Memories so soft, sweet and irreplaceable can make us want to travel back in time and stay there.
Longer than our welcome.
At least to some degree, isn’t that what high school reunions are all about?
Yes we know that we can’t physically travel back in time but we sure can re-live some of the memories over and over. That is the power of film. In that celluloid world, anything is possible.
Released by Kadokawa Herald Pictures, the film is a loose sequel to the 1967 novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui and shares the basic premise of a young girl who gains the power of time travel.
Teenager Makoto Konno, learns from Kazuko Yoshiyama, Makoto’s aunt and the protagonist to the original story, that Makoto has the power to travel through time. Makoto begins using the time-leaps frivolously to fix problems.
The updated version of the film was released on July 15, 2006 and received positive reviews.
Here is the storyline.
At Kuranose High School in Tokyo, Japan, Makoto Konno discovers a message written on a blackboard and inadvertently falls upon a walnut-shaped object. On her way home, Makoto is ejected into a railroad crossing when the brakes on her bicycle fail and is hit by an oncoming train, but finds herself transported back to the point in time when she was riding her bicycle right before the accident.
After entering the Tokyo National Museum to meet with Kazuko Yoshiyama, she explains to Makoto that she has the power to “time-leap”, to literally leap through time. At first, Makoto uses her powers to avoid being late, getting perfect grades, and even relive a single karaoke session for several hours, but soon discovers that her actions can adversely affect others.
Isn’t that the kicker?
Virtually every film that we have seen regarding time travel like The Butterfly Effect, reminds us that to travel back into the past to try and change things, even for the better, we invariably change the future and mostly for the much worse.
There is only one summer per customer.
Wouldn’t it be great to travel back in time, re-live the past and have no bad side effects?
Well, we can. Sort of.
There are so many of us who will always appreciate the original 1990s DWW Group who changed the culture of women’s submission wrestling from one where when we purchased videos by snail mail and even though many producers described it as competitive, and many still do, often the matches were not remotely fully competitive.
Sometimes they were what we would describe as company fights where the women involved knew each other and to some degree were business partners. Simply put, you will virtually never fight your friend, business partner or boss the same way that you would fight a stranger in front of a live audience.
That’s why we absolutely loved the great Femwrestle events.
The problem for us as purists, no matter the sales pitch, we could tell the difference.
That is where DWW was different. When they said fully competitive, they meant it. No company fights there. No going half speed either. No loud groaning voices falsely exaggerating pain. No ridiculous name calling feigning anger.
Even when they dressed in cave woman outfits, cheerleader garb or Victoria Secret styled sexy attire, someone still was going to get their beautiful butt kicked.
Having said all of that, after DWW’s hiatus where their site went down a few years ago, so many of us DWW fans went through severe with drawl symptoms and held on tightly to our older inventory hoping that we never lose them because we know they can never be replaced.
A collector’s item becomes valuable because of its uniqueness, production excellence and sometimes human error and circumstances that brought it to creation making it a sought-after item because of its emotional value.
There is great news on the horizon.
DWW is back. A new group is running it and at their site https://www.dww.at/catfight/about/ (extreme caution, for over 18 years old only) they share the news with us on their about page.
First a foundation and some history is in order. They educate, “DWW was founded in the autumn of 1992 by G.R.
It sprang from the desire of a few enthusiasts on the combat sports scene to capture on film the excitement of women participating in the sports in question: the excitement of women fighting – one-on-one, no fix, no faking, no quarter!
All the fights you will see on DWW videos are 100% genuine. There is no script. There is no pretending. There is no fooling about. Everything you see is real. Our first efforts in the field produced some pretty good videos, but only when we got serious and founded DWW did the project take on the air of professionalism it has today. Our activities are centred in the Danube Valley, Vienna to be precise, and since we would be drawing mainly on the women of this geographical region to wrestle for our organisation, we called it “Danube Women Wrestling”.
Yes, the memories are flooding back to us. In so many ways we wish that we could travel back in time and re-live what we felt like, but oh those side effects.
They continue, “In 2018 G.R. stopped his involvement with DWW. The website and the brand promotion is now managed by a group of long-time DWW fans and regular spectators at DWW live events. We felt that the great work done over the years could not disappear and that it should be preserved in our memories.
The huge DWW video archive contains thousands of wrestling matches and we are now normalizing it, looking at the best available quality for each video. It also contains thousands of unreleased matches and we will search for fights which are can be published and appreciated by the public.
www.dww.at is the only online store authorized for selling DWW original videos. Please support wrestling producers by purchasing original products. Your money will be used for expanding the catalog, completing the recovery of older videos in higher quality and shooting new wrestling matches!”
That is exciting news. We look forward to writing about their new matches.
Virtually all of the beautiful girls of the past are there including the matches of Luzia The Great, Petra the super police woman, Edita the road warrior and more.
We noticed some of the girl’s names are missing and some videos from the past as well.
There is a strong lesson in that.
The past is done.
You can never truly bring all of it back.
For a good reason. What reason is that?
Life is about the present. Appreciate and be heavily involved in the present. It truly is all that we have. Therefore, we are even more excited about the new girls and matches that we hope to see at the new DWW.
Especially the non-nude ones that we can promote through our media services.
The old business model where there was topless and nude matches we feel are doomed to fail…again.
Why? The person who likes that product tends to want it for nothing and most of those DWW videos are stolen and being presented for free online just like some of the ones at Fighting Dolls.
The new world with the Me Too movement is also spreading.
Feel melancholy about the past but financially support the group in the present. That is imperative if the New DWW is to prosper. Hopefully they learn from the lessons of the past.
Remember, as the movies so effectively taught us, staying trapped in the past has side effects.
Mostly bad ones.
Being involved in the present creates new and wonderful experiences, memories and future traditions.
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Opening photo LAT IMAGES Photo by Sutton Images on July 09th, 2017 at Austrian GP photos.