Ichi ritoru no namida   2005   Japan 1 Litre of Tears
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Director:Riki Okamura
Studio:All Out
Writer:Aya Kito, Takao Tanaka
IMDb Rating:7.4 (583 votes)
Duration:98 min
Riki Okamura  ...  (Director)
Aya Kito, Takao Tanaka  ...  (Writer)
Yoshimi Ashikawa  ...  
Naohito Fujiki  ...  Hiroshi Mizuno
Mitsuo Hamada  ...  
Ryô Hashidume  ...  Keita Nakahara
Takanori Jinnai  ...  Mizuo Ikeuchi
Kazuko Kato  ...  Madoka Fujimura
Saori Koide  ...  Mari Sugiura
Yoneko Matsukane  ...  
Kana Matsumoto  ...  Saki Matsumura
Ken'ichi Matsuyama  ...  Yuji Kawamoto
Ani Miyoshi  ...  Rika Ikeuchi
Momosuke Mizutani  ...  Kohei Onda
Riko Narumi  ...  Ako Ikeuchi
Ryo Nishikido  ...  Haruto Asou
Asae Oonishi  ...  Aya Kito
Yuma Sanada  ...  Hiroki Ikeuchi
Erika Sawajiri  ...  Aya Ikeuchi
Hiroko Yakushimaru  ...  Shioka Ikeuchi
Comments: Greatness from Asae Onishi as the tragic heroine but I thought the film was put together strangely. Her parents seemed weirdly absent and there wasn't much flow, just a series of vignettes showing the myriad ways she suffered. Disjointed and overly manipulative when it needn't have been.

Summary: The plot is based on the true story of a Japanese girl named Aya Kito (July 29, 1963 - May 23, 1988, who had Spinocerebellar Degeneration when she was 15 years old, and was able to continue her life until her death at the age of 25 years old. She kept writing in her diary to remember her experiences until she could no longer hold a pen.

Aya simply wished to live until the end of her life, and the purpose of writing in the diary was to remind herself to not give up. She shed tears many times, at the same time encompassed by the rich love and support from her family and friends. Her diary 1 Litre of Tears was published shortly before her death. It encouraged many people, healthy or diseased, because of its inspiring and courageous messages. As Aya wrote, “Just being alive is such a lovely and wonderful thing.”

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