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ムコ殿2003 Mukodono 2003 The Son-in-Law 2003
Ranking: 4.1, 17 votes

Japanese titleムコ殿2003
"Romaji" titleMukodono 2003
Romanized titleMukodono 2003
English titleThe Son-in-Law 2003
Official homepagehttp://www.fujitv.co.jp/b_hp/muko2003/index.html
Episodes
11
Specials
0
Movies
0
Buy DVD's/DVD-Boxat cdjapan.co.jp
First aired:Thu, 2003-04-17 - 2003-06-26 at Fuji TV
ScreenwriterTsuzuki Hiroshi
DirectorNishiura Masaki
ProducerKurihara Miwako

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Review(by Winnie):
"Mukodono 2003" does not continue the "Mukodono" dorama from 2001 but happens to be a new version of the story. Nagase Tomoya and Shinohara Ryoko appear again but only Nagase plays his old role of cool musician Sakuraba Yuichiro for a second time. The series was at no time as successful as its predecessor in Japan, but if anyone thinks of "Mukodono 2003" as a simple copy, he would be mistaken.

Sakuraba Yuichiro (Nagase Tomoya) is one of the coolest singers in Japan who has millions of female fans. What they do not know about their idol: In private he behaves as childish as no adult else. Instead of wearing exclusive designer suits and his casual sunglasses he prefers dressing up as nerd with a sloppy jogging suit and an 80ies-style headband. When entering leisure-time there is nothing of his calm, cool constitution left, but Yuichiro turns into a somewhat crazy boy. You could say there exist two opposed characters in one person - and manager Sujiyama Michiko (Matsushita Yuki) has to try everything to prevent that anybody gets to know the private side of Yuichiro.

Her efforts become harder though when Yuichiro asks her for permission to marry into the family of his big love Ishihara Minami. When being a young boy Yuichiro had been left alone by his mother and therefore he wishes nothing more than to have an ideal family life. The Ishiharas seem to fit perfectly into that picture because Minami and her four sisters live together with their father under one roof. But soon after the marriage a tumultuous time starts for Yuichiro because he has to keep his marriage a secret and capture the hearts of his new family's members.

"Mukodono 2003" starts as a crazy comedy series that profits from the somewhat split personality of main character Sakuraba Yuichiro resulting in complications for the public life of a superstar. But as the main story develops and the problems that Yuichiro and his new family have to deal with, get more serious, the plot develops more earnestly and dramatically - and with that the characters grow in depth. Viewers experience something like a true emotional roller-coaster ride, when the mood changes from one moment to another from funny-silly to dramatic-sad. If you do not laugh or cry here you do not have a heart.

This enormous bandwidth of emotions provides the strength of the "Mukodono 2003" series. The characters appear altogether authentically, the actors appear to be involved with all of their hearts. And Nagase Tomoya seems to fit perfectly into his role when he masters to change between the foolish nerd and the extremely professional superstar without effort. In the end he even taps the full emotional potential of his character Sakuraba Yuichiro.

Beside of that the series' developers use their chance to poke fun at Japan's show business at it's best. And then only one question is left behind: What kinds of person are kept a secret behind all Nagase Tomoyas, Oguri Shuns or Ueto Ayas? And we realize that all those so-called superstars are just normal people like you and me, who all have their own cross to bear.


Actor:
Nagase Tomoya Nagase Tomoya
桜庭 裕一郎
Sakuraba Yuuichirou
Sakai Noriko Sakai Noriko
石原 南
Ishihara Minami
Matsushita Yuki Matsushita Yuki
筋山 通子
Sujiyama Michiko
Kishimoto Kayoko Kishimoto Kayoko
石原 東子
Ishihara Touko
Shinohara Ryoko Shinohara Ryoko
石原 西絵
Ishihara Nishie
Miura Rieko Miura Rieko
石原 北絵
Ishihara Kitae
Suenaga Haruka Suenaga Haruka
石原 あきら
Ishihara Akira
Hiraga Masaomi Hiraga Masaomi
遠藤 弘一
Endou Kouichi
Yoza Yoshiaki Yoza Yoshiaki
河村 一
Kawamura Hajime
Hoshino Mari Hoshino Mari
相川 ヒカリ
Aikawa Hikari
Tsunku Tsunku
小峰 卓郎
Komine Takurou
Kurosawa Toshio Kurosawa Toshio
石原 守
Ishihara Mamoru

This is how the others voted:
alex90 (10), Kiffy (9), Toru (9), Megane (8), Reactive (8), kazumon (7), Winnie (7), Yazzimojo (7)

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