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Chîmu bachisuta no eikô (2008)

Toho university hospital has established an outstanding coronary surgery team under the leadership of a up and coming, star, U.S. trained surgeon (Kiji Kikkawa) that specializes in the ... See full synopsis »


Yoshihiro Nakamura


Takeru Kaido (novel), Mitsuharu Makita (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Yûko Takeuchi ... Kimiko Taguchi
Hiroshi Abe ... Keisuke Shiratori
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Seiichiro Kurosaki
Haruka Igawa ... Naomi Otomo
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi ... Ryo Narumi
Kôji Kikkawa Kôji Kikkawa ... Kyoichi Kiryu
Jun Kunimura ... Kenta Takashina
Yôko Nogiwa Yôko Nogiwa ... Nurse Fujiwara
Shirô Sano ... Yuji Kakitani
Hiromasa Taguchi Hiromasa Taguchi ... Takayuki Haba
Tetsuji Tamayama ... Toshiki Sakai
Naoki Tanaka Naoki Tanaka ... Koichiro Himuro
Takashi Yamanaka Takashi Yamanaka


Toho university hospital has established an outstanding coronary surgery team under the leadership of a up and coming, star, U.S. trained surgeon (Kiji Kikkawa) that specializes in the highly risky "Batista" procedure to shrink the size of enlarged hearts. Normally this procedure has only a 60% success rate, but "Team Batista" has achieved a run of 26 straight successes....when suddenly 3 patients in a row die on the operating table. Very disturbed, the lead surgeon requests an independent investigation. The hospital turns to Dr. Taguchi (Yoko Takeuchi) who is a specialist in psychosomatic disorders who is shocked to at the assignment because she knows nothing in particular about surgery. Assured, however, that this very lack of insider specialized knowledge is in fact the "objectivity" required, she diligently begins to investigate in her own polite, but persistent manner.

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

9 February 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Glorious Team Batista See more »

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Dolby Digital


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Followed by Jeneraru rûju no gaisen (2009) See more »

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19 July 2008 | by djhregSee all my reviews

This movie was available as in-flight entertainment on a long overseas flight I took recently and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Some other web sites complain because it is "commercial entertainment" I would have to agree with this complaint; if you are looking for material for your next "Esoteric Art Film" class, this movie is not for you. This is simply a solidly produced, entertainment movie.

That having been said, it manages to have suspense, plot surprises, personal interest, a little bit of off-beat humor, a nice pace and so on -> all without relying on any of the typical movie crutches of sex, nudity, profanity, violence or prejudicial stereotypes.

(By the way the two lead actresses Yuko Takeuchi and Haruka Igawa are both pretty and effective in their dramatic roles. Makes one wonder why Hollywood perceives the need to insert Chinese actresses into Japanese roles in other movies.)

The only thing that might be a little bit of a challenge for those with easily frightened, very small children is the open-heart surgery scenes. While I am not a doctor, at least I was a emergency medical technician years ago, am a computer engineer currently and was pretty impressed with the effort they put into making the medical/technical story and surgery scenes believable. While not unduly gory for a normal adult, these scenes might be too much for someone who is highly squeamish and/or faints at the sight of blood.

Strong points of the movie are the off beat interview scenes with Dr. Taguchi and her "Unspecific Complaints" department patients as well as the over the top interview style of the investigator from the Ministry of Health as played by Hiroshi Abe.

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