Looking for something similar to watch after watching the movie Us And Them? Then, you might like the Japanese drama, First Love. Here is a recommendation from a fellow drama watcher and lover.
Us And Them
Us And Them is a brilliantly written and well-executed Chinese movie. The storyline is tragic yet beautiful. The movie took us on a journey of two characters, Jian Qing and Fang Xiao Xiao, who met for the first time on a train, and since then their story starts. They form a bond that develops over years, fall in love, fall out of love, disconnect, reconnect and reflect on their love for each other after years of separation.
Us And Them movie truly is a wonderful story where you get to see the relationship between two beautiful people develop with some amazing visuals and cinematography. It is directed by Rene Liu. Jing Boran plays Jian Qing and Zhou Dongyu plays Fang Xiao Xiao. It is available on Netflix. Released on Apr 28, 2018, with a duration of total 119 minutes, Us And Them seems rather short because of its brilliance.
Here is a trailer for Us And Them!
First Love is a Japanese Drama released on Nov 24, 2022, on Netflix. It has a total of 9 episodes ranging from 45 minutes an episode to 65 minutes an episode. It is also known as Hatsukoi. The drama is directed and written by Kanchiku Yuri.
Mitsushima Hikari plays the role of an older version of Noguchi Yae whereas Yagi Rikako plays a younger version of Yae. Similarly, Satoh Takeru plays the role of an older version of Namiki Harumichi whereas Kido Taisei plays a younger version of Harumichi.
The drama takes us on a journey of young Yae and Harumichi when they meet and fall deeply in love in the late ’90s. After graduating high school, Yae goes to college in Tokyo and Namiki joins the Self-Defense Forces as an aviation student. They work out their relationship even through the distance, but, complications start hovering in their way and they separate.
One day, after 20 years, Yae and Harumichi meet again. Now, Yae works as a taxi driver and Harumichi works as an employee at a security company. Harumichi seems to be in love with Yae still, however, Yae doesn’t seem to recognize Harumichi. Moreover, Harumichi is engaged to Arikawa Tsunemi played by Kaho.
Their fate brings them together once again after their unfulfilled first love. What happened in the past? Why did they separate? What is going to happen now? Will Yae recognize Harumichi?
To get the answer to these questions, you have to watch First Love on Netflix. Here is a trailer for First Love 2022!
Check out Jane Eyre if you want to watch another tragic yet beautiful romance story!
Here are some similarities I found while watching the drama and the movie:
- Both the movie and drama are available on Netflix.
- Both are tragic, yet beautiful.
- They both have a marvelous story and beautiful cinematography.
- They both are each other’s, first love.
- Both the story takes us on the journey of the characters from high school to adulthood.
- Both have a time jump.
- Not to forget, they both have beautiful music and fantastic acting.
- The storyline of both the drama and movie is relatable and has a nostalgic feel to it.
Highly recommend watching both the movie and the drama if you haven’t watched them already! Just prep yourself to get deeply invested in the storyline, laugh, cry and reminisce alongside the characters. Prepare a box of tissues just in case!
Click to watch First Love on Netflix!
Click to watch Us And Them on Netflix!