|The story follows a brain surgeon named Minakata Jin, who falls into a "time slip" that sends him back to Edo during the Bakumatsu era, the period that spelled the end of the shoguns' rule over Japan. There, Jin ends up using his 21st-century medical expertise to help the people, who are suffering from various epidemic illnesses from the time, with the help of the modern medical knowledge of his era.|
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|1. ||Great HeartWarming Drama [Rating: 10/10]|
Great HeartWarming drama that will make you laugh and cry about a Dr. Jin brain surgeon who slips back in time to 17th century Edo near the end of the Tokugawa era!
The story about a brain surgeon named, Jin Minakata, who has spent the last two years in deep guilt, after a failed brain surgery he performed on his fiance' who lies in a coma .
One day, he chases a man to the roof of the hospital but falls but awakens to find himself transported back in time to the Edo period. He is soon attacked by a samurai, but he escapes with the help of a samurai named Kyotaro. But Kyotaro suffers a serious head injury while trying to protect him, but Jin manages to save his life despite a lack of proper medical equipment using his modern medical knowledge ala MacGyver making do with whatever is lying around.
Meanwhile, Kyotaro's sister, Saki begins to fall for Jin after becoming his surgical nurse. all the while, Jin's is trying desperately to find his way back to his fiance' in the present and to stay alive in EDO where life is cheap where samurai are allowed to attack just for disrespect / failing to bow during great political upheaval without modern medical equipment and simple drugs.
|Reviewed by asugar2 on 24 December 2012|
|2. ||"A" for effort [Rating: 8/10]|
What happens when a modern-day brain surgeon is thrown back over a century into a critical period in Japanese history? Adopted from the popular manga, JIN combines political intrigue with a speculative fiction plot, with a set of top notch performances as support. Haruka Ayase is charming, but Osawa Takao and Miki Nakatani provide real drama to the proceedings.
Of course, the plot may not be completely credible, especially with the paradoxes of time travel; but everyone is so engaging that it's easy to ignore the gaping plot flaws. This period drama features top stars in a well-done serial that never loses track of the difficulties of the Edo period.
By the end of the first part of this series, the mystery isn't solved yet (much less addressed satisfactorily); but fear not, the popular drama continues in JIN 2. I liked JIN 1 better.
|Reviewed by jdoramadotcom on 20 October 2010|
|3. ||Great Heartwarming Drama [Rating: 10/10]|
Great Heartwarming Drama that will make you laugh and cry!
The story follows a brain surgeon named, Minakata Jin, who has spent the last two years in anguish, as his fiancee lies in a vegetative state after an operation he performed.
One day, he faints at the hospital and awakens to find himself transported back in time to the Edo period. He is soon attacked by a samurai, but he escapes with the help of a man named Kyotaro.
Kyotaro suffers a serious injury to the head while trying to protect him, but Jin manages to save his life despite a lack of proper medical equipment.
Because of that, Kyotaro's sister Saki begins taking an interest in Jin and becomes his assistant. Meanwhile, Jin is determined to find a way back to the present. --Tokyograph
|Reviewed by asugar2 on 24 December 2012|
|4. ||a well made dorama... [Rating: 10/10]|
unique idea, to bring modern medical type of dorama into edo (17th century time) setting. but, yet it doesn't only focus on the medical side, there was a very strong "drama of human relation" in this film.. (I can't express it very well in english)
there was also a bit of political (edo's era type) side.
So my conclusion are :
I feel very excited when I watching this drama, it's strongly draws my emotianal, when the scene is happy I fell very happy, when it's supposed to be sad I was very touched... It's quite "heavy" type of drama which suite me best... 9,5 from me
|Reviewed by Steve on 18 May 2010|
|5. ||Jin, is not to be missed! [Rating: 10/10]|
I've always been a fan of movies and dramas that involve time travel. Something about going back to the past or into the future to try and change your fate for the better is so appealing, so I was instantly drawn to this drama. The cast and the acting and production values seem higher in this drama than ones I've seen in the past. From the 1st episode you're drawn in and want to see the next episode... that's pretty much my basic criteria with JDorama's - they have to make you want to watch the next episode badly.... this one will make you feel this way! Great drama!
