Aiba Masaki to star in new medical drama ‘Last Hope’
On October 31st, Fuji TV announced that one of their upcoming winter dramas will be a medical drama titled ‘Last Hope‘ starring Aiba Masaki from the popular group Arashi.
Fuji TV describes ‘Last Hope’ as a human medical suspense drama. The story revolves around a medical team with completely different individuals, whether it’s their age, their gender, their achievements or their field of specialization. While aiming to become the forefront of advanced medical care, those individuals grows as a team and face their hidden pasts.
Aiba will play the protagonist, an internist who possess a great power of imagination and is able imagine the pain of the patients, which causes him to become very close to them. He can read and understand the emotions of each patient just by checking their heartbeat through his stethoscope. On the other hand he is also a person who tends to do things at his own pace and never misses his mid-afternoon snack at 3:00 pm. He is also burdened with a secret in his past that he has yet to find out himself.
Speaking of cutting-edge medical research, the director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application at the Kyoto University, Yamanaka Shinya, was recently awarded with the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discovery that mature cells can be converted to stem cells. On the day of the drama announcement, he also received the Order of Culture.
Aiba, who will be taking on his first role as a doctor with this drama, commented excitedly, “It’s a drama about a group of individuals that make use of cutting-edge medical care similar to what earned Professor Yamanaka the Nobel Prize! I can’t believe I’m playing a doctor!”
The supporting cast is made up of actress Tabe Mikako as a cool and dry doctor from the emergency room, actor Tanabe Seiichi as a gifted and presumptuous surgeon who loves women, and actor Kohinata Fumiyo as an ambitious specialist for advanced medical care. Additional characters are played by Kitamura Yukiya, Sakuraba Nanami, Takashima Masahiro, and Hirata Mitsuru.