バブルへGo!! タイムマシンはドラム式- Comedy at it’s best.

Director Baba Yasuo directs a gem of a comedy with a wonderfully engaging story, great performances, and eye opening cameos in a story based around the premise of the possibility of going back in time and preventing the collapse of the Japanese economy before ill fated legislature bursted Japan’s financial bubble boom.

The special edition’s packaging is yet another example of how well presented Japanese releases are. The extra large slip case which is absolutely the thickest I’ve ever seen on a release is made to look like a Hitachi washing machine! Inside are housed 2 discs which includes along with the fully English subtitled movie a treasure trove of special features including making of feature, campaign footage, digital comic, alternate ending, cast information, and more.

The films stars Hirosue Ryoko alongside Abe Hiroshi who delivers one of the best comedic performances that I’ve ever seen as he steals the show and will instantly turn anyone who watches this movie into a fan of his. I’ve seen Abe Hiroshi in a few programs including dramas and as well as the incredible epic “Musashi” which ran for about 1 year with weekly 45 minute episodes! While he’s always had a great charisma about him and I’ve thought of him as a good actor I’ve never seen him deliver comedy in this way. This was a real eye opener as Abe Hiroshi delivers perfect timing and touch to the lead role as a member of Japan’s Ministry of Finance. And his role is two fold as he portrays his character in both the present as well as the past going back to the 90’s.

Hirosue Ryoko is absolutely perfect and adorable as the lead female character who is the focus of the story. It’s present day and she’s attending her mother’s funeral only to find out that the Ministry of Finance has staged her mother’s death and is seeking her help in locating her mother who’s traveled back to 1990 in an attempt to prevent legislature that will eventually become Japan’s undoing financially. Unknown to her daughter she’s invented some quite interesting items including a time machine made out of a washing machine!

It’s very common in Japan for actors/actresses to be involved in the music industry as well and Hirosue Ryoko did briefly venture into the music scene.

Here’s the PV for her single “Jeans.” My favorite song by her is “Kaze no prism” but it doesn’t appear to have been uploaded on You Tube.

Getting to one of the most prominent cameos in this film and it actually comes by way of the soundtrack and a brief appearance of the PV on a giant video screen on the street as portrayed back in 1990. See pic 1124 and although it’s small and low resolution it’s Okui Kaori! Princess Princess’ single “Diamonds” is played during this scene and it’s not one of those brief 5 second moments but it plays throughout the entire scene! While walking on the streets in Tokyo it’s not uncommon to be entertained by large video screens with music and Puri Puri delivers the perfect flashback moment here! I can’t even begin to explain how much of an impact this had on me while watching this film. It was the sweetest touch! Above is my Princess Princess collection which includes all of their original studio albums and CD singles along with their 2 remastered discography box sets and original DVD releases.

But Puri Puri deserves a post of their own so I won’t elaborate anymore her but here’s a performance of their huge hit and personal favorite “Diamonds”, the song that makes an appearance in this film.

Moriguchi Hiroko also appears in this film and while I only own one of her best of collections it was a nice surprise to see her!

Ito Yuko who looks absolutely incredible in this film is a former idol whom I’ve seen in a drama awhile back and I actually bought her DVD “Route 1” back in 2000. When she appeared in the film I had to go check the shelf for this DVD to see if it was really her. She’s so beautiful and after so many years have passed it was really nice to see her in this movie in a substantial role. She’s wearing red in pics 1177 & 1178 below.

Iijima Naoko makes a brief cameo in this film and portrays herself as she was back in 1990! She also ventured into the music business and I bought one of her albums as well as a single back then. One of J-Pop’s glamour girls Iijima Naoko represented sexy and she also is a successful actress.

Fukiishi Kazue has successfully crossed over from idol to actress and really shines in this film! They really made her to look like the 90’s!! Her transformation is incredible. Kazuechan is so incredibly pretty and seeing her in a substantial supporting role in this film was a real joy! Of course as you’ve probably noticed the trend, she did release a single as she tested the music industry. This however is her sole release as she primarily went into acting but after seeing her in an issue of Up To Boy awhile back I did order her single and here it is above. Although she only released this one single it was a really proud and happy moment for her as she later revealed in an interview in Up To Boy.

