Koji Yakusho: Daijiro Mizumachi
Masahiko Nishimura: Nonomiya
Danta Yasunori: Naruse
Akiko Matsumoto: Miyuki
Kyoko Kagawa: Ayako Naruse
Kimiko Yo: Yoko
Maiko Kawakami: Hinako
Daijiro Mizumachi (39) works for a big advertisement agency in Tokyo. He is very efficient at work and is
relied upon by the staff. However, he has got a problem in his private lif: he cannot get a steady
girlfriend! This seems due to his secret psychological fear that he does not want to get hurt by falling in
love with a girl.
In his office, there are two other men of the same age as Daijiro who are still bachelors: Naruse (Yasunori
Danta) and Nonomiya (Masahiko Nishimura). Naruse does not feel it necessary to get married because he
lives with his gentle mother and Nonomiya is a playboy.
One day, however, these three grown-up men (otona no otoko) find their routine lives start changing due
to some unexpected incidents.
1) Mizumachi gets surprised to find Miyuki, his former girlfriend has come back to his office to work
again. Miyuki tells her collegues that she finally got divorced from a troublesome husband: she used to be
in love with Mizumachi but wasn't sure of his love and got married to her high school classmate ten years
before. Mizumachi felt that he had lost love when he heard about Miyuki's sudden wedding news.
(2 ) Nonomiya feels attracted by a beautiful physician, called Yoko, when he visits her hospital clinic after
suffering a sudden pain at his stomach.
(3) Naruse has come to do "omiai"( an arranged date) with Hinako, the only daughter of a big beer
One of the superb points about this comedy is that the relationships between Mizumachi and Miyuki,
Nonomiya and Yoko, and Naruse and Hinako change from episode to episode. At one time, we see a
couple such as Mizumachi & Hinako, Nonomiya & Miyuki and Naruse & Yoko. These men's partners go
round and round and at the end of the drama the couples we see are the ones such as Mizumachi &
Miyuki, Nonomiya & Hinako, and Naruse & Yoko.
Do you suppose that each " otona no otoko" bachelor gets happily married at the end of the drama ?
Well, sorry to say, but the answer is no. Even at the age of 40, they still remain single!
"Otona No Otoko" started on July 6, 1997, as the first of the 12 episodes. Yakusho's role as Mizumachi
amused Yakusho fans: Mizumachi is a 39 year-old company worker, who cannot get married for the
reason that he is hesitant in falling in love with a girl. "Lost Paradise" started showing in May in the
same year, so the difference between Kuki, the hero of "Lost Paradise" and timid Mizumachi in this TV
drama made us giggle.
Of course, Yakusho's portrayal of Mizumachi was perfect, and we used to have a happy time from 9 to
10 on Sunday evenings, while this drama was on.
This serial drama was written by Shizuka Oishi,
who is well-known as a good quality comedy
Theme song: "Daijoubu" by Furuuchi Tohko
The three bachelors often talk about
women at a sauna bath
Yoko(Kimiko Yo) and
Otona no Otoko