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The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (1983)

Toki o kakeru shôjo (original title)
A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel.


Nobuhiko Ôbayashi


Yasutaka Tsutsui (novel), Wataru Kenmochi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomoyo Harada Tomoyo Harada ... Kazuko Yoshiyama
Ryôichi Takayanagi Ryôichi Takayanagi ... Kazuo Fukamachi
Toshinori Omi Toshinori Omi ... Goro Horikawa
Toshie Negishi ... Naoko Tachibana
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Toshio Fukushima
Wakaba Irie Wakaba Irie ... Noriko Yoshiyama
Akiko Kitamura Akiko Kitamura ... Sadako Horikawa
Yukari Tsuda Yukari Tsuda ... Mariko Kamiya
Youko Yamashita Youko Yamashita ... Yoshiko Yoshiyama - age 7
Taizoh Masumoto Taizoh Masumoto ... Takeo Haramichi
Mizu Arai Mizu Arai
Senjô Hirano Senjô Hirano
Nao Asuka Nao Asuka ... Mourning Woman (as Izumi Asuka)
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô
Maiko Ogawa Maiko Ogawa ... Student A


A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel.

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time travel | school | See All (2) »


Romance | Sci-Fi


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This is the second adaptation of Yasutaka Tsutsui's novel "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time". See more »

Crazy Credits

The title character "leaps" through recreated scenes while singing the ending song with the supporting cast. See more »


Version of Toki o kakeru shôjo (1994) See more »


Ai no tameiki
Written by Sakio Hirata
Music by Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
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Dated but Entertaining Coming-of-age Sci-Fi Film
19 May 2015 | by Kuma_no_geppuSee all my reviews

Starring at the stars one night while on a school ski trip, 16-year old Kazuko Yoshiyawa (played by former teen idol Tomoyo Harada) bumps into a mysterious stranger also starring up at the evening sky. It's only Fukamachi of course, one of the boys she's known her whole life - or has she? As romantic feelings blossom, strange things are happening to Kazuko - she's living moments she's already experienced, and waking up from dreams inside of dreams. Is her mind playing on tricks on her, or is she moving backwards through time? Is there something more sinister at play?

Obayashi Nobuhiko's adaptation of Tsutsui Yasutaka's "The Girl Who Leapt through Time" is dated, but for fans of Obayashi's campy but fun "House", this film is a great Sunday afternoon flick that displays a lot of Obayashi's strengths with movement. Obayashi keeps things interesting with a lot of neat strobe and colorization tricks, as well as some incredibly outdated and laughably-bad 80's computer effects. Where Obayashi really shines though is in the shots that immerse you in Kazuko's world - wonderfully subtle pans inside school hallways, classrooms, climbing the steps in Kazuko's beautifully serene town.

Most of the acting is a bit stiff and juvenile, with the exception of a young Ittoku Kishibe as Kazuko's language teacher, but the film and story are enjoyable nonetheless. "The Girl Who Leapt through Time" was a widely successful pop blend of teenage melodrama with the supernatural in Japan, and Japanese movies and anime have never looked back.

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Release Date:

16 July 1983 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl Who Cut Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Takehara, Hiroshima, Japan See more »


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