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Iryu [医龍 Team Medical Dragon]



Drama Details
Title:Iryu
医龍 Team Medical Dragon
Team Medical Dragon
Telecast:2006-04-13
Season:Spring 2006



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TV Station:Fuji TV



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Actor/Actress Cast (10)
Sakaguchi Kenji
坂口憲二
Asada Ryotarou
朝田龍太郎 (33)
Inamori Izumi
稲森いずみ
Katou Aki
加藤  晶 (35)
Koike Teppei
小池徹平
Ijuuin Noboru
伊集院 登 (26)
Kitamura Kazuki
北村一輝
Kirishima Gunji
霧島 軍司 (39)
Abe Sadao
阿部サダヲ
荒瀬 門次 (34)
Mizukawa Asami
水川あさみ
Satohara Miki
里原 ミキ (25)
Ikeda Tetsuhiro
池田鉄洋
木原 毅彦 (35)
Sasaki Kuranosuke
佐々木蔵之介
Fujiyoshi Keisuke
藤吉 圭介 (38)
Natsuki Mari
夏木マリ
Kitou Shouko
鬼頭 笙子 (45)
Kishibe Ittoku
岸部一徳
Noguchi Kenyuu
  

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Drama Reviews (16)
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1. Disappointing... [Rating: 5/10]
After hearing comments about how great this drama is, I expected something more. Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed. It's a classic story of good versus evil: passionate, good doctors versus evil, manipulative, power-hungry ones. It is difficult to think that doctors aren't treating patients because they want to help them, but choosing their patients so that they can gain a better reputation. This portrayal of unethical practice is what aggravates me the most, and is what makes the drama wholly unrealistic.

Armed with the hands and the intuition of God, Asada comes across to me as a rather weak main character. He is a stagnant character that does not grow throughout the drama; the only possible impact any of his miraculous feats had on him were pitifully summed up in a single sentence at the last episode. I found Kato Akira and Ijyuuin to be the stronger characters, and we can actually see how their past, decisions and beliefs impact their future decisions. Why Kihara is there, I don't know - he does not provide any comic relief whatsoever.

Though the director/writer tries to inject a whole load of suspense into the proceedings, it comes across as rather boring and time-wasting - things in a hospital don't happen so lethargically and neither do doctors hang out in their offices 24/7. The operating scenes were realistic, though - one of the few plus points in this otherwise unwatchable drama. And thumbs up for the soundtrack, too.

In summary: boring and predictable script, boring characters, rather unrealistic look at medical situations. Plus points: few good characters, good soundtrack, great operation scenes.

At about episode 3 I had already decided to give this a 4 and see how it went from there. I added a point after watching Kato and Ijyuuin's character grow.
Reviewed by Limes on 24 January 2008
2. This MAKES me KNOW the meaning of the "TEAMMATE" [Rating: 9/10]
Watching this really makes me feel that you don't have to stand alone to fight the problem in your life..

This plot is all about how a people (asada) live with a vision of humidity and having no tolerance with character that against him. But for the consequences, he's being rejected by the "ruler" who just only seek for his own pride and wealthy. But since he has a very good skill, he's being used to help a person (aki) to complete her thesis so she can be a proffesor.. But lately, is not aki who control him. It's just the opposite that aki had changed by him and have the same vision in the end..

Really, if you watch it each episode, you'll see how a people can strongly "stand" against bad society around him and the important thing is he have friends (his teammate) who has vision same as him and their doing the job together as a one team..
If I had to be in that team, I can make sure that I will not turn against my team 'coz it's a perfect team..
You know why I'm telling that's perfect ?
It's just because that every teammate SUPPORT each other.
They DO their BEST for the same vision, together;
They SHARE all the joy and sadness they had, together;
They NEVER GIVE UP on something important;
They BELIEVE and DEPEND each other;
And the most important things is all of them have a mindset that's TO LIVE FOR OTHER people (they don't have egoism).

I have that team right now (even it's not in the medical society) and I'm think to make a good society with it...

This film is a good one to watch..
Don't miss it!!!

Ganbatte Kudasai (^_^)'
Reviewed by Chris_Ito on 15 June 2007
3. has a diggable anime-feel to it, as well as a supe [Rating: 8/10]
i rate this drama 8.5. it has simply the best OST i ever heard in a japanese drama. it's kinda like the anime initial d. without the european/japanese pop/dance music accompanying the races, it just wouldn't be as good. same with the OST here, it integrates the different scenes of Iryu soooo seamlessly be it sad/happy/intense/surgery moments. to be honest without the music, i'd probably only give this drama a 7.5 only. but the OST just pumped up the drama rating to an 8.5. i especially digged the song "Red Dragon", sucha wicked mix of rock and orchestra instruments. it got my blood pumping during the surgeries.

