Pinch Runner (ピンチランナー) is a Japanese movie, starring Morning Musume, as well as Oshio Manabu, Matsuzaka Keiko and Saito Yousuke. It was released on VHS and DVD in 2000, so was a soundtrack album entitled Pinch Runner OST.

Almost every member of Hello! Project appeares in the marathon opening ceremony scene, divided in three teams: Hello! Project 1 had Taiyo to Ciscomoon and Heike Michiyo (along with Michiyo’s manager at the time, Segi Mariko), Hello! Project 2 had Coconuts Musume, Maeda Yuki and Miyoshi Chinatsu, and Hello! Project 3 had Melon Kinenbi and Kikuchi Ai (non H!P). Toda Rinne was originally meant to appear in Kikuchi’s place, but she fell sick three days before filming the scenes.

Three monthly releases accompanied the release of this movie; the release of the movie itself in October, a longer version of the movie (called Morning Musume Hashiru Pinch Runner) in November and the release of Morning Cop in December.

[Several DVD/VHS covers of the movie was issued, as well as movie posters, cards and flyers]


The plot of the movie is that Ayumi (played by Natsumi Abe) is rescued from a fire, but she doesn’t know by whome. The events following 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.


Yuko Nakazawa

Natsumi Abe

Kaori Iida

Mari Yaguchi

Kei Yasuda

Sayaka Ichii

Maki Goto

Manabu Oshio (non H!P)

Keiko Matsuzaka (non H!P)

Yousuke Saito (non H!P)