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Summer Time Machine Blues (2005)
"Samâ taimu mashin burûsu" (original title)

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5 college boys, Takuma, Masaru, Shunsuke, Atsushi and Daigo all belong to sci-fi club, but they are not interested in science at all. They usually just hang around, play baseball or card, ... See full summary »

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Takuma Komoto
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Takeshi Masu
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5 college boys, Takuma, Masaru, Shunsuke, Atsushi and Daigo all belong to sci-fi club, but they are not interested in science at all. They usually just hang around, play baseball or card, or take bath at the public bath. One day, they accidentally spill Coke on the remote controller of the air-conditioner. In the sweating bath-like clubroom, suddenly a time machine appears. Eventually, they decide to go back to "yesterday" to bring the remote-controller. The mission ought to be quite easy, however, gradually they come to be worried. "What if we change the past? Aren't we going to disappear like in movies?" Written by Ayumi Sasaki

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Perhaps it's time that the sci-fi club learned a little bit more about sci-fi.
22 January 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Summer Time Machine Blues is a fun, teen movie that mixes some light comedy with time travel shenanigans to provide exactly what the title suggests. Sort of.

At the start of the movie we meet the sci-fi club (a bunch of lads who don't even like sci-fi, or even know what it stands for) and the two girls who share some space in the sci-fi club's main base of operations. There's, eventually, an incident that sees some cola spilled over the remote control for the air conditioner unit and by the middle of the next day the gand are overheated and irritable. Things take a turn for the unexpected when a time travel machine appears in the clubhouse and the lads have a great idea - travel back to yesterday and get the remote control for the air conditioner unit before it was ever damaged. That's soon followed by a more pressing concern - don't change anything that has already happened or there could be serious, SERIOUS repercussions.

This movie is easygoing and easy to like, thanks in part to the cast (some familiar faces here and all have their moments, creating a great group dynamic, even with one or two individuals being perhaps a little bit frustrating at times) but also thanks to the slick, well-paced direction and a script that clues everyone in to the perils of time travel and allows for plenty of fun while also keeping the film within the boundaries of it's own rules. It may not be perfect but I couldn't really pick it apart and I actually thought that, for a movie blending sci-fi with light comedy, it did a fantastic job.

I am not familiar with director Katsuyuki Motohiro or writer Makoto Ueda but I certainly hope to remember their names one day when/if I ever catch more of their output.


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