Shiroi Kyoto (2003)

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Shiroi Kyoto


  • Title: 白い巨塔
  • Title (romaji): Shiroi Kyoto
  • Also known as: The Great White Tower
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Medical, legal
  • Episodes: 21 + 1 special
  • Viewership rating: 23.7%
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV
  • Broadcast period: 2003-Oct-09 to 2004-Mar-18
  • Air time: Thursday 22:00
  • Theme song: Amazing Grace by Hayley Westenra
  • Related TV shows: Shiroi Kyoto (1978), White Tower


Goro Zaizen and Shuji Satomi are assistant professors at Naniwa University Hospital. Goro is a brilliant surgeon who will do anything to make his way up the corporate ladder. On the other hand, Shuji is a physician who earnestly devotes himself to medical research. Though the two doctors have contrasting personalities and are considered to be rivals, they highly recognize each other's skills.

The entire medical department is restless while preparing for the election to choose a new Surgical Department Professor. All Goro has on his mind, is how to win the election. Meanwhile, Shuji is looking after a patient who apparently has pancreatic cancer. He carries out tests on the patient cautiously, and is very careful in telling the patient of the cancer. However, Goro barges in on their conversation, and out of the blue, tells the patient he has cancer, and that he needs an operation right away. Shuji is furious at Goro's rude attitude, and yells, "Doctors are not God!" Goro ignores this, and starts laying the groundwork for the operation. But when Goro finds out that the Director of the Medical Department has already given a diagnosis of stomach cancer, he cancels the operation. He feels that pointing out his boss's misdiagnosis will only hurt him in the upcoming election. Shuji however, is determined to save the patient's life and go on with the operation. --


  • Karasawa Toshiaki as Zaizen Goro (1 Surgical Department, Assistant Professor)
  • Eguchi Yosuke as Satomi Shuji (1 Internal Medicine, Assistant Professor)

  • Ishizaka Koji as Azuma Teizo (1 Surgical Department, Professor)
  • Ibu Masato as Ugai Ryouichi (1 Internal Medicine, Professor)
  • Shinagawa Toru as Ookouichi Seisaku (Medical Research, Professor)
  • Yamada Meikyo as Imaji Shoji (2 Surgical Department, Professor)
  • Watanabe Kenkichi as Hayama Masao (Maternity and gynaecology, Professor)
  • Yamagami Kenji (山上賢治) as Nosaka Kouichiro (Plastic surgery, Professor)
  • Soganoya Bundou (曾我廼家文童) as Iwada Juukichi (medical board chairman)
  • Nakahara Takeo as Funao Satoru (Tohto University, Medical Department, Professor)
  • Sawamura Ikki as Kikukawa Noboru (Ishikawa University professor)

  • Okuda Tatsuhito as Kanai Tatsuo (1 Surgical Department, lecturer)
  • Kataoka Takataro as 佃友博 (1 Surgical Department, head of medical office)
  • Kobayashi Masahiro as Anzai Shinya (1 Surgical Department, deputy head of medical office)
  • Ito Hideaki as Yanagihara Hiroshi (1 Surgical Department, doctor)
  • Nishida Naomi as Kameyama Kimiko (1 Surgical Department ward, nurse)

Production Credits[edit]


  • 40th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Drama
  • 40th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Screenwriter
  • 40th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Director
  • 7th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (03-04): Best Supporting Actor - Kamikawa Takaya

Viewership Ratings[edit]

  • Ep 1: 22.8%
  • Ep 2: 21.6%
  • Ep 3: 19.3%
  • Ep 4: 21.5%
  • Ep 5: 19.2%
  • Ep 6: 20.2%
  • Ep 7: 20.7%
  • Ep 8: 21.8%
  • Ep 9: 20.8%
  • Ep 10: 22.6%
  • Ep 11: 25.5%
  • Ep 12: 24.5%
  • Ep 13: 24.0%
  • Ep 14: 24.7%
  • Ep 15: 25.7%
  • Ep 16: 25.8%
  • Ep 17: 24.8%
  • Ep 18: 26.0%
  • Ep 19: 26.8%
  • Ep 20: 27.6%
  • Ep 21: 32.1%

External Links[edit]

Summer 2003 Fuji TV Spring 2004
Dr. Koto Shinryojo Thursday 22:00 Rikon Bengoshi