Nobuhiko Obayashi’s adaptation of the popular Yasutaka Tsutsui novel
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki o Kakeru Shōjo) was another sci-fi-inflected idol film, set this time in Obayashi’s hometown of Onomichi.
Kazuko Yoshiyama (Tomoyo Harada) is a high-school student who, one day, is tasked with cleaning the chemistry lab and faints after one of the beakers containing a strange liquid falls to the ground and breaks. When her classmates, Kazuo (Ryoichi Takanayagi) and Goro (Toshinori Omi), find her, they accompany her home to recover. From then on she starts to notice strange occurrences in her surroundings, with some events seemingly repeating themselves or her having some notion of what could happen next.
Archival interview with Nobuhiko Obayashi
Tomoyo Harada Story: Audition and Behind the Scenes
Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
Cast: Tomoyo Harada, Ryôichi Takayanagi
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy
Runtime: 104 minutes
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