Pinch Runner
Pinch Runner
Movie by Morning Musume
Native title ピンチランナー
Released May 20, 2000 (Theatrical)
October, 2000 (Making Of) (DVD/VHS)
November 21, 2000 (DVD/VHS)
2000 (Rental Version)(DVD/VHS)
2000 (Documentary) (VHS)
Format DVD, VHS
Length 107 min.
Label Toei
Other Covers


"Morning Musume in Pinch Runner" Making of DVD

"Morning Musume in Pinch Runner" Making Of VHS

Pinch Runner DVD (rental version)

Pinch Runner VHS (rental version)

Pinch Runner VHS (documentary)

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 on May 20, 2000. A making of VHS/DVD (pink cover) was released on October 21, 2000 followed by the actual movie (called Morning Musume Hashiru Pinch Runner) (orange cover) on the same formats a month later on November 21, 2000. The rental versions of Pinch Runner on VHS and DVD have alternate covers. A Pinch Runner documentary on VHS was also released.


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.



Eiga "Pinch Runner" Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack Album by Morning Musume
Native title 映画「ピンチランナー」オリジナル・サウンドトラック
Released July 5, 2000
Format CD
Recorded 2000
Length 44:42
Label zetima zetima

An original soundtrack for the film was released on July 5, 2000. The album has 11 instrumental themes (track 1-11) from the movie, as well as 4 songs: two remixes of Morning Musume songs from their third album (track 13 and 14), a song by Sharan Q (track 15) and a song by Stardust Revue with Aida Shoko (track 16). First press came with trading cards.

CD TracklistEdit

  1. Opening Theme (オープニングテーマ)
  2. Sanae no Theme (さなえのテーマ; Sanae's Theme)
  3. Tomoko no Theme (知子のテーマ; Tomoko's Theme)
  4. Maho no Theme (真穂のテーマ; Maho's Theme)
  5. Michiko no Theme (道子のテーマ; Michiko's Theme)
  6. Reiko no Theme (麗子のテーマ; Reiko's Theme)
  7. Ayumi no Theme (あゆみのテーマ; Ayumi's Theme)
  8. Asahina Gakuen Rikujoubu no Theme (朝比奈学園陸上部のテーマ; Asahina Academy Track Club Theme)
  9. Shitsui (失意; Disappointment)
  10. Shissou (疾走; Sprint)
  11. Goal (ゴール)
  12. Shin Ramen Daisuki Koikesan no Uta (新・ラーメン大好き小池さんの唄; I Love New Ramen, Koike’s Song) - by Sharam Q
  13. Dance Suru no da! (MASTERS OF FUNK Flavor Remix) - by Morning Musume
  14. Omoide (BEAT WAVE SPIRAL MIX) - by Morning Musume
  15. Natural ~Dakishimete Kono Mama de~ (ナチュラル~抱きしめてこのままで~) - by Stardust Revue with Aida Shoko

Album InformationEdit

Track 1-11 is arranged by Maejima Yasuaki.

Shin Ramen Daisuki Koikesan no Uta

Dance Suru no da! (MASTERS OF FUNK Flavor Remix)


Natural ~Dakishimete Kono Mama de~


Pinch runner promo flyer

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