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Monday, May 30, 2011

マンハッタンラブストーリー / Manhattan Love Story

2003 JDorama that won a boatload of awards, and this comes as no surprise after watching, either.

It's about an unassuming but passionate man (Matsuoka Masahiro as Tencho) who runs a coffee shop near a television studio, and his patrons pop in regularly to conduct business dealing with affairs of the heart or the occasional business transaction - but to his utter dismay, NO ONE is there to savor his coffee.

In fact, a majority of the time these same patrons don't, even DRINK much less order the brew.

Tencho doesn't speak that often, and if it's necessary, he relies on the part-time worker, Tsukamoto Takashi as Gamo Shinobu, to do the talking for him.

It was far-fetched nonsense that managed to capture my interest for the duration, with a surprise ending I SHOULD have anticipated but didn't, other than to begin wondering why they always used the same, strange chick for all of the dream sequences.

This is a tough one to describe without giving away too much detail, but trust me when I say it was thoroughly enjoyable start to finish, and I think you will have as much fun watching as I did.


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