UPDATED: I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Joins Irelands’ Japanese Film Festival Next Month

UPDATE: sniper_samurai on our forum has let us know that I Want to Eat Your Pancreas will also be showing at the Dublin leg of the Japanese Film Festival, screening at 18:30 on 13th April 2019. In addition, Penguin Highway will be shown in Dublin at 15:30 on the same day. You can view the full Dublin line-up here.


The coming-of-age drama anime I Want to Eat Your Pancreas will be heading to the Republic of Ireland next month, as part of Ireland’s annual Japanese Film Festival, the Gate Cinema in Cork confirmed to Anime UK News this afternoon. The film will have a single screening, at 18:30 on 11th April 2019.

This will mark the film’s debut in the Republic of Ireland, following its UK premiere at Scotland Loves Anime 2018, where it won the festival’s Audience Award, beating Penguin Highway, Mirai and Calamity of a Zombie Girl for the prize. No home video release for the UK or Ireland have been announced at time of writing.

The first anime feature film from Studio VOLN (Ushio & Tora) and director Shin’ichiro Ushijima (One Punch Man Assistant Director), I Want to Eat Your Pancreas tells the story of an unlikely friendship formed between the cheery and free-spirited girl Sakura Yamauchi, and the bookish boy who learns her secret from a diary left in a hospital waiting room. Sakura is dying of a pancreatic illness unknown to anyone else outside her family, and their shared secret sparks an unexpected friendship as Sakura aims to live her last few days to the fullest, and show her new friend that life is worth living.

The Japanese Film Festival will run from the 11th to 13th April 2019, with the line-up also including the live-action films The Blood of Wolves (dir. Shinichirou Ushijima) on 12th April, and Jesus (dir. Hiroshi Okuyama) on 13th April.

The original novel by Yoru Sumino is currently available in English courtesy of Seven Seas Entertainment, as is Idumi Kirihara’s manga adaptation.

Source: The Gate Cork

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