Also known as: The Man Who Can’t Get Married / He Who Can’t Marry
Abe Hiroshi as Kuwano Shinsuke
Natsukawa Yui as Hayasaka Natsumi
Kuninaka Ryoko as Tamura Michiru
Tsukamoto Takashi as Murakami Eiji
Takashima Reiko as Sawazaki Maya
Shinsuke Kuwano, a successful architect at 40, enjoys living by himself. He doesn’t like people but somehow is able to design wonderful houses for them.
He has a routine of making himself a delicious dinner and then relaxing to classical music in his easy chair while pretending he is the conductor. One night, he plays the music loud enough to make his next door neighbor, Michiru Tamara knock on his door to complain. When Kuwano answers the door, he suffers a terrible stomach pain and collapses to the floor. Lucky for him, Michiru is nice enough to accompany him to the hospital, where he is treated by Dr. Natsumi Hayasake. He is really rude to Natsumi, but she is still determined to treat him.
Afterwards, Michiru and Natsumi become part of Kuwano’s life. They make friends with Kuwano’s colleagues Eiji and Maya Sawazaki. They all enjoy talking about how strange and eccentric Kuwano is. Is it possible that someone would ever want to marry him?
My Comment :
Kekkon Dekinai Otoko is definitely one of the best J-Dorama ever and one of my all time favorite. Everything about this drama is just so good, the characters – from the people to the pet dog-, the storyline, the OST..They are enough to make me rewatch this drama..
Kuwano Shinsuke is such a unique character and Abe Hiroshi played it really well. From the gesture, various mimic of his face, the way he walk and his often cynical talk , make Shinsuke character so special. How I love to watch Shinsuke’s interaction with the people around him as well as Ken, the dog. They somehow play a big role to change Shinsuke to become a better man.
Shinsuke has so many good points, a remarkable architect, a good cook as well as good in doing chores, tall and handsome but unfortunately it is his personality that turn women off. However, once he turns to become more humane, it is not just one but three women that he knows fall for him straight away. I like to watch him with Natsumi the most, though.
It is so funny to see Kuwano comes to consult Natsumi as her patient with his health as an excuse, although the truth is he actually only need somebody to talk to. Through the communication Shinsuke hit it off with Natsumi. He and Natsumi have better understanding to each other. That’s why when she implicitly express her feeling to him through the playing ball analogy, Shinsuke gets what she means. It’s so different with the case of Shinsuke and Michiru. Michiru explicitly says she likes him but it is so funny that Shinsuke thinks she talk about her dog.
Poor Michiru, I think Shinsuke only think about Ken when he sees Michiru otherwise how come he gives her the farewell present no other but his handmade Ken-shaped souvenir :D.
I am kind of feel pity for Sawazaki Maya. I think she is actually quite compatible for Shinsuke as she looks like understand him as well. She works closely with Shinsuke for years without having any feeling to him but once she starts to like the more humane Shinsuke, unfortunately he only considers her as very good working partner.
Shinsuke’s story with the other characters are also interesting to me…
I also love to see how Shinsuke story goes with Eiji, his subordinate. Eiji is the one that makes Shinsuke shed a tears in the drama.
The character of Kaneda, the person whom Shinsuke always regularly check on his website, is interesting as well. How Shinsuke has prejudice against Kaneda before finding out that he is actually a good man after all.
The old man who fights with Shinsuke all the time on the building sites but they still keep working together.
Shinsuke’s family, especially his mum.
And last but not least the convenience store girl and the video shop guy..It is a surprise that they actually related to each other..
After watching this I am looking forward the Korean version of this drama. However, I am still doubt if the Korean version will be as good as the Japanese. I like Ji Jin He since his drama Dae Jang Geum and I think he is a pretty good actor however the character of Kuwano Shinsuke has been so strong associated with Abe Hiroshi to me that I am not sure if I will like the Ji Jin Hee’s version.
I also like the chemistry of Abe Hiroshi and Natsukawa Yui alot that I am not sure if Ji Jin Hee and Uhm Jung Hwa pairing in Korean version will be as good as them. I think at the time I watch the Korean version one, I might turn out comparing these two version of Kekkon Dekinai Otoko.
Some viewers of Kekkon Dekinai Otoko post an unofficial Shinsuke’s favorite classical pieces on the net and there are two that I quite like..