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Around 40
Network
Episodes
11
Directed by
Yoshida Ken
Written by
Hashibe Atsuko
Producer
Setoguchi Katsuaki, Takanari Mahoko
Cast
Amami Yuki, Fujiki Naohito
Release Date
April 11, 2008

39-year-old Ogata Satoko is a highly capable psychiatrist who is single. She's forthright, a caring older sister and reliable in her job and in private. Her interests are staying in luxurious Japanese inns and watching stand-up comedy videos.

Satoko hasn't had a boyfriend in the past five years. Nevertheless, she derives satisfaction from work and isn't worried about her finances. Among her good friends that she hangs out with are 35-year-old Morimura Nao, her junior who proclaims that she won't marry, and 39-year-old Oikawa Sadao, her peer since high school. Satoko is happily enjoying the single life.

At an alumni reunion as everyone is on the verge of 40, Takeuchi Mizue, her good friend since high school who is now a full-time housewife, rushes Satoko into action. "If you want children, you should marry now" and "It's women's happiness", but both are lost on Satoko, who isn't convinced.

One day, Satoko attempts to cheer up Nao, who is downcast over a shocking incident, and goes to her favourite hot-spring inn. There she coincidentally encounters a breakup between a handsome but somewhat odd man, Okamura Keitaro, and his girlfriend...-jade_frost

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Around 40 2009-10-02 19:17:17 bengalifob
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bengalifob Reviewed by bengalifob    October 02, 2009
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Quick Watch

Another drama on career women who put marriage on the back burner. WAIT! This one's actually really good! Okay, maybe it's not great and does nothing really to enlighten us, but it is funny. I'm sure that there might be some who won't like it because it does employ some conventional dialogue and scenarios. However, I chose to overlook those simply because I feel that the drama doesn't promise to bring us a grand story. It just promises to be a light and fun affair, which it did quite well.

I really feel I just zoomed through this one and that's probably all thanks to the main actress. Who, by the way, rightfully got chosen for the J-Drama Television Best Actress award this past summer for this drama.

Anyone looking for a quick fix of fun should watch this!

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PS - Notice the opening? Using the bunny from Alice in Wonderland who says, "I'm late. I'm late. For a very important date."Anyway, I thought that was cute. Relating the theme of the drama to a great classic like that.

PSS - That brown guy in one of the episode who you all probably think was Indian was actually a Bengali person! I was SHOCKED! Anyway, here's my translation of what he was saying because the subbers didn't know what he was saying.

"oh wow! Your cellphone is so lovely." ('Your' is said in the most respectful form."
"Baap-re-baap. Aapnar phone-ta tho khoob shoondor."

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