|Reviewed by Spider on 25 April 2010|
|6. ||Uniquely wonderful [Rating: 9/10]|
Though at times it seems a bit absurd and out there it really is a wonderful drama on so many levels. The cast is terrific. A lot of familiar faces are present in this drama. The drama takes place both in the Edo period and present and deals with Medicine, Time and Space theory, Love, Friendship, Politics and more. I do not care for medicine based Dr. drama's but this is different. I really enjoyed it so if you are like me and not a huge fan of Doctor shows don't let that fact alone keep you away from this interesting and entertaining drama.
|Reviewed by MonsterZero65 on 11 September 2010|
|7. ||Not so Bad! [Rating: 7/10]|
I found it difficult to get into this drama right away, because the science fiction was not convincing in the least. Over time, slowly, the characters started to win me over and by the end I was enjoying the whole JIN experience. I didn't mind the ridiculous operations and invention of Penicillin and rubber, since the characters were so thoroughly convincing ain each of their roles. I have to say, Ayase as Saki and Uchino as Ryoma really stuck out.
|Reviewed by Wynter on 23 July 2012|
|8. ||Good drama, waiting for JIN2 [Rating: 10/10]|
An interesting story about time-slip, waiting for JIN2 to see the final
|Reviewed by Milano on 12 July 2011|
|9. ||medical & history [Rating: 9/10]|
unique combination between medical and historical dorama
|Reviewed by ester_grace on 7 December 2010|
|Comments From Users (62)|
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|1. ||Comments by occultangle [Rating: 10/10]|
I had a strong intention to dislike this drama going in. I had heard so much raving about it, and it all went something like this; "OMG it's about a doctor... WHO GOES BACK IN TIME!!! AWESOME!!!." I wondered at times if I weren't the only sane person in the world who realized that this idea was cheesy as hell. So I watched specifically with the intention of laughing at it, I wanted to come on here and say; "OMG this would have been so much better if it was about a veterinarian...who went back in time!!! AND SAVED THE DINOSAURS!!! The climax would have him MacGyvering some rocks and sticks together to stop the impending meteor!!!."
But the problem is that this show pretty much is as good as everybody was saying. The idea really is cheesy, but as a history lover, something about viewing history through the eyes of someone who has the same point of view that you would have brings it to life, and makes it feel personal, and in a silly way actually more believable than a typical period piece with actors coldly portraying strange behavior that you can't relate to.
It actually got me as soon as I saw the opening credits, where they juxtaposed historical photographs of Japan with what it looks like now, while playing beautiful traditional Japanese sounding music played by a large modern orchestra. I knew then that I had lost my little feud with this drama, and that everybody else was right.
|2. ||Comments by SayaOtonashi [Rating: 7/10]|
The story begins quite excitingly, with all the time travel thing and the main character adaptation to the Edo era where he has been sent. The story afterwards moves between a love story and a medical dorama, with an interesting point of view about "what to do with the XXI century knowledge at the end of the Edo period", feeling a bit like a God. I liked more the historical and cultural details (the cholera, the "Red District" and prostitute's life, and son on) rather than the love story, but unfortunately by the end of the show everything just focused on the love story. About the medical details, the way they are accepted is so unbelievable and exciting at the same time. I knew the second season was being aired in Japan by the time I was watching it so I didn't expect the time travel thing to be explained, although I was expecting a little hint or something. Overall this dorama reminded me to "Doomsday Book" written by Connie Willis, and to "Glass Rose" (PS2 videogame). I also like stories about how everything would have been if things had happened differently in the past (just like in "Years of rice and salt" by Kim Stanley Robinson). I must say Nakatani Miki did a wonderful job as Nokaze and Miki; I was totally impressed with her work. Not the best dorama ever, very unbelievable in many ways, but very, very engaging and entertaining at the same time.
|3. ||Comments by pinkokoro [Rating: 8/10]|
Watched ep1-9 and it has been very entertaining and memorable. About a brainsurgeon who find himself back in the edo period. Watch the operations he carried out in the edo period with expertise of the future. Some historical figure made an appearance, such as the famous Sakamoto Ryoma portayed very uniquely and originally by Uchino Masaki. Am quite surprise that Osawa Takao make it back to the dorama industry. Ayase Haruka did surprisingly good. Though Koide Keisuke didn't really left an impression. Once an episode ends, there's this impatient urge for more.
