Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (film)
Barry C Chung
Based on the popular 1967 novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is drawn from a long line of titles following the adventures of time-leaping heroine Kazuko Yoshiyama. This time, however, it's her daughter, Akari, who leaps into the past.
Kazuko (played by Narumi Yasuda), who is a scientist, creates a potion that allows people to travel through time. Before she can try it, misfortune strikes and she ends up in hospital.
As she drifts in and out of consciousness, she tells her daughter, Akari (Riisa Naka), of her desire to meet a mysterious man named Kazuo Fukamachi (Kanji Ishimaru) at their junior high school lab - in 1972.
Akira decides to take the leap for her mother and look for Kazuo. But she lands in 1974 instead, where she befriends aspiring director Ryota Mizoroki (Akiyoshi Nakao). The pair try to solve the mystery surrounding Kazuko, Kazuo and the year 1972.
Subtle clues are planted throughout to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle, and the film does a nice job of tying up the loose ends.
While the dynamics of time travel are never fully ironed out and the film has some minor kinks in logic, this is a fun movie about leaping into the past. If you can accept the idea of time travel, then you should be able to bear the few absurdities.