One Litre of Tears – Ichi Rittoru no Namida

The title itself is self-explainatory.
It’s actually a title from a japanese drama.. a sad japanese drama to be precise.
From the reviews that I’ve read from the net, a lot of them said that this drama is one of the saddest Japanese drama they’ve ever watched.
Well, I’ve watched it. Hm.. I would say.. yeah.. it’s sad. *Ehem. Sniff. 

1 litre of tears cover 

The drama info @ review below was taken from Wikipedia… as usual. Hehe.

Based on a true story, One Litre of Tears is about the life story of Kitou Aya ( 1962-1988 ) a girl who had an incurable disease called Spinocerebellar Degeneration Disease (also known as SCA type 2; spinocerebellar ataxia type 2)at a young age of 15. Although the girl in the drama – Ikeuchi Aya, lived in the 21st century, her character was based on Kitou Aya’s life, how she struggled and fought her disease and how she wrote her deepest thoughts until the last day she could hold a pen. Before she died, her writings were published including the poems she wrote while she is staying in a school for the disabled. This gave new hopes to people who suffers with the same disease as she did and soon Aya received letters of appreciation and thanks from those people. At the age of 25, she succumbed herself into a sleep where she could no longer feel any pain.

Ichi Rittoru no Namida is a heart-warming drama that will make people happy for the simple fact that they are alive, and will give hope to those who suffers from diseases and will make them think positive about living instead of giving up easily.


Yup. It’s based on a true story. Kisah benar beb!!
That’s what I like the most about this drama. Not the lotsa crying part which Jo and Afat really like. 😛
Eventhough the drama is sad.. it has a lot of  positive elements in it.
It tells you not to give up hope.. how to be strong.. and etc2 ( go and watch it urself lah!).

In real life, the name of the girl is Kitou Aya ( 19 July 1962 – 23 May 1988 ).
She passed away when she is 26 years old. She’s still a teenager. May she rest in peace.


I remembered the time when I was 15.. Hm.. at that age, I know nothing about life.
School.. Study.. Get good grades.. Hangout with friends.. Enjoy the beach.. Court girls.. :D.
All those routine stuffs.. but it’s fun to be a teenager. Less headache. Less responsibility. Less complicated.
Until.. if you got a deadly disease that is.

Hm.. I didn’t even know that there is that kinda disease before I watch this drama.
Spinocerebellar Degeneration Disease aka SCA.
There’re a bunch loads of info about this disease in the websites and it have a few levels and types.
The one shown in the drama is SCA type 2.. I think?
I didn’t read the disease info in details (banyak sangat medical terms and stuffs related to neuro, so tak faham).

The spinocerebellar degenerations/ataxias (SCAs) are a diverse group of rare, slowly progressive, neurological diseases, often inherited but of incompletely understood pathophysiology, which affect the cerebellum and its related pathways.

The only thing that I know for sure is.. there’s no cure for this disease!! No cure or treatment! Until now!
If I want to compare, this disease maybe as close as AIDS.. maybe. No cure jugak kan?
This disease was said genetically inherited but in some cases, they just got it.. out of no where. WTF!!?
It’s like the one in the drama.. she’s healthy.. still young (15 years old!).. family got no health problem..
All of the sudden.. BAM!! She got it. Damn.. that’s like.. what the hell man?
Cancers.. High blood pressure.. Heart condition.. Diabetes.. all of this, we can at least prevent it to happen.. somehow. We can take care of ourself. We have and we can make choices.
You know.. stop smoking.. eat accordingly.. excercise regularly.. control your alcohol consumptions and all those stuffs la.
But this.. it’s like a.. wow, I don’t even have a word for it. It just…. happen.


Based on the drama.. this is what happened. It may not be the actual facts.
This disease will kill you… S L O W L Y. And by slowly.. it varies. It could be as long as months or years. Depends on the individual and also the treatments being given.
First.. you will lost control of your limbs. Legs.. Hands..
In the drama there’s this scene where the girl – Aya-chan was running and lost her balance and then fell face first on the road.
For a normal human being, if you tripped and fall.. for sure our body reflex will be triggerred and automatically our hands will stretch out to protect ourself right?
No… Not if you got this disease. You can’t control your hands at all. In fact, the reflex is not working at all. You’ll fall like SMACKED! Face first.. That gotta hurt. For sure.


