Japanese Dramas

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1. Untouchable (2009– )

Drama

Reporter Narumi Ryoko loses her job at a first-rate publisher and ends up at a trashy tabloid called "Shukan Untouchable." She now chases celebrity scandals and sensational stories, but she... See full summary »

Stars: Sei Ashina, Jun Kaname, Yukie Nakama, Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Votes: 22

2. Byakuyakô (2006– )

Drama

When Ryoji finds out that the object of his father's perversion is his first love, Yukiho, he kills him. To his horror, Yukiho's mother forced her to do so to relieve their dire economic ... See full summary »

Stars: Yumi Asô, Masato Atsumi, Haruka Ayase, Mitsuru Hirata

Votes: 209

3. Last Friends (2008– )

56 min | Drama

Last Friends tackles issues that afflict the current generation. Michiru's mother has brought a man back to their home and she is bullied at her workplace where she works as a beauty ... See full summary »

Stars: Shigenori Yamazaki, Eita, Asami Mizukawa, Masami Nagasawa

Votes: 449

4. For You in Full Blossom - Ikemen Paradise - (2007– )

54 min | Comedy, Drama

Mizuki disguises herself as a boy and transfers to the same all-boys high school her idol, Izumi Sano, a high-jump athlete that gave up on the sport, attends. In between the antics of their classmates, she'll try to get him to jump again.

Stars: Maki Horikita, Shun Oguri, Tôma Ikuta, Yasuhisa Furuhara

Votes: 1,364

5. Liar Game (2007– )

36 min | Drama

Trusting, gullible Nao suddenly finds herself participating in the mysterious Liar Game, a game where the players are issued large sums of money which they then have to cheat each other out... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Toda, Shôta Matsuda, Michiko Kichise, Kazuma Suzuki

Votes: 1,332

6. Sore wa, totsuzen, arashi no you ni... (2004– )

Romance

Kozue Ogawa (Esumi Makiko) is a housewife and has been married to Hideo (Yanagiba Toshiro) for seven years. They don't have any children but as they live with her parents at their flower ... See full summary »

Stars: Makiko Esumi, Tomohisa Yamashita, Toshirô Yanagiba, Mao Miyaji

Votes: 35

7. Boys Over Flowers 2 (2007– )

Drama

After a year of separation, Makino and Domyoji see whether their love can triumph over the many obstacles placed in their path. F4 (Flower Four), 4 close friends, are crucial to their journey.

Stars: Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Shôta Matsuda

Votes: 1,244

8. Boys Over Flowers (2005– )

45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Makino Tsukushi, coming from a humble family of reduced income, feels out place at Eitoku Gakuen, a school largely attended by the progeny of the most rich and powerful people of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Shôta Matsuda

Votes: 2,509

9. Hitotsu yane no shita (1993– )

54 min | Drama

A car accident killed a couple, orphaning their six children. At that time, the eldest child, Tatsuya, was only 18 and had to attend marathon training. Lacking the confidence to take good ... See full summary »

Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Masaharu Fukuyama, Noriko Sakai, Issei Ishida

Votes: 70

10. Honey and Clover (2008– )

Drama

Honey and Clover follows the lives of five college students and their love triangles.

Stars: Natsuki Harada, Tôma Ikuta, Shigeru Izumiya, Takashi Kashiwabara

Votes: 173

11. At Home Dad (2004– )

Comedy

A Proud "man of the house", Yamamura Kazuyuki is the bread winner in a society where men bring home the money. He is a tv commercial director and makes good money to support his wife and ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Masaru Nagai, Tomoko Nakajima

Votes: 46

12. Tôkyô Dogs (2009– )

Action, Comedy, Crime

Takakura So witnessed his father's murder at a young age. Pledging to catch the killer, he grows up to become an elite cop in New York City, where the criminal lives. His character is ... See full summary »

Stars: Shun Oguri, Hiro Mizushima, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ryô Katsuji

Votes: 175

13. 1 Litre of Tears (2005– )

48 min | Drama, Romance

This TV drama version of "Ichi rittoru no namida" tells the story of 15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya, an ordinary girl and a new highschool student. But soon she discovers she has spinocerebellar ... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Sawajiri, Ryô Nishikido, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Takanori Jinnai

Votes: 1,757

14. Waraeru koi wa shitakunai (2006– )

Drama

The story takes place in a department store, where Shizu-chan plays an elevator girl and Komoto plays the manager of a cake shop.