I’ve only included a few screen pics here as I didn’t want to give too much away about this film. I can’t stress enough how much I recommend this movie to anyone. Most of these screen pics are of moments involving Abe Hiroshi’s character who when you travel back to 1990 was a…womanizing playboy. :O It’s quite a contrast from his current 2007 character who’d drab, dark, and kind of depressing. lol! As I mentioned earlier he really steals the show! From trying to seduce his own…….:O although he didn’t know at the time! To the crowning comedic moments in this film where he meets up with the many many many many many women in his life who sock him one! But the beauty of these scenes is in his reaction………like a breath of fresh air…..albeit after being socked by a former lady interest…..he seems refreshed and always reacts with a “Ah! Nasty!” There’s really no way to describe this and do it any justice really but I’ve included a few screen pics below of him being socked and reacting…uh well appropriately…if you live in his world. lol! By the third time it’s gut busting! 😀 Also note that they insisted on including detergent in the time traveling washing machine when Hirosue Ryoko took the journey! lol. A couple of conversations about fashion as 2007 meets 1990. One involving Hirosue Ryoko’s “low” pants style and a great exchange between her and Fukiishi Kazue (pics 1145-1160). Imagine how hard it would be to convince someone that you’re from the future and the funny results from such conversations! Abe Hiroshi’s womanizing character also tries his charms on Hirosue Ryoko in pics 1128-1131 but later on he’ll realize she’s……..:O! Ryoko freaks out the crowd with her modern day dancing! Pics 1173-1175. More golden moments of Abe Hiroshi getting punched out due to his uh….womanizing ways of his past! LOL! “Nasty!” Language is a constantly changing thing in every culture and it’s highlighted in an amusing conversation between Abe Hiroshi and Hirosue Ryoko as he’s bought her some tiramisu at a fancy restaurant and after taking a bite she uses the word “yabai” to express how good it is while he misinterprets it and is quite confused (pics 1223-1235) heheh! :). The old “brick” style cell phone of the late 80’s and early 90’s also makes an appearance! I always laugh when I see one of these! It’s not just a phone it’s a brick!

The attention to detail is superb as the hairstyles, clothing, music, and scenery of the 1990 is captured to perfection throughout this film. Japanese love American pop and the soundtrack is wonderfully filled with these familiar sounds and presents a walk down memory lane not so long ago. While a knowlege of Japanese pop culture will enhance the experience the viewer has while watching this film as many inside jokes do occur along with the cameos being more meaningful with this familiarity, I truly believe that anyone who enjoys comedy will really enjoy this film! Abe Hiroshi really made an impact and is now a favorite actor of mine due to his single performance in this film. I can’t get over how funny he was in playing duo roles to comedic perfection. I’ve always thought of Abe Hiroshi as a handsome actor but now I really appreciate his ability and charm like never before. I highly recommend this film to anyone! It really is something special!

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And of course one last punch from Ito Yuko…AHHHhhhhhaaa Nasty! 😀

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36 Responses to バブルへGo!! タイムマシンはドラム式- Comedy at it’s best.

  1. Saburo says:

    My fave real-life cameo: Iijima Ai.

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  2. She wasn't in this movie or did I miss her?

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  3. Saburo says:

    I didn't see the movie but I read that she had a cameo. Given the time period, I'd say that it'd be very logical and appropriate. I'll have to double check.

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  4. I could check the credits the next time I watch it. Funny no one uploaded a picture of her in the wiki page you linked. You should really watch this film! It's really funny!

