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
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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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'Time Slip Dr. Jin (2012)' is the Korean version of the Japanese drama 'JIN' (2009) and 'JIN2' (2011).
Both deal with medical, history and time slip.

While the Korean version plays more with the romance by adding a male character as love rival, the Japanese version gives a more acceptable reasoning to why the time travelling happen.
Recommended by hedwig3
It has the same concept of time travel during the Edo era, but this is a more serious drama with more gist on the medical side.
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    mahyaddin 10 days ago

    very good thank you

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    LPA Feb 22, 2017 - edited

    I love historical dramas and this is one of the best Japanese Dramas that I have seen. I will watch Jin 2 next and hope it's as good as this one. I will also watch the kdrama version which I have heard is not quite as good, but I want to see for myself. I definitely recommend watching this one. Excellent actors, cinematography and directing!

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      martyfairy 18 days ago

      Could you recommend me other historiacal japanese drama? :D

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    DarkTyrant Jan 5, 2017
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    Miss-Addicted Sep 30, 2016

    i don't really watch Jdrama but i decided to give this a try and i do not regret it! it's a really good drama everything about it was fun and you don't get bored the downside for me was there wasn't any romance but i knew that before watching but i still enjoyed it!

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    Asianstan Aug 29, 2016 - edited

    I loved this so much! And I cried a lot at the end. It was beautiful.

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      CheriLyn Nov 24, 2016

      Just wondering, if I watch JIN would I have to watch JIN 2 as well? As in, does JIN have a conclusive ending, or it is an open ending and I will have to watch JIN 2 as well?

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      Asianstan Nov 25, 2016

      I didn't watch Jin 2 yet.

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      CheriLyn Nov 25, 2016

      Alright, thanks!

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      sunflower63 Dec 27, 2016

      I watched Jin 2 and it's just as good as the first one. :)

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    KimSeokJin May 22, 2016 - edited

    ive heard theres a kdrama remake of this. although kdrama version got bad reviews, i would still prefer it from these one. IDK, i just dont find JDrama interesting. maybe because of their bad reputation i had learned from school (torture, killing and rape). If anyone can recommend me a good Japanese drama so i can see them in a different way that will be great

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      TeleriFerchNyfain Jul 20, 2016

      I haven't seen nearly so many JDramas as KDramas, and the slice of life JDramas do usually pass the test. But not always. Sex & the City did NOT pass the Bechdal test much - those women almost always talked about their love lives. If they talked about much else it tended to be fashion etc.
      But I noticed this when I first started watching KDramas 5 years ago. It shocked me because the storylines & so much of the male/female interactions are so similar to the 50s here, which somewhat reflects life in Korea. But they STILL manage to have a ton of women, and they talk about a lot of stuff that has nothing to do with their love lives. I've heard discussions about how to clean TOILETS on KDramas. It's not that they NEVER talk about their relationships (or that their MOTHERS don't bring it up lots LOL) - that's not the point. It's that they ALSO talk about other things.
      And that's RARE. If it's a love square the girls will talk about the guy - BUT they also talk about their relationships with each other! NOT including the guy! In My Love From Another Star for instance, you had the typical girl crushing on guy who's crushing on the female lead. The 2nd lead was scheming against her friend of course. But it wasn't just because of her crush on the 2nd lead. There was more to it - AND the two girls hashed it out between them, using those OTHER reasons (lead girl being popular, getting better parts, blah blah blah).
      The Japanese cop dramas I've seen (they really do them well) DON'T pass the test because they usually don't have enough women in them LOL
      And that is the reason so many shows of any country origin don't pass. Count all the women in a drama. Any show. Any country. It's an eye-opener.

