A brilliant neurosurgeon living in Germany finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.
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Hidenobu Kiuchi ...
Mamiko Noto ...
 Anna Liebert / ... 33 episodes, 2004-2005
Tsutomu Isobe ...


Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a young but extremely talented neurosurgeon, lives his life working in a hospital in Germany. He is respected by his superiors for his incredible surgical skills, envied by his peers and he is engaged to the daughter of the hospital director. But one day his bright future changes when a little boy is brought in with a serious head injury, along with his twin sister, the aftermath of a family massacre. He is faced with a huge dilemma when his superior orders him to abort the boy's surgery and operate on the mayor instead, who was brought in much later. He decides that "all life is equal" and goes against his superiors to save the boy's life (who arrived first), which ultimately results in the mayor's death. The boy survives, leaving Tenma's career in ruins, his engagement to his fiancé broken. His downward spiral begins when one night, while he is out cold in a drunken stupor, the twins vanish from the hospital and Tenma's superiors - along with the hospital director -... Written by Playbahnosh

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Dr. Reichwein's files on patients (seen when he looks for Richard's) include files on "supposed" patients named Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders (as "Wilhelm E. Wenders"), Nastassja Kinski, Wolfgang Becker (as "Wolfgang Becker") and Bruno Ganz See more »


Toshio Iwai: I was really surprised when Mr. Tenma was marked as a suspect!
Inspector Lunge: You were surprised? Was it unexpected?
Toshio Iwai: It was beyond expectation, to think that he killed someone... To tell you the truth, I didn't think he could do such a thing. Although we only went out drinking about twice three years ago, he was not a bad person.
Inspector Lunge: If you say that he was not a bad person, does that make him a good person?
Toshio Iwai: A good person...? He was more of the type of person who didn't like to stand out.
Inspector Lunge: So a person who doesn't ...
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a medical - detective - crime drama
16 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a great series so far - I've watched up to episode 34 as of this posting. Just as the story seems to be getting slow, or losing direction, something sinister happens that pulls it all back together and on track.

The story revolves around Dr. Tenma, a genius Japanese neural surgeon living in Germany during the late 20th century. Its hard to say much else without ruining the subtle twists of the story that unfold through the series.

There is a lot of discovery in this series... lots of people doing detective work, including the viewer.

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