Wednesday, February 13, 2013

1 Litre of Tears (movie)

This was a Japanese movie that was based on a true story. It was heart wrenching and it truly makes you think that you should be grateful for one more day of being healthy and to live life to the fullest (of course without doing anything crazy). I truly cried a bucket in this movie so be sure to have a box of tissues ready if you plan on watching this movie! 

       This is based on a true story and this movie was based on the diary that Aya kept writing until she could no longer hold a pen. It talks about the struggles that a 15 year old girl named Aya had as she suffered from an incurable disease. It shows how she always smiled and lived her life to the fullest until her death at age 25. Aya was a healthy, normal girl. She played basketball well and her family owned a tofu shop. She was a very bright girl and she has siblings too. However, slowly, unusual things began occurring to Aya. She began to start falling down without being tripped or anything.  She fell down often and also walked in a strange manner. Usually, when people fall down, their hands are stretched in front of them so their hands often get scraped when they fall. However, for Aya, she has no time to react and her hands are always left unscratched and unharmed.
        Her mother notices this and takes Aya to the hospital for a check up. They found out that Aya had spinocerebellar ataxia. This is a rare disease where the cerebellum of the brain deteriorates overtime to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat. However, it does not affect the mind just how your body functions. It shows her struggles and overtime, she got worse and worse. She also had a sort of connection with a boy named Asou Haruto that had once helped her when she fell down. There was a love relation between them. I felt bad for her when the guy that she liked, ditched her just because he found out that she had this disease. Life was not easy for this girl, yet she faced it with a smile and tried her best to keep her hopes up. Not many people supported her like Asou Haruto and her family. The class even discriminated against her and parents even protested of having her in the class. This is a movie that truly talks about the struggles Aya faced and its definitely worth watching. 

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