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Pride Pride Hot

Pride
Network
Episodes
11
Directed by
Hirai Hideki, Nakae Isamu, Sawada Kensaku
Written by
Nojima Shinji
Producer
Sugio Atsuhiro, Makino Tadashi
Cast
Kimura Takuya, Takeuchi Yuko
Release Date
January 12, 2004

Kimura Takuya is the captain and star player of an ice hockey team, who is greatly respected by his teammates. For him, hockey is serious business that fully occupies his mind, while he treats romance as if it were a game.

Takeuchi Yuko is a typical OL (office lady), and is waiting for her boyfriend to return from studying architecture abroad. At this point in time however, he shows no sign of coming back. One day, Yuko's friends who are determined to find her a new boyfriend, invite her to watch an ice hockey game. There she sees Kimura for the first time.

After the game, Yuko and her friends join the players for a party celebrating their victory. Yuko, however, is not so excited to be there. When she leaves the party, she bumps into Kimura, who was slightly injured from a fight. They exchange e-mail addresses and part.

The sparks of mutual attraction are ignited in a second encounter between Yuko and Kimura, arranged with the help of her friends shortly after a party.

Sato Koichi has come as a replacement for the team's coach who has been hospitalized. Kimura has a lot of respect for the hospitalized coach. Unfortunately though, he can't stand Sato's way of doing things. Bringing with him a lot of coaching experience from overseas, Sato criticizes the former coach's strategies. Whenever Kimura and Sato see each other, they get into a quarrel; consequently influencing Kimura's behavior during games.

Seeing that his game ended in a brawl, Yuko visits Kimura to comfort him. But he tells her that she is being too friendly with him.

Yuko is hurt, Kimura is irritated, and his teammate Sakaguchi can't stand seeing Kimura like this...

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Story 
 
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Acting 
 
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Music 
 
8.5  (2)
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Pride 2009-10-03 23:24:59 Gureisu1
Overall rating 
 
10.0
Story 
 
10.0
Acting 
 
10.0
Music 
 
10.0
Satisfaction 
 
10.0
Gureisu1 Reviewed by Gureisu1    October 03, 2009
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Pride

Story: Kimura Takuya plays Halu who takes hockey very seriously, but love is just a game. Takeuchi Yuko as Murase Aki is an Office Lady and is waiting for her long lost boyfriend to come back after 2 years without contact. Halu suggests that Aki and himself play a "game" and date and once her boyfriend came back they would part, no questions asked. This drama is more about romance than sports and had a (in my opinion) great story. You have to see it, because my review doesn't give it justice.

Acting: Kimura Takuya (who is always great) and Takeuchi Yuko had fantastic chemistry. The acting was top notch.

Music: Fantastic! The drama is filled with music by Queen (with Queen's I was born to Love You as the theme song). I wasn't really into Queen until I watched this drama.

Overall: My absolute favorite drama, if you haven't already watched this drama you MUST!

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Music 
 
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Satisfaction 
 
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bengalifob Reviewed by bengalifob    October 02, 2009
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Born to love you?!

Story:
This drama is really about the romance with sports = hockey as the backdrop really. The love story isn't really unique, but what makes it beautiful is the amazing chemistry between the two leads. That kitchen scene = wow!

Acting:
As I said above, the leads are perfect and what was even better was that the supporting cast did an awesome job too! The pre-game scenes where the team gathers are really something else. I even got pumped up to win! Win! WIn! WIN!!!!

Music:
umm, the opening theme kinda made me laugh. I'm not a fan of rock music like that, but guess other folks liked it. I did like the background music though especially the one during the sad/romantic scenes.

Overall:
One of the best sports/romance dramas I've seen.

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