Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (時をかける少女 Toki o Kakeru Shoujo)


Last night along with a friend, we caught the late showing of the Japanese film Toki o Kakeru Shoujo, also known as “Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.”  My friend and I caught the 9:50pm showing on a Monday night.  It’s no wonder why the entire theater was empty!  Literally….we were the only 2 people watching the movie!  I was a bit worried at first, but then I realized that it wasn’t because of the movie…it was because it was the late showing on a weekday evening.  Anyway, both my friend and I were pleasantly surprised.

The movie is based off of the 1967 novel Toki o Kakeru Shoujo by Yasutaka Tsutsui.  It was also converted into an anime and more recently, this particular Japanese movie (2006).  From what I understand, the movie isn’t an exact copy of the original novel plot as it is simplified somewhat to make it easier to follow along.

I don’t want to give the entire story away but….In 2010 pharmaceutical researcher Kazuko Yoshiyama (Narumi Yasuda) is injured in a car accident. Her daughter Akari (Riisa Naka) uses Kazuko s newly completed time-travel potion to leap back in search of a mystery man from her mother’s past… but misjudges the date and arrives two years late, in the year 1974. There, she enlists the help of reluctant student filmmaker Ryota (Akiyoshi Nakao), in a race against time to find a man that nobody remembers (via Fandompost).

Overall, I liked this movie. It’s cute like most Japanese anime/films are but at the same time, there is sadness.  At the end of the movie my friend was crying and I have to say I thought about joining her for about 2-seconds but laughed it off.  I guess the one thing to take away from the film is that we as human beings have always wanted a chance to change the past and the reality is….we can’t. We just need to savor the memories, look forward to the future & live in the present….another plus for you fellas in checking this movie out is Naka.  At 1/4 Swedish & 3/4 Japanese ethnicity, she’s got the hapa look which makes her cute and fitting for her Japanese film roles….but at the same time, exotic and sexy for the other model-like ventures  (see below).

Riisa Naka.

For a limited time only, “Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” is currently playing at Pearlridge West Theaters in Aiea, Hawaii.  But don’t worry if you can’t catch this movie in theaters.  It’s already out on Blu-Ray DVD which you can purchase online if you’re willing to shell out $30-$40 on Amazon. Though I’m sure you can get the DVD cheaper on something like e-Bay….but if you have the patience and your wallet is a little light, you can also watch the movie in parts online at MySoju.com.  Either way, check it out when you have the chance.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by jayz43 on July 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    You can also download the movie free from: myasiancinema.com


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