Last night I watched a Japanese film on Celestial Movies, I Give My First Love To You.
One day, Mayu overhears her father saying that Takuma's condition is
serious enough that he most likely won't live beyond the age of 20. However, at 8-years-old he makes a promise to marry Mayu when they turn 20. Their friendship grows and Takuma becomes Mayu's first love.
Takuma, who knows his days are numbered, wanted to push away his
feelings for Mayu and distance himself from Mayu, because he cannot
stand to see her cry or hurt her more than he already has. He promised to himself that after his last day in junior high, he will
leave Mayu. He decided to attend an elite high school, which Takuma
thinks that Mayu cannot go into.
To Takuma's surprise, Mayu managed to go into that school and had
actually done well enough in the school's entrance examination that she
became the 1st year student body representative. She scolded Takuma in
front of everyone in the school hall, when she should be making her
welcome speech. This is the most ridiculous part of this film! She told Takuma that even if he wanted to abandon her,
it will not happen in a 100,000 years. Therefore, they became known to
the school as lovers.
Mayu then meets Kou, who likes her and asked her to be his girlfriend.
However, Mayu refuses. On the other hand, Takuma meets Teru, his old
elementary school classmate and friend, and Mayu gets jealous when he
spent a lot of time visiting her. Kou asked Takuma to give Mayu to him,
as Takuma should spare Mayu from the pain when Takuma died. Mayu and
Takuma broke up briefly because Takuma granted Teru her wish of
experiencing a kiss before she died. When Takuma visited Teru the next
day, he found out that she had died. I was crying on this part :(
Takuma then issued Kou a challenge, they would run a 100-meter race,
with the loser backing off from Mayu. Kou accepted the challenge but
Takuma wins, and went to find Mayu for a date. That day, Kou went out of
the school at the same time as Mayu and Takuma, and was knocked down by
a van as he rushed across a train crossing :'( Then, Takuma was informed
that he had a suitable heart donor. Later, Mayu found out that the donor
was the now brain-dead Kou, and tried to hide the fact from Takuma. However, Takuma eventually
found out and refused the donation. At the same time, Kou's family saw
that Kou had shed tears, and decided that there might be a miracle, and
refused the donation as well. Mayu begged them many times, but they
still refused to budge. I was also crying on this part :'(
Later, Takuma suffered a heart attack. He was rushed to hospital, and
the doctor did not give him much chance of living. In his sleep, Takuma
prayed that he could have just a short time more to live, and he got a
miraculous recovery, and surprised Mayu. He brought Mayu on their
"honeymoon", visiting many places. Finally, at the field where they
first kissed, Takuma told Mayu that he was very lucky and was happy with
his life and gave her a letter that he had done when he was eight :'(
Upon their arrival back to the hospital, Takuma suffered another heart
attack and despite the efforts of the doctor, Takuma died. Mayu went to
the roof and opened his letter, which told everyone to be happy when he
was gone. The film ends with Mayu borrowing the urn containing Takuma's
ashes, and went to a church to have a "wedding", thus fulfilling their
promise when they were young. And I was still crying until this part, I was even crying louder than before :'