Toki o Kakeru Shōjo (1983 film)

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Toki o kakeru shôjo.jpg
Japanese film poster
Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi[1]
Produced by
  • Norihiko Yamada
  • Kyoko Obayashi[1]
Screenplay by Wataru Kenmotsu[1]
Music by Masataka Matsutoya[1]
Edited by Nobuhiko Ôbayashi[1]
Distributed by Toei[1]
Running time
104 minutes[1]
Country Japan[1]
Language Japanese[1]

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (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 has since been 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.[2]


  • Tomoyo Harada as Yoshiyama
  • Ryôichi Takayanagi as Fukamachi
  • Toshinori Omi as Horikawa
  • Yukari Tsuda as Mariko
  • Ittoku Kishibe as Fukushima


Theme song[edit]

"Toki o Kakeru Shōjo"
Toki o Kakeru Shōjo single.jpg
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
Songwriter(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 in 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.


Variety described the film as "more affecting than affected, informed less by cloying sentimentality and relatively honest sentiment."[1] The review commented on Tomoyo Harada, find that she "proves herself a natural. Although she is convincing at what she does, the evidence here suggests she might have the range to do much anything else."[1] Negative comments surrounding Ryôichi Takayanagi acting, stating that his delivery "of lines is undoubtedly the result of his brain-waves being controlled by a galaxy inhabited by monotonous no-talents."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Willis 1985, p. 428: "Review is from Toei screening room in Tokyo on July 15, 1983"
  2. ^ "TokiKake 1983 film on the SF Movie Data Bank" (in Japanese).
  3. ^ "Yumi Matsutoya's Voyager album tracks list on EMI official site" (in Japanese).
  4. ^ "Yumi Matsutoya's Suyua no Nami album tracks list on EMI official site" (in Japanese).


  • Willis, Donald, ed. (1985). Variety's Complete Science Fiction Reviews. Garland Publishing Inc. ISBN 0-8240-6263-9.

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