To be honest, I am not a lover for age gap love stories, but I did enjoy this one.
I understand for some people the age gap difference might be creepy or somehow a gold digger’s story, but Japanese women don’t really think of love and marriage that way. Some after reaching a certain age or losing hope in finding love for themselves. They end up searching for help with a professional matchmaker, or even peer pressure from their Parents.
The Drama ¨An incurable case of love¨ describes both situations: an age gap love and age gap love fighting over a matchmaking set up by parents.
In this case, the story starts with a young lady, Sakura Nanase , on a school trip to Tokyo. She visits the temple where the god of marriage hears your requests. Her goal is to avoid bad luck in men, like her family women before her.
If you are interested in it, it’s the Imado Temple, Tokyo. ( 1-5-22 Imado, Taito-ku, Tokyo https://imadojinja1063.crayonsite.net/ ).
As she walks out the temple, she sees an elder lady fall to the floor. While screaming for help, the “shining knight” comes along and his name is Kiari Tendo, a doctor at a local hospital. All the sudden Sakura believes Kiari is “the one” for his willingness to help and for his gentle smile.
Fast Forward, that event alone makes her life decision easier to make. If Kiari is a doctor, she would become a nurse to work with him and maybe have her fortune in love with him.
When she achieves to become a top student at the nursing school, She goes to work at the same hospital as Dr.Tendo. However, He has changed and lost his smile, and treats her a little cold, in spite of always watching her movements and checking her work which brings a more friendly and social vibe between doctors and patients. By talking to the patients, she discovers a lot of issues in the patient’s personal choices that resulted in their illness. I believe this to be a representation of what the Japanese hospitals need more, and that is a more personal approach , because sometimes it’s just tea from an uncontrolled source that triggers a sickness we never had.
Did you know ?
In Japan, the grading system from A to F, it’s a practice in health checks and when you reach a certain age, it will be possible to get an automatic D score. The reason for that is when you age after 35 years old , you have more probabilities to get diseases like diabetes and heart issues.
Then again Doctors can also behave like divas when they dont get breakfast, as you will see in Episode 2. It’s funny how annoying they get!
One of the messages the drama carries is to enjoy your minutes of good health to be with loved ones and say what you need to say before it’s too late, Because at any time people can get sick or experience an accident that can lead to complications. And your regrets may delay taking risks that can trigger a late response to the health issue. and that delay will cause emotional distress to the doctors when they are unable to save you.
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Celebrities in the Jdrama :
Satoh Takeru plays the Kiari Tendo persona. Satoh is one of the most known and cherished actors in Japanese society by his roles in Kamen Rider and Rurounin Kenshin.
Takeru Satoh (佐藤 健, Satō Takeru) was born 21 March 1989, in Saitama. He is best known for his leading role as Ryotaro Nogami in the Kamen Rider Den-O franchise, and as Himura Kenshin ( Yes! the samurai one…) in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film and its sequels. I can tell I personally like the Rurouni Kenshin, and I can tell it’s just like the Anime version. It is reported that during the film he didn’t use any doubles to perform the stunts.
Mone Kamishiraishi plays the gentle Sakura Nanase persona.
Mone Kamishiraishi (上白石 萌音, Kamishiraishi Mone) was born 27 January 1998, Kagoshima, south of Japan. She is an award-winning Japanese singer and actress. She was born on January 27, 1998, in Kagoshima, Japan, and made her acting debut on stage, television, and in film in 2011. She can speak English and a little bit of Spanish.
Official Website : https://kamishiraishimone.com/