Japanese Movies: Time Travel

Our family recently watched two Japanese movies with a time travel theme (seems like a popular theme).

A Boy and His Samurai (2010) is a story about a samurai named Kijima Yasube, played by Ryo Nishikido, who travels to the present from the Edo period, 180 years ago. He meets a divorcee named Hiroko, played by Rie Tomosaka, and her son Tomoya. After some funny moments of Yasube adjusting to the modern world, he cleans and cooks at home for Hiroko, then works for a famous pastry chef after winning a father and son baking contest. Along the way, he invents custard, which is shown in the movie poster.


Tokyo Girl (2008) is a story of a girl named Miho, played by Kaho, a high school student living in Tokyo who drops her cell phone down a staircase during an earthquake. The cell phone is found (through a wormhole opened during the earthquake – sure that happens all the time) by a boy named Tokijiro, played by Kazuma Sano, an aspiring writer who lives in the Meiji Era around 1912. They communicate through the cell phone during full moons which develop into a love story.


Both movies are highly recommended for the entire family and are much better than another movie titled “Time Traveler: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”.

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