J-dramas are often hit and miss for me. When they work, they work brilliantly and when they don’t… well, they don’t. LOL! K-dramas are by default my preference but there is one genre Japan does way better and that is slice-of-life. The kind that feels totally real. I just watched one during the past few days. One that left a permanent grin on my face. Why, oh why don’t they make dramas like this anymore??!
Beach Boys is such a corny name and it conjures totally wrong impressions on some level but the name makes perfect sense within the context of the drama. I absolutely loved the story and the rather quirky cast of characters; the two ‘beach boys’ who one day appear like pieces of driftwood into this small seaside village and make an inn there their home for the summer, plus the residents of the said village. The strength of j-dramas like these is the wonderfully constructed scripting that besides the central characters has solid secondaries and tertiaries. There are also a number of visitors who all bring their own flavour to the mix. Beach Boys is an older drama, from 1997 and isn’t as technically flashy as the dramas these days but it has something a lot more important – plenty of heart. I actually capped this which goes to show how much I loved it….
So, what is it about? Other than summer fun….? A bit of this and a abit of that; families, growing up (well, for some more than others *g*), friendship, lessions in life amongst other things but mostly about figuring out where you belong. There are couples but no romance or an OTP, sorry. What it does have is a beautiful, beautiful bromance. XD
Takenouchi Yutaka is so young here and looking even younger. 🙂 It’s funny but Sorimachi Takashi looked older even then and he’s actually the younger of the pair.
Have some caps and couple of vids…..
This is Haruko, the local shop/bar keeper, witnessing our heroes arrive
Yeah, that’s how they did arrvie ;P
Makoto the innkeeper’s granddaughter getting her fist glimpse of the pair
Meet Kaito, the cool businessman on a ‘vacation’….
…. and Hiromi, the (resident) baka
The two end up as part-timers and bickering roommates at the inn
They fail to impress Harumi and Mokoto though
“How to embarrass a serious businessman on his workplace” – read his ‘poem’ aloud in the entrance hall 😛
There for teh pretty
The boys realise they’ve left Mokoto on her own on busy day
The Gang – old dude is the inn’s owner Masaru
Mokoto with her besties Yuuko and Yosuke
Tomfoolery in the sea, they usually tended to end in fully clothed
Trying to one-up one another…. and failing XD
The girl’s reaction, LOL!
A nonspoilery (well, you can’t really spoil with this drama) MV with the opening song