When I was growing up, my mom and our relatives often times got sucked into soap operas and other dramas. Being young at the time, I was just not into those “day in the life” dramas – thought they were kinda boring really….and there were a TON of them, from Guiding Light (ran for 75 years, starting off on the radio), One Life To Live, General Hospital, and the list goes on and on.
People we know in mainstream media got their start on soaps, like John DeLancie, who is now known for Star Trek and My Little Pony – even Danny Trejo was on them. Anyway…..years later, I find myself getting sucked into some…..just not from here. Here are two of my favorites….
Tokyo Love Story
This is one of Japan’s most famous dramas – and it’s only 11 episodes long!
It tells the story of Kanchi Nagao, who grew up in a rural town, along with his school friends Rika, Kenichi, and Sekiguchi. Kanchi moves to Tokyo, and gets a job in a sporting goods store, where our bubbly gal Rika works, and shows him the ropes. Kenichi is a playboy who is trying to win over Sekiguchi, who works at a school. There is drama all around these four, but the story keeps you interested all the way up until the end. Trust me…..it is well worth watching all 11 episodes, and can be found on DVD subtitled if you want to check it out.
Diya Aur Baati Hum
I started watching this show on Star Plus, even though apparently it started back in 2011. This is the story of Sandhya Rathi, who tries balancing her life between being a wife to Suraj Rathi, and being an IPS police officer. It gives some insights into Indian society and how much traditions are embraced. The only way I’ve found to watch it and understand it is by watching it on Star Plus, which is subtitled. I haven’t found any online or DVD sources for it that also have subtitles, but if I do, I may have to nab it so I can watch it from the beginning.
I suppose if these stories were done in English by American actors and actresses, I probably wouldn’t be interested in it, so I guess it makes sense I like it because it is from another country. Well, that and Honami Suzuki (Tokyo Love Story) and Deepika Singh (Diya Aur Baati Hum) are easy on the eyes, as well as being excellent actresses.