finished watching. I initially gave this 9, but now it's 8. Ending is very important as it'll seal the drama (though there'll probably be a second season who knows and since the original manga is yet to be completed) and be a determinant of how you'd feel about a drama. The open end didn't bother me a bit maybe because I'm aware of the yet to be concluded manga it is based on. But the slow last episode does bother me since the earlier ones had been a great watch. It fails my expectation.
that said, overall it is a nice and good drama, and arguably one of the best and most interesting concept of the season (though my fav of this season is obviously a drama sequel; liar game 2)
Give this a watch. It's very nice.
|4. ||Comments by Susan [Rating: 10/10]|
This drama came out of nowhere for me. I never planned on watching it and I had low expectations when I started it. But from episode 1 I was hooked! Mostly it was due to Osawa Takao as Minakata Jin. He has this ability to make you feel like he's your best friend, and so I really cared about what was going to happen to Jin and the people around him. Uchino Masaaki as Sakamoto Ryoma, however, came out from behind as my favorite character overall. He was funny, energetic, silly, and tough, all rolled into one very expressive package. Of course, Ayase Haruka lives up to her reputation as one of Japan's most popular actresses right now. She was adorable and passionate and I truly rooted for her. Nakatani Miki was elegant throughout the entire series, even as the bright, cheery Tomonaga Miki in the future. There have been some great dramas this year, and I definitely have to rate JIN in my top 3.
|5. ||Comments by Jeanxi [Rating: 9/10]|
A drama with an interesting premise and a plotline that generally keeps moving along. That's not to say that this drama doesn't have any slow moments; in fact, the conversations between Jin Sensei and Saki can sometimes be painfully slow. In addition, this drama can also lean towards melodramatic at times (way too much crying, anyone?). Still, the cast, particularly the leads and the older generation actors, was excellent, and the music definitely helped to put the audience in the mood of the drama. Surprisingly, I also liked the open ended ending, which, IMO, allows the audience to decide for themselves what happened in the end. Then, of course, I hear that there's going to be a sequel, which I am afraid may be the downfall of the drama ^^"' (I have never seen an excellent j-drama sequel ever. Kyumei Byoto 2 and 3 may be the closest thing...)
|6. ||Comments by EstherM [Rating: 8/10]|
Almost a nine! ItLs not that original though - itLs like Life on Mars - only doctors instead of cops and Edo instead of Manchester in 1973. Sometimes a bit too melodramatic for my taste, plus when somebody did something heroic (this drama assumes that people acted more noble in the past and would say stuff like "I would die in this fire to save Edo"), the dialogues were painfully corny. Most main characters were thankfully spared and were portrayed in nuanced way. It was also refreshing to see that the female characters in Edo were intelligent, strong and more independent (not physically free, but in their thinking) than in any average drama playing in the now. Osawa Takao - I am not a fan - turned out to be particularly charming, a hero with flaws.
|7. ||Comments by Lucian Dureau [Rating: 9/10]|
The Edo period wasn't only samurais and geishas. Thanks to this drama you will see with another eyes another Edo, quite far from the Chambara films and nearer to the Yoji Yamada movies.
All of this dorama is excellent, but the cast is really awesome, since Sekachuu I haven't watched a great performance of Haruka Ayase like in this one, and what can I say about Masaaki Uchino in the role of Sakamoto Ryoma?, it was an authentic revolution in Japan, it was like Ryoma spirit reborn around the country. About the background story of the doctor from the future is quite interesting as well. It's impossible not being so interested in every episode. Undoubtedly one of the best doramas I have ever watched.
|8. ||Comments by Sorata [Rating: 9/10]|
I was really surprised with JIN, i never thought i could enjoy a medical dorama as much as i enjoyed this one.
The whole return to the past and using the 21st century medical knowledge on Edo was really awesome, how he cured cholera and teach Peninciln to the peolple of Edo, everything was really cool.
The acting was top notch, specially from the male cast: Osawa Takao(Jin) and Uchino Masaaki(Ryoma), they were really the stars of this dorama.
