Kimura Takuya returns to Jdramaland in “A LIFE ~ Itoshiki Hito” with a star studded cast

Get ready for the return of the King of Jdramas! Kimura Takuya leads TBS’ next Sunday golden drama timeslot with “A LIFE ~ Itoshiki Hito” (A LIFE ~ Beloved). He reunites with Takeuchi Yuko, heroine for his popular drama “Pride”, after 13 years,. Also joining him are Asano Tadanobu, Matsuyama Kenichi, Kimura Fumino, Nanao, Emoto Akira, Tanaka Min, Kobayashi Takashi, and Oikawa Mitsuhiro. With a huge cast, this is undoubtedly going to be the biggest drama to watch out for, next season. This is Kimura’s first drama two years since TV Asahi’s “I’m Home” in 2015. This is also his first drama after SMAP disbands on December 31.

Kimura has challenged numerous roles in numerous dramas, such as hairdresser, pilot, ice hockey player, and even a Prime Minister. He plays his 20th occupation as a skilled surgeon with this new drama. Original story is written by Hashibe Atsuko. The drama will start airing January 2017, Sundays, 9pm.


When Okita Kazuaki (Kimura Takuya) was starting out as a doctor, he was forced to resign from the hospital. He left his girlfriend Danjo Mifuyu (Takeuchi Yuko) behind and went to the US alone. 10 years go by and he comes back as a surgeon with outstanding skills to save his former teacher (Emoto Akira) from illness. His teacher is none other than his ex-girlfriend’s father. In the time that Okita was away, Mifuyu had married his own good friend Masao (Asano Tadanobu), who is now the deputy director and the heir of the hospital. To make matters worse, this friend was the one who plotted to drive him out form the hospital 10 years ago. Okita has to face all sorts of ordeals to save his teacher. But he never gives up amid the swirl of love, desire, friendship, jealousy and pride. Okita may be awkward but deals with patients with all his heart. His way of life gets the people working at the hospital to start asking themselves what real healthcare is.

(via Oricon)

  • Comments

    • Reileen

      literally jaw dropped at the cast tbh

    • hizurisama

      omg MatsuKen!!!1111

    • DoSHachiko

      Wow, I can’t wait to see him and Takeuchi Yuko act together again. D:

      > Original story is written by Hashibe Atsuko.

      God damn it. I’ll be either crying or experiencing a lot of feels. ;;;
      She did the screenwriting for Boku no Ita Jikan and Kyou no Hi Sayonara too. :c

      • Kimu

        Original story is written by Hashibe Atsuko

        She wrote Freeter too.. Her writing depends on the strength of the casts mainly but this cast is very strong. I still haven’t watched Kyou no Hi Sayonara since I can’t deal with Ohno dying. *prays there’ll be an arashi member cameo*

    • Haruka Hiroto

      I’m not a fan of Nanao she’s expressions in acting are always the same! Nanao is really have a big thing that she always work in a big movie/ dorama and work with some of many Ikemen actors in Japan like Toma Ikuta, Yamazaki Kento, Shohei Miura, Kamenashi Kazuya, Shun Oguri, Nakamaru Yuichi and now with Takuya Kimura!

    • TruthSpeaker

      Cast looks great.. will look forward to it. I want Kimutaku to surprise audience. His roles have been predictable lately.

    • atralail
    • james

      PRIDE 2.0

    • WhySoLonely

      This is the best new ever.

      Guys, if you haven’t watched the jdrama “PRIDE” then you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s THE best romantic jdrama of all time.

      Kimura Takuya and Takeuchi Yuko had sizzling chemistry. It feels so right to see them reunited in a new drama.

    • eddy santoso

      one of my favorite pair from kimutaku, love their yeah, gonna watching this..

    • kuku

      AWw cant wait for his drama…
      can kimutaku come to yakai promoting this drama

    • FrozenLand

      Written by the same screenwriter who wrote ‘Ghost Writer’, ‘Boku no Ita Jikan’ etc! 😮

      Even more excited now! ‘Ghost Writer’ was my favorite Japanese drama in 2015.

    • Midna

      wow this cast is amazing

    • eplizo

      That is a CAST. Haven’t seen Matsuyama Kenichi in a bit.

    • naradluffy

      what???? Kimutaku and Takeuchi Yuko??? aaaaahhhhhh…. I miss them!! I will definitely watch it!

    • Kokoro Ai

      OMG One of my favorite couple in a jdrama reunited again this is a dream :D

    • jkbox

      A Life is the best J-Drama. Excellent plot!
      Kimura Takuya is always best in acting, different genre.