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  5. phr says:

    Ok, I found this, I’m going to watch it this weekend! Abe Hiroshi has a lot of good comedies, or just other doramas that happen to have the occasional funny scenes in then. He’s good at it. In fact Ueda Jiro, his coward physics professor character in TRICK, is one of my favorite characters ever. He even has a book published which I’ll probably buy at some point, take a look:

    http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4054059015/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=XA018TCHBX9Q&coliid=I73J5O9WYACZX

    It’s so funny because in the series, Ueda publishes a series of self help books and starts pushing them on people, I think starting in the second season? Then one day i’ve no idea why I decided to look it up, and one actually existed =D Have you seen TRICK? It’s awesome.

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    • This is most interesting, a book published in character? am I understanding the text here correctly? I haven’t watched Trick before and I think I remember you speaking about it before….also starring the excellent Nakama Yukie…makes me wonder why I haven’t watched it yet as it’s like getting the very best of both sexes all at once! T.V. series….3 of them? and also a movie and a special which was done quite recently. To have an actual book published off of this series Trick does say a lot about it’s popularity and character substance. I have a few dramas in my brain’s cue right now but this will be added in….are the movie and special okay as stand along views or would they not make sense if one hasn’t watched the drama series first?

      Ohh you’ve found Bubble e go!! Is someone streaming it? I’d love to suggest that Philip watch it too as it’s sooooooooooo funny!!!! I’m overjoyed that you’ll be watching this weekend…and looking at this post reminded of how I didn’t know what a screen cap was back then and I’d just literally take photos with a camera of a little LCD screen in my room…clueless and funny times =).

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      • phr says:

        =O Now you made me take a better look at the screencaps and I noticed, Gekidan Hitori is in there! Whatever his not-comedian name is. Huge fan of this guy, my sense of humor really matches this guy’s style =D I started watching Yaguchi Hitori for Yaguchi, but really kept going for Hitori. I think I’ll really like this movie.

        It’s streaming, at this site: http://aznv.tv . It used to be closed only by invitation and have really rare invites (and I’ve already used mine…) but now I’m not sure if they’ve opened it up or if it’s just a temporary thing, but it looks like registration is open. So I’d really recommend making an account as soon as possible. This site is a miracle, there is A LOT OF DORAMAS IN THIS THING. And movies too, but the doramas are amazing. Because the problem is, Japanese doramas are nowhere as popular as, say, American TV series, or Japanese anime, so while it’s easy to download them while they’re airing, just one or two years later and most series are off the map, unless they feature idols or were REALLY BIG DEAL when they aired. So I end up watching most doramas from this site. It’s a bit strange to use, but I’m sure anyone can figure it out. It doesn’t stream directly in the browser, you go to the “Play” link in the videos’ pages, and that downloads a file, and you open that file with VLC, and it knows what to do, as it often does.

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        • The culture shock the characters experience with styles/ fads and such are hilarious and there are many wonderful and surprise cameos in this movie…it’s so well directed too! I’m thinking I’m going to watch it too to get refreshed as I haven’t watched in quite some time =), And you see, you just pointed out another cameo and I didn’t even know whom this was =P….I hope I’m not overhyping when I say it’s a top comedy of mine…no it’s really that good =D!~!

          Awesome you have a site and with so many shows!!! Funny I don’t normally watch dramas streaming so I had no idea that they were eventually taken down as I always just assumed that they’d be around for a long time but that makes sense as people need space for the new and newly popular. I should tell Philip to join soon too! ^^

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          • phr says:

            Sorry, just noticed now… This movie is for Premium, I didn’t even notice at first because I got a few hours of Premium long ago… Apparently they changed business to allowing anyone to register, but closing off some of the content. There’s still quite a bit of stuff available for free, but not this one. Anyway, it’d cost him at least $5 for 30 hours of streaming to see this one. Well, this plus 28 hours of other movies from the site, but still, $5 is the initial price.

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            • Hmm…that’s still not bad but free would’ve been much better =). Huh…they must know it’s a hilarious comedy so they’re charging for it =P. I wonder if he’d go for it, well I’m going to ask anyway. I’m fearing that you may now be on the fence as to whether watch or not? But I’d totally understand as so many things stream for free now days.

