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One Litre of Tears Advance Review

Posted by David D'Angelo | 5/27/2009 10:41:00 PM | , | 3 comments »
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How would you feel if your child suffers from an incurable disease at a very young age? Perhaps that would be the painful experience of your life and everyday that pass is like a counter towards the death of your child. If you could only have the power to stop time I'm sure you would. Well, this is simply the plot behind the latest series in GMA 7 entitled "One Liter of Tears". 1 rittoru no namida (1リットルの涙, Ichi rittoru no namida?, lit. "1 Litre of Tears"; also called A Diary with Tears or A Diary of Tears) is a Japanese television drama originally produced for Fuji Television about a girl who was diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease at 15, but was able to continue her life until her death at the age of 25.

The drama is an adaptation of the diary of a Japanese girl named Aya Kitō, who suffered from spinocerebellar ataxia. She began keeping a diary at the suggestion of her doctor, and continued to write until she could no longer hold a pen. The diary, titled 1 rittoru no namida, was published shortly before her death. Although some of the characters and situations are fictionalized in this television version, the dialogue frequently draws directly from Aya Kitô's own words.

Moreover, each episode concludes with a narrated diary excerpt, framed with photographs from various stages in Kitô's life, before and after her diagnosis. The screenplay thus attempts to balance between faithfully working with actual text from the book, 1 rittoru no namida, while also inventing situational contexts so as to portray the struggles of the book's characters in dramatic scenarios. The character Haruto Asô, for example, does not exist in the original diary; however, as a fictional character created for this series, he provides an important mechanism through which Aya's inner feelings, the diary's language on a page, can become more fully actualized as part of a day-to-day narrative.

During its first few days of airing on GMA Channel 7 in the Philippines, I was struck by the fact that this could happen to anyone including my own children and thinking what will I do simply freaks me out. How could a parent endure such suffering and moreover how can the child herself feel and handle this hardship.

  • STORY: 10 - means the depth of the story and the overall plot.
  • CHARACTERS: 10 - this pertains to the ability of the characters to portray their roles.
  • COHERENCE: 10 - ability of the story to be coherent as the episode progresses.
  • DEPTH: 10 - the effectiveness of the story to relay the full plot and to show the story of each character.
  • MUSIC: 10 - effective use of music in the story.
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: 10 - amount and effectiveness of special effects.
  • POPULARITY: 10 - relative popularity of the story/tv series.
  • RECOMMENDATION: 10 - my recommendation
  • TOTAL RATING: 10


  • I have only watched the first few episodes but for me this is definitely a highly recommended series to watch. In this series there are lots of lessons and experiences to learn and know. These learnings and experiences will equip us to be better person.


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    3 comments

    1. Anonymous // June 8, 2009 at 9:22 PM

      i agree to that..i have watched the drama series One Litre of Tears already and I highly recommend it to everyone. You will learn a lot from it, guys..

    2. Shen // June 10, 2009 at 6:50 PM

      Yap... it is a story which will surely touch our hearts s do watch 1 Liter of Tears.

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