Minato Shindo has savant syndrome. His memory is amazing, but he has difficulty communicating with other people.
When Minato Shindo was little, he dreamed of becoming a doctor. He met Doctor Akira Shiga and he wanted to become a paediatric surgeon. Akira Shiga was surprised by the 7-year-old's memory of the human organs and he decided to support Minato Shindo in achieving his dream. Eventually, Minato Shindo graduated from medical school and passed the national exam for medical practitioners.
Now, Akira Shiga works as a director at a large hospital. He suggests to Minato Shindo to work in the pediatric surgery department at the hospital where he works.
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Jpn dramas are the best when it comes to human storiesIf it wasn't because a regular subber started working on this sub, I wouldn't have picked it. Boy, am I glad I watched this! One of my favorite dramas of this season. It was sweet, with a wonderful cast, soothing OST, and amazing script. Like Kounodori S.1. Medical dramas in the pediatrician department is usually more moving, and it always depend on the scriptwriter to not make it corny, and it worked with GD.
I have to apologize to Yamazaki Kento, since when I've read he was going to be the lead, I wasn't interested. He is OK, but that's all for me. But he was amazing as Minato-sensei, since the very first episode. Portrayed wonderfully a sweet guy with Autism and Savant Syndrome (I've read that he did a research over the subject, so he was well prepared). I have not seen Freddie Highmore's version so I can't compare.
Of course, to me the MVP was Ueno Juri, such an amazing actress. Very natural, and looked very comfortable working with YamaKen.
I think I shed tears in every episode. I loved each one of them. Every episode was heartwarming, emotional and to the point.
"Because dreams can give people the strength to continue living." (Shindo Minato, Good Doctor ep 5)One of the best Jdrama this season. From casts, storyline, setting until BGM music was flawless. My highlight of course the casts' acting skills, they are so natural. Especially the children roles, each of them portrayed so beautifully, they were so amazing, all of them, they made this version standout.
This version focusing more into main lead's struggles to be a proper pediatric surgeon, his struggles to be accepted by others, and mostly about doctor-patient and patient-family relationship. So its more a human drama/ slice of life drama for me instead of usual medical drama. If you are looking for real medical drama with a lot of medical actions (like Code Blue, Doctor X or Black Pean), maybe this drama is not for you. But if you like a simple beautiful heartwarming drama, which told us more about moral values, life, dream, passion, tolerance, teamwork, friendship, hardworking, never give up, struggle, love, human and family relationship, i assured that you will love this drama. You know how great Japanese human dramas are.
As for 2 main leads, hats off to Kento and Juri for their acting skills as Shindo Minato and Seto Natsumi. Their chemistry in this drama was so natural, cute and sweet. I love their character development. They practice a lot for their roles. Before they started filming episode 1, they came to a certain pediatric ward hospital to learnt more about the reality of pediatric surgeon in Japan which is only 0,3% in the medical field. Kento also interviewed pediatric professors, visited a pediatric patient also learnt how to use medical equipment inside the operation room for his Shindo Minato role. Please remember that autistic is different in each person, thats why main lead in each version have their own way portraying their autistic role. And i am so proud because Kento also nailed it (his acting was so detail even his legs was acting, please pay attention to it *two thumbs up*)
Every version have their own approach to the storyline, depending on their target audience and their own culture. This version is so heartwarming, soft and delicate, and obviously targeting family or all ages audience. In the end, its based on the audience preference, which version suit your taste better. Like i said before, if you like slice of life drama (with Jdrama style), you will love this version.
And overall the storyline was to the point and the closure was like usual Jdrama, but to many coincidences in the last 3 episodes and a little bit too rushed, especially in the last episode, maybe because Jdrama usually only have 10 episodes, so they must create some storylines to fit it, but the story still so good tho. This drama really deserves a sequel (or SP at least), because honestly i am still not satisfied with ending.