Shikatanakatta to Yuute wa Ikan Nodesu (2021)

In May 1945, at the end of the Pacific War, Taichi Torii (Satoshi Tsumabuki), an assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Western Imperial University, was involved in surgery on US POWs.

Special: Shikatanakatta to Yuute wa Ikan Nodesu
Native Title: しかたなかったと言うてはいかんのです
Also Known As: A Doctor and Human Experiments , You Can’t Say You Had No Choice
Genres: Thriller, Drama
Country: Japan
Episodes: 1
Aired: Aug 13, 2021
Aired On: Friday
Original Network: NHK
Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.


Dennis Oh,Zhang Tian Ai,Jiang Sheng Nan,Birgit,Joessi Qiao,Jiang Yi Ru


It’s a drama with a strong message. The earnestness of the title of the end-of-war drama “It’s okay to say that there was no choice” (NHK General TV) is behind.

It was a human experimentation operation. At the end of the war, Taichi was sentenced to death in a military trial. It was Professor Ishida (Shingo Tsurumi) who took the lead in the surgery, and Taichi was only reluctantly involved as an assistant professor. Nevertheless, Taichi becomes a mastermind because of false testimony at the trial. Her wife, Fusako (Yu Aoi), struggles to reveal her truth in order to save her husband.

A drama based on a true story, the original draft is a non-fiction written by Kyushu University assistant professor, Taro Torinosu’s niece, Iso Kumano, who was sentenced to death as a mastermind on the doctor’s side. (Iwanami Shoten).

Written based on war crimes trial records, reexamination materials, testimonies of relatives, etc., that is, after the war, “vivisection” was performed under the cause in Japan, and the U.S. POWs who died as a result were actually 8 There were people.

 ”It’s okay to say that there was no choice”, which was made into a drama by replacing the proper noun with a fictitious noun, begins with a suspenseful eye in which the torii gets caught up in the darkness of the army, and draws strongly into the story. In May 1945, Torii was called by a professor to witness the surgery and witness the horror of the surgery.

The war ended while he was wondering if he could work under this professor, and Torii was taken to Sugamo Prison on suspicion of vivisection of a US soldier. There are many Japanese who were arrested for killing US soldiers and sent to the execution site one by one. Torii spends a restless day when he is called. His wife, Fusako, never loses hope. As a result, the situation at that time of Taichi becomes clear … It can be said that the story starts from here. Taichi comes to the idea that he may have been guilty. What is that sin?

Taichi does not lose his reason while fighting the fear that death is approaching every moment. No, rather, his reason is sharpened in the limit. So is his wife Fusako.

When Kiyoko Miura (Mayumi Wakamura), an interpreter on the defense side of the war crimes trial, asked for help in search of the truth, Miura said, “Crying does not work for GHQ.”

She advises that the suspect’s wife may finally have an ear to hear by thoroughly collecting and presenting evidence rather than complaining with her emotions. Fusako keeps her husbandless house, protects her two children, chases the evidence without making her noise, and writes it down carefully. Taichi’s reaction to that …

Taichi and Fusako, their rational actions bring a transparent light to the story. The same goes for the people around them, and Katsuta Fuyuki (Ayato Nagayama), who is in the same room as Taichi of Sugamo Prison, continues to write his petition without losing his hope. Former Army lieutenant general Kosuke Okajima (Takeo Nakahara) is a person with a strong sense of responsibility who considers the sins of his subordinates to be his own. They are all quietly doing what they can do now.

Calm and positive, never fall into self-pity. That is the salvation of this story. Isn’t the intellect that gives a thorough bird’s-eye view of the situation the means of salvation brought to humans? He feels that Taichi may have set up in that area because he has always aspired to medicine that faces life.


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