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Going My Home Promotion on Pekepon

Japanese: 3週連続SP!!第2弾 (2012)

Just thought I’ll share a link of  Abe Hiroshi guesting on this Japanese variety show.

This caught my attention as Abe-san is being teased to have a look-a-like younger brother (otoutou) which hardly resembles him. Funny how he is really humble and well-mannered, characteristics which I really admire on him in spite of his immense good-looks.

Judge for yourself for the semblance or lack thereof.

 

http://video.fc2.com/en/content/20121005ppLvkCVr

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At Home Dad

Japanese: アットホーム・ダッド (2004)

One of the more famous dramas of Abe Hiroshi almost a decade ago where he played the role of Yamamura Kazuyuki, a typical Japanese salaryman at the peak of his career, proud to be able to provide well for his family and take care of their financial needs. On the other hand, his neighbor Sugio Yusuke, played by his perennial co-actor Miyasako Hiroyuki lives the complete opposite life of being a houseband (house husband). Yamamura considered this role as a person who has thrown his pride out of the window and is not a real man.

However, a twist of fate in the company matters and Yamamura soon found himself jobless while his wife found an goldmine of an opportunity from his previous employer. With Yamamura prioritizing love for family over pride, his suit was replaced with apron and his business dealings now with the cooking class he attends with neighbor turned-senpai Sugio.

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My review: DON’T EVER WATCH this drama if ever you are in my situation, that is having marital problems with a husband who is too stubborn to reconcile. I swear, I cried in each episode, which is unfair because Abe Hiroshi and Miyasako were both flawless with their acting. It really doesn’t help that my hubby looks like Abe-chan and I can’t help but feel flustered why he can’t love me this way. Anyway, if you are happily married or happily single, then I might even recommend this for you. Witty dialogues but a bit loose in the plot. Also, the setting/props is reminiscent of Desperate Housewives-ergo-fake suburbia posh subdivisions in central Tokyo. Maybe they were trying to portray Setagaya-ku but still it wasn’t very convincing.

 


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Going My Home

Japanese: ゴーイングマイホーム (Oct 9 2012)

This series will probably be the main reason to delay my imminent suicide and give me at least 4-6 more months to live. Just kidding but jokes are meant to be broken.

Imagine Abe Hiroshi teaming up with Long Vacation’s (my all-time favorite drama) lead star Yamaguchi Tomoko and it’s like Dream Team 1992 over again.  The truth is recently my interest with AH has plummeted, perhaps I’m already here in China (and no it’s not because of the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands dispute) and  I have to worry about real-life problems.

Unfortunately, the plot contains some supernatural elements, something about finding a mysterious creature called “cuna” but I guess it’s basically a Little Price-type metaphor for believing things which are invisible to the naked eye. I am not really sure though, so I’ll update this page once I get more info.

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Update:

Just finished watching the 1st 2 episodes and I would say that this is already one of the best family dramas ever. Great casting and chemistry especially of ‘weird’ girl who plays the daughter of Abe and Yamaguchi. This is like a mix of “At Home Dad” and “Aruitemo Aruitemo.” The OST “Yotsuba no Kuroba”(4-leaf Clover) by Makihara Noriyuki gives this a tinge of the epic ‘Kita no Kuni Kara.”

Watch link:

http://www.dramacrazy.net/japanese-drama/going-my-home/