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If Cats Disappeared From the World

If Cats Disappeared From the World

May. 14, 2016 Japan102 Min.
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Akira Nagai


Takeru Satoh ispostman / devil
postman / devil
Aoi Miyazaki ispostman's first love
postman's first love
Eiji Okuda ispostman's father
postman's father
Mieko Harada ispostman's mother
postman's mother


A postman learns that he doesn’t have much time left to live due to a terminal illness. A devil then appears in front of him and offers to extend his life if he picks something in the world that will disappear. The man thinks about his relationships with ex-friends, ex-lovers, relatives and colleagues who will be sincerely sad when he dies.

If Cats Disappeared From the World
If Cats Disappeared From the World
If Cats Disappeared From the World
If Cats Disappeared From the World
If Cats Disappeared From the World
If Cats Disappeared From the World
Original title世界から猫が消えたなら
IMDb Rating7.1 1,011 votes
TMDb Rating7.4 10 votes

(5) comments

  • momo (Aimar_the_hobbit)June 9, 2016Reply

    If cats disappeared from the world, how would the world change?

    …”If cats disappeared from the world, how would the world change? If
    I disappeared from the world, who on earth would mourn for me?”…

    ”Sekai kara neko ga kietanara” is based on a popular novel of the same
    name and centers around a young postman (played by Sato Takeru) who
    learns that he has a terminal illness and is soon going to die. Then, a
    devil appears and offers to extend his life on the condition that one
    thing the devil picks will disappear from the world in exchange for him
    living one day longer.

    Things which seems not essential to life turn out to be more crucial
    than expected, as they affect the relationship he has with his
    ex-girlfriend, friend and family…

    As the story evolves, it reminds me to think about what is actually
    essential to life. Existence or essence?

    The story is meaningful, and Takeru is a great cast in a great film. He
    perfectly delivered the role with his talents. The film is also shot so
    beautifully that I had to add Hakodate, the filming location, to my
    list of must-visit cities in Japan.

  • Gordon-11October 7, 2016Reply

    Thought provoking

    This film tells the story of  a young man who is diagnosed with brain
    cancer. The devil appears and tells him that he has only one more day
    to live, but he can extend his life by one day by making one thing
    disappear from the world.

    ”If Cats Disappeared From the World” makes people think and reflect on
    their lives. What if there is really only one day to live? Is one
    willing to trade something precious for one more day of life? The
    butterfly effect of the first trade has a profound effect on the
    character’s world, and this makes am impact  on the viewers too. There
    comes a point when the trade is not worth it anymore, and this decision
    is different for everyone. This requires  a lot of thoughts and
    introspection, and this film triggers exactly that.

    Despite the topic of the film, It doesn’t come across as sombre or sad.
    I enjoyed  watching it.

  • Swara MohanDecember 12, 2016Reply

    Thought Provoking!

    I have no words to describe how I felt after watching this movie. It
    made me think a lot about life,relationships,ambitions and regrets.
    This movie is not meant for people looking for light entertainment.

    Satoh Takeru has delivered mind blowing performance with dual role of
    the postman and the devil. A postman who unexpectedly comes to know
    that he is going to die due to a terminal illness.After losing one by
    one,items which he associates with important people in his life,he
    realizes that a death without people to mourn for,A life which leaves
    no memories on people and a life whose existence is erased,is of no
    use. Its OK to have a mixed past(good+bad) and not able to live long
    enough to fulfill dreams,yet life gives us something to cherish and be
    thankful for.

    A movie full of insight.A must see.

  • tenshi_ippikiookamiDecember 31, 2016Reply

    We would have no cats

    A young man falls from his bike and at the hospital gets the news that
    he has only, at most, one week to live. However, when he arrives at
    home, he finds someone waiting for him. This someone looks exactly like
    him. Surprised, he strikes a conversation with this being, not knowing
    if it is a devil or what. The doppelganger tells him he is going to die
    the following day. And then offers him a bargain: the creature will
    give him an extra day to live in exchange for something disappearing
    from the world.

    From here on we have our hero, played with a touch of naivety and
    innocence by Takeru Satoh, learning about the importance of
    relationships and people in life. It is not the things that may
    disappear, but how they help him to connect with the rest of the world.
    Of course, he learns a couple of things along the way.

    The movie touches on what makes us human and relate to each other. It
    has its heart in the right place, and reminds the viewer that we are
    not alive just because we eat and sleep. However, on the down side, it
    gets cheesier and cheesier and a little bit of a tearjerker along the
    way, stretching the story a little bit thin.

    If you like your movies with a side dish of tissues, you will love ”If
    Cats Disappeared from the World”.

  • guillembescosApril 2, 2017Reply

    Touching movie

    ”If Cats disappeared from the world”, the movie that kept me 2 times in
    the sofa strongly tied with this beautiful and touching soundtrack and
    its simple argument. You are human, so you will emphasize with the

    Highly recommended movie

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