Another Operation: Kdrama Chat poll has ended, and we’ll be watching Rich Man, Poor Woman this time. I know, I know, you’re gonna say it’s a Jdrama, not a Kdrama, but, while we’ll mostly be watching Kdrama, we’re gonna throw some other stuff in every so often, just to mix it up. Feel free to read our discussions, or, better yet, come join us!
So, on to Rich Man, Poor Woman. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll say up front that I’ve already watched this one, and I loved it. I’m looking forward to discussing it with the group, and I’ll be watching it with a more critical eye this time, since I’ll be taking notes for discussion.
The basic rundown is that Sawaki Chihiro is a girl just finishing up her university degree, and she’s been looking for a job for a good long while, getting pretty discouraged in the process. Hyuga Toru is a genius programmer/entrepreneur at the head of a top software company. She’s sweet and earnest, he’s a brilliant jerk, together they fight— oh wait, I meant it’s an opposites-attract type show where she gets to teach him that everybody has something to offer, even if it’s not what he initially thinks is the most valuable, plus there’s a little romance along the way.
Oguri Shun plays Hyuga Toru, an affluent man whose personality is on the contrary, speckled with flaws. A CEO of an IT firm who is published on Forbes as a billionaire, Toru attained his fortune through chance and pure luck. A woman who meets Toru and eventually becomes attracted to him is Sawaki Chihiro, played by Ishihara Satomi. Chihiro is a hardworking college student at Tokyo University who has prepared for her future as much as she possibly could through studies and obtaining licenses. Despite her efforts, she has yet to land a job. Upon meeting Toru, she begins to unravel a genuine pureness inside him and solitude resulting from such pureness, which eventually draws her closer to him. The two repeatedly conflict each other, but little by little learn about one another to grow and develop together.
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