Nakatani Miki(Nokaze), Takeda Tetsuya(Ogata) and Hayase Haruka(Saki) were good too, but their characters had much less depth than Jin and RyomaLs characters.
I donLt know if this is going to have a second season but i really hope so :).
|9. ||Comments by snow_san [Rating: 4/10]|
Starts off great ~ some touching episodes. From mid on same episodes over~drags ~dare I say~ at times boring. Too often over dramatic & characters are too one dimensional (same personality throughout). Osawa Takao's expression is tiring&gets old. Final episode determines C or F grade.
Final episode drags. It's a bit longer with flashbacks from earlier episodes but that's fine.
Not great nor good. Nor enough for a passing grade. Final grade is a F. Hints~looks like a season 2. Scene with the yuki falling was beautiful.
|10. ||Comments by Nermal [Rating: 9/10]|
In all sincerity, I give this a 9.5... wanting to give it a 10 but just can't.
This drama proved out to be THE gem of this season. No one was expecting much out of it, yet it kept everyone watching it every week. I know it did for me and all my friends here.
A very good cast, a great story development, charming characters. Aside from that creepy baby in a jar, this was just truly a beautiful drama to watch. The soundtrack is also excellent.
2 thumbs up! I TOTALLY and COMPLETELY recommend this drama.
|11. ||Comments by takunbabe92 [Rating: 10/10]|
"omoshiroi!" (INTERESTING in Japanese) That was my reaction when I watched this drama. Who would be able to think of an idea of a doctor in the 21st century and Edo period. I felt that the concept, the plot, and historical accuracy was all great throughout this drama. I highly recommend this. However, it may be difficult to understand some concepts if you do not know the history of the Edo period.
|12. ||Comments by tachan [Rating: 9/10]|
I just wish they would have explained everything (I heard a season 2 has been confirmed(!)). This is my favorite medical drama. The beginning is better, but it's still interesting throughout. It's about a doctor that time travels back to before modern medicine. It's fascinating how he has the "re-invent" IVs using poles and perform operations with hammers....
|13. ||Comments by WhiteHawk [Rating: 10/10]|
Excellent series, amazing sets and cinematography. Ayase Haruka (who I had first seen in Hotaru no Hikari and later in Mr. Brain) puts in a great performance. She just gets better with every production. Osawa Takao is great as the time-lost doctor, and Uchino Masaaki is masterfully entertaining as the historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma. Definitely one not to miss.
|14. ||Comments by jetlagged [Rating: 8/10]|
WOW, this movie is so over the top, completely unbelievable, but hey it's a drama, it's not meant to be real. what made it over the top was the medical methods employed during the series. but that's okay, i'm not going to take anything away from it. i'm thinking of checking out the second season, they said it's better than the first.
|15. ||Comments by Mabelka [Rating: 10/10]|
My first Jidaigeki drama. When I first read about plot in this drama I wasn't interested at all but everyone was saying it's so great so I tried it and was really amazed. Never expected to find this so entertaining. Cast is great and all characters are so expressive, full of life and easy to believe in.
|16. ||Comments by dokaben [Rating: ?/10]|
This will probably appeal to different people for various reasons. I liked the science angle, how modern knowledge meshed with old technology. It's a great medical drama and there are also the romance, history, and time travel themes. Excellent overall.
|17. ||Comments by Chrolo [Rating: 8/10]|
I'm not finished yet it is a really good drama which is really atmospheric and for a doctor-series really catchy (normally I'm not watching something like this, but I'm glad I have now).
Though I really don't like Nakatani Miki ^^"
|18. ||Comments by xerith [Rating: 9/10]|
Very nice drama. MISIA's ending theme song is also very nice. Too bad there wasn't a probably ending and I believe most viewers feel a bit cheated unless there is going to be a special / movie to tie up the loose ends.
|19. ||Comments by strawberryfzz [Rating: 9/10]|
Top quality drama that is hard to come by nowadays. The ending kinda leaves you hanging but that's more reason to anticipate a sequel! Definitely a must see even if you're not a fan of period pieces or medical dramas.
|20. ||Comments by docalion [Rating: 10/10]|
Certainly a good drama!! All the actors are great! The combination of fiction with historical segments is really convincing. This is very watchable and super recommendable. Very mature and professional work of art.
