Japan is one of the leading countries in Asia for television shows and movies. Some fantastic dramas that have brought millions to tears, interestingly, were originally manga comics before they were made into animations and eventually live-action dramas. If you enjoy TV shows with unforgettable stories that pull at your heartstrings, then you must check out a Japanese drama. Take a look at this list for five tear-jerking, heartwarming Japanese dramas and movies.
1 Litre no Namida (One Litre of Tears)
One Litre of Tears, which is based on a true story, was first shown in 2005 and starred Erika Sawajiri and Ryo Nishikido. It tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl called Aya who is diagnosed with a fatal and incurable degenerative disease. The drama was based on the diary of the real Aya, which she penned until she could no longer hold a pen. There was also a book published based on her story. The show follows Aya’s life until she dies at 25 years old.
1 リットルの涙 pic.twitter.com/hQCjIzjbhJ— ハクオズワルド吉田 (@JAPO_619) 2013年3月9日
Koizora (Sky of Love)
This movie is a real tear-jerker and you’re sure to fall in love with both Mika and Hiro. It contains some adult themes, so make sure you’re at least sixteen years old if you decide to watch it.
Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)
【花より男子】 成蹊大学をロケ地として使用✩ pic.twitter.com/oAh1Txrz5L— 気になるロケ地✩ (@dorama_rokechi) 2017年8月30日
Tsukushi is a poor girl in a rich school who hates the drama and hierarchy in the school and hopes to remain invisible until she graduates. A group of five boys, called F5, are like the kings of the school and unfairly punish those who even slightly offend them. When Tsukushi accidentally angers the leader of F5, Domyoji, she makes enemies of the entire school. However, her plucky attitude and determination soon makes Domyoji fall for her.
This drama is funny and heartwarming and introduced many people to the handsome and talented actor and singer, Jun Matsumoto, who is also a member of the pop band Arashi. This is a great drama appropriate for teens and above.
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradise
— にのさく (@ars_0807_sn) 2017年7月2日
With the drama of surviving in an all-boys’ school and keeping her secret safe, this charming drama series is sure to entertain you. It’s a little less depressing than the previous ones on this list, and appropriate for all ages.
Boku no Ita Jikan (The Hours of My Life)
This heartbreaking drama is only 11 episodes long but it is guaranteed to pull on your heartstrings. The handsome Haruma Miura broke our hearts all over again with The Hours of My Life.
Whether you’re getting some Japanese listening practice, you’re a fan of handsome Asian actors, or you’re just looking for something new and heartwarming to watch, definitely check out the above dramas and movie. You’re bound to laugh, cry, and enjoy all of them!