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If Cats Disappeared from the World (2016)

Sekai kara neko ga kietanara (original title)
Young mailman finds out he has no time left due to a terminal disease. Suddenly he is approached by a devil that offers him to live more time if he eliminates something from the world. ... See full summary »

Director:

Akira Nagai

Writers:

Genki Kawamura (based on the novel by), Yoshikazu Okada (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Gaku Hamada ... Tsutaya
Mieko Harada ... Postman's Mother
Anna Ishii Anna Ishii
Aoi Miyazaki ... Postman's First Love
Eiji Okuda Eiji Okuda ... Postman's Father
Eita Okuno Eita Okuno
Takeru Satoh ... Postman / Devil (as Takeru Satô)
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Young mailman finds out he has no time left due to a terminal disease. Suddenly he is approached by a devil that offers him to live more time if he eliminates something from the world. Young mailman then thinks about his relationship with friends, ex-partners, family. Written by malamadre

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 May 2016 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

If Cats Disappeared from the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Hokkaido, Japan See more »

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$10,284,664
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2.39:1
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If cats disappeared from the world, how would the world change?
9 June 2016 | by Aimar_the_hobbitSee all my reviews

..."If cats disappeared from the world, how would the world change? If I disappeared from the world, who on earth would mourn for me?"...

"Sekai kara neko ga kietanara" is based on a popular novel of the same name and centers around a young postman (played by Sato Takeru) who learns that he has a terminal illness and is soon going to die. Then, a devil appears and offers to extend his life on the condition that one thing the devil picks will disappear from the world in exchange for him living one day longer.

Things which seems not essential to life turn out to be more crucial than expected, as they affect the relationship he has with his ex-girlfriend, friend and family…

As the story evolves, it reminds me to think about what is actually essential to life. Existence or essence?

The story is meaningful, and Takeru is a great cast in a great film. He perfectly delivered the role with his talents. The film is also shot so beautifully that I had to add Hakodate, the filming location, to my list of must-visit cities in Japan.


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