Hyuuga Tooru is the owner of a promising technology company worth billions of dollars. Despite his success, Tooru has many flaws, among them a medical condition that makes it difficult for him to remember people's names or faces. In fact, one of the only names he remembers with clarity is that of the mother who abandoned him. When a young headstrong woman applies for a job at the company, Tooru ends up embarrassing her in front of the other recruits, but he's taken aback when he learns her name.
Rich Man Poor Woman is a fresh drama on the J-dorama landscape. In an industry that rarely plays the romantic angle, a romantic comedy is a nice change. And when it's well done, then it's just awesome.
Rich Man Poor Woman doesn't do anything ground-breaking. And in a lot of ways, it's standard fare. The rich, socially awkward but brilliant male meets a poor, plucky, low on self-esteem female. They both see the worlds in different ways and naturally clash, then help change each other for the better.
The thing that makes this show stand out though is the execution and acting. Everything is low key, and real. There's little hysterics and over-dramatic moments. The problems keeping the leads apart are simple and basic; issues everyday people must overcome. And the interactions between the characters is heartwarming, and is another reason why the acting is great. Everyone does their roles justice, and look like they had a blast doing so.
It's not perfect, there are some flaws and parts of the story that could have been left out, but Rich Man Poor Woman is definitely one of the better romantic comedies out there. It's a shame Japan doesn't make more shows like this nowadays.
Hyuuga is a strange guy and leader of Next Innovation. His company isn't that unknown and when it comes to work he's considered a genius. Makoto Natsui on the other side will soon graduate from university and didn't find a job yet, which slowly brings her despair. Finding out about Hyuugas company she goes there to apply, but he kicks her out almost immediately. Until she does the unimaginable and tells him her name is Chihiro Sawaki - the name of his mother, who he's looking for so desperately. He also ends up needing her help and the destiny they share started.
The story itself isn't new or anything special. Actually it has a lot of work included, but since the characters only get to meet through work and interact there, it's nice to watch it! And the work of Hyuuga isn't that boring as well.
There is also Asahina, the co-owner of the company, who spices things up, as well as his sister who is the love-rival of Natsui. The most precious thing in this story is the character developement. How Hyuuga slowly grows and changes is precious to watch. The side characters are also very enjoyable. I especially liked Yasuoka.
Bad points are probably that they had to extend the drama to 11 episodes, but after watching the last one I was thankful that they didn't try to rush it in 10 episodes. The 11th episode was exactly what I expected and wanted from a good romance drama, and they finally gave it after much frustration. Even if they don't show too much romance, the chemistry between the main characters is good enough to keep you watching and watching. I always waited for the next episode, even if the ending wasn't all that exciting.
So 5* for me, since I feel like this drama is a bit different from many other japanese romance dramas.