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Description: The drama is inspired by a true story and portrays the hard struggles of a 37-year-old man who decided to quit his job as a salaryman at a food company and is now working as a medical intern at a university hospital.
First Impressions: 37-sai de Isha ni Natta Boku
I always love watching Japanese medical dramas since I have yet to be disappointed. Code Blue and IRYU left a lasting good impression on me. Unlike other medical dramas, who try to inject the not-needed love angle, most Japanese medical dramas are centered on the main topic~ saving lives. No frills of those awful family drama-rama or mushy love triangles.
Anyway, 37-sai… (For short,for obvious reasons) is more centered on the life of Konno’s adjustments to his new life, the life of the new residents who are years younger than him, and well- hospital politics. The first scene caught me with Konno?s line: "there’s an appropriate age for everything". It’s true, someone who is on the verge of having a midlife crisis won’t think of becoming a doctor. Becoming a doctor does not only take years to finish, but it can be physically, mentally, and emotionally grueling. A man, who should have started his own family, doesn’t seem to have the liberty to take care of other people.
But that is what Konno did, he said he wanted to change himself; thus, he did something extraordinary like becoming a doctor. Being the oldest, older than his medical adviser, makes him stand-out. He likes to communicate with patients rather than do what must be done.
Moreover, he voice-out his opinions even though it would look like he is crossing his superiors. A big deal in a hospital that seem to be traditional. The TOP has the last say and those who think so otherwise are better to be OUT.
Nevertheless, Konno’s ideals are sort-of iron-clad. They can’t be twisted or broken. Or it will be all like when he was still a mere employee, he has to do what he was told because he is inferior. Konno’s ideals may seem out-of-place in medical field, it can be viewed as reckless and rebellious, which can be a deterrent to patient?s life and death. However, it’s also because of his ideals that make patients trust him more. After all, a good patient and doctor relationship is therapeutic for the successes of patient’s care.
37-sai is off to a good start. Lots of conflicts has been established, which will eventually lead to various plots for each episode. Don’t expect "House, MD" cases here, medical cases tend to be simpler but challenging enough to bring out the best among Konno and his fellow residents. This is a story about beginning, a point where you’re still trying grasp at everything, where your mind is still open to all possibilities, and where you?re still trying to discover who or what you really want to be.
This is the first drama of Tsuyopon that I’ve watched, I won’t be making comparisons to KimuTaku but I recommend this to everyone who?s into medical dramas and those who are starting all over again..