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Dr. Koto Shinryojo [Dr.コトー診療所]


Drama Details
Title:Dr. Koto Shinryojo
Dr. Koto's Clinic
Telecast:2003-07-03 to 2003-09-11
Season:Summer 2003

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes
2 Specials

After making a serious mistake in his work in Tokyo, talented surgeon Goto Kensuke is invited to take charge of the only clinic on the small island of Yonaguni, Okinawa. It is difficult to get competent doctors to serve on this remote island, and the islanders are now used to traveling for hours via boat for proper medical care. Despite seeming weak and unreliable (he gets very seasick, and does not have a driving license), Dr. Goto wins over the skeptical islanders with his skill and dedication. Some children of the island make a flag for his clinic, but get his name wrong. Thereafter he is known by all as Koto.
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (2)
1. Gin no Ryuu no se ni Notte 銀の龍の背に乗って [Nakajima Miyuki 中島みゆき]
2. Omoide Dake de ha Tsura Sugiru 思い出だけではつらすぎる [Shibasaki Kou 柴咲コウ]

Actor/Actress Cast (34)
Yoshioka Hidetaka
Goto "Dr. Koto" Kensuke
五島健助 (33)
Shibasaki Kou
Hoshino Ayaka
星野彩佳 (25)
Tokito Saburo
Hara Taketoshi
原剛利 (42)
Otsuka Nene
Nishiyama Mariko
西山茉莉子 (33)
Ishida Yuriko
Harasawa Saki
原沢 咲 (30)
Sengoku Noriko
Uchi Tsuruko
内つる子 (85)
Izumiya Shigeru
Andou Shigeo
安藤重雄 (55)
Kakei Toshio
Wada Kasunori
和田一範 (38)
Kobayashi Kaoru
Hoshino Shouichi
星野正一 (55)
Omori Nao
Sakano Takashi
Asaka Mayumi
Hoshino Akiyo
Morikami Chie
Yamashita Michiko
Haruyama Mikisuke
Yamashita Kunio
Imafuku Masao
Yamashita Akio
Ohgo Suzuka
Nakamura Shuko
Takahashi Fumiko
Yamashita Harue
Matsumoto Rina
Yamashita Momoko
Shioya Shun
Hashiguchi Shun
Yamanishi Atsushi
Motoki Wataru
Yatsu Isao
Iwao Ji
Kunimura Jun
Uchi Makoto (epi 2)
Sakurai Sachiko
Sakano Yukari (ep 2-3)
Nakane Toru
Komura (ep 3)
Kimura Yoshino
Ashida Yuki (ep 4, 5)
Ryu Raita
Ashida Ryuichiro (epi 4, 5)
Izawa Ken
Abe Junichi (epi 4, 5)
Shirakawa Kazuko
Abe Hiroko (epi 4, 5)
Kamiki Ryunosuke
Sugimoto Ryuichi (epi 5-7)
Ito Ayumi
Ando Rika (epi 7)
Kashiwabara Shuji
Furukawa Toru (epi 7)
Tsuda Kanji
Kenji (epi 9, 10)
Asami Reina
Yoshiko (epi 9, 10)
Yamazaki Shigenori
Mikami Shinichi (epi 10, 11)
Owada Shinya
Okumura Shiro (epi 11 & SP1)

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Drama Reviews (8)
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1. Perfect for the Optimists [Rating: 10/10]
I now consider this the best drama I've seen ever! No matter how many times I see it, I always get teary-eyed and touched by the good-naturedness of the characters. Call me old-fashioned but I find nothing wrong with this kind of worldview. Though, I doubt if anyone's as noble as Dr. Koto (he's just too kind and pure!)

As for the actors, I just love Yoshioka Hidetaka! He's amazing! I discovered this drama while looking for Sakai Masato dramas (only to find out later that he only showed up in the 2nd season). But with just the first ep. of Dr. Koto, i fell in love with him (Dr. Koto) in an instant! Some actors were just as convincing like Izumiya Shigeru (Shige), Sengoku Noriko (Uchi), and of course, Kakei Toshio (Wada). Even Tomioka Ryo (Takehiro) did amazingly well!

