The Little Girl Who Conquered Time: R2J review + comparison

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The Little Girl Who Conquered Time: R2J review + comparison

Unread post by HungFist » 01 Jan 2009, 15:01

Toki wo kakeru shojo (1983)

Film

Mad genius Nobuhiko Obayashi’s time travel / idol film set in the director’s home town, Onomichi. Perhaps not among Obayashi’s best work, but nevertheless an enjoyable film full of Obayashi’s trademark beautiful visuals and Tomoyo Harada cuteness. Harada also performs the theme song which is used in the ending credits sequence. This sequence remains one of most charming endings I have ever seen.

DVD
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First things first; Kadokawa’s Japanese dvd is worth every cent. While Toei is churning out bare bones discs (all the credit for them for releasing wonderful films at reqular basis), Kadokawa shows how to honor an idol of the past.

The transfer is reasonably good and progressive. Maybe not pristine but who says old movie isn’t allowed to look slightly faded. Besides, Obayashi has intentionally used manipulated and often pale colour palette in this film. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 as well as 5.1 remix. Optional Japanese subtitles are offered.

Extras is where this disc really shines. For starters there’s a 19 minute interview with director Nobuhiko Obayashi. Tomoyo Harada receives her share of love in a 4 minute behind the scenes of theme song featurette. A music video is also included. The Tomoyo Harada picture gallery comes with 15 pictures not related to this film. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the 2 minute clip of young Harada receiving a prize.

The wonderful original trailer and original teaser are included as well as text notes and biographies. Rounding up the extras there’s an interactive map with information about the locations and a possibility to watch the scene in question.

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Obayashi interview
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Young Harada
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Music video (but be warned, 95% of the footage is only clips from the film)
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Picture gallery
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Location map
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Unread post by HungFist » 01 Jan 2009, 15:18

Hong Kong DVD (IVL)

DVD-5 (3.9 GB)
Anamorphic widescreen (interlaced)
Japanese DD 2.0 (192 kbps)
Optional english and chinese subtitles (poorly synced... +- 1 second)

Extras
- Original trailer
- Bonus trailer for Story of a Detective

Japanese DVD (Kadokawa)

DVD-9 (7.7 GB)
Anamorphic widescreen (progressive)
Japanese DD 2.0 (192 kbps) and DD 5.1 (384 kbps)
Optional japanese subtitles

Extras
- Nobuhiko Obayashi interview (19 min)
- Theme song behind the scenes (4 min)
- Award ceremony (2 min)
- Tomoyo Harada picture gallery (15 pics)
- Location map
- Biographies
- Text notes
- Original trailer
- TV spot
- Music video

Top: IVL
Bottom: Kadokawa

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Both dvds obviously use the same source print (the minor print damage there is, is exactly the same on both dvds), but Kadokawa is progressive while IVL is interlaced. IVL’s low bitrate also causes problems with image breaking into pixels every now and then (see the last capture). The problem is more noticable when you play the actual dvd than what you see in these screencaps. And finally, IVL has once again timed the subtitles poorly, as they sometimes appear a second before the dialogue, sometimes a second after. Extras are basiaclly missing from the IVL disc.

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Re: The Little Girl Who Conquered Time: R2J review + comparison

Unread post by HungFist » 11 Nov 2009, 11:14

By now everyone must be aware of the 2006 anime film Toki wo kakeru shoujo. A new live action film was announced as well, and the first teaser is now out. The film stars Riisa Naka, who was leading voice actress in the anime movie. I don't know if this is a remake of the anime, but the plot synopsis sound nothing like the Obayashi movie. That's good.

http://www.nipponcinema.com/trailers/to ... on-teaser/

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