Baburu e go!! Taimu mashin wa doramu-shiki (Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust ) (2007)
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Time travel. Always a great concept for a movie, in my opinion. This film actually pulls it off nicely and, in my book, will rank up there with the Back to the Future series. There are many similarities between these two as well, which is probably why I enjoyed them all. Actually, this film makes a quick reference to the delorean time travel machine.The story surrounds politics, but this idea is only used as the setup for the time travel concept. The rest of the film is pretty entertaining dealing with character interaction and when time travel is involved it is always fun to see past and present characters interact. It is great how some of the characters have similar occurrences in both their past and present lives.This film actually uses the time travel concept nicely. Although it is only a 17 year jump, going from 2007 to 1990, it is still able to focus on the little differences between the two times. People talking on huge mobile phones, the types of clothing, the music, etc. Where else are you going to see a party with people dancing to MC Hammer and C&C Music Factory? The film even takes notice on the consequences of changing history.The acting is nicely done and similarly to Back to the Future you have many actors playing two characters. Their past and present selves. Ryoko Hirosue, of Wasabi fame, steals the show as the main character Mayumi.There is also a good amount of humor (i.e. washing machine used for time travel) and some decent, yet minimal, CG involved and they are both used in the right amounts. This helps to liven up the film, but at the same time it keeps the film on a serious tone.Some people may find this film stupid, while others will find this entertaining. Use your own judgment and give it a wash, I mean watch.
Japanese sci-fi comedy as Mayumi goes back in time (via a bright yellow washing machine) to rescue her mother Mariko, who's trying to prevent present-day money meltdown by stopping a politican in the 90's from bursting the economic bubble Cue jokes about mobiles, dance fashions, body-con fashions and spend-spend-spend and it all adds up to a silly and very entertaining film, even if you don't get all the Japanese jokes and cameos.
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