Review: 時をかける少女 (Toki o Kakeru Shoujo – The Girl Who Leapt through Time)

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  1. Indeed, a gem of a movie. Still ranked very high in my heart (alongside “耳をすませば” – Mimi wo Sumaseba).
    You exactly pinpointed why I love this movie, and why it can be frustrating. I mean, deliciously frustrating. I usually hate open endings, but when it’s done as skillfully as it is in TokiKake, we just have to sit and eat our popcorns.
    That said, I confess I wanted my Hollywoodesque ending (you know what I’m talking about, I’m sure. I won’t spoiler here, don’t worry ^^)
    Years after watching it, the feeling of joy and hope still lingers inside me, and the words “Time waits for no one” still ring true.
    As well as “変わらないもの” – Kawaranai mono, a song I’m still listening to today.
    I didn’t see the live “adaptation”, starring Riisa Naka who voiced Makoto in the 2006 version. Did you see it?
    I’m just discovering your blog, so maybe you even did a review ^^

  2. I see we have a similar taste in movies – love 耳をすませば (Mimi wo Sumaseba) as well.
    I did want my Hollywoodesque ending and yelled at the screen the first time round, but after rewatching TokiKake multiple times I made peace with it.
    I haven’t properly seen the live adaptation – just sort of watched some scenes from it. It uses the original story (from the novel, not the anime), and my impression was that it’s one of those ‘overdone’/’overacted’ Japanese adaptations, which I personally don’t find very watchable….
    I only started my blog recently, but will be adding more reviews soon! I’ll be watching a number of Japanese and Korean films at two film festivals over the next two weeks and plan to do a write-up of them all. First one will be for 管制塔 (Kanseito / Control Tower), which I saw on Saturday – and it was absolutely fabulous.

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