JIN (2009)

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The story follows a brain surgeon named, Minakata Jin, who has spent the last two years in anguish, as his fiancee lies in a vegetative state after an operation he performed. One day, he faints at the hospital and awakens to find himself transported back in time to the Edo period. He is soon attacked by a samurai, but he escapes with the help of a man named Kyotaro. Kyotaro suffers a read moreserious injury to the head while trying to protect him, but Jin manages to save his life despite a lack of proper medical equipment. Because of that, Kyotaro's sister Saki begins taking an interest in Jin and becomes his assistant. Meanwhile, Jin is determined to find a way back to the present.


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Apr 9, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
JIN has many genres wrapped in a single package. The show has its viewers exploring the history of the Edo period. It also manages to keep the viewers anticipated with its combination of suspense and mystery. All with a hint of romance. However, its primary focus is medicine at the end of the day. The cast is a truly remarkable bunch giving his or her character a realistic feature which enables viewers read more to connect with the characters. We get a glimpse into each character's stories, struggles, and ongoing hardships. The show's plot is a rather simple one, but its simplicity adds to the show's depth. It explores various themes including the meaning of life, how much we are willing to sacrifice for others, and most important, the limits we have. The plot is immersing as the viewer accompanies Jin in the past and watch as he assist those in need of medical attention. However, with such a great plot, the show has a letdown at the end, but thank goodness that TBS is having JIN 2! I'm crossing my fingers that this time the screenwriter will be able to answer all the question Jin and the audience has! I recommend this show to those who enjoy any of the genres that JIN explores and if you are a fan of the actors! It's definitely worth the watch!
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Feb 13, 2013
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
Upon finishing the first episode of this drama I would not have been able to predict that I would be reviewing it with such a critical eye; once those end credits rolled I proclaimed, 'Wow, this one just might be the one'. I had that feeling, that I was at the beginning of something magical, starting 'a favourite'.
Now, my experience with dramas that I've rated really highly overall usually follows the read more pattern of being drawn in, context being established over a few average episodes and then by the fifth or sixth finding myself completely engrossed in the drama... usually ending on an emotional high, my face full of tears and the memory of what I've just watched poignantly lingering in my mind for days, sometimes weeks, after. That is the magic, where the emotional plight of the people of countries thousands of miles away from our own native land touch our hearts, unite us. Seeing the enthusiastic fanbase for Jin, I imagined myself feeling the same things, becoming engrossed in this drama's elaborate plot.
I decided I could suspend my disbelief, willingly accept the timeslip and travel back to Edo, and on that commitment I paid in full. The setting was never the issue; the viewer always mindful of the strong effort put into embellishing this premodern Japan with all the convincing articles, and the hospital setting within Tokyo felt authentic too.
No, my criticism of this drama lies predominantly in the emotional content, the acting, the melodrama.

Initially I felt overcome, not just by Minakata Jin's painful past, by his sudden departure to historic Edo, but more so by how the drama encouraged you to empathetically connect with the minds of the people who don't understand his methods, struggle to see the good in what appear to be wicked, vulgar and wholly unexplainable actions. For the first couple of episodes this was the most captivating aspect of the drama, but this was very quickly and negatively upstaged by excesses of emotion and enthusiasm. A once rallying "Hai!" rapidly became tedious, regardless of the circumstances. Rather than bringing me closer to the drama, the continuous tears, flashbacks and bowing, with such vehemence that I found myself wincing each time a head hit the floor, created an emotional disconnect.
Furthermore, I felt that the plot didn't actually go anywhere and found myself finishing episodes with no real idea of what the important issues of the coming episode would be. What's worse is I found myself willingly leaving my computer to do other things between the 15 minute parts when streaming the program.

