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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10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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Oct 26, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
A lot has been said about this drama, there's not much that I can add.

The Story deserves a 10 because is a true story about a real girl who went through this, and the purpose of this drama was for people to know it, and really learn to appreciate life, and I think that it really does cause that. This one of the few dramas that are read more life-changing, that instead of making you laugh makes you think how lucky you are just for the fact that you can study, or walk, or even speak.

The acting was 10 also. I hate Sawajiri Erika, I think that she is one of the worst famous people aver, because she's careless and has a really bad reputation, but you can't deny that she made the performance of her life in this drama. She makes us completely understand the pain that Aya is going through and how she gradually loses control of her body. I also loved Ryo's performance and character, the parts where I cried the most were the parts where he cried. I also loved the family, I think they all acted completely according to their part, even though it was really challenging.

The music definitely 10. It completely moved you.

I've watched three times, and I don't really get bored, it's a completely moving story, I love it because it makes me feel lucky and thankful to God.

Overall a solid 10, one of the few dramas which REALLY deserve it, not because of its cast or music, but because it's a tribute to Aya
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Apr 6, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Because of this drama I am too gloomy,sad and my head hurts because I have cried a lot the last time I cried this much was after watching my sister's keeper oh and I think i am dehydrated too. Seriously re watch value zero because I don't think I can bare to watch it again.however I don't regret watching, it had some of the best acting I've seen in dramas. The story read more was simple yet so strong and moving its one you should watch. I really have nothing else except wow :(
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Both very touching slice of life dramas about a terminal illness. Also very nice display how the families react.
Recommended by rakachinotohi
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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    Merp 14 days ago

    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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    Karagi_ Apr 3, 2014

    Wish I could rate this drama an 11/10. First drama I've probably ever cried really bad in. Will probably stay a favourite of mine now. "Live on."


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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 6,659 users)
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