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TBS drama 'Jin' to be broadcast in 80 countries

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TV network Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS) said this week that the rights to broadcast season two of the popular Japanese time-travel drama "Jin" have been bought by as many as 80 countries around the world.

The drama stars Takao Osawa, 43, as a brain surgeon named Jin Minakata, who has spent the last two years in anguish as his fiancee lies in a coma following an operation he performed. After the incident, Jin passes out at the hospital and awakens to find himself transported back in time to the Edo period. While still reeling from the realization, he is attacked by a samurai, but escapes with the help of a man named Kyotaro. Kyotaro sustains a head injury while trying to protect him, but Jin manages to save his life with makeshift medical instruments.

As a result of Kyotaro's recovery, his sister Saki finds herself intrigued by Jin and becomes his assistant. Jin must continue to survive in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate while simultaneously trying to find a way back to the present.

The serialized drama has proved so popular on the back of season one's high evaluation at the international TV trade fair in Cannes that it will be broadcast in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and some African countries. According to TBS, this marks the first time one of their programs has achieved such wide-ranging broadcast deals.

TBS also said that it is unusual for a Japanese drama to be broadcast abroad before the series has finished its run in Japan.

Season 2 of "Jin" airs in Japan at 9 p.m. on Sundays from April 17.

© Compiled from news reports

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Now this is gonna be a treat! "Black Jack" meets "Dr. Who"!

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They were showing an episode on the TV in the lunch room yesterday... it was actually QUITE good. I was surprised because I normally don't like Japanese TV drama shows. I bet the world will like this one. I hope they translate it to English and offer it on DVD as a series.

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Jin was actually a pretty good drama for the most part, rare amongst Japanese dramas.

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"Jin was actually a pretty good drama for the most part, rare amongst Japanese dramas." you mean: FIRST TIME EVER! (I know that isnt true, but it feels like that sometimes)

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Tokyo Love Story was my all time favorite. There was also another one with a retarded man that they treated and he became a genius, but then slowly went back to his retarded state. The sad thing was that he knew it was happening. He had a pet mouse or something.

I will check out JIN.

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So...an Edo-era Life on Mars.

TBS had an original idea, but it died of loneliness.

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I was able to watch most of the episodes in the first series and am really glad to know that there will be a second series. It was quite entertaining and the cast was exceptional! I am looking forward to seeing what happens to the characters (including Sakamoto Ryoma)...the time travel plot really throws twists and turns into Japanese history!

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Been watching Season 1 on reruns and got to say I quiet like it.

There are some good J-drama out there as well as other fun ones like "Aibo", this is one of the better ones.

One thing I am worried about is how will the overseas audience take to the depiction of the "Oiran", or will they mistake them for "Geisha".

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I'll see your Life on Mars, Nessie, and raise you the Diana Gabaldon "Outlander" series, transposed from Scotland to Japan :-)

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Or like the japanese version of "A Yankee in King Arthur's Court."(book-title)?

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Looks like Japanese version of "Dr Quinn the Medicine Woman"- absurd situations with unbelievable solutions.Some people may like it, but I don't think it will be very succesful.

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Which countries?

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