A bath can soothe the body, the soul, and even an empire in Thermae Romae
, the live-action adaptation of the popular manga series by Yamazaki Mari. The fantasy comedy stars Abe Hiroshi as an architect in the Roman Empire who finds inspirations for new baths after he accidentally time travels to modern Japan. In addition to adapting the architect's hilarious adventures from the manga, writer Muto Shogo (Crows Zero
) also creates new characters and subplots to make Thermae Romae
the greatest time-traveling Roman bath epic in cinematic history!
To achieve authenticity, director Takeuchi Hideki (Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score) took the entire cast and crew to Rome's Cinecitt Studios, which has also hosted productions of films like La Dolce Vita, Cleopatra, and Gangs of New York. The quirky mix of irreverent humor and grand historical epic made Thermae Romae a massive box office hit in Japan, becoming one of the top grossing live-action Japanese films of 2012.
An architect in the Roman Empire, Lucius (Abe Hiroshi) is undergoing a creative crisis. After complaining about the appalling state of Roman baths, Lucius is sucked into a tunnel that takes him to present-day Japan. Emerging in a local Japanese public bath, Lucius is astonished by the achievements of those he calls the "flat-faced people". Upon returning, Lucius decides to apply those brilliant methods into his new bath. Every time he returns to Japan, he is amazed by the ideas modern Japanese have for hygiene. The more ideas he copies for his own bath, the bigger star Lucius becomes. However, with fame also comes danger, as Lucius is soon caught between a power struggle involving Emperor Hadrian and two of his most trusted men.
This edition includes audio commentary, making of, deleted scenes, interviews, stage events collection, promotional television programs, trailers, additional promotional material, and a photo booklet.