Stars: Rieko Miura, Jun'ichi Koumoto, Takahisa Masuda, Wakana Sakai

Votes: 12

15. Absolute Boyfriend (2008– )

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Unlucky in love office lady Riiko Izawa is ready to give up on relationships when a mysterious man who offers her the perfect boyfriend. However, just when she catches the attention of her ... See full summary »

Stars: Saki Aibu, Erena, Mokomichi Hayami, Jingi Irie

Votes: 483

16. Kamisama mousukoshi dake (1998– )

45 min | Drama, Music, Romance

High-school girl contracts HIV.

Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Kyoko Fukada, Mitsuru Hirata, Hiroko Isayama

Votes: 180

17. Dr. Coto's Clinic (2003– )

Drama

After making a serious mistake in his work in Tokyo, talented surgeon Goto Kensuke is invited to take charge of the only clinic on the small island of Yonaguni, Okinawa. It is difficult to ... See full summary »

Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Ko Shibasaki, Saburô Tokitô

Votes: 42

18. Boku to kanojo to kanojo no ikiru michi (2004– )

52 min | Drama

Tetsuro Koyanagi (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi of J-pop group SMAP), a workaholic, is caught off-guard one day by his wife's sudden request for a divorce. He fails to take her seriously, and she ... See full summary »

Stars: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Koyuki, Ryô, Mikihisa Azuma

Votes: 19

19. Ryûsei no kizuna (2008– )

Drama

"When we grow up - We'll kill him together". Koichi, Taisuke, and Shizuna are three siblings whose parents had been brutally murdered when they were just in elementary school, and they ... See full summary »

Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Ryô Nishikido, Erika Toda, Jun Kaname

Votes: 247

20. Gokusen (2002– )

54 min | Comedy, Drama

Gokusen is the story of recently graduated Kumiko Yamaguchi, aka. Yankumi, and her life as a new high school teacher. Unlike the other new teachers at her school Kumiko gets placed with teh... See full summary »

Stars: Yukie Nakama, Katsuhisa Namase, Ken Utsui, Ken Kaneko

Votes: 1,035

21. Densha otoko (2005–2006)

Comedy, Drama

With the help of an online community, a nerdy and socially awkward man gathers the courage to start dating an attractive lady he met on a train.

Stars: Misaki Itô, Atsushi Itô, Miho Shiraishi, Risa Sudou

Votes: 879

22. Regatta: Kimi to ita eien (2006– )

45 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Makoto is a promising oarsman at a University regatta team. One day, he loses his best friend by a tragic accident which he believes and blames himself for the very cause. Although he once ... See full summary »

Stars: Mokomichi Hayami, Saki Aibu, Akiko, Mikihisa Azuma

Votes: 18

23. First Kiss (2007– )

Drama

A bitter-sweet and uplifting comedy drama about a young girl Mio and her brother Kazuki. To treat her illness overseas, Mio has been living away from her older brother Kazuki for the past ... See full summary »

Stars: Sadao Abe, Mao Inoue, Hideaki Itô, Naoto Takenaka

Votes: 45

24. Boss (2009– )

54 min | Drama

This series revolves around a group of peculiar detectives in a new division created to fight against an increase in atrocious crimes. Osawa Eriko is a beautiful career woman who has just ... See full summary »

Stars: Yûki Amami, Yutaka Takenouchi, Tetsuji Tamayama, Yôichi Nukumizu

Votes: 158

25. Oshin (1983– )

Biography, Drama, Family

Tells the story of Oshin, a poor little girl who would someday become the owner of a big supermarket chain in Japan.

Stars: Toshi Shioya, Nobuko Otowa, Yûko Tanaka, Ayako Kobayashi

Votes: 666

26. xxxHOLiC (2013– )

60 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Kimihiro Watanuki high school pupil and loner has a secret, he can see ghosts, a gift or curse he could well do without. One day he is drawn to the house of Yuko ichihara, a self styled ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne Watanabe, Shôta Sometani, Karen Miyazaki, Naoto Takenaka

Votes: 103

28. Otomen: Natsu (2009– )

Drama

Asuka, a popular high school student who hides his girly personality, falls in love with Ryo, a girl with a manly personality.

Stars: Kaho, Ryô Kimura, Masaki Okada, Emi Takei

Votes: 53

31. Jin (2009– )

54 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A brain surgeon named Minakata Jin faints at the hospital and awakens to find himself transported back in time to the Edo period.

