|DVD by Morning Musume|
|Released||October 21, 2000|
Pinch Runner (ピンチランナー) is a Hello! Project movie starring mainly members of Morning Musume prior to the fourth generation. The movie was released in theaters in 2000 and then on VHS/DVD on October 21, 2000. A longer, 107 minute version was released a month later on November 21, 2000.
Minugishi Ayumi (Abe) is a student of Asahina High School, and the lone member of its Track and Field club. She seems hard to speak to, and despite being a good, quiet student, not many people care to know much about her. One day, a fire breaks out in the place that houses all the track and field supplies, and Ayumi is unable to get out. An aspiring member of the club, Hasegawa Sanae, cries out for someone to save her, but Ayumi cannot remember the face of whomever it was who took her out of the fire.
The events that follow the fire unknowingly change Ayumi's solitary life, and she will find herself leading Sanae, Michiko, Tomoko, Maho, Reiko and Ikue into a race where the goal is much more than just getting past the line in first place.
- Morning Musume
- Oshio Manabu - as Toshiya
- Matsuzaka Keiko - aa Ayumi's Mother
- Saito Yousuke - as Maho's Father
|Eiga "Pinch Runner" Original Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Morning Musume|
|Released||July 5, 2000|
An original soundtrack for the film was released on July 5, 2000.
- Opening Theme (オ-プニングテ-マ)
- Sanae no Theme (さなえのテ-マ; Sanae's Theme)
- Tomoko no Theme (知子のテ-マ; Tomoko's Theme)
- Maho no Theme (真穂のテ-マ; Maho's Theme)
- Michiko no Theme (道子のテ-マ; Michiko's Theme)
- Reiko no Theme (麗子のテ-マ; Reiko's Theme)
- Ayumi no Theme (あゆみのテ-マ; Ayumi's Theme)
- Asahina Gakuen Rikujoubu no Theme (朝比奈学園陸上部のテ-マ; Asahina Academy Track Club Theme)
- Shitsui (失意; Disappointment)
- Shissou (疾走; Sprint)
- Goal (ゴ-ル)
- Shin Ramen Daisuki Koikesan no Uta (新・ラ-メン大好き小池さんの唄) (Sharam Q cover)
- Dance Suru no da! (MASTERS OF FUNK Flavor Remix) (ダンスするのだ!)
- Omoide (BEAT WAVE SPIRAL MIX) (おもいで)
- Natural ~Dakishimete Kono Mama de~ (ナチュラル~抱きしめてこのままで~) (Stardust Revue cover)
- Although they're given credit, Ishikawa Rika, Yoshizawa Hitomi, Kago Ai and Tsuji Nozomi don't have roles in the movie.
- Almost every member of Hello! Project appeared in the marathon opening ceremony scene, divided in three teams. "ハロー!プロジェクト1" had T&C Bomber and Heike Michiyo (along with Michiyo's manager at the time, Segi Mariko), "ハロー!プロジェクト2" had Coconuts Musume, Maeda Yuki and Miyoshi Chinatsu, and "ハロー!プロジェクト3" had Melon Kinenbi and Kikuchi Ai. Toda Rinne was originally meant to appear in Kikuchi's place, but she fell sick 3 days before filming the scene.
- Imai Eriko, from SPEED, has a brief appearance in the movie.