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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


Madhouse’s 2006 film, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, is going to get a limited U.S. theatrical release next month through Bandai Entertainment. It’ll be screening June 13 through June 19 at the ImaginAsian Center in Los Angeles (251 South Main Street, Los Angeles, California 90012), at the ImaginAsian Theater in New York (239 East 59th Street, New York, NY, 10022), as well as from August 29 through September 4 at the Landmark Varsity Theatre in Seattle (4329 University Way N.E. Seattle, WA 98105). In Los Angeles and Seattle, the English-subtitled version will be screened, and in New York, the English-dubbed version. Show times will be posted on the theater websites closer to the actual screening dates.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was directed by Mamoru Hosoda. The film was recognized with the Special Distinction honor at the 2007 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It also won numerous honors at festivals in Japan, including the Animation of the Year Japan Academy Prize (akin to the American Academy Awards). I’ve seen it and it’s a wonderful film–well worth seeing on the big screen.

(Thanks, Nicholas Zabaly)

  • During that time I will be in LA and would love to see that.

  • Looks pretty good.

    I e-mailed the theater to beg them to play the subtitled version. I don’t know why they need to do the dubbed one, I can’t imagine that’s for the benefit of the target audience. I’m gonna try and send one to Bandai too.

    If anyone else would like to try it too I’d really appreciate it.

  • I’ve really enjoyed this film as well. It’s quite restrained, for instance the climax is and incredibly quiet serene sequence really. The story is a fun, inventive, and really whimsical take on time travel. Like “Primer” for high schoolers.

    And while there’s actually no element about the story or filmmaking to necessitate that it be animation rather than live action, there’s actually a lot of really nice nuanced animation in this. If you’re skeptical about most anime (usually TV anime with small budgets) for being dialogue-heavy with no real acting animation, I’d recommend giving this a shot. A very high standard

  • I guess we should be thankful that the US is starting to see that there is money to be made from anime.

    Still, this movie has been out for a long time and it’s also on DVD so there’s really no need to see it in cinemas now except for the “cinema experience” (which has died anyway thanks to ppl who talk to the poeple they’re with/or on their phone through out movies or yell at the screen. morons.

  • Awesome film.

  • You know what would be nice? A “Cartoon Brew Calendar of Events”. Maybe just a calendar of all the little events posted on here.

  • Looks beautiful, thanks for posting Jerry, I’ll probably be making my first trip to the ImaginAsian Theater, thanks to you!

  • PorkyMills

    I highly recommend this movie to all. It has all the qualities of a Ghibli movie (the beautiful visuals and a warm, touching story).

  • Another recommendation here. Saw this film when it screened at the 2007 Adelaide Film Festival and it’s another wonderful example of how Japanese film makers, unlike their western counterparts, don’t feel restricted about what scripts can be realized in animation.

  • Last summer, I had the opportunity to be in the same room with the man who wrote the story from which this film was adapted. In December, I received this film as a gift from my brother.

    I love this film.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    What Josh had said is all too true, especially when it comes to anime in general where anyone could easily download a fansub of it prior to a US release ever taking place. I shamefully saw this film that way already, but I hope people would go to see this thing and appreciate it at that, despite the paradigm of today’s attitude to the theatergoing experience only doing it for that experience than to just see the film and be done with it. I know I’ll probably won’t go back however to see another film in the theater again due to my problems with the way cinemas are being operated anyway. This si still a fine, excellent film that shouldn’t be missed.

  • Marcus

    It’s a remarkable film, something that everyone should definitely see.

  • Hey, I recgonize that guy’s work he directed animated films at Toei Animation based on Digimon and One Piece.

    I wish I could see the film. I hate how Japanese animated films that are not based on a toy franchise get limited release. It’s not really helping the animated film industry when films like these don’t get much exposure.

  • Susana

    that’s awesome! i live in southern california, so I’ll try to be there.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Being reminded of Alex’s comment, Mamoru Hosoda also was brought into Studio Ghibli for a brief period of time between his Digimon and One Piece films to possibly direct “Howl’s Moving Castle”, but things didn’t work out for him in the end and he was given the pink slip. It’s been said his one One Piece film done afterwards could be seen as representing the time he spent at Ghibli, not sure which movie that is personally.

    The original author of the film is Yasutaka Tsutsui, considered one of Japan’s greatest Sci-Fi novelists, though the movie itself isn’t a real adaptation of his book, merely a sequel thereof as the main character’s aunt in the film is meant to be the girl from the original book, so it’s more a follow-up but not one where you would have to read the book to get the same idea of what’s going on (Tsusui himself also gave his OK for the film to be made so this wasn’t against his will). Another of Tsutsui’s work that was adapted into a film around the same time as TokiKake (shorten version of the film’s Japanese title) was “Paprika” (directed by Satoshi Kon).

  • Luke

    I bought this film on DVD, i loved it! I heard that this goes on from another book, i dont know what it is called but if some one does know could they e-mail me the title at:
    – Thanks