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Thermae Romae (2012)

Terumae romae (original title)
Lucius, a Roman architect, is transported through time to modern-day Japan, where he learns about Japanese bathhouses and uses this to his gain back home.


Hideki Takeuchi


Mari Yamazaki (manga), Shôgo Mutô (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Abe ... Lucius
Aya Ueto ... Mami
Kazuki Kitamura ... Ceionius
Riki Takeuchi ... Tateno
Kai Shishido ... Antoninus
Midoriko Kimura ... Mami's mom
Katsuya Katsuya ... Marcus
Bunmei Tobayama Bunmei Tobayama ... Kishimoto
Kei Iinuma Kei Iinuma
Tarô Iwate Tarô Iwate ... Mogami
Takao Kinoshita Takao Kinoshita
Hachirô Ika Hachirô Ika ... Old man
Hiroshi Kanbe Hiroshi Kanbe
Katsuhiro Nagano Katsuhiro Nagano
Shungiku Uchida Shungiku Uchida ... Manga artist Michiko Hirai


Ancient Roman architect Lucius is too serious. His inability to keep up with the fast-moving times costs him his job. When a friend takes the dejected Lucius to the public bathhouse to cheer him up, Lucius accidentally slips through time and resurfaces in a modern-day public bath in Japan. There, he meets aspiring young manga artist Mami, along with others of the "flat-faced clan". Shocked by the many inventive aspects of Japan's bathing culture, Lucius returns to ancient Rome and garners tremendous attention when he implements these novel ideas back in Rome. As he time-slips back and forth between ancient Rome and modern-day Japan, Lucius' reputation as the ingenious, new bath architect begins to grow. Written by Production

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Good comedy film
11 July 2018 | by faiijSee all my reviews

This short film is about the story of Lucious, a roman architect, who leapt through time to modern Japan which makes him gain experiences and knowledge of building hot spring so he can apply these knowledge to Roman hot spring. First off, I like the plot of this film. it is very creative and different from other time-traveling films that I have ever watched. This movie is totally an entertainment since you do not have to think about the action of characters or why it happened too much but just enjoy the film. The plot is not complicated. The main actor of this film looks so alike with Roman people even he is Japanese. However, this movie is originated from comic book. So, there are some parts that might be frustrating to watch. For example, the movie itself is more like a gag cartoon that are divided into episodes. So, each apart of the film is not continue with other parts. Also, I don't really feel like it is necessary to have a female character who is the second main actor of this film in this movie in this film and forcibly put romantic plot between Lucious and that female character.

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Release Date:

28 April 2012 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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