Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai Live-Action Film Opens in Malaysia in November

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Film based on Yoru Sumino novel opened in Japan on July 28, anime film planned for next year

Malaysian film distributor GSC Movies revealed on Sunday that it will open the live-action film adaptation of Yoru Sumino's Kimi no Suizō o Tabetai (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas) novel in Malaysia on November 9 with the title Let Me Eat Your Pancreas.

The film, starring Takumi Kitamura and Minami Hamabe, opened in Japan on July 28, and has earned a cumulative total of 2,873,112,500 yen (about US$26.46 million).

The novel's story is told from the point of view of an unnamed protagonist who happens to find a diary in a hospital one day. The diary belongs to his classmate, a girl named Sakura Yamauchi, who is revealed to be suffering from a terminal illness in her pancreas, and who only has a few months left to live. Sakura explains that the protagonist is the only person apart from her family that knows about her condition. The protagonist promises to keep Sakura's secret. Despite their completely opposite personalities, the protagonist decides to be together with Sakura during her last few months.

Sumino began serializing the story on the Shōsetsu-ka ni Narō ("Let's Become Novelists") website in 2014. Futabasha published the novel in print in June 2015, with cover art by loundraw (Tsukigakirei character designer). The novel and various related books have since garnered over 2 million copies in print.

The novel is inspiring an anime film next year. The book also inspired a manga adaptation by Idumi Kirihara, which launched in Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine in August 2016, and ended on May 25. Futabasha published the manga's second and final compiled book volume on June 20.

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