Let Me Eat Your Pancreas (君の膵臓をたべたい) Movie Review

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas

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Recommended Audience: Fans of 浜辺 美波 Minami Hamabe, 北村匠海 Takumi Kitamura, 小栗旬 (おぐり しゅん) Shun Oguri, Keiko Kitagaw, Sho Tsukikawa, Yoru Sumino and Japanese/romance movie fans

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas (君の膵臓をたべたい) Movie Synopsis

Sakura Yamauchi (Minami Hamabe) and “I” (Takumi Kitamura) were former high school classmates. Inspired by Sakura’s words, “I” (Shun Oguri) has now become a teacher at the school they both attended. While talking to his students, he is reminded of the many days he spent with Sakura. Sakura, who was suffering from a disease of the pancreas, kept a diary of her struggle against her illness and how she tried to live with it.

After he discovers the diary by chance one day, “I” and Sakura gradually start to spend more time together. Sakura is determined to live out her days brilliantly, but finally, the end draws near. Twelve years after her death, her best friend Kyoko (Karen Otomo/Keiko Kitagawa), who is soon to marry, also begins to remember the time she spent with Sakura, just as “I” does. Then, because of something that happens, the two realize what Sakura really wanted to convey over the distance of those 12 years.

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas (君の膵臓をたべたい) Viewer Rating: 4/5 ****

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas (君の膵臓をたべたい) Movie Review:

Peps Goh: A beautiful piece by Sho Tsukikawa adapted from a novel by Yoru Sumino. I have never read the novel, but it felt like the film was a perfect adaptation. Instead of being limited by cinema as a medium, it had managed to make the storytelling better because of it.

With such an interesting movie name, one would have thought it’s a horror comedy. But only people whom have read the novel or watched the movie would know how painful that “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” mean.
Let Me Eat Your Pancreas Movie Still 2Peps Goh: Hamabe Minani plays Sakura, the owner of the “Disease Coexistence Journal”. Sakura has pancreatic cancer and has been given one year to live, and in the short time she has left decided to fall in love and in doing that forever changed the lives of those she touched in her last moments.

I recognized her from her performance in AnoHana’s TV live-action adaptation, “The Flower We Saw That Day”. Another story that had left me in a complete whimpering mess of tears. I must say that having seen her performance in this piece, I am now really excited to see her in the coming Ajin: Demi-human’s live action movie adaptation. Probably the perfect choice of cast for the role of Sakura, what with her beautiful performance of a painfully forced smile in the face of oblivion. (Her smile really reminds me of Singapore’s local actress – Jeanette Aw) I believe she’ll have a shining career ahead.

Without spoiling too much, the film utilizes tastefully creative techniques to bring the audience back and forth from the present to the remembered past. The transitions feel like a beautiful visual realization of what it feels like to see an object or a place and for a moment be thrown into a visceral reminiscence, gently easing the viewers into the narrative. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such solid directing in a novel to film adaptation.
Let Me Eat Your Pancreas MovieTiffany Yong: Yuma Yamoto as Gamu-kun had little scenes in the film, but every appearance was impactful and signified a gradual change in “I” (Takumi Kitamura). He provided mild comic relief throughout the timeline, offering the olive branch chewing gum to the main protagonist. Besides Takumi Kitamura’s excellent performance as a introvert, Yuma Yamoto’s simple yet iconic actions added points to the film. 

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas Movie StillPeps Goh: This film takes an overused and cliched old-fashion tragedy and presents it to you in a divine light and stunning framing (But we admit, it’s really effective in the era where there’s too much hype on action, gore and CGI). And at the right moments delivers an unexpected swing from the side, knocking tears right out from your eyes. So cleverly crafted, the injustice of the world in this story hits you in the chest, leaving but a hollowed sob and choked back cry.

Remember to bring a pack of tissue into the cinema with you!

Do You Know?

Let Me Eat Your Pancreas Movie Still AdultThe movie portrays the present time 12 years later, which is not part of the original book, and the story unfolds along the dual time axis of present and past. In the present time segment, the story swings between “I”, played by Shun Oguri, who has become a teacher, and Sakura’s best friend, Kyoko, played by Keiko Kitagawa.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

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Let Me Eat Your Pancreas (君の膵臓をたべたい) is out in cinemas on 14 September 2017.

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22 thoughts on “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas (君の膵臓をたべたい) Movie Review”

  1. does anyone know where I can watch this with english subs? I tried looking everywhere but I haven’t found anything ;-;
    im a big fan of Minami so I really want to watch it

  2. This move looks like a heart warming story. I thought it’s a horror movie because of it’s title Let me eat your Pancreas, but when I watched the trailer it was heart-stirring. Will definitely need to check this out now!!

  3. Geez but that title put me off, quite honestly without this review there was a zero change of me going to watch. Still not sure, I don’t like movies that are too sad., and this one sound just that

  4. Well you just added Let me eat your pancreas in my husband Movie list! He is a big fan of Japanese movies, and I am sure he will love this one. Your review is giving us a great insight, and like you say without reading the book, I also thought this was a horror movie 🙂

  5. When I first read the title I was like ” what kind of weird movie is this??!!” But reading what it’s about this looks like it would be a really good movie but I may cry a lot..

  6. The title of the movie really threw me off. You were right; I totally assumed that it was a horror-comedy genre. Instead, it sounds like it could actually be a tearful story!

  7. I agree with the com-mentor above! The title! LOL! I thought oh crap…maybe this is NSFW!! That is definitely an attention grabber! I don’t know that I could watch it though. I am so not good with sad movies :(.

  8. The plot of the movie sounds really good. Much better than the title. I think I get it, eating someone’s pancreas would remove the disease….but still.
    As I was reading the description of the movie, I teared up a little (I cry easily) so if I see this movie, I’m taking a big box of tissues with me

  9. I agree with Acraftymix’s comment, at first I had no idea what sort of movie to expect!! This sounds like a really moving movie, I might need to check this one out. Thank you for the tissue warning also, I cry at everything!

  10. What a fascinating title for a movie. It made me go “Wait, WHAAAT!!” and then I read your reviews and it sounds like such a heart warming story. I’ll be sure to take some tissues with. It sounds like I’m going to need a whole box

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