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Mariya

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Drama Details
Title:Mariya
Maria
Telecast:2001-07-04 to 2001-09-12
Season:Summer 2001



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TV Station:TBS
Duration:10 Episodes



Synopsis
Sora (Atsuko Asano), the third of four sisters, inherits from her father Sakamoto Medical Practice in Kabukicho, Shinjuku. Sora sees even those with no money and the waiting room is always crowded penniless patients. Keeping the indebted surgery going is tough but Sora manages to carry on with a smile and becomes a popular figure in the neighbourhood.

The oldest sister, Umi (Keiko Kishi), is a single doctor researching gene therapy. The second sister, Riku (Kumiko Okae), is the wife of the owner of a large hospital. The fourth sister, Mimi, is a trainee doctor dreaming of becoming famous. The four of them have very different stances on what it means to be a doctor, assuring that every gathering results in a fraternal fight.

One day, Umi calls the four sisters together and introduces them to a young girl they have never seen before. It turns out to be Hiyo (Maki Gotoh) their heretofore unknown half-sister from Hokkaido. Hiyo is very sick, her body being invaded by a heavy illnessK.
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. I will get your kiss [Nakagawa Akinori 中川晃教]
2. MARIA [S.E.N.S.]

Actor/Actress Cast (9)
Asano Atsuko
浅野温子
Sakamoto Sora
Kikukawa Rei
菊川怜
Sakamoto Mimi
Goto Maki
後藤真希
Sakamoto Hiyo
Okae Kumiko
岡江久美子
Sakamoto Riku
Azuma Mikihisa
東幹久
Sakamoto Akira
Okada Yoshinori
岡田義徳
Endoh Shinnosuke
Sekiguchi Tomohiro
関口知宏
Tomita Kozo
Kishi Keiko
岸惠子
Sakamoto Umi
Uehara Misa
上原美佐
 

Related Links (1)
1. http://www.tbs.co.jp/maria/

Drama Reviews (2)
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1. Beautiful message. [Rating: 8/10]
I thought this series was genuinely moving and had a great overall message! The story basically centers around sibling relationships, and what it means to be there for one another when you have nobody else to turn to. Though I was a little disappointed with the limited characterization of all the sisters but Sora (each were given roles that amounted to little more than "wise older sister" or "spoiled youngest daughter," for example), by the end the characters just grew to be so likable that I had the impression they were better written than they actually were. Most of the show's focus is on Sora, and it employs a fragmented format where every episode, she helps one patient come to terms with their illness or a problem they may have. Unfortunately, this means that major plot points like Hiyu's illness sometimes feel like afterthoughts due to how little time is devoted to them, though luckily, they never get (too) mawkish or heavyhanded to try to compensate (in fact, possibly 80% or more of the show has a humorous tone). I'm just sad that the whole thing didn't last a few episodes more; I loved the final episode and the ending, but they just came too soon!
Reviewed by Kam on 12 March 2005
2. An excellent drama abt sisterly love and loyalty! [Rating: 9/10]
This show was very good! I liked that they included medical cases, giving it this ER feel. I especially love how the characters had different perceptions of things, like life and what it means to be a doctor, and how they're all united by one girl and her illness. My only complaint abt the show is that it mostly focused on Sora. Little character development is seen in her other sisters. I really expected Maki Gotoh to do a bit more acting than voiceovers and look innocent or ill. Nonetheless, the show's still emotionally charged - with an ending even i didn't expect. Worth watching!
Reviewed by Spasmodic on 13 October 2003

Comments From Users (19)
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1. Comments by loveaomori [Rating: 8/10]
I hesitated between giving it a 7 or an eight! so 7.5! Anyway, for a hospital dorama its script is original!! It's funny and it doesn't aim making you cry which is quite unusual when one of the main character has a leucemia.... The ending is great and I like the way they all decide to change their career at the end! Two bad points, At the begining Hiyo (Goto Maki) is a rebel and with NO NO No transition at all she starts becoming so cheerful and bright? so strange! The other thing is that Sora is very kind to her patients but but... sometimes to kind and for example with the grand mother with cancer who used to work in a restaurant she told her that she will help her once a week or something... but she doesn't seem to keep her promise! Anyway how could she keep it?
This is a good drama exploring other aspects of the classic hospital dorama which is a big achievement!
2. Comments by Spasmodic [Rating: 9/10]
This show was very good! I liked that they included medical cases, giving it this ER feel. I especially love how the characters had different perceptions of things, like life and what it means to be a doctor, and how they're all united by one girl and her illness. My only complaint abt the show is that it mostly focused on Sora. Little character development is seen in her other sisters. I really expected Maki Gotoh to do a bit more acting than voiceovers and look innocent or ill. Nonetheless, the show's still emotionally charged - with an ending even i didn't expect. Worth watching!
3. Comments by eltinator [Rating: 8/10]
Goto Maki is too quite in her first drama and the series itself lacks an overall plot. They do have nice and touching subplots but that's pretty much it. Pretty girls but not enough...
4. Comments by Kam [Rating: 8/10]
A nice blend of humor and drama dealing with a topic that's not all that common. I hated Atsuko Asano's annoying role at first, but ended up loving it in the end!
5. Comments by tabana [Rating: 8/10]
Nice if you don't mind cancer stories. I don't get where the title comes from, because nobody's named maria, but good show nonetheless.
6. Comments by z123_us [Rating: 7/10]
nice drama of a family and its bonds and troubles. lots of new cast members that i had not seen before, so was refreshing in a way
7. Comments by CWZ [Rating: 9/10]
It's nice based on the story line, including the characters. The ending theme is also nice and this drama deserve better rating.
8. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 9/10]
There were some complaints that the show was dominated by the daughter Sora...but I had no problems with her...good show...
9. Comments by Seghal [Rating: 3/10]
Good first episode, but it gets worse from episode to episode. The ending is a bit too abrupt.
10. Comments by rikastar [Rating: ?/10]
I've only watched episode 1 and put it aside for other shows. May continue again.
11. Comments by boris [Rating: ?/10]
Aide oshte edna drama, koiato gledah zaradi Goto Maki. Nishto osobeno.
12. Comments by orange_k4zu [Rating: 6/10]
1st time, i see maki goto acting....& i really like her
13. Comments by bakaneko_san [Rating: 8/10]
Cute drama:) And Atsuko looks good depsite her age^_^
14. Comments by kurii [Rating: 7/10]
Was ok. Slow at times. Not to fulfilling.
15. Comments by nimadifob [Rating: 7/10]
interesting.... goto maki cant do shiat
16. Comments by SyoCamui [Rating: 7/10]
It was very good and I enjoyed it.
17. Comments by Gabriel [Rating: 6/10]
The main character was annoying..
18. Comments by g_hunter1 [Rating: 8/10]
Nice touching drama.
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Users who voted for this drama (1)
1. CWZ
A very nice drama, it is a good drama to be recommended.