Toki o Kakeru Shōjo (1983 film)

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Toki o Kakeru Shōjo
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time 1983.jpg
DVD Cover
Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
Produced by Yoshihiko Yamada
Kyōko Ōbayashi
Executive:
Haruki Kadokawa
Screenplay by Wataru Kenmotsu
Based on Toki o Kakeru Shōjo 
by Yasutaka Tsutsui
Starring Tomoyo Harada
Ryoichi Takayanagi
Toshinori Omi
Yukari Tsuda
Ittoku Kishibe
Takako Irie
Toshie Negishi
Music by Masataka Matsutoya
Cinematography Yoshihisa Sakamoto
Edited by Nobuhiko Obayashi
Distributed by Toei Company
Release dates
  • July 16, 1983 (1983-07-16)
Running time 104 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Toki o Kakeru Shōjo (時をかける少女?) is a 1983 Japanese science fiction film directed and edited by Nobuhiko Obayashi, written by Wataru Kenmotsu, and starring idol Tomoyo Harada in her first film. It is based on the Japanese novel of the same name and released on July 16, 1983 in Japan by Toei, It's been since released internationally on DVD, with English sub-titles, under several unofficial English titles (The Little Girl Who Conquered Time, Girl Of Time, The Girl Who Cut Time, among others).[1]

Cast[edit]

  • Tomoyo Harada as Kazuko Yoshiyama
  • Ryôichi Takayanagi as Kazuo Fukamachi
  • Toshinori Omi as Goro Asakura
  • Yukari Tsuda as Mariko Kamiya
  • Ittoku Kishibe as Toshimi Fukushima
  • Takako Irie as Tatsu
  • Wakaba Irie as Noriko
  • Toshie Negishi as Namiko Tachibana
  • Akiko Kitamura as Sadako Asakura
  • Taizoh Masumoto as Takeo Haramichi
  • Makoto Naito as Tetsuyo Yoshiyama
  • Ken Uehara as Masaharu Fukamachi
  • Yoko Yamashita as Ryoko Yoshiyama

Soundtrack[edit]

Single

"Toki o Kakeru Shōjo"
Single by Tomoyo Harada
from the album Toki o Kakeru Shōjo - Original Soundtrack
Released April 21, 1983
Format A-side Single
Genre Pop
Label Canyon Records
Writer(s) Yumi Matsutoya

The song "Toki o Kakeru Shōjo" (時をかける少女?) was the popular theme-song for the 1983 movie, inspired by the story, written by Yumi Matsutoya, and originally sung by the film's lead-actress, then-rookie idol Tomoyo Harada. There are several different versions.

Harada versions

The first version was released in April 1983 as the A-side of Tomoyo Harada's third single (7A0275), with a B-side "Zutto Soba ni" also written by Yumi Matsutoya and two different cover pictures, and was included on the original soundtrack album for the film (C28A0279). A second version of this song was released in 1983 on Harada's first album Birthday album (WTP-40188), and in 1986 on her compilation album Pochette (ポシェット Pochetto?) (CA30-1326). A third version was recorded in 1987 for her greatest hits album From T (32DH-848), and a fourth one in 2007 for her twenty-fifth anniversary original album Music & Me (XNHL-13001/B).

Matsutoya versions

Matsutoya covered her own song it the same year on the B-side of her single "Dandelion" (ダンデライオン?) and on her album Voyager in 1983.[2] She later rewrote it and renamed it as "Toki no Canzone" (時のカンツォーネ Toki no Kantsōne?) to be the theme song for the new 1997 "Toki o Kakeru Shōjo" film, along with another of her songs: "Yume no Naka de (夢の中で?)~We are not alone, forever~", both released on the original soundtrack album for the film (TOCT-9940) and on her album Suyua no Nami (スユアの波?) in 1997.[3]

Other versions

The original song was adapted in a commercial for noodles with then-beginning idol Yuki Kudo parodying the 1983 movie shortly after its release. Voice actress Ai Shimizu also covered the song as the B-side of her first single Angel Fish in 2003 (KICM-1077).

Hong Kong Singer Sandy Lam covered this song in Cantonese In 1985.

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