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      KimSeokJin Jul 20, 2016

      sorry if my statement cause some misunderstanding, i have no personal grudge against japanese. it just the things i learned from school re WW2. if youre not aware of the history, a lot of Filipinas (women from philippines) were raped by japanese soldiers and a lot filipino soldiers suffered tortured too. but then again it was war years so its expected. and im from philippines so i feel bad for my fellow Filipinos who suffered during those times. anyway, another thing that subconsciously put me off from japanese is that a lot of sageuk i watched they were invaded by japanese and portray japanese as their enemy. and i feel bad for the koreans lol i know i sound stupid. i will stop there. but recently, im actually surprised at myself getting hook from japanese dramas! been binged watching jdramas lately. i love how uncomplicated their storyline is. and a series dont last more than 20 episodes! im beginning to see the japanese in a different light and trying to learn more about their culture. :)

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      KimSeokJin Jul 20, 2016

      i almost dropped the kdrama version. cant stand the political plot. i skipped a lot of scenes. the only thing that made me finished it is the bromance lol.

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      hala Jul 20, 2016

      Ahhhh so that's the reason; but really things like that shouldn't bother you, as long as these things aren't still happening and people aren't still being raped and tortured by them it really shouldn't bother you, if these things of the past still bothered me now I'd probably hate the Americas for making black people their slaves even though none of the slave owners are still alive, or the British for colonizing and exploiting almost all the countries in the world but these things belong to history books, I hope you'd be able to move on from your distaste(?) someday

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      hala Jul 20, 2016

      Since you put it like that then yeah, it seems kdramas tend to pass the test often. Now that I think about it, jdramas tend to have less female friendships or maybe I've not watched enough to see...

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    Yume Jan 4, 2016 - edited

    Just wondering, why are they calling the women "prostitues" and not "geishas"?

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      Ara99 Jan 21, 2016 - edited

      Because they are not the same. The type of prostitutes ("yujo") that appear on this drama are called "Oiran" or "Tayu" and they are very different from "Geisha". Contrary to what many people tend to beleive Geisha's job was/is not involved in prostitution nor sexual activities on any way (yes, Memoirs of a Geisha is a big lie on many ways).

      You can actually easily distinguish an Oiran from a Geisha just by their appearance: Their hair ornaments, the number and type of layers of their kimono, their footwear and maybe the most characteristic thing is the way they tie their kimono's obi (Oiran have a knot on the front while Geisha have it on the back).

      Hope that helped! :)

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      Yume Jan 23, 2016

      Oh shit you read my mind, I was actually asking because of Memoirs of a Geisha, LOL! Nice explanation, I was actually suspicious myself because of what Nokaze wore for example, her make up and clothes too. Thanks again!

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      Ara99 Jan 24, 2016 - edited

      Yep, nokaze's wardrobe is more flamboyant isn't it? leaving their occupation aside, I'm very attracted to Oiran's appearance because they're stunning!

      Haha well, Geisha world is complex and there are many misconceptions as it is, but Arthur Golden has surely taken the whole situation to another level with his book becoming a bestseller and thus now it is pretty normal for people to take it as a quick reference xD

      Btw, you might want to give a try to "Hana Ikusa", it is a 2 hr special drama based on the life of Mineko Iwasaki, the real life geisha who actually inspired "Memoirs of a Geisha", so you might say it is the real story behind Sayuri's character and the oher characters from the book/movie.
      Though the drama is not entirely 100% accurate compared to Mineko's autobiography book, but it is still pretty much reliable to get a hold of what was supposedly really going on in there :P

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      Yume Jan 24, 2016

      oh sounds nice! Thanks for the recommendation :D I'll watch it as soon as possible ^___^

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    PEACEFUL Apr 27, 2015 - edited

    what a weird coincidence that just a week after putting the manga in my current queue, I find this and finally feel like watching something... not even making a connection :D until I sweep it on MAL

    but anyway, just wanned to say this time-slipping and psycho-iness is very much like Life on Mars, so a sure rec if you somehow haven't seen that yet (meaning UK ver, naturally...)
    PS: otherwise, about the first half of the first ep was absolutely stunning;
    pity that after that it was just not... something

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    Simplifica Mar 17, 2015

    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 - edited

    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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    Oct 11, 2009 to Dec 20, 2009
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