Sakaguchi Kenji was a suitable choice to play the main role. He does have a commanding aura to take such a role. he always looks ready to own when he's prepped up to operate. he has room for further improvement but he has improved since the last time i saw him playing a small-time gangsta in IWGP.
Teppei looked like "Small Turtle", a geeky looking HK actor who played small roles in Stephen Chow movies in early 1990s. hahaha. he was ok.
Izumi played her no-nonsense role pretty effectively. but i thought her character was pretty stupid not to dig Kenji and to continue liking the other guy. obviously a blind woman. The rest of the side characters weren't too bad.

give this underlooked drama a try. it may not have the hottest actor/actress in it, but i find it fairly entertaining. and keep your ears open for the nice OST accompanying the different scenes.
Reviewed by Baka Senpai on 7 June 2007
4. Awesome [Rating: 8/10]
I first discovered the dorama from this website and after watching, I would say it is addictive. I just love Asada and Ijuuin sensei. I just can't stop episodes after episodes. There are touching moments, such as the episode between Kato and her ex-Head Nurse, Ijuuin sensei with the obaasan patient. It also has its light moments, provided by Kihara and twin nurses. In fact, being a fan of Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji, all the graphics made it easier to understand all the stuff they were doing. Not just a beautiful story with a beautiful cast, the struggles of the doctors are real to me. A great story and I agreed that it is underrated.
Reviewed by petricia on 14 April 2007
5. Excellent medical dorama [Rating: 9/10]
Among the best medical doramas i've seen. Casting Kenji with Izumi was a good choice and the rest of the supporting cast was very well picked. I particularly liked Natsuki Mari's character :P. The OST was quite appealing and served the dorama well, particularly with all the suspenseful moments. Plotwise, this dorama had a clear direction and continuously drove toward that goal without losing overall focus, usually a problem with other medical doramas. i'd definitely recommend watching this series if you are into medical related doramas - one of the best of 2006.
Reviewed by Shindou on 6 July 2006
6. pretty awesome stuff =) [Rating: 9/10]
i watched this drama with...a few expectations. i had heard good stuff about it, so i decided to try it out. what i got exceeded my expectations! so..is it corny? occassionally. far-fetched? definitely. entertaining? does that even need to be answered? =P iryu was definitely one of the best jdramas that i've seen in a while =) it's good to see uplifting dramas like these :D...and yes....it ALMOST made me want to become a surgeon. almost. =P and my medical vocabulary has expanded too....not such a bad side effect i'd say =)
Reviewed by boshky on 27 October 2006
7. Best Medical Drama [Rating: 10/10]
Full of blood and human organ in every episode, but teach a lot about humanity.
I don't think that this drama is unrealistic...
If you are looking for challenging drama and something that make you can't stop watching, i suggest you to watch this drama.
The actors are good, the plot is interesting, you can learn much from this drama..
When money can buy nothing, when pride can ruin for just one moment, when friendship means everything
Reviewed by jia_hui on 11 February 2007
8. Too unrealistic ! [Rating: ?/10]
Great production, good acting, very educative, however it's too unrealistic and too heroic ! Japanese dramas are always overloaded with this extreme heroic roles....

By the way, I hate the ending.. in Thailand we have only great and world-class doctors,..... there is no place for Dr. Nogouchi... :-b .... but we would welcome someone like... Ryotarou Asada.... and Ijuuin (most wated ha ! ha ! ha !)
Reviewed by Tukata on 15 January 2007
9. Awesome medical drama [Rating: 9/10]
It was a great medical drama. The surgeries were highly realistic, and I think that was one of the strong points of this drama. Other than the medical aspect, this drama had a solid plot (which followed the manga pretty closely) and a great OST.

