Kitazawa Nao is a 34-year-old doctor. She is busy working at a clinic. Nao decides to get engaged with fellow doctor Ibara Yuichi. She is not madly in love with him. One month prior to her wedding ceremony, Nao has a fateful meeting with Mamiya Shinji. He is an unsuccessful novelist and also holds a part-time job. They fall in love with each other, but Nao is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. (Source: AsianWiki) Edit Translation
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I get to see the turbulence in a daily life and life-decisions of an Alzheimer patient, how people who love her have to cope with this adversity and how they try to comfort and make brings convenience, how they try to be happy for the remaining time. Not all the people around you treat the same after the diagnosis even though they know it’s just an unfortunate thing and not even happening them. Most beautiful and the saddest of all, this dorama gives an insight that how the patients have to mentally cope from the sudden changes of their life – family, social, health, career. Dai Renai makes me wonder that what if such tragedy hits to you and your family, precious ones.
Acting-wise, Toda chan (Nao) and Muro Tsuyoshi (Shinji) have the perfect chemistry, enduring and filling for each other’s shortcomings towards their tragic ending. Supporting actors Matsuoka Masahiro (Yuuichi) and Koike Teppei also did perfect job.
Personally, Dai Renai inflicts deeper feelings than Beautiful Life (2001), a timeless masterpiece with similar plot. Find a box of tissue papers should you've decided to watch this.