1 Litre of Tears (1リットルの涙)
Summary: Based on the real life of Kito Aya (木藤亜也), this drama tells the compelling story of a girl diagnosed with a degenerative disease (Spinocerebellar Degeneration) at the young age of fifteen. She continues writing in her diary even though she has difficulty engaging in daily activities, hoping to reach out to others with the same condition. The drama series follows her through her life from when she is diagnosed to her death. It portrays her struggles, her loves, her release, and most of all her tears. Starring Sawajiri Erika (沢尻 エリカ), Nishikido Ryo (錦戸亮), Yakushimaru Hiroko (薬師丸 ひろ子), Jinnai Takanori (陣内孝則).
Review: Well, you may have noticed the shortness of the summary. That is because this drama has nothing to talk about. I’m not dissing it completely, it’s just that we know she’s going to die. We’re all just watching each episode, waiting for it. The thing is, that’s the only way such a drama can be acted. It’s the filming that counts in drama like these and I must say the filming was not very well done. There were often times when scenes are supposed to be raw and bursting with emotion, but it just came off as… cheesy. Because of the story’s plot, there are no new updates, no suspense, it must all come down to the filming. So the filming is really how we look at how good it is, we aren’t able to be distracted by the plot. I was very disappointed with this drama. I remember I was thinking, ‘when am I supposed to cry?’, and waiting for the tears to come (as my friend promised they would), but there was nothing sad because all the ‘sad’ scenes were too hokey!