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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Completion press conference of new WOWOW drama "Hippocrates no Chikai"

The completion press conference of new WOWOW drama "Hippocrates no Chikai" was held on 27 September which was attended by cast members Kitagawa Keiko, Shibata Kyohei and Onoe Matsuya. The drama which consists of 5 episodes and will begin its run from 2 October in the Sundays 10pm timeslot, features Kitagawa as an intern Tsugano Makoto who is assigned to work under a forensic medicine professor (Shibata) who is very knowledgeable but somewhat eccentric. Onoe plays a police detective who works with them to solve cases.

The actors appeared in the doctors' robes they wore in the drama where Kitagawa revealed that this is the first time she wore this while her co-stars like Shibata and Furuya Ikko were so used to wearing the robes. As such, she felt embarrassed because she didn't feel that convincing when dressed in the same robe. As for taking on her first medical drama, Kitagawa said that there were many first experiences for her so there was a fair bit of pressure. However, she was very pleased to see the final result so the feeling of satisfaction for her hard work was even greater.

As this is the first time which the three actors have worked together, Kitagawa and Onoe both said that Shibata had tried to make the atmosphere on set more relaxed with his ad-lib lines. Especially during the autopsy scenes where she would get scolded by him, Shibata added some jokes during the process which made her unsure if she should be laughing along with the others. However, Shibata feigned ignorance to this which led Kitagawa to comment that he did that a few days every day.

Shibata revealed a funny happening on the set where the cast and staff were not very much in the mood for food such as yakiniku and innards steamboat since they had to do autopsy scenes in every episode with real organs soaked in formalin placed around them. However, Kitagawa actually prepared yakiniku and sukiyaki bentos for everyone as a gift during the filming. Although they thought initially that they might not be able to stomach that, everyone enjoyed the bentos in the end. In response, Kitagawa apologised for not being considerate enough when preparing her gift.

Sources: Nikkansports / Yomiuri Hochi / Sponichi / Oricon / Eiga.com

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