Overall, it was one of the few medical dramas in which the medical aspect was not greatly overshadowed by other things in the plot.
Reviewed by chazarst on 28 July 2009
10. A very Touching and amazing drama [Rating: 10/10]
My fav soo far. that surpassed all my comedy favorites.. its soo touching and very well acted by great actors and actresses.. only one word i can say... "amazing"... i luved it soo much... i hope for more. this drama shows a very powerful meaning of a person's life and teamwork. its very informative and the story is well made. thank you soo much for the creators of this drama.
Reviewed by mikomiko123 on 24 July 2007
11. BEST SAKAGUCHI DRAMA EVER! [Rating: 10/10]
This was a GREAT drama, I can't believe everything that went on, I cried on one episode!
This is one of Sakaguchi's BEST, and Teppei didn't do bad at all, her was PERFECT, not a hyper kid at all. I suggest this for almost ANYONE, though it is a LITTLE graphic on the surgery, it's a very well plotted out story, they truly are the best team, especially as actors.
Reviewed by Kirari Ililah on 31 July 2006
12. ܂܂ [Rating: 7/10]
I watched the whole thing but...
it was so medically unrealistic (perhaps to be expected of a jdorama). Asada is the GTO/Western hero of Japanese medical dramas, which is as epic as it is unbelievable. Conclusion: try it out. :)
Reviewed by doramanoai on 5 July 2012
13. very good [Rating: 10/10]
its a very good life touching, and life changing drama, which gives you different perspective of our different lives and amzingly, this drama is soo powerful that when we watch it our hearts always become overwhelmed everytime...
Reviewed by mikomiko123 on 14 August 2007
14. Superdoc saves the day (but not the drama) [Rating: 4/10]
A genius surgeon-turned-bum is called to perform surgical miracles with his hands in his pockets while pulling together an A-team of mentally unstable doctors to bleed this drama to absurdity.
Reviewed by shari on 11 September 2007
15. the best, most satisfactory and most underrated [Rating: 10/10]
given how excellent this drama is, it's puzzling why isn't there more people watching this
Reviewed by barracudalite on 5 November 2006
16. the best medical dorama [Rating: ?/10]
i have watched some of medical dorama and i think tis is the best!!
Reviewed by ester_grace on 7 December 2010

