I had seen a lot of Japanese dramatic movies, I have a soft spot for them. They usually hit me right in the feels and I enjoy them alot. But I do sometimes feel that they are overusing this kind of formula. Still, these kind of movies have their own appeal.
For this entry, I’m going to talk about a movie that had a weird and eye-catching title, Let me eat your pancreas. It is a live-action adaptation of a novel with the same name. There is an anime version of it but I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t really compare and just focus on this LA adaptation.
- Romaji: Kimi no Suizo wo Tabetai
- Japanese: 君の膵臓をたべたい
- Director: Sho Tsukikawa
- Writer: Yoru Sumino (novel), Tomoko Yoshida
- Release Date: July 28, 2017
- Runtime: 115 min.
- Genre: Based on a Comic / Romance / Illness / Past & Present
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
- Starring: Hamabe Minami, Kitamura Takumi, Oguri Shun, Kitagawa Keiko, Otomo Karen, Kamiji Yusuke, Yuma Yamoto, etc.
Synopsis: I (Takumi Kitamura) am a high school student. I happen to find a diary by my classmate Sakura Yamauchi (Minami Hamabe) that reveals she is suffering from a pancreatic disease. I spent time with Sakura, but she dies.
12 years later, due to Sakura’s words, I (Shun Oguri) am now a high school teacher at the same school where I graduated from. While I talk with my student, I remember several months I spent with Sakura. Meanwhile, Kyoko (Keiko Kitagawa), who was Sakura’s friend, is soon to marry. Kyoko also recalls the days she spent with me and Sakura.
This movie hit me with the right feels. I didn’t expect I would love this as much as I do now. I can literally say that this movie, Let me eat your pancreas, a new favorite of mine.
Pretty much, the synopsis above explained the whole plot of the movie. I can’t really tell if the overall story flowed the same way as the anime and the source material, as an LA adaptation tend to deviate from the source material to fit the movie time limit. I do know that I really like how this movie was made.
The pacing of the story was done well. I read a lot of reviews of this adaptation and they don’t like much the constant back and forth of the timeline, but its the opposite to me. I really like it. It didn’t affect my enjoyment and the flow of the story. I think the amazing acting and decent cinematography added a lot of factors to my liking of the movie.
Let me express my delight of the performance of the actors and actresses of this movie. As always, Oguri Shun blew me away by his acting. He never fails to deliver the right performance for his role. And damn, he is still so handsome! Kitagawa Keiko didn’t fail me too. Even though her role here is not that big, she still caught my eye with her stellar acting. Uugghhh she is so good.
Now for the youngsters, OMG. I think I have a new young actors and actresses to follow. Kitamura Takumi and Hamabe Minami captured me with their wholesome acting skills. Kitamura Takumi pretty much mastered the role and delivered a wonderful and believable performance. Hamabe Minami didn’t disappoint too. She delivered Sakura’s personality really well. Though, I guess, it would have been nice if she had a long hair, but that’s just me and my nitpicking complaints. Still, I am blow away by their acting skills. I’ll definitely look out at their series and movies in the future.
Overall, I really like this movie. Like I said in the intro, this might be my newest favorite movie yet, as everything was done right.
Hold up, fans of the source material and anime movie. I am just reviewing the LA movie of Let me eat your pancreas. As a fan of Japanese movies, I pretty much know the tropes and cliches of these kinds of movies. And definitely, this movie was done right. It might be different from the other versions, let’s just enjoy this adaptation as is.
Anyway, I don’t want to make this any longer and I don’t think I have anything more to say.
Thanks for reading!!