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Dear Doctor

Dia dokuta
Japan 2009, 127’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Miwa Nishikawa
screenplay: Miwa Nishikawa
cinematography: Katsumi Yanagijima
editing: Ryuji Miyajima
music: More Rhythm
cast: surubei Shofukutei, Eita, Kimiko Yo, Yutaka Matsushige, Ryo Iwamatsu, Takashi Sasano, Haruka Igawa, Ryota Mizushima, Midoriko Kimura
producer: Etsuhiro Kato
production: Bandai Visual Company, Denner Systems, Dentsu, Eisei Gekijo, Engine Film, TV Man Union, Yahoo Japan
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Japanese Academy Awards 2010 – Best Screenplay, Supporting Actress; Blue Ribbon Awards 2010 – Best Director, Actor, Supporting Actor; Hochi Film Awards 2009 – Best Director, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress; Kinema Junpo Awards 2010 – Best Film, Screenplay, Actor, Readers’ Choice Award; Mainichi Film Concours 2010 – Best Supporting Actress; Nikkan Sports Film Awards 2009 - Best Film, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress; Yokohama FF 2010 – Best Film, Screenplay, Cinematography, Supporting Actor

Film description

Japanese countryside, a small town surrounded by fields. Medicine student Keisuke arrives for an internship with a local doctor, carried by his youthful optimism and the faith in medical calling, which he doesn't feel in the huge city hospitals. His enthusiasm may be naive, but in the village he really does find a doctor devoted to his patients, who understands the difficult relationship between body and psyche. Yet, his work is more difficult and tiresome than Keisuke imagined. Especially when it comes to more complicated procedures, which the old gentleman seems to have difficulties with. It all gets even more complicated when, one day, the doctor disappears without trace, and the investigation brings more questions than answers.

The dynamic story, filled with humorous accents, at first glance is a warm comedy about a city man observing the provincial reality with delight and surprise. The investigation led by two police officers, though, takes the film to a different level and complicates the narration, revealing information which can change our view of the situation, and raisin the subjects of medical responsibility, the relativity of truth and lies, and the consequences of acting against the rules, though in good faith. The brilliant script is accompanied by beautiful cinematography and a jazzy soundtrack by More Rhythm.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Miwa Nishikawa


2003 Hebi ichigo / Wild Berries
2005 Fiimeiru / Female ("Megami no kakato")
2006 Kołysanie / Yureru / Sway
2006 Yume ju-ya / Ten Nights of Dreams ("The Ninth Dream")
2009 Drogi doktorze / Dia dokuta / Dear Doctor (2009)
2012 Marzenia na sprzedaż / Yume uru futari / Dreams for Sale

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