Comments From Users (103)
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1. Comments by SayaOtonashi [Rating: 8/10]
Basically you'll have a very ambitious woman creating a team of very talented guys doing very difficult operations, while somebody from above is trying to ruin their plans. First episodes bored me, but once Batista operations start the show gets far more interesting. Asada's character reminded me to Godhand Teru (which I had seen before) but this show is much better. Acting was cool but I hated those long speeches while somebody is about to die... Maybe plot is not very original but it is totally entertaining and worthwatching. Btw, it reminded me to Trauma Center (videogame) :D
2. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 10/10]
The best medical dorama i've ever watched.. in fact its the best medical series that i've ever watched! I can say that because im really not a big fan of all those medical stuff... still Iryu really shocked me... it's that good!
The casting is superb... Flawless... The plot (something that most medical show lack of) is reaaaallllyyy nice. i couldnt stop watching the dorama. I still dont give a damn about all those medical stuff.... but Iryu really is one of the best doramas i've watched..
3. Comments by moonchyld [Rating: 9/10]
i loved this drama...very intense and well-done! i admit that it has some elements that resemble shiroi kyoto, but it actually has a different story altogether. I think the first episode will really make others think twice about continuing with the drama, but please don't let it stop you! it only gets better and more intense with every ep. i think the shine of this drama are koike teppei and inamori izumi; they've given powerful performances and definitely worth the watch!
4. Comments by ume [Rating: 9/10]
Really good music. Casting was superbly done...everyone matched their roles really well and even though we all know Sakaguchi is practically an indestructible god in there, still enjoy seeing him succeed operation after operation. Used to think Sakaguchi was a bit wierd (after watching FIGHTING GIRLS) but this has changed my whole opinion of him. And Teppei is just CUTE. Cannot imagine why his acting is so good as he is only 19.
5. Comments by rikastar [Rating: 9/10]
I'm glad I watched this, because I almost didn't. It's awesome! The story and pacing is very good, the characters are interesting and have strong personalities, and the music is great. Quite a few parts that made me go wow. Nerdy Teppei is love (go Harry Potter!), Sakaguchi is uber cool, Inamori Izumi is really charismatic and pretty, Kitamura is creepily fantastic... the entire cast is really good actually.
6. Comments by atheon [Rating: 8/10]
July 2006: I watched alot of medical dramas, this is actually the first ever j-medical drama i've watched which revealed the 'organs' and procedures during operations, and it's very detailed and well explained with pictures and stuff, although it's not 100% true but still, this drama showed how medical dramas should be. Nice cast, with an awesome ost, if you prefer romance dramas, avoid this.
7. Comments by Eyeyore [Rating: 7/10]
Highly addictive. Tried hard not to start ep.1, believing that many scenes are far-fetched, hero-centric,etc. Well, it is. And in addition to that, every surgery is like watching a baseball match. All the other doctors had so much time that they are either gossiping, politicking or watching the 'baseball match' 'live' broadcast. By throwing aside logic and reality, this show is enjoyable.
8. Comments by Shindou [Rating: 9/10]
Excellent casting for medical dorama. Inamori Izumi and Sakaguchi Kenji clearly carried the dorama thru with some great support from the rest of the cast. Natsuki Mari was a delight to watch and Kishibe Ittoku was an excellent choice for the professor role. Plotwise, this definitely kept my on the edge of my seat the whole time. For a medical dorama, very well done!
9. Comments by vieuxcon [Rating: 9/10]
Bon casting, de bons acteurs, bonne ost, a regarder meme si on ne 'sy connait pas du tout en medecine ! Lors des operations, nous sommes profondements absorbes par le jeu des acteurs et suivons tout le processus avec admiration. Je finirai par une phrase : Allez le voir bordel, ce n'est pas pour rien qu'il a finit premier a la "49th Japanese Drama Academy Award" ;)
10. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 7/10]
A bit too much pathos and a touch too heroic for me! But definitly one of the better medical dramas! ItLs worth watching for the performances of the cast, for the sometimes quite gory surgery scences and for at least slightly touching the darker sides of the medical world (ie internal power struggles, corrupt or anxious doctors, pharma industry power).
11. Comments by zealous [Rating: 10/10]
this is the 1st medical drama that I really like. 1. becausethe haracter of this series.... dr asada ryutarou... and the team.... if we got this kind of doc in this world... we will be save.... 2. the type line of this story really tough...and I hope there will be more... but sad to say, the story already ending wit the bad guy lose....
12. Comments by jade_frost [Rating: 9/10]
Absolutely riveting. Unrealism aside, Iryu probably ranks as one of the best dramas of 2006. The episodes are well-paced and scripted, and the drama benefits from an ensemble of interesting characters that are well fleshed out by the cast. Special mention for Natsuki Mari as Dr Kitou the astute, cunning, yet charming head of emergency.
13. Comments by kaonashi [Rating: 8/10]
I began watching this drama without any expectations at all & it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It's an inspiring feel good drama about a highly skilled surgical team who perform miracles together. This just might be Sakaguchi's best drama so far. It's not quite as good as the 24h ER series but it's close.
Recommended 8+
14. Comments by Jackykero [Rating: 8/10]
Good dorama for me.
The filming is professional and modern, which is not that common among dorama.
The OST is great, which is another thing that is seldom in doramas I think
And for the rest it works pretty well: good acting, good story, not repetitive, and a good mix of drama and comedic relief.
15. Comments by agp_frick [Rating: 9/10]
(watched until around ep.7-8 so far)
An addicting drama. The stroy is really interesting, as isn't an ordinary story in Japan, and not alike with ER... not at all...! Kenji Sakaguchi also portrayed the character really well. Not to forget the cool opening/ending. REALLY RECOMMENDED!!!
16. Comments by Tiffany [Rating: 9/10]
This was such an amazing dorama! It made surgeons look so damn kakkoi. The story was well-written and its themes are easily understood. It also makes you feel like your IQ has gone up a couple of points by listening to all that medical lingo... It sucks you in and never lets you go.
17. Comments by ichigo23 [Rating: 10/10]
One of the best dorama I've ever watched!! I like the cast, the plot, the storyline, I like all!!! However, I think Teppei is too young to be a doctor.. But still, his acting is very good.
Finished it in just two days!! (Would've been only one day if I hadn't had to go to work!!)
18. Comments by Fight-oh [Rating: 10/10]
Though I watched like half the episodesof this show it looked great... Doctors united to help take care of sick patients and cure them of different kinds of illnesses and effects in their body. This show can teach yu alot about the heart and the human body yu decide to watch it
19. Comments by Ezalor [Rating: 8/10]
This was refreshing after a bunch of romance doramas. Very cool and "clinical" setting, yet dragging you in with high suspense. Broad variety in the storyline, you never get bored. Average soundtrack and actors. Very thrilling and satisfying end.
20. Comments by Lady Zhuge [Rating: 10/10]
I really like all the surgical sequences and how the pathophysiology is mapped out. With a storyline involving touching and funny moments alike, strong performances by its cast, and an excellent OST, this serial shouldn't be missed.
21. Comments by zenith777 [Rating: 8/10]
This story reminds me GodHand Teru, but it's the complex one and more interesting flow of the story when politics involved to medical world ^^ good to watch make curiousity and add your knowledge about type of operationable diseases
22. Comments by BijinDatta [Rating: 10/10]
Top quality and innovative drama. This medical drama didn't get bogged down in too much romantic relationship dynamics but it did recognize some. The videography was definitely very kakko ii and the whole cast was SOLID.
23. Comments by Daichi Kai [Rating: 8/10]
Got the human side, and got the sensitive side of a human being should be...
Many have forgot how human should behave, this movie reminded me how should I behave, even it means that I have to fight the majority...
24. Comments by v1olet [Rating: 10/10]
Asada Sensei ! You're great, that's the surgeon supposed to be. One good medical drama. I love watching it, I love Sakaguchi Kenji, I love the story, I love the OST (Believe by AI), I love them all....
25. Comments by octane [Rating: 7/10]
The operations in this drama are somewhat unrealistic..
(guess I watched too many House)
Anyway, I heard this drama is based on a manga...the unrealistic part is nornal, I guess....
26. Comments by nienna [Rating: 9/10]
I love it!!
The parts where they all started building their friendship and then proceeded to trust each other entirely when they formed the Batista team were the most touching.
27. Comments by gopro [Rating: 8/10]
About 8.75. Much Much better than N's Aoi. Million times better. Much more depth. All these shows have genius' in them. Now all they need is a Yakitate Japan drama. (Winter 06)
28. Comments by onigiriman [Rating: 6/10]
I think my Japanese is good enough for these dramas but the technical terms used during surgery forced me to spend more energy than I would have wanted... or I'm just lazy.
29. Comments by strawberrynkiwi [Rating: 9/10]
First medical jdorama! I loved it. It was exciting in terms of the plot, characters and even just cardiac surgery in general. I also loved the ending song Ai- Believe :)
30. Comments by x_XJules [Rating: 1/10]
i couldn't get past the first episode. usually i give a series 3 episodes before i make my decision.. but this one is just too awful. sorry teppei =_=;;

