06 July 2018

In His Chart 2 Movie Review

Title: In His Chart 2
AKA: Kamisama no Karute 2
Genre: Drama, Family
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Origin: Japan
Cast: Sakurai Sho, Miyazaki Aoi and Fujiwara Tatsuya.

This sequel continues few months later than where the first movie left off.
Kurihara Ichito (Sakurai Sho) works at Honjo Hospital and is still famous for never turning down a patient during his night watch. His wife Kurihara Haruna (Miyazaki Aoi) is heavily pregnant, expecting to give birth soon, but that doesn’t change the doctors working hours, nor the dynamic of the couple. During a conference Kurihara meets his college friend Shindo Tatsuya (Fujiwara Tatsuya), known as a “Tokyo elite”, though he for unknown reasons transfers to the town hospital, Honjo Hospital.  At first Kurihara rejoices, but soon butts heads with him, as Shindo seems to care less about the hospital and the patients, and more about leaving earlier than everyone else.
That changes when one of their senpais becomes a patient: the two begin to question what it means to be an “excellent” doctor, and how to balance between work/patients and family/home life…

Having watched the first movie some time back, I could still remember the feeling I had then, while watching this one. It did remind me of the original, but it also felt a bit “newer” compared to the original. Of course, that has something to do with Fujiwaras characters entry, but still, the rest felt more comprehendible, as the first one was a bit more unrelatable. I guess this one could be categorized as ‘closer to home’, since it’s easier to identify with the loss of someone we know, rather than losing a patient.
Sakurai was good as usual, so was Miyazaki, and I really liked Fujiwaras portrayal of his character, even though was a supporting character - he really felt more like an equal to the lead. So, nice co-acting from both.
All in all, a good movie with fine acting.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

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