Reiko, the Psyche Resurrected

Japan Release: 1991
Running Time:
100 minutes

Reiko, the Psyche Resurrected


Japanese Title

超少女REIKO
[Cho Shojo REIKO]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Toho / Burning Production

A highly anticipated cultural festival is less than a week away for the students of a local high school when mysterious, seemingly paranormal events start occurring within their building. A piano plays when no one is in the room; the power continually shuts off, seemingly at random; footprints are left behind by an unseen presence; objects appear to levitate and are hurled across the room. Concerned about the strange phenomena, six students, advised by Professor Yamakawa, form a research team and investigate the strange goings-on. One of the students is Reiko Kudo, who has ESP and a family history with the occult. As the investigation ensues, a disturbing story from the past emerges from the woodwork, culminating with an ESP confrontation on the day of the festival...

Live Action Science Fiction

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Titles

International Title

Reiko, the Supergirl*

Initial US Title

-
US Distributor: - / Time: -

Alternate Titles

Super Girl Reiko
[Literal translation]

Reiko, Psyche Resurrected
[Japanese DVD English Title]


Staff

Cast

Directed by Takao Okawara
Writing Credits Takao Okawara
Produced by Shogo Tomiyama
Music by Tomoyuki Asakawa
Cinematography by Kenichi Yamada
Film Editing by Chizuko Osada
Assistant Director Kunio Miyoshi
Director of Special Effects Eiichi Asada, Takao Okawara
Reiko Kudo, Psychic Alisa Mizuki
Yumi Uchida Wakako Shimazaki
Yamakawa, Teacher Koichi Sato
Reiko Fukao, Psychic Shiori Sakura
Fujisawa, Teacher Kyoko Koizumi
Mitsurei Kudo, Reiko's Grandmother Kin Sugai
Reiko's Father Bsaku Sato
Shiro Ogata Ken Osawa
Yuji Takashina Yukio Nagasawa
Rika Manda Hisako Yamada
Takafumi Shinshiro Yosuke Isozaki
- Saburo Kadowaki

Posters


Toho Stock Footage



DVDs and Blu-rays

Japan Region 2 Super Girl Reiko Toho (2005) Order
Japan Region 2 Super Girl Reiko: Toho Masterpiece Selection Toho (2015)  

Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on August 10th, 1993 with the registration number of PA0000640730. The title used was its international title Reiko, the Supergirl with the alternate title being its Romaji title of Choshojo Reiko.
  • In 2006, Toho Kingdom was given the opportunity to check on the preferred English names for several of Toho's properties. During these discussions with Toho, it was mentioned that the preferred English title for the 1991 movie is Reiko, the Psyche Resurrected. It's unclear when this preference changed versus the Reiko, the Supergirl title that was submitted to the US copyright office. However, this preferred title is very similar to the English title that appears on the 2005 DVD release, and subsequent re-releases, which was: Reiko, Psyche Resurrected without the "the" in the title.
  • During the movie, the students are assigned to watch Koji Hashimoto's Bye-Bye Jupiter (1984). In fact, the kids are seen watching the film in a classroom from a projector. The 1984 movie is an interesting choice as that film itself had a similar sequence where characters watched other Toho titles from a projector, in that case Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) and Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964).
  • Takao Okawara submitted the concept story for consideration for the Kido Awards. The concept won second place that year, impressing Toho enough to both make a film on it and also select Okawara as the director. Noted in a 2000 interview with the director found in Fangoria #195.
  • Although Eiichi Asada is credited for the movie's special effects, Takao Okawara claims that the film's budget didn't allow for the hiring of a dedicated special effects director. As a result, Okawara had to direct both the human and special effect sequences. In retrospect, Okawara admitted that despite difficulties of doing both duties, he prefered it as it was able to give him complete control over the production. Mentioned in an interview in Fangoria #195.
  • In 1992, a comic series titled Reiko, Legend of the Supergirls (REIKO―超少女伝説 - Reiko― Cho Shojo Densetsu) was published by Shueisha. Done by artist/writer Riko Miyagi, this comic series was both a novelization and expansion of the story from the movie.
  • The film was sponsored in part by Fujitsu, Kenwood and Seed Co. Ltd.
  • Actress Alisa Mizuki won a new actor award for this movie during the 15th Japanese Academy Awards.