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Users who voted for this drama (44)
1. sweet_tapioca
The one of the best 2006 drama! Sakaguchi is soooo hot in it. The soundtrack was great too, can't wait to buy it. People, watch it, it's definitely one of the top on my list.
2. mikomiko123
amazing drama.. ther should be a second season. so far, this changed my views of only watching comedial acts, for me this drama replaces gokusen as my top 1... truly wondeful
3. cutesawada
I really liked how real the medical scenes were and how much suspense the show has. It has totally made me want to become a doctor, minus the blood and gore
4. Chris_Ito
This drama had a such good morale and I think that we can learn something important from this film.. That is the thing that you must do in your society..
5. yuki loves teppei
a very, very, VERY GOOD drama. worth watching. i really recomend it. c^^.
and yeah, i was operated before. how i wish teppei did the operation.
6. mr_dreamboy
Very depressing and emo, but what is a drama without obsessive dramatization, all in all, very worthy of watching
7. monta
one word: P-E-R-F-E-C-T !!! a little different with the manga in the end. but all the great acting covers it up
8. sword_of_heaven
Loved the series, the story, the music and the acting of everyone. Definitely, DEFINITELY worth watching.
9. nienna
One of the best MEDICAL drama I have ever watched. Every episode is very touching... A must watch!
10. ffrostte
one awesome drama, great tension, incredible props, beautiful performance and touching stories.
11. Sevenz
Superb drama, great acting and soundtracks. Definitely one of the best dorama I've seen!
12. arumndalu
I Love Everything About This Dorama...
i Love Sakaguchi Kenji Here.....
Great
13. Lady Zhuge
This drama got me hooked on Japanese series, so how can I not give it my vote?
14. ELF
great movie
real doctor
and there's te-chan play in this movie
sugoi
15. agp_frick
Just wacthed the half of it... But man, this drama is awesome!
16. expanzee
I can probably say, so far this is the best drama I've watch.
17. Ushiroyubi
Very Intense and graphic! We need more dramas like this!
18. kakashi11
it the best medical drama that so far i had watched....
19. mumu2006
wow. so cool. n this is the real drama i ever watched
20. petricia
One of the best Japanese dorama I've watched!
21. ice_shi
great storyline! great cast! great show!
22. Okojo
Great great great drama.
Great actors.
23. Kirari Ililah
BEST medical/Sakaguchi dram EVER!
24. salvator
best ever medical drama series
25. Love Angel
one of My BEST dramas Ever!!
26. amir
realistic doctors
27. dli2k3
Love this drama.
28. Nao
Not to missed!!
29. linkhimura
30. balia17

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