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Hinokio film poster
Directed byTakahiko Akiyama
Produced byShuuji Uchiyama
Hidekazu Uehara
Takuji Ushiyama
Written byTakahiko Akiyama
Masumi Suetani
Shoji Yonemura
StarringMasatoshi Nakamura
Kanata Hongo
Mikako Tabe
Distributed byShochiku/Movie Eye
Release date
  • 9 July 2005 (2005-07-09)
Running time
111 minutes

Hinokio (ヒノキオ) is a 2005 Japanese science fiction film directed by Takahiko Akiyama and starring Masatoshi Nakamura, Kanata Hongo and Mikako Tabe. Its tagline is "Inter Galactic Love".


A recent accident has left Satoru Iwamoto, an elementary school student, temporarily wheelchair-ridden. In addition, the recent loss of his mother has thrown Satoru into a reclusive state, locking himself from the outside world. However, in an effort to help Satoru recover from his injuries, his father, Kaoru, has designed a remote-controlled robot that will go to school in his place and allow him to interact with people and do normal things.

The robot, "piloted" by Satoru from a large control terminal in his room, is nicknamed 'Hinokio' by his classmates. Hinokio is mostly admired by his fellow students, and they together start a generally normal year of school. But the story soon dwells more on Satoru, himself, as he rediscovers love and friendship through classmate Jun Kudo and also his own father.


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