|Genre||drama, romance, comedy|
|Created by||Doi Nobuyoshi|
|Ending theme||Ride On Time by Tatsuro Yamashita (1980)|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Original run||19 January 2003 – 23 March 2003|
Good Luck!!(グッドラック！！) is a 2003 Japanese television drama starring Takuya Kimura and Kou Shibasaki. The story revolves around an up-and-coming pilot, Hajime Shinkai, and portrays his interactions with others as he progresses along the road to becoming a captain. As is common in many Japanese drama series, it blends drama and romance with comedic elements. This drama also emphasizes hardship of being a pilot or a cabin crew, and the serious nature of the industry they're in, which puts thousands of lives in its hands.
- Takuya Kimura as Hajime Shinkai (新海元)
- Shinichi Tsutsumi as Kazuki Kōda (香田一樹)
- Kō Shibasaki as Ayumi Ogawa (緒川歩実)
- Rina Uchiyama as Urara Fukaura (深浦うらら)
- Naoto Takenaka as Jane Naitō (内藤ジェーン)
- Yasunori Danta as Kenzaburō Ōta (太田健三郎)
- Hitomi Kuroki as Noriko Togashi (富樫のり子)
- Jun Kaname as Takayuki Abe (阿部貴之)
- Yoon Son-ha as Park Mi-suk (朴美淑)
Hajime Shinkai (Takuya Kimura) is a young, inexperienced pilot who struggles to achieve the dream of becoming a chief pilot some day. From the very beginning, it becomes clear that this is far from easy. The drama starts off with a flight back from Honolulu, Hawaii. When the captain feels unwell, Shinkai must land for him, but his sloppy landing earns him only criticism. Kouda Kazuki (Shinichi Tsutsumi), another chief pilot, criticizes his decision. Upset, Shinkai calls him cold and insensitive, resulting in a two-day suspension, during which he becomes acquainted with Ayumi Ogawa (Kō Shibasaki), a stubborn, straight-talking mechanic whose parents died in an airplane crash when she was just twelve. Coincidentally, her parents' death is related to Captain Kouda, who was supposed to lead the flight but called in sick at the last moment, to his later regret.
Another conflict was awaiting Shinkai, when Captain Kouda, Captain Jane, and he were on a flight as passengers. Captain Kouda notices that Fukaura Urara (Rina Uchiyama), a junior flight attendant, discriminates against different customers. On one occasion, she ignores the request of an old lady who asks for a cup of water and flirts with celebrity Kumakawa Tetsuya (who guest stars as himself). Angered, he grabs her hand to the galley and harshly scolds her. Because of this, she files a lawsuit against him, and does not change her mind despite persuasions. Eventually, she agrees to cancel the lawsuit if Shinkai will go out on a date with her, even forcing him to kiss her at one point. This consequently puts a damper on his love life. Aside from his life in the airplane, Shinkai struggles to seek approval from his father, who never understood his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot.
Good Luck!! topped the Japanese drama ratings with 35% of the Japanese viewership in 2003. The first episode aired on January 19, 2003 with ratings of 31.6%, the third highest ratings of an opening episode, behind Beautiful Life and HERO, also starring Takuya Kimura.
The single episode ratings are as follows:
Trivia and Notes
- World-famous ballet dancer Kumakawa Tetsuya guest stars as himself as a passenger in Episode 5
- Good Luck!! Official Website (Japanese) by Tokyo Broadcasting System
- Good Luck!! English fansite with episode guide, cast listing and more
- Japanese Drama Database: Good Luck
- Good Luck!! at the Internet Movie Database