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Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust (2007)

Baburu e go!! Taimu mashin wa doramu-shiki (original title)
When a brilliant researcher accidentally turns an ordinary washing machine into a time-machine, the Japanese government convinces her to travel back to 1990 and prevent the announcement of ... See full summary »


Yasuo Baba


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Credited cast:
Hiroshi Abe ... Isao Shimokawaji
Ryôko Hirosue ... Mayumi Tanaka
Hiroko Yakushimaru Hiroko Yakushimaru ... Mariko Tanaka
Kazue Fukiishi Kazue Fukiishi ... Kaoru Miyazaki
Yûko Itô Yûko Itô ... Yûko Takahashi
Gekidan Hitori Gekidan Hitori ... Tajima
Shigemitsu Ogi Shigemitsu Ogi ... Mr. Sugai
Hiroko Moriguchi Hiroko Moriguchi ... Mama
Masatô Ibu ... Yoshimichi Serizawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Makoto Akita Makoto Akita
Troy Caspi Troy Caspi ... Yakuza Body Guard
Paul Dowson ... Gaijin Businessman
Yasushi Higuchi Yasushi Higuchi
Ai Iijima Ai Iijima ... Herself
Naoko Iijima Naoko Iijima ... Herself


When a brilliant researcher accidentally turns an ordinary washing machine into a time-machine, the Japanese government convinces her to travel back to 1990 and prevent the announcement of landmark fiscal policy that triggered the nation's economic demise. But the mission hits a snag when the researcher disappears, forcing the government to send her estranged daughter, Mayumi - a debt-ridden bar hostess and the only other person the time machine will accept - back in time to find out what happened. Mayumi arrives at the peak of Japan's "bubble" economy and finds a society obsessed with wealth and profligate spending. With her warnings of impending doom falling on deaf ears, Mayumi's frustrated efforts to find her mother suggest some kind of conspiracy at work at the highest levels of government. Her own future and that of Japan's economy itself begins to hinge on her ability to recruit the help of one man: the same finance bureaucrat who sent her through time. The problem is, he's ... Written by Greg_The_MovieMan

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Toho [Japan]





Release Date:

10 February 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust See more »


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If you love "Back To The Future", the film is highly recommended
31 July 2007 | by itojunSee all my reviews

I will try to refrain myself from giving out any spoilers...

The movie is about a time machine and going back in time to save the Japan's economic crisis, as well as the mother (Hiroko Yakushimaru) of the main character (Ryoko Hirosue). The time machine in "Back To The Future" was heavily-modfied De Lorean, but in this movie, it is a washing machine from Hitachi!

The movie has values as a modern history study of Japanese culture, in 1990. Do not miss it!

PS: if you like this film, try other films directed by Yasuo Baba as well. You'll love those!

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