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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

Toki o kakeru shôjo (original title)
A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

Director:

Mamoru Hosoda

Writers:

Yasutaka Tsutsui (novel), Satoko Okudera (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Riisa Naka ... Makoto Konno (voice)
Takuya Ishida Takuya Ishida ... Chiaki Mamiya (voice)
Mitsutaka Itakura Mitsutaka Itakura ... Kosuke Tsuda (voice)
Ayami Kakiuchi Ayami Kakiuchi ... Yuri Hayakawa (voice)
Mitsuki Tanimura ... Kaho Fujitani (voice)
Yuki Sekido Yuki Sekido ... Miyuki Konno (voice)
Utawaka Katsura Utawaka Katsura ... Makoto's Father (voice)
Midori Ando Midori Ando ... Makoto's Mother (voice)
Fumihiko Tachiki ... Fukushima-sensei (voice)
Keiko Yamamoto Keiko Yamamoto ... Obasan (voice)
Shiori Yokohari Shiori Yokohari ... Moriko Uesugi (voice)
Sonoka Matsuoka Sonoka Matsuoka ... Sekimi Nowake (voice)
Takayuki Handa Takayuki Handa ... Kato (voice)
Maho Kurashima Maho Kurashima ... Female Newscaster A (voice)
Taeko Hase Taeko Hase ... (voice)
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Storyline

A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

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Certificate:

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Trivia

This movie is an indirect adaptation of Yasutaka Tsutsui's novel "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" - the main character's aunt is Yoshiyama Kazuko, the protagonist of the novel. See more »

Goofs

In the scene of the teachers room, when Makoto hears a noise from the science lab, there is a shadow next to the doorknob of the door of the science lab. in a close shot, the shadow is on the doorknob. See more »

Quotes

Chiaki Mamiya: There was a painting I desperately wanted to see. No matter how far away it was or what sort of place it was in. No matter how dangerous. I wanted to see it. Unfortunately in my time the painting had already been destroyed and before these times its whereabouts were unknown. The only place where there was an accurate record of it was in this present era, in this place. It was here, in this season. All I needed was to see it. I was going to remember it for the rest of my life.
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Soundtracks

Ganetto
(Garnet)
Written by Hanako Oku
Arrangement by Jun Satô
Performed by Hanako Oku
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User Reviews

 
Excellent, although somewhat puzzling
5 September 2013 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

This terrific fantasy focuses on a girl who discovers she can jump back in time, and much of the movie is a light-hearted exploration of what a teenage girl would do with that power, which is essentially relive life better, avoid uncomfortable conversations, and eat pudding. The lead character is likably average.

There are a few oddities in this movie. Some of them are because it turns out, as I learned at wikipedia, that this isn't actually the same story as the novel upon which it is based but a sequel containing a character from the original movie, which explains a lot. Apparently the original story has been made into several movies and TV series in Japan, so the assumption was probably that everyone would understand a lot of references I didn't get.

Also, towards the end, we are given little pieces of information that suggest there is a whole other story to learn, although whether that story is in the original book or whether that would be the subject of yet another narrative I don't know.

Then there's the ending, which is logically unsatisfying and yet which I ultimately found emotionally resonant. It's one of these puzzling endings that has you reading wikipedia and going through the IMDb forum posts (which offer a lot of fascinating theories).

Well worth watching.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 July 2006 (Japan) See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$544,006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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