And who can forget about the OST! It's just perfect. I love the instrumental versions of Gin no Ryuu no Sei ni Notte and Omoide Dake dewa Tsura Sugiru. One of the best drama OSTs I've heard.

This drama isn't getting that much attention b/c the actors here are not the usual "idols", except maybe for Shibasaki Kou. And the story isn't the usual "love story" either. But I'm glad it was well received in Japan.
Reviewed by moeru_h on 3 September 2008
2. �n�����@�����@�������@���������I�I�I [Rating: 10/10]
�h was recommended this drama and what a surprise it turned out to be. This was one of the highest rated dramas of 2003, and there's plenty of reason to support that. It's a touching drama about a doctor and the people on the island. It really touches on the subject of human nature, friendship, bonds, and trust.�@�@�`���@�����������@�h thought it was going to be a slow and dull drama, but after watching the first 10 minutes of it, I totally got into the whole set up of things. The characters are so powerful and the music is great. I love watching dramas that you can really get yourself into, and this is definitely one of those.
Reviewed by Hiro Toyo on 16 March 2004
3. Very Very Average [Rating: 7/10]
This was a very average drama. The story was quite normal: a doctor makes a mistake (which wasn't his fault at all), and as a result he runs to a remote island to "start" over. On the island he has to win over the hearts of the locals by doing a surgery every episode through which he manages to save every secondary character.

The plot was a bit fantastical. Most of the surgeries would have been impossible to do given the circumstances, and things went just a little too perfectly. Some events could have been heartwarming, but the incredulous quality of the event took away from the emotions.

The reason I'm giving this drama a rating of 7 is because I love the ending Theme Song, and also because I was completely captivated by Yoshioka Hidetaka. I've watched him in Kita no Kuni Kura, where he was just a boy of ten, and without knowing he was the one playing Dr. Koto, I recognized him right away. I also love Shibasaki Kou, which may also explain my rating, but also because the drama wasn't BAD, just not great.
Reviewed by Wynter on 6 July 2009
4. Great drama on dedication and compassion... [Rating: 10/10]
I thought this was an excellent drama indeed. Not many mainstream stars in this show except Shibasaki Kou but there many pretty ladies anyway :P
This drama tells the tale of Dr Koto coming to an island to work only to find that the entire community doesn't trust him. He slowly but surely wins them over through his dedication and sincerity to the medical profession, as well as his affiable character which allows to relate to the people with ease. This has really nice drama theme based on compassion for others and understanding the true meaning of being a doctor. A light hearted drama overall, but gets a bit serious toward the end.
The theme song for this drama is also excellent. It really got me hooked onto it... Highly recommended!~~
Reviewed by DragonSpirit164 on 9 August 2004
5. ALLRIGHT, could have been very godd [Rating: 6/10]
I like the way the set the doctor up on the isolated island having to help people that really didn't trust modern medicine. They had some very good plots for the different episodes, like when the kid got sick and the doctor had to do the surgery. But, the young guy that played the doctor was pretty pathetic. His reaction to every obstacle was to almost threw up. His character in real life would never get a patient anywhere on earth. I would rather do the surgery on myself and take my chances. The nurses in the show had more balls than this guy
Reviewed by warren.mcclendon on 20 October 2003
6. Nice Drama [Rating: 8/10]
Dr. Koto is a kind hearted doctor who's goodness supercedes his ambitions. In a day and age when most of the young adults move on to the city or larger towns, small village doctors are needed especially in remote islands. The main character is a well known actor famous from Kita no Kuni Kara and he looks the same. Definitely not a drama for those seeking trendy love dramas since this is for an older crowd who likes stories about family and old folks.
Reviewed by moku999 on 11 November 2003
7. One of my favourites... [Rating: 10/10]
I really don't get how this drama got worse ratings than a ten! :3
I'm in love with this drama - I only watched it at first because Kakei Toshiro and Tokita Saburo (two of my favourite actors) were in it, but I fell in love with the simple(?) storyline and the setting...
Reviewed by vash_donutangel on 26 February 2004
8. a little too exaggerating [Rating: 8/10]
it's overall not too bad, at least something different, a clinic doctor, not a uni prof or something like tat which we commonly see in other medical-drama.
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 27 December 2004