So, to explain my ratings. The story I rated highly for it's cultural and historical content, the insight into premodern Japanese medicine, rituals and social behaviours; I'd also like to comment that despite the usual dodgy baldcaps, the costumes, make-up, special fx and settings were delightful and of a good standard for a television drama. The music was also pleasing, I liked the choice of song for the ending credits and the way it played over the last scenes of each episode and the OST was fitting.
The acting I rated as average since some performances were good, others excruciating, verging on embarrassing although I can't imagine trying to deliver such intensity of emotion allowed for nuance.
I wouldn't feel inclined to watch the drama again, and felt comfortable giving it a 6 overall as while I wouldn't say this drama was more than mediocre, it does at least merit watching for the historical setting if that's of interest to you.
Just my two pennies worth - many people feel differently, as reflected in other reviews and in the ratings overall =)
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    SimplyBram 13 days ago

    JIN is one rare case of good genre blending

    Just mixes some elements of medic; periodical/history; science fiction; romance; and human drama to an awesome serial potion. Then add some powder of epicness (I dont know, there's some feeling of epicness in every episode) and a great OST.
    Maybe there are bits of sour ingredients in 2-3 over melodramatic scenes; and thenn.. VOILA ... you 'll got JIN, an unforgettable journey.


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    Chocobana Jan 4, 2015

    What I like about Japanese dramas is how they make you reflect and wonder and think, but this one made me laugh and cry too. I just loved the introspective eye this show had and how interesting questions are asked. Like, do I still save this person even if it would change the course of history? Would be right or wrong or both?

    I find morally ambiguous questions super stimulating so this show was a treat.

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    Sakura19 Jul 6, 2014

    Where can I get this drama? :O

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    Bladey Dec 14, 2013

    Jin is a lovely contemplation on how human actions fit into the larger flow of history, how they can affect it. The acting is superb and time travel, when you see both seasons, actually gives some food for thought. Really clever with touching music and great cast. It has fast become one of my number 1 favourite dramas because of the strong feelings it brings out and because of the depth of thought it features. It's an unforgettable japanese drama and one I consider to be a definite "keeper".

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    lontongstroong Oct 28, 2013

    What makes this show stands out is the finesse they injected into it. It's an amazing piece of art and the first chapter of JIN is one of the best TV dramas I've ever watched. The second installment is also good, but it tries too hard in some scenes and occasions. The conclusion at the end that rounds up what's happened in the JIN's universe is satisfying, though

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    sunflower63 Oct 6, 2012

    I was very impressed with this drama. The story is fascinating, delicate, moving and absorbing and I never expected this from a historical drama and I was so pleasantly surprised. It is the first time that I see Osawa Takao and I found his acting brilliant and convincing so I will surely watch the sequel Jin 2. I highly recommend it but warn those with a delicate stomach that there are some quite explicit medical scenes in this drama.

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    BAEBunnij Sep 17, 2012

    The greatest historical drama of all time .... I loved the characters and Jin's emotional trials during this time period should I save a life and change the future ? he was such a good character and Saki is so interesting very modern woman trapped in old society In my top for sure

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    YankeeChan Sep 7, 2012

    JIN offered such an original and fascinating story that is hard not to simply love this drama. Also, the acting is top notch, loved every single character, something which happens very rarely.

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    Bladey Sep 5, 2012

    Rarely does a drama take all the awards in the television academy awards, this one took away them practically all of them in the 63rd Television Academy Awards.. Just the actress award went to the actress in Shokojo Seria and except for Special Award, which went to Tenchijin. All other major categories went to JIN. wow.

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    Triple-R- Aug 21, 2012

    love it!

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    MonikaB Jun 25, 2012

    The story, cast & acting were all top notch. Glad I watched it!

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    Farah May 22, 2012

    Excellent drama.Emotional and engaging.One of my favorites Japanese dramas.

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      Farah May 22, 2012
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      docnty Dec 19, 2014

      If you don't mind my asking, what ending were you expecting?

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    bakanishi04 Apr 3, 2012

    If anyone has watched Ichi (the movie)...haha. Love it when two actors and/or actresses work together again in a film.

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      zai000 Jul 9, 2014

      I thought I was the only one! Ichi made me watch this drama, the pair of actors have really good chemistry to watch. I love both :D

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    Doc0oc Feb 14, 2012

    it is a beautiful drama but it's too emotional at times


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    Oct 11, 2009 to Dec 20, 2009
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    45 min.


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