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[drama Japan 2003] 美女か野獣 / The Beauty Or The Beast

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* Title: 美女か野獣

* Title (romaji): Bijo ka Yajuu

* Title (English): Beauty or Beast

* Also known as: Kiss? or Fight?

* Genre: Romance, Comedy

* Episodes: 11

* Viewership: ratings 18.5%

* Broadcast network: Fuji TV

* Broadcast period: 2003-Jan-09 to 2003-Mar-20

* Air time: Thursday 22:00

* Theme song: "The Galaxy and Maze" by TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA


After graduating from the Tokyo University School of Law, Tamiya Makoto (Matsushima Nanako) goes on to Harvard University where she earns an MBA. She later works at one of the "big three" networks in the United States as a news reporter. While covering a story on an international symposium in Paris, Makoto is scouted to work for JBC Television in Japan. The news producer at JBC wants to use Makoto to help raise low viewer ratings. He persuades her to work for him for an absurdly high salary, and also gives her the right to hire who she needs.

While Makoto is being brought in to be the savior of the News Department, one man gets transferred from the Variety Department. His name is Nagase Hiromi (Fukuyama Masaharu). Since joining JBC Television, all he has done is variety programs. Although Hiromi has done everything he possibly could to ensure his programs are a success, his boss just could not take anymore of Hiromi's behavior which ranged from getting caught up in scandals with female television personalities, punching-out assistant directors, to taking kickbacks from production companies. His boss finally tells Hiromi to make a fresh start in the "hard nosed" News Department.

So now the News Department has Makoto who thinks high ratings are the meaning of life, and Hiromi who values the success of a program as just a tool for the full enjoyment of life. These two totally different personalities mix it up and somehow reach a mutual understanding, creating a delightful "light comedy" for adults.


* Matsushima Nanako as Tamiya Makoto

* Fukuyama Masaharu as Nagase Hiromi

* Watanabe Ikkei as Kuze Teruhiko

* Yashima Norito as Towatari Kantaro

* Sasaki Kuranosuke as Kote Hiroshi

* Shiraishi Miho as Shirai Yukino

* Nagai Masaru as Yamamoto Takeshi

* Suzuki Papaiya (パパイヤ鈴木) as Kacchin

* Fukaura Kanako as Akiyama Fujiko

* Kodama Kiyoshi as Sakuragi Kyoichiro

* Shimizu Shogo as Tamaru Reishi

* Shiga Kotaro as Tsurumaki Yukio

* Yamamoto Ryuuji as Sakamoto Daisuke

* Morishita Tetsuo as Todo Seichi

* Okada Tadashi (岡田正)


* Katsurayama Shingo

* Nakamura Ikuji (中村育二)

* Matsuo Masatoshi

* Tomoya Nanami (七海智哉)

* Taguchi Mitsuhisa (田口光久)

* Sano Mizuki (佐野瑞樹)

* Tozawa Yusuke (戸沢佑介)

* Masu Takeshi

* Sahara Kenji (佐原健二)

* Tsurumi Shingo

* Ishida Taro

* Michael Tomioka (マイケル富岡)

* Mizukawa Asami

* Kusabue Mitsuko

* Watanabe Noriko

* Ikari Yukiko

* Komoto Masahiro

* Anan Kenji

* Ishii Kouta

* Kunimura Jun

* Asanuma Shinpei (浅沼晋平)

* Ogishima Shinichi (荻島眞一)

* Aoki Kenji (青木堅治)

* Okuno Tadashi (奥野匡)

* Ryu Raita

* Yamada Meikyou

* Tokui Yuu

* Hiraga Masaomi

* Morishita Chisato

SOURCE : 美女か野獣






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Guest theanonymousafro

I don't usually go for shows involving romance and centered around a couple but I really like this one. May have even made the list as one of my favorites.

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Guest theanonymousafro

Oh did you know the main guy,Fukuyama Masaharu is a singer,he has done a few theme songs for other shows too.

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