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Fly Me to the Saitama (2019)

Tonde Saitama (original title)
In a world where people are discriminated based on their birthplace, a resident of the much-reviled Saitama Prefecture embarks on a revolutionary campaign to improve things for his home.


Hideki Takeuchi


Mineo Maya (manga), Tomokazu Tokunaga (script)
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Credited cast:
Kumiko Asô ... Maki Sugawara
Gackt ... Rei Asami
Yûsuke Iseya ... Sho Yakyukozo
Ryô Katô ... Nobuo Shimokawa
Masaki Kyômoto ... Duke Saitama
Shôtarô Mamiya ... Saitama resident
Akaji Maro ... Sojuro Saionji
Tsubasa Masuwaka ... Okayo
Akira Nakao Akira Nakao ... Takezo Dannoura
Ryô Narita ... Haruto Igarashi
Fumi Nikaidô ... Momomi Dannoura
Haruka Shimazaki ... Ami Sugawara
Kumiko Takeda ... Keiko Dannoura
Naoto Takenaka ... Kanagawa Prefectural Governor
Brother Tom Brother Tom ... Yoshimi Sugawara


In a world where people are discriminated based on their birthplace, Saitama Prefecture is particularly criticized by the people in Tokyo. One day, a mysterious male student named Rei Asami transfers to Hakuhodo Academy, a prestigious high school in Tokyo, from America. However, Rei is revealed to have been born in Saitama Prefecture. He leaves Hakuhodo and returns to Saitama, and forms a revolutionary movement to acquire respect and rights for Saitama citizens. Following him is Momomi Hakuhodo, the male president of the school's student council and the grandson of the school principal.

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"We apologize for the people of Saitama Prefecture for making this film."


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

22 February 2019 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fly Me to the Saitama See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mineo Maya came up with the story in 1982, when he was living in Saitama Prefecture. He never completed the story as in 1983 he moved to Yokohama and felt the story was too touchy.

Thus while part of the film is based on Maya's comic, the rest (three-quarters approximately) is based on an original story. See more »

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A terribly great film.
22 March 2019 | by duaincameronSee all my reviews

The name on IMDB is crazy. It's not the same as the manga and makes no grammatical sense.

Anyway, Fly, Saitama is terrible. The acting is over the top, the universe it creates in inconsistent, the directing is flat... and I LOVE IT!!

Not despite, because of these flaws, the film is so enjoyable as everybody is in on the ridiculousness of it all. The only real problem I can see is that the jokes are very location specific. Some of the jokes are just one word and that's a place in Saitama. If you don't know that place, or you don't know the people from Saiatama, the jokes may just fall flat.

That (and IMDB's stupid naming) aside, I can still recommend that you give it a try. You may just have a lot of fun!

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