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.

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May 31, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I have never seen a drama that has made quite an impact on me as this one has. This drama is based off of the true story of Aya Kito and it really is upsetting that this disease truly exists without a cure. Every day now I feel happy that I can speak, write and walk while she had to continue living as she lost those abilities.

The main read more actress and actor had such amazing chemistry that even after months, just hearing the song "Konayuki" by Remioromen breaks my heart. Thus being said the soundtrack is beautiful.

The reason I didn't give the rewatch value a 10 is because, despite this being a flawless drama, it's too heartbreaking for me to watch again. I would really love to, since it's my favorite, but I have never cried so much in my life. You will want to watch it again but if you are like me, you're not sure your heart can take it.
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Jul 6, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This drama is certainly one of the best drama I have ever seen! I'll explain it in four points.

First, let's talk about the story. The plot of "Ichi Rittoru No Namida" is taken from a real story of a young girl called also Aya. Even if there was some modification to make it much more dramatic, lot of sentences in the drama are taken from the book. It gives even more read more impact to the story. I'm always touched by people who have illness so even more when it's this kind of uncurable illness... After watching the drama, I got interested in knowing more about the illness and did lot of research ! I promise you that you'll not be disappointed in watching this drama.

Why ? Not only because the story is well written but also because the actors act really well. First, I'm a big fan of Nishikido Ryo (so of course he do act well) and Sawajiri Erika is someone I already saw playing an ill girl in Taiyou No Uta. First thought: she plays only ill people? Well, that didn't last long because she is really good in playing that role. It's rather frightening. The family of Aya is also played by really good actors and the little girl is SOOOO CUUUUUTE U.U

As for the music, we can say the OST of this drama is... ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN OST EVER IN ASIA. Everyone who will watch this drama will fall in love with Konayuki and Sangatsu Kokonoka. Those two songs are really emblems of the drama. BUT the OST do not contain only those two songs and I'm pretty sure all the songs you will hear in the drama will make you feel moved and cry. Not kidding, just try and tell me.

So much good points lead to a rewatch value really high. I gave 9 instead of 10 because you will anticipate the story afterward and try to skip some parts to not let you cry. Haha. But don't worry. This rewatch value still remains that high even if you watch it 1000 times.

Don't ever hesitate watching this drama. Even if you will feel kind of... depressed afterwards. You will really think: "Wow, that was really a drama."
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    SillyIlly May 11, 2017 - edited

    can someone tell me what 'makjang' means as a genre? seen it a few places and never really understood haha

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    Misha Apr 23, 2017

    This was so sad.

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    Jordan Apr 18, 2017

    cried so many buckets of tears,....

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    claudya87 Apr 13, 2017

    I don't like melodrama..I never liked the genre..never will..damn these onions.

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    Emily Moi Feb 18, 2017

    This is the best drama to binge watch on if you want a really good long cry, still gets me every time I watch it

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    ManLikeZooks Feb 13, 2017 - edited

    Not going to lie, there were some parts in the beginning which had me pretty bored, but after sticking with it, it started to get much more emotive which makes me glad that I did. I don't really cry easily in dramas, (I think "Tonbi" was the only one ever that got me welling up) but "1 Liter of Tears" had me on the edge a couple of times!

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    veronicaruiz Jan 30, 2017

    Its been a week since I finished it and I'm still thinking about it and I can't get Konayuki out of my head. This drama has one of the best OSTs I've heard.

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    Kathy Jan 19, 2017

    "1 Litre of Tears" is foreshadowing, that's how much you will cry when you watch this. Be prepared with boxes of tissues.

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    Anniee Dec 4, 2016 - edited

    I remember watching this in the middle of the night and crying silently, lest my parents hear me and turn off the tv. :))

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      minhsuga Jan 9, 2017

      Same! I only watched this drama at night after everyone went to sleep so I could cry in peace lolol. You just know every episode will make you ugly sob.

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    junah Oct 28, 2016

    literally 1 liter of tears. I am crying in each freaking episodes !!

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    Mighty_Brosia Oct 20, 2016

    This is the first time that I cried so much.. Really my eyes swollen so much that I woke up like some insect bite my eyes.. Its just that my tears kept flowing.haha.. there are times that I cannot breath that I need to stop and regroup again... When Aya smile and pretend to be strong I cried, when she cries I cried. That background song really help to feel the emotion..

    Its a very good story. Dont get me wrong. A very inspiring a beautiful story. I didnt expect to cry that much.. And very good ending also..I cannot watch this again coz its too much for my heart... :)

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    JulySnow2 Oct 18, 2016 - edited

    So I watched 2 eps so far and really bored, I find the female lead so boring and see the jealous sister as far more sympathetic, will the character get more interesting when she realizes about her tragic disease or otherwise later on or should I just drop this?

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      ShiShi Oct 18, 2016

      yeahh, it gets more interesting and more depressing. T^T (i didnt cry at all tho, but i became kinda teary time to time)

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      asheyy_red Oct 18, 2016

      imo i think you should keep watching

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    mini Oct 14, 2016 - edited

    this is a weird question but I would like to ask if there is any k18 scenes in this drama? I would want to watch it with my family but will watch it alone if it has any.

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    ramya Oct 6, 2016

    one of the best best drama ever...cried litres of tears:(:(

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    souldoc70 Sep 19, 2016

    Cried buckets watching this! The acting was so good plus the music too


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    Oct 15, 2005 to Dec 20, 2005
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    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    9.1 (scored by 11,711 users)
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