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Summer Time Machine Blues
Topic by: altris8900
Posted: August 24, 2006 - 4:18 PM PDT
Last Reply: September 5, 2006 - 1:30 AM PDT

author topic: Summer Time Machine Blues
altris8900
post #1  on August 24, 2006 - 4:18 PM PDT  
I saw this movie on a plane back from Japan. It had a clever plot with lots of humor and twists. Has anyone else seen it?
hamano
post #2  on August 24, 2006 - 4:42 PM PDT  
Sounds like fun...
Cinenaut
post #3  on August 25, 2006 - 7:16 AM PDT  
Wow, I want to see that.
hamano
post #4  on August 31, 2006 - 12:53 AM PDT  
Oh, man, what a f***ing brilliant funny movie. Well, some of it turned out to be predictable, but the charming cast offset the obvious turns in the plot.
hamano
post #5  on August 31, 2006 - 12:58 AM PDT  
YES! I scored a subtitle file on kloofy that syncs perfectly!
hamano
post #6  on August 31, 2006 - 8:07 PM PDT  
I just watched it again with my wife and kids. It's nice to have a really good Japanese film that is suitable for family viewing. The characters are college boys but they're not the horny kind. And there's no violence either. Mao-chan recently read The Golden Hour (and its sequel Hour of the Cobra) which is a kid's time travel book, so the talk about theories of what happens if you go back in time and change it was still fresh in her mind.

Hopefully they'll show this in theaters here in NY and SF and places like that, and have a domestic DVD release.
hamano
post #7  on September 1, 2006 - 8:19 AM PDT  
Summer Time Machine Blues is from a production company called ROBOT. They had a mega-hit with a film called ALWAYS: 3chome no yuuhi (Always: Sunset on 3rd Ave). This summer they came out with a film called UDON which is a noodle dramedy... the trailer reminds me a bit of Tampopo. It's nice to see stuff that's not all CG, or horror or video-game stuff coming out of Japan....

Summer Time Machine Blues trailer

ALWAYS 3 Chome no Yuuhi trailer

UDON trailer
hamano
post #8  on September 1, 2006 - 8:49 AM PDT  
One of the Photo Club girls in Summer Time Machine Blues, actress Juri Ueda, was also in the popular film Swing Girls. Apparently she can really play the tenor sax.
hamano
post #9  on September 1, 2006 - 11:54 AM PDT  
I found Swing Girls, with subtitles already burnt in.... it's about a bunch of bored high school girls who stumble into forming a big-band jazz ensemble, and there's a big "play in a concert hall for the first time" finale like School of Rock. The plot is pretty farfetched and very loose and "improvisational" but it's a nice feel-good movie with good acting.

Swing Girls review

The version on youtube is the same one I found a torrent for. The youtube one is watchable, but it's in 11 pieces and the video quality is of course pretty poor. The torrent speeded up a couple of hours ago so I'd go for that one. Swing Girls is NOT available from GreenCine... yet.
IronS
post #10  on September 5, 2006 - 1:30 AM PDT  
> On September 1, 2006 - 8:49 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> One of the Photo Club girls in Summer Time Machine Blues, actress Juri Ueda, was also in the popular film Swing Girls. Apparently she can really play the tenor sax.
> ---------------------------------

Swing Girls is such a cute movie! The music is fun, too!

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