Presented with the support of the Japan Foundation Los Angeles.
Showing a more sensitive (yet no less wildly inventive) side of his creative persona, Nobuhiko Obayashi brings forth this teenage time travel tale — one that plays out as if Charlie Kaufman and Philip K. Dick had collaborated on a gentle tale of adolescent female angst sung to the tune of Groundhog Day. One of the many adaptations of the popular Japanese sci-fi source novel across the fields of manga, live-action and animation, the film stars ‘80s teen idol Tomoyo Harada as a quiet schoolgirl mysteriously entangled in a Moebius strip of temporal love triangle wonkiness. Working in a more restrained vein than the balls-to-the-wall, non-stop freakout mode of House, Obayashi nevertheless weaves in a sizeable amount of experimental film technique, optical printing and Magritte-like conceptual imagery — delivering a satisfying dose of impossible-to-categorize entertainment in the process. And don’t forget to stick around through to the closing of the end credits!
Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1983, 35mm, 104 min.