The Masterwork of Japanese Human Dramas
Yamasaki Toyoko was born in 1924 and has written many human drama novels which have been so popular among Japanese. Then, what is her masterpiece? It must be White Tower, called Shiroi Kyoto in Japanese. Yamasaki shot it at 1960s of Japan, and the power is still all alive.
Its main characters are Zaizen Goro and Satomi Shuji. They are working at Naniwa University modeled on Osaka Univ.
Zaizen is a smart surgeon who used to stay very poor. For his developed operation skill, he is being a hope in Naniwa University. Feeling an inferiority complex on having married into his wife's family, he is headlong going on the road of careerism.
By contrast, Satomi Shuji is a poor physician who belongs to the Univ. and always gives his first place to patients, faraway from aspirations. Shaken by each faith, the two are getting sucked into a whirlpool of the medical world.
Japanese Movie (1966)
Distributed by Daiei Film
You might guess the novel has just cut into the umbra of university hospitals and want to keep it at a distance. Never jump to conclusions, now.
For sure, it smoothly describes about decay of Japanese medical world. However, the main character is not the world, but Zaizen Goro and Satomi Shuji to the last. The conflicting two go on the different way and construct the prime human drama.
Doctors could be also victims of Japanese medical stream, White Tower says. The indictments have never faded away until the present and must shake your mind. So it is still masterwork of Yamasaki Toyoko.
She is from Osaka and has written various stories modeled on real customs in West of Japan, like Karei-naru Ichizoku. When you try the first of her works, we can recommend White Tower.
about White Tower
・Written by Yamasaki Toyoko
・Published by SHINCHOSHA Publishing Co.,Ltd. (1965)
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