28 November 2014

Doctor-X Review

Title: Doctor-X
Genre: Medical
Episodes: 8
Broadcast period: 2012-Oct to 2012-Dec
Cast: Yonekura Ryoko, Tanaka Kei, Uchida Yuki and Katsumura Masanobu.

Japan’s hospitals have lost their values as they are dealt with as business: patients are customers, VIP patients are more important (as they pay more), and patients are always right – even if the doctor has to lie about the condition they're in. As a result many doctors have quit their jobs, in pursuit of positions that will give them not only money but also comfort. This leads to a new set type of doctors: freelancers. They work specific hours and only work part time. One of these freelancers is Daimon Michiko (Yonekura Ryoko), who doesn’t do any of the ‘business’ driven things these hospitals are doing, such as dinner parties, helping professors with their research papers and director rounds. She only does the things that require a medical license, which also includes her not having any respect for hierarchy. But due to her amazing surgical abilities she is hired, and slowly the hospital system is crumbling…

Hmm, I like medical dramas, especially Japanese ones, but this is just weird. First of all I get the problematic of the entire ‘business’ aspect and the ridiculous ‘better keep the customers happy so we won’t get sued’, but I have no idea what her point of being there has to do anything with this. Yeah she makes everyone angry, and she defies everyone. She also is amazing at her job, and she is the best blah blah blah.. Reminds me why I didn’t like Code Blue. It’s not bad, just not that good (I’m using that sentence a lot I know).  The main actress didn’t really grow, and the general hospital staff (all other actors) were just like a group of fighting bulls – if you get the idea. And it is good acted, just without really being an interesting storyline. Or to say it simply, I didn’t find it interesting. The medical part was very weak to be honest, but that might just be me.
All in all: okay to watch, but not that interesting.

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

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