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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 »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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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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Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

28 April 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Thermae Romae See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A gleeful if frivolous potboiler mines into Japan's prevalent kuso culture
12 July 2019 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

Whopping temerity abounds in Hideki Takeuchi's THERMAE ROMAE, an adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's massively popular eponymous manga series, which is parlayed into a gigantic box-office smash hit, Japan's second highest-grossing domestic film in 2012 and also spawns a sequel.

In this time-travel cock and bull story, an Ancient Roman architect Lucius Modestus (Abe) multiply stumbles upon present world in Japan through magic watery portals which the movie gives no explication whatsoever. Lucius takes his cue from mod cons to improve his design of Roman baths, which is pertinently yoked to the historical process of the Roman Empire under the reign of the peripatetic Emperor Hadrian (Ichimura), not only does Lucius' copied private bath console the emperor's loss of Antinous in 130, but his discovery of therapeutic hot springs is able to miraculously heal the wounds and dissipate the fatigue of jaded Roman warriors as well, which in turn, secures Antoninus (Shishido)'s standing as Hadrian's successor, to the chagrin of the obnoxious skirt-chaser Ceionius (Kitamura). It is all thanks to Japanese bathing culture, that human history doesn't go astray in the wrong hands, temerity, yes, but also innately droll....

read my full review on the blog: cinema omnivore

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