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TV Review: Million Yen Women

Updated on September 10, 2017
Million Yen Women TV poster
Million Yen Women TV poster

Million Yen Women

Michihito Fuji's Million Yen Women is short twelve episode Japanese drama that is truly a work of art. Shin Michima (Yojiro Noda ) is an unpopular novelist who's books do not sell. Later on, he is welcomed by five mysterious women who've received invitations to live with him. They are of different ages with different personalities . Better yet, the women have rules to have to adhere to. Such as, any questions about their history is forbidden. These five women also pay Shin one million yen a month for rent and living expenses.

The allure of Million Yen Women is that its a great foreign drama with a predominantly female cast. Minami Shirakawa (Rila Fukishima) sits at the dinner table naked, Hitomi Tsukamoto (Rena Matsui) loves to read books, Yuki Kobayashi (Miwako Wagatsuma) is silent and reserved, Midori Suzumaru (Rena Takeda) is shy and timid, and Nanaka Seki (Yuko Araki) is glamorous and exudes Hollywood. Each of the women all have their own relationships with Shin. And thanks to Japanese culture there are a lot of fun and weird moments which helps to ease the tension.

Minami (Rila Fukishima) and Shin (Yojiro Noda).
Minami (Rila Fukishima) and Shin (Yojiro Noda).

So what makes Million Yen Women good? Quite simply, it's a fantastic piece of drama. There are twists, turns, deaths, and emotional scenes throughout. But more importantly, the story is solid. Like every soap, each episode is not only engaging but draws you in. Everything is a mystery and the history behind these girls are slowly revealed. This very aspect will draw you in. You will always want to find out what happens the next episode until you reach the end and realize you may have finished it one sitting!


Soap lovers will find Million Yen Women at the very least interesting. And it's not all serious. There are some laughs to be had and silly moments. But, you will have to enjoy foreign TV in order to get through it. i If the narrative wasn't compelling enough, the show also has a darker narrative. Overall, the show can be sad at times, but after a watch you'd find yourself like me, feeling glad you were able to experience such a meaningful story.

Million Yen Women is currently streaming on Netflix.

© 2017 Joseph Lawrence


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