Ah, the beauty of Japanese entertainment.
We’ve all heard of or seen strange Japanese movie titles before, whether they were as originally intended or something that was clearly lost in translation. For example, 2004’s “The Notebook” (which stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) is known as “The Story I Read To You” in Japan.
But this next one takes the cake!
Malaysian cinema chain GSC Cinemas took to their Facebook page to share a poster of an upcoming Japanese romance flick. Its literal title is, wait for it, “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” (君の膵臓をたべたい) ? Yup, let that sink in for a while, really digest it (no pun intended), and allow the initial shock to pass before you burst out laughing.
Laugh all you want, but apparently, “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” is a sad movie. Based on a Yoru Sumino novel of the same name, the story centres on a high school girl named Sakura (played by Minami Hamabe) who has pancreatic cancer and only a year to live. A boy (played by Takumi Kitamura) discovers Sakura’s “Disease Coexistence Journal”, which documents her terminal illness, and tries his best to cheer her up.
Not sure what the “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” context is, but the story was so loved and the novel (which was released on web first before being adapted into print) was so wildly successful that there’s even an anime film in the works.
That having said, imagine the conversation that would ensue when you purchase the “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” tickets off a GSC Cinemas counter. “Hi, let me eat your pancreas for 2 adults please?” Cue weird looks from the staff and the other moviegoers in line. We don’t know about you, but we want to watch this, and we’re definitely buying the tickets off the GSC Cinemas website to avoid awkwardness ?
“Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” will be released at a GSC Cinemas outlet near you on 9th November 2017.