If Cats Disappeared From The World Review
The most handsome postman in the world, must come to terms with the inevitable truth of “memento mori.”
Sato Takeru portrays a kind postman, who finds out he’s suffering from brain tumor and will soon die- however, the “devil” offers him a deal that will grant him a life-extension; an extra day for each something he picks to completely erase from the world, along with everything that came with it.
Huum, doesn’t sound like such a bad deal, does it? Like, there must be several things one considers useless in the world, and not a thing would change if they disappeared completely but..that’s not really true, is it? (besides, the devil chooses which things he’d like to shooaway, so CRAP.)
The postman keeps wondering if his impending death will make any difference or even touch anybody. It’s not easy to accept you’re gonna vanish from the world, especially when you feel like you still have many things to give, or dreams to realize; that’s why the postman (I wonder if his name is revealed in the novel btw, someday when I know enough japanese to be able to read a novel, it will be one of the first novels I pick up. SOMEDAY) is initially paralyzed and scared, and “lets” the devil make the decisions for him, while he watches his old life collapse in front of his eyes, in exchange for a few more days.
Ironically, it’s only after things start disappearing along with the memories of his ex-girlfriend and friends, that he gains the clarity of appreciating the life he led. No matter how insignificant you might feel, or how small and unimportant, if you have lived for a considerable amount of time, you will have touched another life; one way, or the other. Just like others will have made a meaningful impact on you. Do a few extra days worth the price of jeopardizing that? That’s the question, the postman has to answer to.
The acting from Takeru is phenomenal; I mean, everybody in the cast did a wonderful job (the mother most notably, and then Miyazaki) but Takeru steals the spotlight, as expected from the main hero. You can feel his resignation, melancholy, nostalgia, acceptance and root for him to find his peace. No matter what role he takes on, Kenshin, Tokuzo etc he blows you away, and that’s another role to add to his credentials.
I honestly believe, if angels existed, and I don’t know, one of those angels was the “acting angel” and descended from the skies to grace us with his flawless acting, that angel would look exactly like Takeru. Curly hair, calm but versatile expression and a gentle voice…yep, HE IS THE ACTING ANGEL. (my bias shows, doesn’t it? :p)
Also, kudos to the director and director of photography – the cinematography was beautiful, and it brought out the ever-changing mood in the film. More kudos to the music department, for a beautiful score accompanying important scenes, and for the main track by HARUHI that seems like it was tailor-made for the movie’s main theme.
It goes without saying, that I recommend it- it’s a movie that’s meant to speak to the heart and it’s meant to tell us something we all need and want to hear : that how we lead and live our lives matter. Not only for ourselves, but for other people too. Make your time in here worthwhile, let stories happen to you.
Overall Grade : 9,51/10
I will end this review with one of my favorite Steinbeck quotes, that I feel suits the mood of the film :
“It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.'”
Let’s keep trying pals! : D
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