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      • phr says:

        TRICK is great, any of it. It’s very episodic, so most of it works well as a standalone. It’s a bit like Scooby Doo. There’s a new crazy dude claiming supernatural powers every one or two episodes, they go after it, get a bit lost, figure it out, the end. There’s character development as they get to know each other better and such, but I think it’s no big deal to get into that in the middle. You might not get some inside jokes, but nothing that’ll get in the way.

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    • phr says:

      I wonder why this link or your Scooby Doo one didn’t get the same treatment as the Sasshi link I sent in another comment way down on this page… I guess Amazon/Wordpress know that Sasshi deserves special treatment =D

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      • phr says:

        Huh, after I posted this comment, the page reloaded and now I see big pictures in place of all the links. So ignore this comment…

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        • It’s really cool! =)

          A friend of mine says that she’s a self proclaimed Facebook friending whore lol….and with WordPress’ new comment-like feature I may be becoming the comment-like whore myself…..it’s fun though as I’ve always see on other social media sites how people can give a thumbs up to a comment and like it and happily WP has added just that here for you know…people whom like to like things =). It may be weird of me that I’m liking comments on my own blog but that’s what comment-like whores do I hear these days (。ーωー。)笑!

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      • Haha it’s Sasshi’s aura at work =)…and now the Scooby theme song is swimming inside of my head in a repeat cycle….

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  6. phr says:

    Hey, on a completely unrelated note, did you know Sasshi wrote a book? It looks really cool, here:

    http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E9%80%86%E8%BB%A2%E5%8A%9B-~%E3%83%94%E3%83%B3%E3%83%81%E3%82%92%E5%BE%85%E3%81%A6~-Mook-%E6%8C%87%E5%8E%9F%E8%8E%89%E4%B9%83-HKT48/dp/4063898504/

    It’s probably the second best thing I could find, after a Takamina book. Well, or a Jurina PB. … … Ok, Sakuratan PB would also be great. And Lovetan. Ahh, forget it. The point is, Sasshi book is a good thing. The title is very appropriate and promising. I wonder if she really wrote this or had someone else write it. I’m getting it anyway.

    And now it looks like I’m spamming you with Amazon links, but it’s just that I’m browsing there right now and their recommendations algorithm is great…

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    • phr says:

      Whoa, look at what happened to my humble link! That’s really cool!

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      • Yeah I’ve been noticing that Amazon in particular links product images to which is really smart on their part…..that is if they’re enabling it. I first noticed this just a day or so ago when I linked about Robin Williams’ stand up comedy “Live on Broadway” to Philip that he should see it as it’s pee in your pants funny guaranteed \(^o^)/!!!! and when I returned to the page there it was an actual image of the DVD cover itself! Really cool.

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        • phr says:

          Robin Williams… I love Dead Poets Society. It’s the Western take on the school dorama, although more of an old school Kinpachi-sensei style than a GTO / Gokusen… Anyway, it’s great, and a huge part of it is thanks to Robin Williams. I didn’t know him too well, I knew it by hearing it as a famous name but really only connected the face when I saw the tribute on Apple’s website…

          https://www.apple.com/remembering-robin-williams/

          … it was really sad when I saw who that was… and it was very surprising seeing Apple do this page, as it’s pretty much the same thing they did when Steve Jobs passed away. I don’t know if there’s any connection between him and Apple. But who cares, he deserves a tribute page anyway.

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          • Kinpachi Sensei is such a goooooooooood series!!!! They used to air each season every year here on our local KIKU station awhile back and I began taping them onto VHS…it’s such a well written and acted series. I love Kaientai’s theme song which has ‘Kinpachi’ himself on lead vocals for the series which starred Ueto Aya whom had a gender disorder..such a heavy topic for them to explore for sure and she was wonderful in it too…and even ‘Kinpachi’s’ daughter in the drama released some J-pop back then, I have a single of hers which is pretty good as it was for the Hoshi no kinka revival series done long after the original which starred my beloved Sakai Noriko and the man I’d bear children for in Takenouchi Yutaka~♥.