|21. ||Comments by Sun_Shang_Xiang [Rating: 9/10]|
Highly engaging historical fantasy/medical drama, it was quite difficult to recognize some actors like Koide Keisuke in Geki Jidai outfits. Great performances from Osawa Takao and Ayase Haruka. Highly recommended.
|22. ||Comments by Spider [Rating: 10/10]|
Great Dorama that really draws you in and makes you route for the hero to succeed. If you could go back in time and change your future for the better, why wouldn't you route for him! Really satisfying drama!
|23. ||Comments by xploring [Rating: 7/10]|
The acting overall was of a high quality, especially Nakatani Miki's, but it felt slow and overly dramatic at times. I wasn't taken with some of the changes they made to the original manga either.
|24. ||Comments by moeru_h [Rating: 10/10]|
This became an instant favorite of mine because my 2 favorite genres are all here. Where else can you watch a medical and historical drama in one show? This is just amazing.
|25. ||Comments by katsup [Rating: 10/10]|
I always thoght I would hate jidaieki shows, but I completely fell in love with Jin. It's heartwarming, exciting, and interesting at the same time! Loved Ayase Haruka.
|26. ||Comments by bmwracer [Rating: 8/10]|
8.5/10... Good, solid drama with fine performances from the entire cast... There's quite a bit of crying in the drama, but none of it the pathetic kind, so it's okay.
|27. ||Comments by gaston [Rating: 9/10]|
Was a really good drama, but in the end they didn't tie up any of the plot holes. If it just ended cleanly rather than leave plot holes, it would've been perfect.
|28. ||Comments by Gork [Rating: 8/10]|
very interesting/unique plot but could've been more satisfying at the end! they need to explain more about the fetus!!! lol >.< i hate open endings like that...
|29. ||Comments by Jackykero [Rating: 8/10]|
Good story, good actors. Outside of a Taiga dorama, it is hard to find one situated in the ancient Japan, so this one was a great way to see one.
|30. ||Comments by desert-raven [Rating: 9/10]|
Overall, a great story with very strong characters, couldn't stop watching. Not many dramas affect me that way, this was definitely a favorite.
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|Users who voted for this drama (23)|
I had a strong intention to dislike this drama going in. I had heard so much raving about it, and it all went something like this; "OMG it's about a doctor... WHO GOES BACK IN TIME!!! AWESOME!!!." I wondered at times if I weren't the only sane person in the world who realized that this idea was cheesy as hell. So I watched specifically with the intention of laughing at it, I wanted to come on here and say; "OMG this would have been so much better if it was about a veterinarian...who went back in time!!! AND SAVED THE DINOSAURS!!! The climax would have him MacGyvering some rocks and sticks together to stop the impending meteor!!!." But the problem is that this show pretty much is as good as everybody was saying. The idea really is cheesy, but as a history lover, something about viewing history through the eyes of someone who has the same point of view that you would have brings it to life, and makes it feel personal, and in a silly way actually more believable than a typical period piece with actors coldly portraying strange behavior that you can't relate to. It actually got me as soon as I saw the opening credits, where they juxtaposed historical photographs of Japan with what it looks like now, while playing beautiful traditional Japanese sounding music played by a large modern orchestra. I knew then that I had lost my little feud with this drama, and that everybody else was right.
Nice blend of fiction, history and medicine. You wont have this one every season. It surely shows how creative the writers of this drama. With a very high rating, esp. its last ep, this one is truly a must watch.
I did not think this show was going to be that good, and I watched it because the initial ratings were high. But I was completely blown away! This show is absolutely fantastic.
This show is fantastic!! I love it..I love the casts, love the plots n even the ending. Hopefully there will be continuation of this series.
Arguable the greatest drama of the decade! Romance, action, intrigue, comedy, and all around great storytelling, acting, and directing!
Great drama with a strong cast and acting. high production values and compelling and touching story!
Great HeartWarming drama that will make you laugh and cry!
Best medical x time travel drama with perfect cast.
I'm still watching it, but so far so good... =)
Amazing show!! I am hooked! This is my cocaine!
Very good plot and actors.
This has a great plot!
Great drama to watch!
a well made dorama..
|23. ||Lucian Dureau||