Cafe Funiculi Funicula

Japan Release: 2018
Running Time:
116 minutes

Cafe Funiculi Funicula

Japanese Title

[Kohi Ga Samenai Uchi Ni]

Distributor: Production:

Toho / Filmface / TBS / Mainichi Broadcasting / Sunmark Publishing / FLaMme / CBC TV / KDDI / Hakuhodo / RKB Mainichi Broadcasting / TC Entertainment / Tohan / Hokkaido Broadcasting / Tohoku Broadcasting / Shizuoka Broadcasting / Chugoku Broadcasting / GYAO

In the mysterious Café Funiculi Funicula, patrons can partake of a magical cup of coffee (which must be served by stoic waitress Kazu) and travel back in time one time to attempt to deal with their regrets—if they follow a set of strict rules. The most important rule is that they can only visit the past for the duration that it takes their coffee to cool, and if they don't finish their drink before it cools, their life will be forfeited. The story follows several time-travelers dealing with difficult emotional situations such as lost love, the traumas of aging, siblings and dreams, and fears around parenting/childbirth. As the events of each story play out, Kazu finds herself pulled into the drama as well, with her future caught in the balance...

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International Title

Cafe Funiculi Funicula

Initial US Title

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Alternate Titles

Before the Coffee Gets Cold
[Literal translation]




Directed by Ayuko Tsukahara
Writing credits Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Satoko Okudera
Produced by Arimasa Okada, Junichi Shindo
Music by Masaru Yokoyama
Cinematography by Norimichi Kasamatsu
Film Editing by Ryuji Miyajima
Production Design by Kei Itsutsuji
Assistant Director Tomohide Sano
Kazu Tokita Kasumi Arimura
Nagare Tokita Motoki Fukami
Fumiko Kiyokawa Haru Haru
Goro Katada Kento Hayashi
Ryosuke Shintani Kentaro Ito
Kumi Hirai Wakana Matsumoto
Yasunori Fusaki Yutaka Matsushige
Kayo Takatake Hiroko Yakushimaru
Yaeko Hirai Yo Yoshida
- Yuriko Ishida


Background and Trivia

  • Based on a play of the same name, "Before the Coffee Gets Cold" (コーヒーが冷めないうちに), by Toshikazu Kawaguchi that started performing in 2010. It was later turned into a novel by Kawaguchi in 2015.


Nicholas Driscoll Star Rating
March 29, 2023