A Life

A Life (2017)

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When Okita Kazuaki was starting out as a doctor, he was forced to resign from the hospital. He left his girlfriend Danjo Mifuyu behind and went to the US alone. 10 years go by and he comes back as a surgeon with outstanding skills to save his former teacher from illness. His teacher is none other than his ex-girlfriend’s father. In the time that Okita was away, Mifuyu had married his own read moregood friend Masao, who is now the deputy director and the heir of the hospital. To make matters worse, this friend was the one who plotted to drive him out form the hospital 10 years ago. Okita has to face all sorts of ordeals to save his teacher. But he never gives up amid the swirl of love, desire, friendship, jealousy and pride. Okita may be awkward but deals with patients with all his heart. His way of life gets the people working at the hospital to start asking themselves what real healthcare is.

  • Native title:

    A LIFE~愛しき人~
  • Also Known as:

    A LIFE~Kanashiki Hito ~; A Life ~ Itoshiki Hito; A Life: Loved One

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Apr 14, 2017
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
If you're here for the romance, well you might be a little disappointed because you won't get much of that.
But if you're watching this for the story, the development of the characters, and for the medical story itself, you would be fine watching this.
Some may find this drama boring, maybe I am just used to watching Japanese drama that I am certainly not really expecting too many romantic moments, plus read more this is a supposedly slice-of-life / medical drama, so I can say I enjoy it as much...
I like Kimura's character here as Dr. Okita. He went from an ordinary doctor of Danjo Hospital, and went abroad to further his skills and went back for a mission to operate the director of Danjo. I like how he always look so relax for a doctor.
One of my favorites characters is Dr. Igawa, he is so bubbly and adorable. The way sometimes he deals with situations like he is totally clueless or can't read the atmosphere, but when a situation needs to be more serious or requires a sensitive moment especially when calling out for Okita's behavior, he gives him a scolding.
I used to work in a hospital, but not on the Medical Department, but somehow watching this drama makes me want to be one. I can't guarantee accuracy of the terms and medical procedures here, but it feels great and amazes me watching it.
Also I love how the friendship of Okita & Masao showed in the end. They may have some rivalry in the romance side, but their friendship and the way they cared for Mifuyu prevailed in the end.
The only thing I wished for this drama is that I hope there more episodes, or at least a side-story for the other characters.
For rewatch value, I might pick it up again sometime.
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Apr 13, 2017
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
A Life marks the return of Pride couple Kimura Takuya and Takeuchi Yuko. Perhaps I held too high expectations for this because I did not enjoy this as much as I anticipated and was pretty disappointed with the last couple of episodes. It's an issue when you find the last episode boring, oops I just said that.

Story: Medical dramas can be hard to do well and when you have a star read more studded cast, you best take advantage...and I did not think A Life did that. Character development was really lacking and I found myself frustrated many times. I'm sorry, but Takeuchi Yuko deserved a better character than what they did with Danjo Mifuyu. I also really wanted more for Hamura--he felt like a useless character to me. And boy did I think Masao was poorly done (though acting by Asano was superb). Okita was really the best balance as we got some backstory with him but even still, we could've seen more with him--I did not like the whole super surgeon vibe we got, but I understand that it was necessary. Despite all of this, the series was entertaining. Okita and Shibata together were great and I enjoyed Igawa as well. The drama focused too heavily on the politics and then dragged out the ending. To me, the story could have been executed way better.

Acting/Cast: I give the acting high marks though I found the supporting surgeons annoying af even though I knew they were just there to provide exaggerated comedy relief. I actually think Asano was the best actor out of everybody here at times, but his character made me hate him still. We don't even need to talk about Kimutaku. He killed it as usual with the wordless expressive acting--I just wished they gave the other characters the same depth. Don't know if it was just me, but I felt like Mifuyu and Rina's scenes weren't as heartwarming and gushing as they could have been, but I do not want to be too critical about the child actress. I get why Nanao had to be the way she was as Sakakibara, but man she seemed forced. So there were some positives and negatives with the cast.

Music: I did not notice it too much, so it gets a passing grade from me.

