Daichi Sawamoto is devoted to his work as a journalist and providing for his family, but he spends so much time focused on his job that he doesn’t notice his family falling apart around him. One day he arrives home to find his wife has left him, a manilla envelope containing divorce papers on the dining table. His son, Waku, a bright 6 year old who loves to draw, decides on his own to stay with his father so that he isn’t all alone. Bullying at school causes Waku to need a trip to the hospital where treatment for falling down the stairs takes a rather scary turn for the worse as the young boy is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Daichi realizes he needs to be there for the son he is raising alone, who has so much love for the father who barely knows him. He makes changes to his lifestyle in order to spend more time with Waku while he is hospitalized and undergoing treatment.
When Daichi’s ex-wife discovers her son is in the hospital, Daichi is hesitant to let her visit Waku but for the sake of his son who may not have much time left with them, he allows her visitation rights. The family is supported through Waku’s treatments by Dr. Maruyama and CLS representative Nanami Konno, a new staff member who has joined the hospital to provide counseling and support to child patients and their families. Good Life does a great job in portraying the trials and tribulations for children hospitalized for leukemia and does not shy away from the possibilities of death.
Good Life is based on the best-selling South Korean novel Kashikogi by Cho Chang-in.
Starring: Takashi Sorimachi, Kabe Amon, Eikura Nana, Igawa Haruka, Ihara Tsuyoshi
Genre: Family Drama
TV Station: FujiTV
Air Dates: Apr 19, 2011 – June 21, 2011