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Dear Doctor

General info
Original title: Dear Doctor (ディア・ドクター)
Country: Japan
Year: 2009
Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.3 162 votes
Plot: Fresh out of med school, young physician Soma makes the two-hour trip from the city to a small village to assume his new post at a small clinic. In charge of the clinic is mild-mannered Doctor Ino, also an outsider, suddenly showed up at the village a few years back, and earned the trust of the residents with his kindness and dedication. Working beside Ino, the younger doctor begins to experience a sense of fulfilment he had never know in the big city. But one day Ino mysteriously disappears.
  • Miwa Nishikawa, the 35-year-old protégé of famed filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, based 'Dear Doctor' on her own novel, 'Kino no kamisama'.
  • Opening on 50 screens in July, this charming low-budgeter has drawn respectable arthouse biz (some $3 million so far).

  • [2010] 33rd Japan Academy Prize
    • «Screenplay of the Year» (Miwa Nishikawa)
    • «Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role» (Kimiko Yo)

  • [2010] Blue Ribbon Awards
    • «Best Director» (Miwa Nishikawa)
    • «Best Actor» (Tsurube Shofukutei)
    • «Best Supporting Actor» (Eita)

  • [2009] Hochi Film Awards
    • «Best Director» (Miwa Nishikawa)
    • «Best Supporting Actor» (Eita)
    • «Best Supporting Actress» (Kaoru Yachigusa)

  • [2010] Kinema Junpo Awards
    • «Best Film» (Miwa Nishikawa)
    • «Best Screenplay» (Miwa Nishikawa)
    • «Best Actor» (Tsurube Shofukutei)
    • «Readers' Choice Award (Best Film)» (Miwa Nishikawa)

  • [2010] Mainichi Film Concours
    • «Best Supporting Actress» (Kaoru Yachigusa)

  • [2010] Yokohama Film Festival
    • «Best Film»
    • «Best Screenplay» (Miwa Nishikawa)
    • «Best Cinematography» (Katsumi Yanagijima )
    • «Best Supporting Actor» (Yutaka Matsushige )

Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 127

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Tags: Dear Doctor, Dear Doctor, 2009, Japanese movies, Drama movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Dear Doctor
(overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews)
Twitch, by Chris MaGee source:
«The kindest compliment that I can give to "Dear Doctor" and to Nishikawa is that she has pulled off a perfect life-imitates-art scenario. In the same way that his patients and colleagues overlook Ino's obvious ineptitude because he calls himself a doctor, I believe that critics and audiences have embraced "Dear Doctor" simply because its mix of homespun nostalgia, often gorgeous cinematography, the casting of popular screen stars including celebrity rakugo storyteller Shôfukutei, and the impeccable artistic pedigree (at least up until now) of Nishikawa has dazzled people into unquestioningly accepting it as a great film. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but "Dear Doctor" is as good a film as Ino is a country physician.»
Variety, by RUSSELL EDWARDS source:
«Though the pic is performance-driven, helmer Nishikawa employs economical visuals to advance her drama. Maintaining dramatic tension with informative as well as picturesque long shots, or just focusing on evocative objects, Nishikawa's direction rivets the attention. HD lensing is a quality advance on the usual Nipponese indie standard.»
EYE WEEKLY, by TOM LOWERY - 3/5 source:
«This is a character-driven film that mixes superb dialogue with cinematography that suggests David Lean or early Barry Levinson. If you’ve ever gone for a routine checkup, you’ll relate to this movie.»
Japan Times, by MARK SCHILLING source:
«Miwa Nishikawa's take on this theme in her new film "Dear Doctor" departs brilliantly from the usual broad winking and rib poking. Not that she tut-tuts disapprovingly through her story of a fake doctor in a rural middle-of-nowhere, but she takes it seriously. Unlike the grifts that damage only bank balances and egos — phony medicine, she shows us, can kill.»

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Nishikawa, MiwaNISHIKAWA Miwa
SASAKI Antonio
Bandai Visual CompanyBandai Visual Company
Denner Systems
Eisei Gekijo Company
Engine Film


Shôfukutei, TsurubeSHÔFUKUTEI Tsurube
as Dr. Osamu Ino
as Keisuke Soma
Kagawa, TeruyukiKAGAWA Teruyuki
as Masayoshi Saimon
Igawa, HarukaIGAWA Haruka
as Ritsuko Torikai
Yo, KimikoYO Kimiko
as Akemi Ohtake
Yachigusa, KaoruYACHIGUSA Kaoru
as Kaduko Torikai
Iwamatsu, RyoIWAMATSU Ryo
Matsushige, YutakaMATSUSHIGE Yutaka
Nakamura, KanzaburoNAKAMURA Kanzaburo
as (as Kanzaburô Nakamura)
Sasano, TakashiSASANO Takashi

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