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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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 »

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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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Worth to watch for those who liked Death Note!
5 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

I recently watched the popular anime serial Death Note. In search for a similar dark and gritty tale of power and deceit, I stumbled upon this little pearl. Like Death Note it's an epic train ride of plot twists and philosophical visions on the worth of human life.

It is about the young surgeon Dr. Tenma who finds himself in an awkward situation. Will he continue the operation on a little boy with a gun wound in the head, or will he save the mayor of the city, and also benefactor of his hospital, from the effects of a stroke? In all his fairness he makes the choice to save the boy. It is the beginning of a tremendous tragedy; his boss and father-in-law doesn't want him anymore, his wife dumps him, colleagues despise him, and he becomes the scapegoat for the hospital. And then something odd happens. The little boy and his twin sister disappear and all the people who meant to do harm are killed. Though everything points at Dr Tenma's direction, there is not enough evidence for prosecution. And from that point on starts the story of Dr Tenma's quest to find out what happened and who was behind the killings. He stumbles upon a terrifying discovery that will alter his life tremendously.

I like this cleverly written show for its addictive storyline and emotionally tense scenes. You must be willing to accept the many ''fillers'' - episodes with as only goal to lengthen the story - but it's well worth too watch through them. Those of you who liked Death Note, please give this less famous show a try. In some ways I think Monster even surpasses Death Note by its themes and dark vision on humanity.


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