Wednesday, April 13, 2011

[Japanese Movie and Drama] Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Detail Information :

Directed by : Mamoru Hosoda
Produced by : Tsuguhiko Kadokawa (executive) Takashi Watanabe Yuichiro Saito
Screenplay by : Satoko Okudera
Based on Toki o Kakeru Shōjo by : Yasutaka Tsutsui
Starring : Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Sachie Hara, Mitsuki Tanimura
Music by : Kiyoshi Yoshida
Editing by : Shigeru Nishiyama
Studio : Madhouse
Distributed by : Kadokawa Herald Pictures
Release date(s) : July 15, 2006
Running time : 98 minutes
Country : Japan
Language : Japanese

Makoto Konno (Riisa Naka/Emily Hirst) is a teenage girl living in the Shitamachi area of Tokyo. While attending high school, she discovers a message written on a blackboard and faints after she picks up a mysterious object. Later, Makoto hits a railroad crossing bar at a local shopping arcade and is killed by a train, but, in the process, is transported a few minutes back. Makoto learns from her aunt Kazuko Yoshihara (Sachie Hara/Saffron Henderson) that she has the power to transport back in time and alter history, called a "time-leap". At first, Makoto uses her power extravagantly to avoid being late and to get perfect grades on tests, and even relive a single karaoke session for several hours until she loses her voice. However, Makoto discovers how her actions can adversely affect others.
Makoto ends up using up more of her leaps to recklessly prevent undesirable situations from happening, including an awkward confession of love from her best friend Chiaki Mamiya (Takuya Ishida/Andrew Francis). Eventually, she discovers a numbered tattoo on her arm which counts down with each leap. She determines that the tattoo indicates that she can only leap through time a limited number of times. With only a few time leaps left, she attempts to make things right for everyone, but impulsively uses her final leap to prevent a phone call from Chiaki asking if she knows about time-leaping. As a result, she is unable to prevent her friend Kōsuke Tsuda (Mitsutaka Itakura/Alex Zahara) and his new girlfriend, Kaho Fujitani (Mitsuki Tanimura/Natalie Walters), from being killed in another train accident (Technically the very same train accident which originally killed her though now in a different temporal dimension). However, time freezes and Chiaki confesses that he is from the future and leapt through time to see a painting being restored by Kazuko, as it has been destroyed in the future. While walking in the frozen city, Chiaki hints that his original era occurs after a worldwide catastrophe destroys mankind. He reveals that he has used his final leap to prevent Kōsuke's accident and has stopped time only to explain to Makoto what the consequences will be. Having revealed his origins and the source of the item that allowed Makoto to leap through time, and being unable to return to his time period, Chiaki must disappear. Makoto realizes too late that she loves him as well.
True to his words, Chiaki disappears when time begins again and Makoto is upset. As she tries to come to terms with losing him, she discovers that Chiaki's time-leap had inadvertently restored one time-leap to her: Chiaki had leapt back to before Makoto used her last leap. Makoto leaps back safely to the moment when she gained her powers, at which point Chiaki still has one remaining time-leap. She reveals everything that he told her in the future concerning who he is, the ability to leap through time, and his reasons for extending his stay in her time frame. Makoto promises to make sure the painting stays safe so Chiaki can see it in his time. As Chiaki leaves, he tells Makoto he will be waiting for her in the future, which Makoto responds that she will run towards it.

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