April Bride

April Bride (余命1ヶ月の花嫁, Yomei Ikkagetsu no Hanayome) is a 2009 Japanese biographical romantic drama film directed by Ryūichi Hiroki.

April Bride
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Directed byRyūichi Hiroki
Written byHiroshi Saito
StarringNana Eikura
Release date
  • May 9, 2009 (2009-05-09)
Running time
129 minutes
Box office$32,112,343[1]


On April 5, 2007, a couple married in a church. At first glance, it was a typical wedding. The bride, however, was suffering from late-stage breast cancer and had been given only a month to live.



  • Based on the true story of Chie Nagashima, a woman afflicted with breast cancer and her husband Taro Akasu.
  • Chie Nagashima's story was also told in a 2007 TBS documentary.


April Bride was number one in the box office in its opening weekend.[2] Mark Schilling of The Japan Times gave the film a mostly positive review.[3]


  1. ^ https://boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&id=_fYOMEIIKKAGETSUNO01
  2. ^ Jason Gray (May 12, 2009). "April Bride weds the top spot at Japanese box office". Screen Daily. Archived from the original on 16 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  3. ^ Mark Schilling (May 8, 2009). "A weepy aimed straight at women". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2009-06-01.

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