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1. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 10/10]
What an amazing dorama.... Really... first of all i hate medical shows.... doesnt matter if its like those sitcoms like E.R., Scrubs, House. Those "reality" shows 'bout plastic surgery... Nways I REALLY HATE MEDICAL SHOWS!!!

But Dr Koto - Shinryousho is wonderful... Its so touching!!! Heart warming!!! The plot and the casting r perfect... BtW.. i've seen that some ppl didnt like the main char. IMO he was the best... the writter really come with something different when they created the Koto's Char....

Nways... from making someone who trully hates medical shows to love a medical dorama.... Dr Koto has to get a perfect score.
2. Comments by masnita [Rating: 8/10]
Just finished watching this drama recently...thought it would be just like any other doctor dramas I've watched before..but I was wrong...first..the scenery are really beautiful..the actors and actresses are all really talented (especially those playing parts of the villagers) and the kids are soo talented too...a very nice drama indeed. Must watched for those who like dramas about human relationship and compassion.
3. Comments by Susan [Rating: 10/10]
Dr. Koto's clinic is definitely one of the best series of all time. It impresses not only in the accuracy and realism of surgical procedures, but also in it's heart-warming stories. From the very beginning it was clear that there would a lot of smiles and a lot of tears. The entire case was amazing and the staff did a fantastic job. I look forward to being able to see the special and second series in the near future.
4. Comments by yume [Rating: 4/10]
It's too slow. There's just something about it that doesn't make me care about any of the characters. The doctor's character is so soft that I wanted to slap him around sometimes and say PULL IT TOGETHER, MAN! The only lively thing in the show was the old woman and the pissed off nurse. Other than that, the story doesn't stand out as an original accomplishment.
5. Comments by DragonSpirit164 [Rating: 10/10]
I thought this was an excellent drama indeed. This drama tells the tale of Dr Koto coming to an island to work only to find that the entire community doesn't trust him. He slowly but surely wins them over through his dedication and sincerity. The theme song for this drama is also excellent. It really got me hooked onto it... Highly recommended!~~
6. Comments by sasukekun6 [Rating: 10/10]
Absolutely fantastic drama! The characters are very realistic and I really love the actors. Most of them I'd never even heard of. Yoshioka did a fantastic job as Dr. Koto!!! And holy whoa I love Tokito's Hara!! It's a very sweet drama and you'll need a box of tissues for sure. Looking forward to watching season 2 ;D
7. Comments by warren.mcclendon [Rating: 6/10]
Very good location The nurses are good. The Doctor is a joke. It is ruined by the main character. They use someone who is not as manly as Madonna and try make you believe he can do surgery and go out do manual labor with people who really look like they have been doing it their whole lives.
8. Comments by SushiMaki [Rating: 6/10]
I love watching foreign films especially when the story line is in the rural areas. I thought Hidetaka is too young to be a doctor, and I did not know he was a child actor (Kita no Kuni). And why does Kou like roles like this, grumpy and strange? How about a comedy for her?
9. Comments by atheon [Rating: 8/10]
Dec 2003: Beautiful drama with great scenery, quite simple drama, about a doctor in a small island which located far away from the main island. Shibasaki kou did a great job as a nurse, and hidetaka won best actor for this. Don't watch it if you love romance story.
10. Comments by paul_muaddib [Rating: 9/10]
Good, heartwarming drama.

