TIME TRIP APP Premieres July 18th
Toei and Fuji Television have released a plot synopsis and several high-res photos from their new movie, TIME TRIP APP (幕末高校生, Bakumatsu Kokosei, 2014). The film will have its world premiere at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea on July 18th, with the Japanese theatrical run beginning on July 26th.
The year is 1868, Year 1 of Japan’s ‘modern’ period of history. The nation faces one of the most dramatic times in its history, with forces loyal to the Shogun pitted against modernizers who wish political power restored after many centuries to the Emperor. This new imperial army has defeated the Shogun’s forces near Kyoto, and now plans a full-scale assault on his capital of Edo — modern Tokyo — to take place March 15th.
The Shogun’s Navy Commissioner, Katsu Kaishu, has sent a message to Saigo Takamori, commander of the imperial army, proposing a negotiated surrender of Edo Castle. Rather than fight each other, he believes, Japanese should unite to face the threat of powers that would make the country into another of their many colonies.
There are those within the Shogunate, however, who do not agree, and are importing modern weapons from France to resist Takamori’s attack. Yanagida Ryuzo, Deputy Commander of the Shogun’s forces, wants to preserve the Shogunate and its samurai way of life, and is working behind the scenes to make sure that no negotiations take place. Having received no answer to his message, Katsu is becoming more and more isolated.
Now he encounters Mikako and Masaya, two strangely dressed people who have been taken into magistrate’s custody. They tell him they have traveled back through time from 2014. Katsu is understandably suspicious of this story, but they have with them a smart phone, an automobile, and a Rubik’s cube. Gradually he comes to think they might be telling the truth. They tell him they want to find their two companions from the future, Eri and Shintaro, and return to their own time.
In 2014, Mikako is a history teacher, and the other three are her students. She has just finished teaching them that negotiations took place, and thus there was no battle in Edo. However, according to history, Takamori’s messenger should have already arrived. And there is no ‘Yanagida’ in modern-day history books. Something has thrown history off its course. If no message from Takamori arrives, and Edo becomes a battleground, will there be a future for Mikako and the others to return to?
There are four days until the attack. Will Mikako and Masaya find Eri and Shintaro? Will they make it back to the future? Can Katsu preserve that future for them? The battle to prevent the battle has now begun!
World Premiere: Friday, July 18, 2014 (Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival)
Japanese Release Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014 (Roadshow)
Running Time: 108 Minutes
Katsu Kaishu: Hiroshi Tamaki
Mikako Kawabe: Satomi Ishihara
Masaya Takase: Tokio Emoto
Eri Morino: Haruna Kawaguchi
Shintaro Numata: Yudai Chiba
Ryuzo Yanagida: Akira Emoto
Takamori Saigo: Koichi Sato
Chiyo: Mitsuki Tanimura
Tamiko: Yo Yoshida
Hachiro Miyagawa: Kunito Watanabe
Yamashita Toshizo: Daisuke Ryu
Noriatsu Osaki: Masato Ibu
Choei: Renji Ishibashi
Yoshinobu Tokugawa: Eisuke Shinoi
Takashi Kanda: Hajime Inoue
Satsuma-ya: Kyusaku Shimada
Director: Toshio Lee
Screenwriter: Atsuko Hashibe
Original Story: Snow Relic (Nagori no Yuki) by Taku Mayumura
Producers: Yoshihiro Suzuki, Kaoru Matsuzaki, Kazuma Kuryu (TOEI COMPANY), Noriko Koyanagi
Cinematographer: Fujiishi Osamu
Editor: Ryuji Miyajima
VFX Supervisor: Koichi Noguchi
Music: Takayuki Hattori
Theme Song: “INFINITY≠ZERO” by nano
TIME TRIP APP Production Committee: Fuji TV, Toei, FNS27
Production Company: Toei Kyoto Studios
Distributor: Toei Company, Ltd.
© 2014 TIME TRIP APP Production Committee
About Toei Company, Ltd.
Established in 1951, Toei Company is not only producing and distributing films, but it is also one of the major exhibitors in Japan. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto. The films produced cover a wide range of genres, exceeding 20,000 titles.
About Fuji Television
Fuji Television’s position as the country’s leading television network is its ultimate strength as a film maker, which allows integration of vast resources, know-how, and viewer loyalty into its filmmaking process. Through project inception, development, production, and marketing campaigns, Fuji Television prides itself on its “hands-on” production capabilities. No matter which medium content it delivers, viewers recognize Fuji Television’s logo as a mark of excellence.