Rewatch Value: I'm not sure about this, but I don't think I would instantly pick this up again to rewatch, so it's meh for me. There may be some episodes worth rewatching, but I wouldn't say the entire series.

Overall, I thought this series had a lot of potential that was not lived up to, but it was still an enjoyable drama and honestly better than some of the others I've seen where I could not even get through the entire series.
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    thechicagoway Jul 3, 2017

    This drama was well done. I was sold within 30 seconds of listening to the soundtrack. Love the opening theme. All of the cast were well chosen for their roles and it was well acted. I'm actually glad it didn't delve too much on the romance side, although a part of me was hoping for it. Definitely re-watchable at least for me. The story was solid. I had never heard of Kimura Takuya before this, but I second most on here that he was superb in this.

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    KenWong May 31, 2017 - edited

    Excellent drama!
    Really enjoyed it! Great Story!

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      Shizuka Jun 1, 2017 - edited

      Kimura Takuya:
      Best Actor Awards in Japan, Tokyo Awards - 2007
      Best Actor Awards in South Korea, Seoul Awards - 2007

      Top Drama Awards:
      "Nankyoku Tairiku"
      "Love Generation"
      "Long Vacation"
      "Beautiful Life"

      Awards of the Japanese Academy
      2007 Nominated
      Award of the Japanese Academy Best Actor
      Bushi no ichibun (2006)
      Takuya Kimura declined his nomination.

      Monte-Carlo TV Festival

      2012 Nominated
      Golden Nymph Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
      Nankyoku tairiku: Kami no ryouiki ni idonda otoko to inu no monogatari (2011)

      Nikkan Sports Film Awards

      2007 Won
      Nikkan Sports Film Award Best Actor
      Bushi no ichibun (2006)
      1994 Won
      Ishihara Yujiro New Actor Award Shoot (1994)

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    KimsaAbe May 6, 2017 - edited


    At least 9 Out Of 10

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      Erica May 9, 2017

      Thanks for sharing!! I love Kimura Takuya too...!!

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      Jessica May 21, 2017

      Love it too... 10/10

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      Shizuka Jun 1, 2017

      Agree!!! Love Kimura!!

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    reikableu Apr 20, 2017

    Why is is that all the sites I found has a problem with the English subs at the last part of Epi 09?

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    vane Apr 20, 2017

    i didn´t like the ending

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    darkheart94 Apr 12, 2017 - edited
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    Keren Apr 9, 2017 - edited

    Kimura Takuya was great like always. My favorite actor, there's no doubt about it.

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    KimsaAbe Apr 6, 2017

    Love this drama. Kimura Takuya is the best!! And Takeuchi Yuko is still looking gorgeous.

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    anna Apr 2, 2017 - edited

    Still can't believe they reunited the Pride couple for this... What a waste.

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      fannypakit Apr 14, 2017

      Ugh. I thought the same. They could've done way more with this series and they didn't.

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    iambulletproof Apr 1, 2017

    one of those drama that you just cant find bad things to say. another A+ drama from Kimura Takuya. You wont find Emergency life saving scenes here but they do have different medical cases for each episode. drama and medical were well balanced. and can i just say that the musical score is something that only jdrama can pull off. solid 9/10

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    Keren Mar 30, 2017 - edited
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    VishalIngle Mar 28, 2017 - edited

    a bit disappointed with the drama: as other 'KimuTaku' dramas we don't get to see him as Okita Kazuaki but only Dr. Okita the super surgeon. his and Yuko''s characters are written superficially. there are no intimate moments for both of them(he kinda has some intimate moments with the nurse and dr Igawa but she has none at all). most of the time he has a frowning face. KimuTaku fans don't get anything at all(like literally nothing).
    the good points about the drama are :
    Masao and other supporting characters maturing through the drama period, and their chemistry with each other, be it friendly or of jealousy.

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    mamirabelle Mar 17, 2017

    It's getting boring....

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    desertbanshee Mar 11, 2017 - edited

    I love KimuTaku, but this show is super boring.

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    Erica Feb 25, 2017

    Simply Excellent... Love the story... >>>> Seriously Recommended.


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    Jan 15, 2017 to Mar 19, 2017
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