Stars: Miki Nakatani, Takao Ohsawa, Haruka Ayase, Keisuke Koide

Votes: 344

32. Galileo (2007– )

Drama, Mystery

Yukawa Manabu, also known as Detective Galileo, is a genius physicist and university professor who solves unusual mysteries. His partner, Utsumi Kaoru, is a rookie cop.

Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Ikkei Watanabe, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ko Shibasaki

Votes: 502

33. Nodame kantâbire (2006– )

47 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two musicians united in talent, divided by nature - the upper-class perfectionist Chiaki and the sloppy middle-classer Nodame - fall in love.

Stars: Juri Ueno, Hiroshi Tamaki, Eita, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 1,545

34. Osen (2008– )

Comedy

Handa Sen is the "okami" (proprietress) of a long-standing restaurant in one of the lower parts of Tokyo. Though she is normally air-headed and loves to drink, she has an impressive mastery... See full summary »

Stars: Orie Tôjô, Yû Aoi, Hiroki Uchi, Tetta Sugimoto

Votes: 97

35. Mr. Brain (2009– )

58 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A Japanese crime scene investigation team recruits a neuroscientist to aid them as they try to solve cases. With his intelligence, he uses logic to deduce who commits the crime and how.

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruka Ayase, Mao Daichi

Votes: 460

36. Ikebukuro West Gate park (2000– )

Drama

This story follows a young man named Makoto who lives in Ikebukuro West Gate Park, an area known for youth delinquency and gangs. In fact, one of Makoto's best friends from high school, ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Ai Katô, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Ryûta Satô

Votes: 259

37. Anmitsu hime (2008 TV Movie)

Drama

At age 16, a tomboy princess, Princess Anmitsu, has no love interest in her life and worries her parents. Despite their concern, Anmitsu runs away from the castle to venture into the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mao Inoue, Shigeru Izumiya, Keisuke Koide, Mari Natsuki

Votes: 14

38. The Brothers Karamazov (2013– )

54 min | Drama, Mystery

Set in present day Japan in a provincial town, Bunzo Kurosawa, a greedy and violent father, is murdered in his own home. Bunzo has 3 sons: oldest son Mitsuru (Takumi Saito), second son Isao... See full summary »

Stars: Tsubasa Yadome, Hayato Ichihara, Takumi Saitoh, Kento Hayashi

Votes: 45

39. Koizora (2008– )

45 min | Drama, Romance

An ordinary senior high school girl named Mika meets Hiro, a showy boy with dyed hair and pierced ears. It is a "pure love" story of the two going through many unimaginably sad incidents while nurturing their love single-mindedly.

Stars: Erena Mizusawa, Kôji Seto, Akiko Kikuchi, Nao Matsushita

Votes: 220

40. Binbô danshi (2008– )

Drama

Koyama Kazumi is an optimistic and generous college student that will go as far as indebting himself to help others. Yet this becomes a problem when he asks a money lender for a loan, which endangers his possibilities of getting a job.

Stars: Shun Oguri, Norito Yashima, Yû Yamada, Haruma Miura

Votes: 86

41. Akumu chan (2012– )

54 min | Comedy, Fantasy

"In this world of uncertainty, would we be happier if we could predict the future...?"

What would you do if all of your dreams had a way of coming true...including nightmares? Beautiful and ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Keiko Kitagawa, Gackt, Yûka, Manatsu Kimura

Votes: 58

42. Beautiful Life (2000– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

A talented hairstylist meets the love of his life, a terminally ill woman.

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Takako Tokiwa, Atsuro Watabe, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 324

43. Unubore deka (2010– )

54 min | Comedy

A 30-year-old single detective, who is under the illusion that he is popular with females is called 'Unubore' by friends. He is an ultra romantic and susceptible to conceitedness. He has ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Mika Nakashima, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa, Tôma Ikuta

Votes: 125

44. Priceless (2012– )

54 min | Comedy

Originally a mid-level manager with a promising future in a big corporation, the life of this elite employee changes dramatically one day. Having attracted the attention of his superiors ... See full summary »

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Kiichi Nakai, Karina, Taisuke Fujigaya

Votes: 109

45. The Best Divorce (2013– )

54 min | Drama

A romantic home comedy about 30-year-olds with an immature view on marriage that focuses on themes related to married couples and families in general.

Stars: Eita, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Gô Ayano

Votes: 159