It was recently announced that popular rock band Mr.Children will be providing the theme song for the upcoming film adaptation of Yoru Sumino’s best-selling novel “Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai”. The movie will tell the story of the narrator – referred to only as ‘I’ – whom during a visit to the hospital discovers the diary of classmate Sakura Yamauchi and learns that she has a terminal pancreatic illness. Set in both the past and the present, “Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai” will explore both the narrator’s interactions with his classmate following this realization, as well as the reflections of himself and one of Sakura’s close friends years after she passes away.
The narrator’s past self will be played by DISH//’s Takumi Kitamura, while his present self will be played by Shun Oguri. Sakura is set to be played by Minami Hamabe, and last but not least, her friend Kyoko will be played by Keiko Kitagawa.
When considering the kind of theme song that would be best for the film, its staff desired a track which would be able to be paired with I’s ruminations on the past, yet also convey these feelings in a manner that people from every generation would be able to empathize with. As such, the production team reached out to Mr.Children, whom accepted the offer and provided their new song “himawari”. Described as an impressive and powerful track with an emotive melody, “himawari” will be played at the movie’s conclusion, serving as an answer song from ‘I’ to Sakura.
While no details about the release of “himawari” have been revealed yet, you can find the film’s first trailer right after the jump.