Fuji TV has generously released pictures of the cast and crew of Rich Man, Poor Woman gathering for pictures and posing with their completion of filming flower bouquets. I don’t normally watch my J-doramas live, since many of my faves are from years ago before it was readily available to watch online or follow along with the filming. That’s why it feels like such a treat to give RMPW the K-drama treatment, and so appropriate since it’s a dorama that is really a K-drama at heart. Beyond loving the two lead characters, I actually felt like the rest of the story was populated by relatively intriguing and memorable side characters. The problem was that all of them were under- or even un-developed beyond serving a purpose for the narrative progression. That’s a shame because the character actors were across the board excellent and everyone did more than what they were given. That deserves some mad props from me. Which is why its so nice to see everyone given acknowledgment for their part in making RMPW work as well as it did, because if this was just a drama about Makoto and Hyuga then it wouldn’t have all the lovely layers to their relationship. Hyuga needed Makoto to take him to the next level, beyond being the genius socially awkward billionaire that he started off as, and Makoto needed to learn some confidence because she had friends but no professional future if she couldn’t break free of her natural tendency to shrink into the background. So in the end, all the characters played their parts well and all the actors get my thanks for bringing this darling little story to life.
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