Dont buy in too much about the negative reviews on this; people tend to have pre-conceptions on medical drama and expect them to behave as in Chicago Hope, ER, House MD, Grey's or any of the US-based med shows.
11. Comments by compaqmac321 [Rating: 9/10]
its good, the mystery that lays behind koto's real reason for being there is interesting i wanna know why he is really there...im annoyed by shibasaki kou's character, i hate tsundere's period...other than that, i guess its pretty good
12. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 10/10]
Great Show!!!! Really sensitive show depicting the plight of a young gentle docter assigned to a clinic on a remote island......The cast headed by Yoshioka Hidetaka as the young dr were great....I highly recommend this drama!!!!
13. Comments by Nightcall411 [Rating: 5/10]
Well Im still watching it but its not that bad I just got into Japanese Drama and so I like it its not that bad. (If anyone knows were Ican download the theme song to this show will U please IM me or email it to me . thanx
14. Comments by �t�H [Rating: 9/10]
Very good drama! Touching and although alot of the people says that the doctor is not manly enough and the nurse has much more courage, but I think that is a good doctor! Everyone should watch it! Highly recommended.
15. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 8/10]
Highest viewership of the season. Dr Koto is an entertaining dorama with a mixture of funny and moving moments. I wish they had developed the relationship a little bit more between the two leads. Worth watching�
16. Comments by onigiriman [Rating: 7/10]
So-so. I didn't see the first one, but I did watch the 2006 version. Someone should tell Yoshioka to cut his hair. He should have graduated from Kita no kuni kara by now.
17. Comments by shyper [Rating: 8/10]
Good drama and beautiful scenes. Make you feel like visiting the island too. I like Dr. Coto-san, Kou Shibasaki-san and Yuriko Ishida-san acting very much.
18. Comments by Wynter [Rating: 7/10]
This drama was very average with a blueprint storyline. However, I loved watching Yoshioka Hidetake on screen, and of course, Shibasaki Kou was fabulous.
19. Comments by Lady Zhuge [Rating: 7/10]
I was bored by the first couple of episodes, but then the drama grew on me thereafter 'til about the last two episodes. I love the ending theme song!
20. Comments by DJ [Rating: 9/10]
Very good drama about a doctor who escape his past by moving onto an remote island. Very exciting. Hard to stop once you start watching.
21. Comments by carie_akanishi [Rating: 7/10]
A good theme song, and nevertheless a really touching show. However, din have a lasting impression of the show or to urge to finish it
22. Comments by outlaws0025 [Rating: 8/10]
Nice dorama. Good connection between the actors and well written story. I wouldn't mind going to that island for a couple of weeks
23. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 7/10]
it was kinda slow at the beginning...but the story starts 2 build up later...every eps comes with new cases...nice beach...
24. Comments by Mali [Rating: 8/10]
The landscapes are wonderful. I didn't know there were such beautiful places still left in Japan. The story is not bad.
25. Comments by moeru_h [Rating: 10/10]
One of the best human dramas I've seen! Its simplicity truly captured my heart. I can't wait to see the 2nd season.
26. Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: 9/10]
watched 5/20/05, avail for trade! 7-VCD, CHINESE SUB
27. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10]
O.K. I'll watch just about anything thats set in Okinawa, but still, an entertaining drama.
28. Comments by biga816 [Rating: 8/10]
Nice drama. Would like to watch it again later. I saw it on the INternational Channel.
29. Comments by juliana_phang [Rating: 8/10]
Thought that this was a boring drama.. but I was wrong.. it's pretty interesting..
30. Comments by dira [Rating: 10/10]
watced this with my mom! we love it..about a doctor working in a village!! nice!

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Users who voted for this drama (9)
1. Char350
An absolutely beautiful drama. The story was heartwarming and well written, the cast had great chemistry, and the scenary on the island was absolutely gorgeous.
2. moeru_h
Can't get enough of this drama. I've seen it so many times but it can still make me cry.
3. jdoramafreaks
unique drama. very heartwarming...
4. Shiatama
It's just beautiful, great drama
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