Seems like I becoming a full fledged “cry baby” lately….
And I remember that a friend of mine was telling me/ reading me that story (it was a long time ago so I can’t recall for sure but I know that at that time felt like he was reading and translating it in English for me), I remember how hard I was trying not to let him know that I’m crying.
Story behind the move is incredibly strong, touching but over all heartbreaking. That is something I still remember quite well. So, I was saying “NO” to the movie. But for some reason today…I decided to watch the movie. Mainly cos of Kamenashi Kazuya, all dramas I’we seen with him where blessed with fantastic acting, and Yuuki had fantastic references on the net regarding his acting in this movie. I was curious (curiosity did killed the cat in the end).
The cast crue did sound prommising:
- Kamenashi Kazuya as Yuuki
- Yuka as Yoshie
- Yamaguchi Tatsuya as Junji
- Oguri Shun as Hama
- Fukiishi Kazue as Miyuki
- Watanabe Ikkei as Morishita
- Megumi as Hiromi
- Uchida Asahi as Miyuki’s fiancee
- Ichige Yoshie as Hitomi (Yuuki’s mother)
- Yuki Saori as Komeyama-sensei
- Terii Itou (テリー伊藤) as the taxi driver
- Kuwabata Rie (くわばたりえ)
- Ishizuka Yoshiyuki (石塚義之)
- Kasai Kenji
- Matsuda Kazusa
- Kamiji Yusuke
- Kotani Yoshikazu
- Yamane Kazuma
- Inoue Yoshiko
!! SPOILER ALERT!!
Movie begins with happy and loving atmosphere, somewhere in Australia, where a group of young travelers meet in a hostel. They form a bond of friendship, not a strong one tho. Yuuki (Kamenashi Kazuya) is one of the residents there, he’s working a part time job on grape plant-age with Junji (Yamaguchi Tatsuya) and Hama-san (Oguri Shun).
Few days before Yuuki is going back home to Japan, seemingly harmless toothache leads him to a hospital, as result he’s going home with recommendation to contact a doctor and a letter with his diagnosis. At first doctors in Japan are confused with unfamiliar name of the disease. Yuuki suffers from degenerative disorder his cranial bone is disintegrating which leads to the loss of vital functions covered by the “boneless” part of the brain.
Hospitalized and facing a serious operation, already loosing his eyesight Yuuki contact friends he meet earlier that year in Australia. As a result those people meet again, and that is something they did not expected. So the loose bond between them grows stronger as they share common concern. At the same time their lives start to change under the influence of Yuuki’s courage (this is a little word play since yuuki means courage on Japanese).
After first surgery Yuuki’s condition seams to be better but that is a short lived happiness. And his disease starts to progress again. He losses his eyesight wholly after the second surgery. But still trying to keep happy and cheerfully face in front of his friends.
His condition ends with his death in age of 23…
The story is based on a real life event.
Kamenashi’s acting made this drama so strong and painful, his acting skills are amazing. So, even if I’m not the fan of drama movies I warmly recommend this one.
But, I have to correct one mistake common on the net, even IMDB has it (my guess is that the first person who gave a review made mistake during translation and everybody else just c/p it). Yuuki’s illness don’t lead to “seven types of incurable diseases”. He is the eighth person suffering from this disease in the world, also means that before him only seven people had the disorder since 1883 and up to that point.
And for the end, let me finish with the strongest quote from the movie:
“To comprehend the value of one year,
just ask the students who failed their entrance exams.
(Yuuki in ユウキ)