            Dead Poets Society is such a iconic and touching film…..I cried and will cry if I watch it today….love this movie!!!!! I wish the director’s cut would be released on either DVD or Bluray as it includes some very seemingly essential scenes which which were sadly cut out for the theatrical version. One of Robin Williams’ very best!!!!

            Perfectly ~*said.

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            • phr says:

              Kinpachi-sensei is the classic masterpiece of the dorama world =D I actually learned about it from GTO; there’s one episode when Onizuka-sensei is made fun of by a student for having a full collection of Kinpachi-sensei DVDs, and the student is like “why would I tell my problems to a teacher? baaaaka”

              I could only watch that season with Ueto Aya, but I agree with all you’ve said, and I’m sure all the other seasons are great and I’m still going to find them one day.

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              • Haha I remember that!!! GTO is most iconic too for this genre and dramas in general! I loved the movie too and don’t even get me started on the oh so hot Sorimachi Takashi♥!!!! Just thought of Beach Boys where it’s man-candy x’s 2 as Takenouchi Yutaka is in there too starring and Hirosue Ryoko..coincidence? as she’s in this movie blog entry here =P.

                The Ueto Aya season is one of the very best!!! And that song……ooh that song…! I’d gotten their CD single back then as I was totally addicted.

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              • You know I’m now wondering if I’m getting another season’s theme song mixed up with the Ueto Aya season? Hmm….the song is Atarashii hito e…..because I also have another single by Kaientai where there doing the theme song for another season of Kinpachi sensei lol I may have my theme songs crossed there xD.

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                • phr says:

                  Ueto Aya is in season 6, and the theme song for that is “Massugu no Uta”. Apparently. Here:

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                  • Ah~ Atarashii hito e is from the season before, season 5….I did have my theme songs crossed xD. Atarashii hito e is such a lovely song with sensei’s vocals being so gentle and the melody is catchy catchy. I have this single too….=).

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    • I’m feeling ~* a Sakuratan shashinshuu in the future and Jurina is overdue and even Sayanee should have a complete visual catalog by now =).

      A~h I totally find myself lost in recommendations all the time going from one link to another dozen at a time and it’s really cool how they glide across the scree at a simple click ~*…..I wonder is she did compose this herself although a quick guess would be that she may have gotten the help of an editor or you know those people whom frequently help stars write their autobiography. She’ll be speaking business wise too here…how about the alternate title of the idol road less traveled speed bumps and all =). And it’s quite a read at 196 pages.

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      • phr says:

        I’m feeling that I want your feelings to be true, all of them =) Sayanee’s PB is really good.

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        • As you most likely know, checking out other girls is a hobby of mine…shhhh don’t tell a soul…(^q^)! For me, Mayuyu is like adorably yummy but not so much in a sexual way as is Sayanee….for example if I were to apply for my lesbian card I’d be eager to spoon Mayuyu but Sayanee…well I’d lose my already R rating if I said any more (。ーωー。)笑!

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          • phr says:

            I’m not telling anyone, I’m your loyal imaginary friend (^o^)// But I’ll get to Sayanee first

            Unless I find Nana and get distracted along the way. By the way, Yamada Nana, another one that needed a PB. But I have the feeling she’s not getting one, don’t ask me why… She’s like the type that obviously should have one but for some reason it never comes out, until years go by and maybe they decide to release one when it’s too late as she doesn’t really have much of a chance anymore of getting popular… you know, like Kuramochi Asuka.

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            • Hmm I’m not so sure lol as AKB girls do like to touch and kiss one another quite a lot we learn by each passing day (。ーωー。)笑!

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            • U~n Mocchi did finally get one and it’s quite the sexy book but true so much time had passed since that golden timing opportunity. Nana….♥…well Nana’s definitely high on the sexy list and she sure warrants a shashinshuu of her very own. She’s appeared in quite a lot of magazines I have and with Wani Books being the publisher of UTB it’s really a wonder that they haven’t produced a solo shashinshuu for her just yet. We can still hope ~* though =),

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