If Cats Disappeared from the World

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If Cats Disappeared from the World
If Cats Disappeared From the World poster.jpeg
HepburnSekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara
Directed byAkira Nagai [ja]
Based onSekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara [ja]
by Genki Kawamura [ja]
StarringTakeru Satoh
Aoi Miyazaki
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • May 14, 2016 (2016-05-14)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
Box officeUS$4.7 million[2]

If Cats Disappeared from the World (世界から猫が消えたなら, Sekai kara neko ga kietanara) is a 2016 Japanese drama film directed by Akira Nagai [ja], starring Takeru Satoh and Aoi Miyazaki[3] and based on the novel Sekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara [ja] by Genki Kawamura [ja].[4] It was released in Japan by Toho on May 14, 2016.[1]


An unnamed young man, living alone and working as a postman, is given a terminal diagnosis of brain cancer. As he despairs and wonders who will miss him when he dies, he returns home to find a doppelganger of himself, who claims to be the devil. The "devil" tells the man that if he agrees that one type of thing, chosen by the devil, will be removed from the world (as if it had never been), then the man can have another day of life instead of dying the next day. The items are removed at the end of that day, giving the man one last day ostensibly to enjoy them before they disappear from the world. The story proceeds through successive days with new things being removed each day: after phones, then movies, clocks, and finally cats. The story focuses on the way in which the world is different for the man and his backstory without the removed items. Each of these is somehow crucial to his relationships with his few friends and family: an ex-girlfriend, a best friend who only knows how to interact with others through sharing movies, an acquaintance met in Buenos Aires, and most importantly, the man's late mother, whose cat he inherited. The story is told both in real time and in a series of flashbacks, and the viewer comes to have a better understanding of the young man's relationships with family and friends, and the pain and beauty of mortality.



On its opening weekend at the Japanese box office, the film was third placed, with 141,691 admissions and ¥184.7 million in gross.[5][4] On its second weekend, it was again third placed by admissions, with 104,440, and was second-placed by gross, with ¥141.4 million.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "世界から猫が消えたなら". eiga.com (in Japanese). Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "If Cats Disappeared from the World". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "世界から猫が消えたなら(2016)". allcinema (in Japanese). Singray. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Blair, Gavin J. (May 16, 2016). "Japan Box Office: 'Zootopia' Holds on to No. 1, Passes $35M". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Japan Box Office Report – 5/14~5/15". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. May 17, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "Japan Box Office Report – 5/21~5/22". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. May 25, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (May 23, 2016). "Japan Box Office: 'Zootopia' Passes $42M, Beats Previous Weekend Haul Again". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 27, 2016.

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