Nurse No Oshigoto: The Movie
Flighty young nurse Izumi Asakura (a bouncy Alisa Mizuki) longs to have her
honeymoon in a far off tropical paradise but her doctor husband feels that
he cannot afford to take time off from developing his career. To Izumi's dismay,
Wakabakai General Hospital is fast becoming a far less pleasant place to work,
thanks to the appointment of a militaristic chief nurse who demands steadfast
adherence to protocol. Things get much worse, however, via the arrival of
Saruwatari, a hypochondriac desperate to be re-admitted so that he can enjoy
the attentions of nurse Shoko Ozaki (Yuki Matsushita). When the chief nurse
has him ejected by security, Saruwatari comes back armed and takes everyone
on the floor hostage. Shoko happened to be on her lunch break at the time
and has trouble getting back into the building when the police swarm around
it en masse. The authorities are not sure just how to deal with the
situation, though, since the "victims" seem to be taking things
far less seriously than they are.
Spun off from a highly popular TV series, this broad
Japanese comedy is appealing fluff that takes some welcome deviations from
its expected course. Writer/director Kazuyuki Morosawa coaxes bright, appealing
(if, in some cases, highly exaggerated) performances from the leads and clearly
playing with the all-too-familiar conventions of kidnapping stories (when
the gunman gets hungry and demands some food, the nurses decide that, since
the police are paying, why not order some expensive Korean dishes they couldn't
As the setting is a hospital, Morosawa is obliged to include some kind of
medical crisis, so we get not one but two emergency operations in the
final reel. Both are played straight, and remain effectively suspenseful,
even though their outcomes are never in doubt. As with BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN (another
TV spinoff that was a huge success on its home turf), there are some small
elements and character quirks that will mean more to regular viewers of the
series but the movie's most appealing ingredients are universal and the end
credits montage (best experienced cold) leaves one with a smile and the hope
that the show might someday be available with English subtitles.
Cover art courtesy Fortex.
(Hong Kong label)
Dolby Digital 5.1
Sync Sound Japanese Language
Optional Subtitles in English and Chinese (Traditional
9 Chapters Illustrated in the Menu With (Tiny) Stills
Coded for Region 3 Only
Contains mild violence
DVD menu courtesy
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Hong Kong: I
Derived from a mint print source, the presentation looks
nice, boasting attractively bright colors. Contrasts are a bit harsh, sometimes
blowing out the whites, though this may be intrinsic to the cinematography.
The sound mix is not overly complex but well executed and suited to the material.
The Japanese trailer and a TV spot are the only extras.
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