From director Michihito Fujii comes one of the biggest Japanese box office hits of the year.
The Sakura cherry blossom seasons mark each of the 10 years of life left to Matsuri (Nana Komatsu), a promising writer diagnosed at age 20 with an incurable lung disorder. She vows to live a stoically solo life, though those blossoms remind her that however short their life may be, they bloom to the fullest. When she runs into angst-ridden Kazuto, an old and forgotten classmate ready to give up on his life, she finds a connection she never expected. She resumes a writing career; he finds his talent running a warm and friendly neighborhood izakaya. With supportive friends and Matsuri’s family cautiously hovering over her health, will she learn to embrace love after all?
Based on Rika Kusaka’s novel facing her own terminal illness, director Michihito Fujii brings the award-winning book to the screen in soft colors exposing oases of natural beauty in ultra-urbanized Tokyo. Something feathery is always in the air: Sakura, autumn leaves, rain, snow. A heartstring plucking soundtrack adds an extra tissue ranking to this LOVE STORY- like weeper. But it’s a good cry for lives not lost, but well-lived.