Good Doctor 2018 (Japanese Drama Review)


Good Doctor 2018 (Japanese Drama Review)

Good Doctor, Doroma poster

  • Genre: Medical, Hospital Drama, Pediatrics, Autism
  • Date Released: July 2018
  • Dorama: 10 Episodes (still to be confirmed)
  • Based on KDrama’s Good Doctor 2013


  • Kento Yamazaki as Minato Shindo
  • Juri Ueno as Natsumi Seto
  • Naohito Fujiki as Seiji Takayama
  • Akira Emoto as Akira Shiga
  • Shigeyuki Totsugi as Keisuke Mamiya
  • Yuri Nakamura as Michi Togo
  • Kenta Hamano as Taro Hashiguchi
  • Itsuji Itao as Ryunosuke Inoguchi

The story is about Minato Shindo who has autism with a savant syndrome.  Autism has something to do do with a mental disorder or disability.  But at the same time a savant syndrome sufferer usually excel in something far above average.

This is the case with Minato Shindo.  From a young age, he had wanted to become a doctor after witnessing and feeling helpless to save his brother from an accident that happened right before his eyes.

This drama is based on a Korean drama of the same title starring Joo Won released in 2013.  There is also an American version made in 2017.

Episode 1

Because the leading man, Kento Yamazaki is everywhere at the moment, he is on various films, he is on one after another television dramas and even guesting on television shows and doing CF (Commercial Film) or what we call ads in the west, some people are beginning to think that he is overhyped.

But on the contrary, Kento is a very versatile actor.  He can be so vulnerable, he can be arrogant, he can be strong and in this drama, he is absolutely adorably innocent and earnest at the same time.

So as soon as I saw this drama, I had to watch it because I know Kento will deliver good acting and I was right.

In addition in this drama, the other two main leads are a great favourite.

In episode one it introduces Minato Shindo.  He suffers from autism with savant syndrome.  When he was hospitalised a few years ago when he met an accident together with his older brother, who died from it, the attending doctor noticed Minato’s extraordinary memory of the human body.  Though he noticed as well that he has autism, he encouraged the boy to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.

The initial scene of the episodes shows Shindo hurrying to attend his first day at the hospital as a intern medical doctor.  But he saw an accident in which he save a boy from near death.

Poor Shindo was abused and bullied by most of the staff in the hospital for his mental condition.  They don’t trust his inability to communicate fluently as well as his innate shyness.

Thank goodness, Dr Natsume was more understanding and tried to protect Shindo as much as she can.

Episode 2

This episode is about a highschooler who gave birth prematurely.  She kept her pregnancy secret and never had any prenatal care.

When the baby was born it developed a necrotizing enterocolitis.  At first the hospital medics had decided that they would not operate on the baby; you get the feeling that part of the decision making was due to the fact that the mother was just a poor young girl who can look after a baby anyway.

Shindo, though shy, tried to overturn the controversial decision of non-operation.

In the end Dr Seiji Takayama, who at first bullied Shindo, performed the operation, much to the surprise and annoyance of the higher ups who wanted to dismiss Shindo from the hospital.

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