Then, you’ll lose your ability to walk. You’ll have to use a wheelchair to move around..
Not long after that.. you will have difficulty in your speech. People won’t understand what you’re saying. Mumbling and every words will sound gibberish to others. Eventually you’ll be mute (jadi bisu la.. basically).
After that, you’ll lose the ability to control your bladder and you’ll have to use pampers.
Then.. you’ll have problems with your hands and fingers. They’ll be like cramped.. all the time.
Lastly.. when your cerebellum shrunk so bad.. You’ll die.
That’s it.
The pure suffering that comes stage by stage..
I understand that the disease only affect your physical.. not your mind. So you still can think, remember and feel.
In fact, the most suffering part is that.. you know by fact what’s gonna happened next and in the end you know that you’ll die… definitely.

Imagine this.. when the disease reached the highest stage you can’t move at all.. can’t utter a word..
But your brain is still functioning tho.. and you can’t even tell people that you’re hungry, hot, wanna pee or whatsoever.
It’s like you’re trapped in your own body.
Heck!! You can’t even end your own life if you want to!

many faces of 1 liter of tears

I don’t know about others.. but this drama change my perceptions of life in so many ways.
I might not have everything in life.. I know I am not perfect in so many ways..
But.. I do thank GOD that I’m alive. I’m really grateful for that.

So.. live life.. be happy and be grateful with what you have right now. You never know..

Credit to Afat for introducing this drama to me.
Dah!! Gi nangis jauh2! Hehe.


Here is the ending theme song for the drama by K.

Title: Only Human

Kanashimi no mukou kishi ni
Hohoemi ga aru to iu yo…

Kanashimi no mukou kishi ni
Hohoemi ga aru to iu yo…
Tadoritsuku sono saki ni wa
Nani ga bokura wo matteru

Nigeru tame ja naku
Yume ou tame ni
Tabi ni deta hazusa
Tooi natsu no ano hi…

Ashita sae mieta nara
Tame iki mo nai kedo
Nagare ni sakarau fune no you ni
Ima wa mae e susume

Kurushimi no tsukita basho ni
Shiawase ga matsu to iu yo
Boku wa mada sagashite iru
Kisetsu hazure no himawari

Kobushi nigirishime
Asahi wo mateba
Akai tsume ato ni
Namida kirari ochiru…

Kodoku ni mo nareta nara
Tsukiakari tayori ni
Hane naki tsubasa de tobidatou
Motto mae e susume

Amagumo ga kireta nara
Nureta michi kagayaku
Yami dake ga oshiete kureru
Tsuyoi, tsuyoi hikari
Tsuyoku mae e susume

Translation: (This might not be accurate.. :P)

On the opposite coast of sadness
is there something called a smile?

On the opposite coast of sadness
is there something called a smile?
But before we can go there,
is there something we’re waiting for?

In order to chase our dreams, we can’t have a reason to runaway
We’ve got to go, to that far away summer day

If we find it that tomorrow, we can’t sigh
Like a boat struggling against the flow
We have to keep on going

In a place worn down by sadness
something called a miracle, is waiting
Yet we are still searching
for that sunflower that grows at the end of spring

With my hands balled into fists, I wait for the dawn
With red fingernail marks and shining tears falling

Even if we’ve grown used to loneliness
only relying on the moonlight
We have to fly away with featherless wing
just go foward, just a little further

As the rainclouds break
the wet roads will shine
Only the darkness can teach us
About the strong, strong light
I’ve got to keep going stronger


~ by Aidilz on January 28, 2009.

9 Responses to “One Litre of Tears – Ichi Rittoru no Namida”

  1. ahh… 1 litre of tears huh… make it gallons of tears? lol.. jk anyways, i dun really like molestation(touching) movies, dramas and etc, cuz i dont like crying…aku baca dah tau kesian gile..dah nak nangis tau.. 😛

  2. Hahaha.. Tu baru bace tau. Belum tengok lagi.
    Molestation huh? Hehehe. Molest your heart lah!
    Bring your gf to watch this lah.. then you can comfort her.
    Hehehe.. damn nice.

  3. Highly recommended for the EMO people i know – Boobie n Ben!
    Jap/Korean series irritate me bcoz they take 20 minutes to say ” I LOVE YOU ” WTH!

  4. boobie? ur called boobie? aidil is boobie? why ar?

  5. in this movie i learn a lot especially in the case of aya now i have a inspiration to continue much hard my study,to become a good nurse and sooner to become a doctor especialist in neurological..hmmm i try to treat this kind of disease.

  6. hahahah
    thank you 4 all mhuaw

  7. this is nice dramAS.. SYE X PERNAH tak nangis pn tgk setiap episod ini..hehe

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