Dr. Koto's Clinic : 5 of 5
My pal Barron watches a lot more Japanese drama than I do, so his reviews really help me filter out what I should watch with my limited time. He went absolutely crazy for Dr. Koto's Clinic, so I had to watch it, and I just finished the whole series yesterday. When I started watching the first episode unfold, I was a little worried that the series was going to be too slow for me, since all the dramas I've watched previously have been much more goofy and romantic, but suddenly there was a dramatic appendectomy happening on a boat in the dark, and I knew I was hooked! The basic plot involves a talented doctor from Tokyo who moves to a remote island as the only doctor for a small community of people. Koto has to gain their trust, and he does so in the most gentle, caring way, making him one of the most fascinating and inspiring characters I can think of! All of the acting is wonderful, with actors ranging from old folks who truly seem crazy and children who can cry so convincingly. And speaking of crying, this is definitely an emotional drama! There are lots of other things to say about this great series, but to me its best quality is the way it communicates the value of living and what life is all about. Dr. Koto finds a way to persevere and enjoy his circumstances, and affects everyone around him not only by saving their lives on the operating table, but by demonstrating humble dignity and love. Dr. Koto's Clinic perfectly accentuated my thankful Thanksgiving mood!