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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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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Amazing drama. AMAZING. I was hooked from the very beginning. And what it is best, the last 3 or 2 episodes are not boring or dragging at all (something that I've been dealing with with the last doramas I've watched). Everything was excellent in this dorama. Excellent.

This is the first time I see a period drama (a Japanese period drama, that is). I learned so much. First, this character, Sakamoto Ryoma, read more who is one of Japan's hero (although you would not believe it in this show... he was more like a comedy relief, but I've read some text about him to be more informed). And then, their life styles. This is the 1862 year.

Top-notch things about this wonderful dorama:

- Cast: many familiar faces, but also some new ones. Ayase Haruka has never failed me. She is amazing in everything she does. I think I will like whatever she is in. She plays the daughter of an important family, and she wants to be a doctor (which was not possible in that time, for a woman). Needless to say, she looked gorgeous as Saki-sama, in her kimono and fancy hairdo. Her brother is Koide Keisuke, another actor that has never failed me. He may be a little to tamed here, but I liked him so much he could have said two words in the entire show and I would have still liked him. Other actor that I've recently started to like is Kiritani Kenta (as the doctor Saburi). He has such a funny face, and boy he can act! He was wonderful as the new doctor who practiced his studies with prostitutes. And then it is Nakatani Miki, as Miki and the courtesan Nokaze. WOW, what a pretty, elegant lady. I have seen her only in one movie ("Densha Otoko") and I wasn't impressed. She was too plain, in looks and in acting. Boy did I change my mind! She is beautiful, she moved me with her acting as both Nokaze and Miki. She was so elegant and lady-like as the courtesan. Everything, from her voice to her little movements, were majestic. OMG, even her little feet were elegant. I love her smile, I can't believe I once thought she was plain.

The new faces, for me, were first, Ozawa Takao as Jin. Excellent his role as the doctor. I don't think I will be able to see him in another role, he WAS Dr. Jin. He traveled in time, from present time to Edo time. It was not hard to put into his shoes. Everything he did -every life he saved, every person he met- could change history, and he was afraid of it. But more than anything, he was a doctor, so of course he changed perspectives; his and the people he met. I could understand why two strong females, like Saki and Nokaze, fall in love with him. He was just, he was kind, he was skillful. On the other hand, I could not take sides. I loved Saki, she was an independent woman who was interested in medicine. I loved Nokaze, who had a very sad past and wanted her freedom. I loved Miki, Nokaze's great-great-great-granddaughter and present girlfriend. I could understand why Jin was so aware of the little photograph he took with him (where he and Miki were posing. With every change he made into history, the photograph changed). I don't know how this will end... and although I hate love triangles -or love squares- I wish Jin all the happiness and wisdom to chose a woman among these wonderful women.

At first I thought the actor had a funny face... a bit weird, since his eyes are very apart. But with every laugh I liked him more. He had those tiny wrinkles that made him attractive, he has a nice body and nice teeth. On the other hand, he has a huge Adam's apple (is it weird to take notice of that??)

The actor who played Dr. Ogata was also wonderful. First time I see this man. He did a good job playing the most important doctor in this little town. I was moved by his tears. And I was convinced of his importance and intelligence.

The little boy... waaa, I had tears in my eyes when he was crying for his mother. At first I thought he was a bit annoying and not a good actor, but he proved me wrong with the scene with his mother.

Oh, and Kohinata Fumiyo has a small role as well! He was, of course, wonderful. WOW the number of roles he played so far! One of the most prolific Japanese actors.

The man who played Ryoma-san was good, first time I see him. I just did not like his role that much, mainly because of the way he talked, and also because I just couldn't make up my mind that a guy like him has been the most important guy in Japan history. He was just too... he took things like a joke, which is fine of course, but as Ryoma-san... not so much I guess.

- Setting: the backgrounds were beautiful. The houses -so Japanese-, the gardens! The little red district... the trees! Houses were wide and so clean.

- Costumes: Saki's kimonos and Nokaze's... O_O WOW, beyond gorgeous. Their hairstyles, Nokaze's high shoes, her make-up. I loved one of Saki's kimono which was pink. Or another that was blue with little flowers. Scratch that, I loved ALL her kimonos! From the top of their heads to their tiny feet... everything was pretty.

- The surgeries: I am one of those people that cannot see blood... and since Jin is a doctor who has to perform surgeries -brain surgery, skin surgery, breast surgery...- everything looked very real. I was like O_O OMG. And of course, praying that Jin could save his or her life. It did not always happen -obviously- but I was so happy when he did.

- Soundtrack: the ending song not so much. But the opening and the one that accompanied the most important scenes (by Takami Yu). It was sweet and a bit sad and just beautiful. I loved it and I am currently searching it to have it on my playlist. One of my favorite dorama songs.

Before I decided to watch it, I've read several reviews in order to decide. Most of the reviews said that the end was not good. I think it was good, a bit of a cliffhanger but not a life-or-death problem. It ended like it was supposed to end. Some get their happy ending, some get a HFN. A perfect way to continue a 2nd season, but for people who did not like it so much, it can also end here.

Rewatch value is 100% since I have watched it already twice.
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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.
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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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    Shizuka 28 days ago

    Watching it again! Very good!

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    DestroyahFinalForm Jun 28, 2017

    this series was epic !!!!!

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    Panda Jun 26, 2017

    this one is beautiful, gave it 9.5/10
    gonna watch part 2 for sure. i didnt expect to love this so much, ill be sure to watch it again in the future1

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    Nozomi May 21, 2017

    That OST main theme is epic though!

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    mahyaddin Apr 16, 2017

    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 Apr 8, 2017

      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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      CheriLynzzz 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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      CheriLynzzz 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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    iambulletproof 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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      iambulletproof 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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      iambulletproof 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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    Oct 11, 2009 to Dec 20, 2009
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