finish it. I like the eye candies (mmm, the delicious chocolate) and the chemistry between our leads but the story just wasn’t well told. (4.5/10)

Japanese Movies That I Have Seen

  • Chonmage Pudding
  • Handsome Suit (2008) – It was comedic and really enjoyable to watch. I enjoyed how the movie played out and it really did pack quite a lot in the time frame that it had. (7/10)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Like Father, Like Son (2013) – This was so beautiful! I love the portrayal of such a human theme and how it really tore my heart apart watching the two families with their struggles. The movie really knew how to tug my heart strings! (10/10)
  • Paradise Kiss (2011) –
  • The Secret World of Arrietty – I absolutely loved it; the animation was amazing and the music was just perfect for the movie! It was really beautiful and the plot flowed along quite well. (9/10)

7 thoughts on “Japanese Dramas and Movies

  1. totallyclueless May 31, 2014 at 12:21 am Reply

    I noticed you haven’t watched old jdramas? You should try some of them too! 🙂

    • misscupcakees May 31, 2014 at 12:30 am Reply

      I should definitely do so when I have more time on my hands. (:

  2. cineclique June 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm Reply

    First comm here!^^ Oh you haven’t liked Shitsurei Chocolatier? 😮 I thought it good^^ Sure the hero annoyed me for a bit (his incapacity to get over his first love made me pull my hair out from time to time) but the story was nice in my opinion 🙂
    Otherwise I’d advised you to watch 1 Litre of tears, Kimi no Todoke and Rurouni Kenshin (the two last are movies) ^_^

    • misscupcakees June 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm Reply

      Hehe! Welcome! (: I’m glad you popped by.

      It was okay, just that I wasn’t too fond of it. There were some let downs and the drama just didn’t flow too nicely.

      Ohhh, I’ve heard lots about 1 Litre of Tears. I’m not sure I can handle the emotional story of it! Hehehe, I’m might if I can spare some time. Thanks for the recommendation! 😀

  3. vikas June 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Hi.. Any good jdramas.. i have seen paradise kiss and it is good.. can you suggest any jdramas

    • misscupcakees June 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm Reply

      Hi! (: As you can see, my list is not very extensive as I have not seen much j-dramas, but I do have a few which I can recommend. (: You should definitely try out Rich Man, Poor Woman if you are into rom-com, because this definitely hit the mark in everythingg! You should also try Lucky Seven if you are interested in procedural dramas. (:

  4. Mariae March 30, 2015 at 5:36 am Reply

    I enjoyed reading your review for Rich Man Poor Woman. I just finished watching the whole series like, 15 minutes ago and oh my god. All the feels. UGH. I noticed you haven’t watched old J-dramas. I highly recommend, Hana Yori Dango 1 and 2 and Absolute Boyfriend for Romantic ones. Kazoku Game, Maou and Quiz Show 2 for something different. 🙂 For movies, if you liked Like Father, Like Son, I’d recommend Tsunagu. 🙂

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