1 Litre of Tears

1 Litre of Tears (2005)

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15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya is an ordinary girl, the daughter of a family who works at a tofu shop, and a soon-to-be high schooler. However, odd things have been happening to Aya lately. She has been falling down often and walks strange. Her mother, Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration - a terrible disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to read morethe point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat.

  • Native title:

    1 リットルの涙
  • Also Known as:

    Ichi Rittoru no Namida; One Litre of Tears; A Diary with Tears; 1 Litre no Namida;

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Apr 7, 2011
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  • Story 10
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  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This was an excellent movie! Very heart wrenching. Grab a box of tissues. Ryo was such a great actor in this. I love the song that the class sings.
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Aug 4, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
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  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Wow is all I can say to this incredible story. I watched it all in one day, and it's honestly the saddest drama I've watched to date. I've never cried this hard for any movie or drama until I watched this. The story is powerful and moving, enough that it's so hard to not cry or feel anything. But it's inspiring, the main girl, Aya, how she stays strong for as long read more as she can, never giving in.

The acting is superb, especially the main characters. They did a terrific job, and it makes me wonder if they had to use eye drops or if their tears were for real.

The music went along with the story, and the main song "Only Human" by K I liked a lot after watching a few episodes. It really fits.

My rewatch value is low, because, like some other reveiwers have stated, this show is very emotional and heartbreaking.

Overall, I think this show is a must watch. Why? It's inspired by a true story, and it's very moving and inspirational, making you wonder about your own place in life. You might not cry 1 Litre of Tears while watching this drama, I didn't, but I still cried a lot, especially in the later episodes. I would say you'd have to be a stone-cold person to not even feel a thing after watching this show.
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Both very touching slice of life dramas about a terminal illness. Also very nice display how the families react.
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they both have a similar disease (one that affects the motoric nerves). Slowly but surely everything will be taken away from them (to be able to walk, eat, talk, ...). Though there is no available cure, the 2 of them try to live there live the fullest instead of wallowing in despair.

Though the problems in these dramas are the same (sickness, love, friendship, family, work/school), they both have their unique storyline.
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    EverettDelaney 28 days ago

    I think I missed half of this drama because I was crying too much. Such a beautiful story but devastatingly sad at the same time. I really admire the girl this story was based on

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    Merp Jul 15, 2014

    I was talking with my friends and they also took pictures of themselves crying while watching this series I shared mine and they were like omg I have a picture of me watching this too. The tears on my pillow on the day I watched this were endless. You know that feeling when your crying and your through closes while your crying and you cry more because you are having trouble breathing that is the feeling I got at the end of this drama. If you are sick of weak female leads in drama or sick of the typical drama feel this drama will wash that feeling away. There is soo much to take from this one drama.
    This drama is bittersweet, its very sad but that is life and to be honest this drama made me appreciate life, love, family, education, equality, hospitals more then I did before.
    I found a video on you tube which led me to watch the drama version on gooddrama.net
    I hear the movie version is good too haven't watched it yet but the series really captivates the story well.

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    Gu_Drama_Book Jun 29, 2014
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    bomskie Jun 29, 2014

    Watching this drama is like reading The Little Prince, it opens your eyes to see the little and ordinary things in a new perspective..

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    goldenphoenix16 Jun 25, 2014

    Just finished watching. I cried so much! I watched the whole series in one sitting, it was really addicting.

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    yssadesu Jun 23, 2014


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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 15, 2014

    This was a BEAUTIFUL drama <3 One of my favorites :)

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    yssadesu Jun 14, 2014

    oh the fucking onions... tissue please

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    donya1996 Jun 14, 2014

    a drama full of tears .... but it had an satisfying ending

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    romanpadlodka Jun 9, 2014

    Where can you watch it on?

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    SmileBlueJay May 13, 2014

    I don't like sad dramas or books/dramas with a sad ending. This drama has such a high rating though...should I watch this? opinions?

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      DiosaUnica96 May 15, 2014

      You've need, it's different from all sad drama or movie that I've watched. This is the real fight of a girl against her illness, with courage and hope. This drama make you learn about life, and after watch it you'll see the world in another way. It's amazing, I can't say how much beautiful it's it <3

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    Afzhan May 4, 2014

    It's been a long time I watch this but still I can't forget how good this drama.

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    kristel0714 Apr 23, 2014

    probably cried a bucket of tears watching this drama from beginning to end. Never had a rest at crying. It's too sad but at the same time inspirational. You will cherish what you have and realize how lucky you are after watching this drama <3. 10 points definitely

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    Baka-kun Apr 22, 2014

    Je pourrais essayer d'écrire en anglais mais c'est plus facile en français. ;) Mon drama préféré depuis que j'en vois (j'en ai vu une centaine) et il devrait le rester.
    Même si des dramas comme Mother ou Nobuta wo produce ne sont pas loin derrière. Ou 49 days pour citer un kdrama (j'aime beaucoup les dramas coréens aussi).
    Acteurs très bons et touchants. Mention spéciale à Erika Sawajiri bien sûr mais aussi aux acteurs qui jouent le rôle des parents d'Aya.
    L'OST est magnifique (je montais le son à chaque fois que j'entendais Konayuki dans le drama. :D) et les scénaristes ont été très bons pour nous pondre des scènes à émotions fortes. J'en retiens une en particulier : le moment où Ako fait la morale (à juste titre) à Hiroki avec Aya qui entend tout derrière...

    Bref, je suis un mec et j'ai vraiment pas la larme facile. Mais ce drama aura réussi à me faire verser pas mal de larmes...

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    sarskinz Apr 9, 2014

    This was the first drama I actually cried for. The last episode was just..the title really lives up to the drama. This drama is amazing.


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    Oct 15, 2005 to Dec 20, 2005
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    9.0 (scored by 6,819 users)
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