Team Batista no Eikō

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Team Batista no Eikō (チーム·バチスタの栄光, The Glorious Team Batista) is a Japanese mystery film and television show adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Takeru Kaidō. The story revolves around a hospital with a team of doctors known for their success with a type of heart surgery. After a series of failed operations that result in the patient's death, an internal investigation is initiated, led by a doctor named Taguchi and a brash government official. In the original novel the main character Taguchi, was a male doctor in his forties. However, for the film adaptation TBS suggested replacing the character with a young female resulting in Yuko Takeuchi being cast as in the role.[1] For the TV show, Taguchi is a man, with Atsushi Itō playing the role.


A top notch seven-member team of doctors and nurses known as “Team Batista” are Tojo University Hospital’s pride and joy. The medical team performs a prominent heart surgery known as the Batista Operation which has a normal 60% success rate, but the team has consecutively pulled off twenty six successful surgeries. However, the streak is broken after a string of three procedures end in their patients' deaths. Consequently, an internal investigation is launched with hospital therapist Kohei Taguchi in charge of uncovering the truth behind the incidents. When Taguchi is unable to find any definitive information, the deaths are labeled as unexplainable accidents. The evaluation is subsequently dismissed by Keisuke Shiratori, an investigator with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, who re-launches the investigation on the basis that the deaths were actually murders.


The Glorious Team Batista
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Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura
Produced by Kanjirō Sakura
Akihiro Yamauchi
Written by Hiroshi Saitō
Mitsuharu Makita
Starring Yuko Takeuchi
Hiroshi Abe
Music by Naoki Satō
Cinematography Yasushi Sasakibara
Edited by Hirohide Abe
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • February 9, 2008 (2008-02-09)
Running time
118 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office ¥1.6 billion JPY[2]

The filmis based on an award-winning novel and its popularity resulted in roughly 25 movie studios and television networks fighting over adaptation rights, in the end TBS won out.[1] The novel was adapted for the screen by Hiroshi Saitō and Mitsuharu Makita. The film began shooting October 7, 2008 and was primarily shot in Tokyo. The Glorious Team Batista was in theaters on February 9, 2008 and became a commercial success, grossing 264 million yen from 284 screens its opening weekend.[3]

When The Glorious Team Batista was screened at the Udine Far East Film Festival, it received mediocre reviews. Todd Brown of Twitch wrote:

"The characters are stock at best, the story arc blandly predictable and the ending drawn out beyond reasonable bounds. The technical end is solid and the performances good enough but the script for this just feels far more like a lengthy episode of prime time network television from the pre-HBO era – much more Murder She Wrote or Matlock than Dexter – than it feels like the feature film – adapted from a popular mystery novel – that it is. Horrible? No, just horribly bland."[4]

Similarly, Ross Chen of Love HK Film wrote:

"...The Glorious Team Batista is a ragingly obvious commercial film, with manufactured characters, drama, and situations that seem ripped from a pulpy bestseller you might find featured in an airport bookstore (Surprise! The film is based on a novel.). This is a big-screen medical thriller built for mainstream audiences, and it seldom delivers anything beyond the required or expected... Regardless, the whole is too glossy and commercial to be anymore more than an average medical thriller suited to undemanding audiences."[5]

A sequel to the film titled The Triumphant Return of General Rouge was released March 7, 2009. The sequel will be adapted from "General Rouge no Gaisen," which is the third book in the same novel series as "Team Batista." Yuko Takeuchi and Hiroshi Abe will reprise their roles, with director Yoshihiro Nakamura also returning. Masato Sakai has been cast as the film's antagonist.[2]


TV Show[edit]

Team Batista no Eikō
Genre Medical Drama, Mystery
Starring Atsushi Itō
Tōru Nakamura
Ending theme Mamoritai Mono (Thelma Aoyama)
Composer(s) Kei Haneoka
Takeshi Senō
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 11
Producer(s) Yoko Toyofuku
Kōichi Toda
Kaoru Yamaki
Location(s) Tokyo
Running time 54 min./episode
Original network Fuji TV
Picture format NTSC
Original release October 14 – December 23, 2008



Episode Title Writer Director Original airdate
01 "Puzzle ~Medical malpractice? Murder?!~"
(謎 医療ミスか? 殺人か!?) 
Noriko Goto Hisashi Ueda 2008-10-14
02 "Rumour ~Active Phase (Active Investigation) vs Passive Phase (Passive Investigation)~"
(噂 アクティヴ·フェーズ(能動的調査) VS パッシヴ·フェーズ(受動的調査)) 
Noriko Goto Hisashi Ueda 2008-10-21
03 "Bond ~Anesthesiologist's confession~"
(絆 麻酔科医の告白) 
Noriko Goto Kazuhisa Imai 2008-10-28
04 "Gaze ~Elite's pride and weakness~"
(望 エリートのプライドと弱点) 
Noriko Goto Kazuhisa Imai 2008-11-04
05 "Love ~With a criminal's motive~"
(恋 犯人の目星はついた) 
Noriko Goto Hisashi Ueda 2008-11-11
06 "Absolute crime in the operating room... You are the perpetrator"
Noriko Goto Hisashi Ueda 2008-11-18
07 "Real criminal appears ~Wrong deduction... the real criminal appears!~"
(真犯人登場 間違っていた推理...真犯人登場!) 
Noriko Goto Kazuhisa Imai 2008-11-25
08 "Quivering scalpel ~Rifts between brothers-in-law... Abnormal occurrence during the operation!~"
(震えるメス 義兄弟の亀裂...オペで異常事態!) 
Noriko Goto Kazunari Hoshino 2008-12-02
09 "False alibi and fatal mistake"
Noriko Goto Hisashi Ueda 2008-12-09
10 "Final puzzle solving...This is the medical trick!!"   Noriko Goto 2008-12-16
11 "Absolute crime in only 3 seconds!!The most dangerous operation starts right now"   Noriko Goto 2008-12-23


  1. ^ a b "Yuko Takeuchi to star in "Team Batista"". Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b あの映画の続編...竹内&阿部コンビで再び (1/2ページ) (in Japanese). Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  3. ^ "The Golden Rock - February 14th, 2008 Edition". Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Udine Report: THE GLORIOUS TEAM BATISTA Review". Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  5. ^ "The Glorious Team Batista". Retrieved 2008-12-10. 

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