'I want to eat your pancreas' Yamauchi Sakura told Shiga Haruki while shelving books at the library. 12 years have passed Haruki, now a homeroom teacher at their old school, was asked to be in charge of the organization of the library collection. As he talks to his student, it made him look back on the days he spent with Sakura. Narrating the moment he picks up a diary, and discovers that his popular classmate is suffering from a pancreatic disease. Sakura decides to spend her remaining days with Haruki. Shiga being a loner initially refuses but slowly accepts Sakura into his life. (Source: Written by MyDramaList) Edit Translation
Cast & Credits
This movie is not for those that want something exciting all the way through, in fact the movie is quite slow in the beginning. However, the cinematography is beautiful hence I don't have problem with the slow plotline. It didn't really follow the flow of the novel, but the storyline still delivers. The transition between current timeline and the past are not confusing at all since they are using different actors so you can figure out when is the current and past timeline easily. I love the climax, it was delivered nicely.
Just to let you guys know, the movie focused on the past timeline the most so Takumi Kitamura and Minami Hamabe are the one that appeared the most in this movie. Shun Oguri acted as the storyteller and Keiko Kitagawa as the friend that also effected by the main issue. All of them played their roles perfectly, especially Takumi Kitamura. I really love the tone of his voice that he used in this movie, it suited his role perfectly. Minami Hamabe is perfect as the cheerful girl and you just can't help to like her since she always smiles brightly. Both of them connected naturally despite them being strangers in the beginning and the differences in their personalities.
The music is subtle, easy to the ears, suited perfectly with the storyline. Though I'm not sure if I will rewatch this again, this movie surely isn't forgettable. Enjoyable.
Despite the initial reaction one might expect from reading a film entitled, “I Want to Eat Your Pancreas”, this movie was earnest, heartfelt, and devastatingly beautiful, albeit tragic. I started watching this due to its casting, unique title, and overall ratings and reviews on MyDramaList, and can easily say I was not disappointed! Originally the description did not entice me as it seemed dull, and sad, both of which are direct opposites to my primary performance, romantic comedy. However, I am so happy that I watched it because it a movie that truly makes you feel and leaves an undeniable impression much like the drama Hours of My Life.
The casting was great! I was even pleasantly surprised by many of the new faces, in addition to the wonderful performances by veteran actors, such as Oguri Shun. The title is also integrated in the films several times and I enjoyed that it had a much deeper meaning in the words then just in the literal sense. The runtime of the film is on the lengthier end, at approximately 2 hours which did make it feel a bit slow and drawn out in parts. However, although not paced evenly throughout, the director successfully weaves together this incredible story of both past and present, death and moving on, and above all love and hope. The story in and of itself is not completely original but it is through its storytelling that this film comes alive and makes this film not only memorable but one worth re-watching.
*Disclaimer* Please have tissue boxes ready before watching film!