With the ending of Rich Man, Poor Woman, I feel like Summer of 2012 really is over. Forget the mugginess still lingering outside, the intoxicating scent of two quirky people falling in love has been replaced by stories more about bubbling anxiety and venturing into emotional dark places. I noticed how Summer dramas, no matter if its from Taiwan, Korea, or Japan, tend to skew more lighthearted so watching it feels like sipping a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc outside on the porch when the sun is setting. RMPW was the perfect Summer time meal, bright with flavors that only the freshest ingredients of the season can provide, but refreshing because its not over cooked and can be enjoyed al fresco. The story dynamic was at times cliche, but managed to feel fresh because it was delivered with such straightforward ease. Issues were never dragged out and the conflicts were integrated into the narrative to help mature the characters.
I’ll miss Makoto and Hyuga, and this OTP is easily my favorite Oguri Shun co-star pairing ever. I remember feeling worried that the whole rich man and poor woman dynamic will sink the drama later on when money became an issue, except it never did. If the title was read with a pinch of sarcasm and wink-wink self-awareness, then it was rather apropos. Otherwise it ended up planting preconceived notions of what the dorama was about that wasn’t accurate at all. Watching the main cast interact, it was clear they enjoyed filming together and found this particular cast and crew fun to work with. That bit really elevated the acting because you could see there was more underneath the surface of the main characters which might not have been mapped out, but the actors managed to hint at it through the tiniest little gestures and actions. In case anyone misses RMPW, below you’ll find the last bits of pictures and collages I collected during the drama’s run. Enjoy and save it for your own RMPW treasure trove.