Paco and the Magical Book
|Paco and the Magical Book|
|Hepburn||Pako to Mahō no Ehon|
|Directed by||Tetsuya Nakashima|
|Produced by||Yutaka Suzuki|
|Written by||Hirohito Goto original play, Nobuhiro Monma, Tetsuya Nakashima screenplay|
|Starring||Kōji Yakusho, Ayaka Wilson, Satoshi Tsumabuki|
|Music by||Gabriele Roberto|
|Cinematography||Shoichi Ato, Atsushi Ozawa|
|Edited by||Yoshiyuki Koike|
It was shown at the Munich Asian Filmfest in 2008 and has been nominated for three awards for the 2009 Asian Film Awards. Actors Kōji Yakusho and Ayaka Wilson and director Tetsuya Nakashima have been nominated for the 2008 Japanese Academy Award.
The movie is set in a hospital where "strange" people are sent.
One of the older, gruffer patients, is Onuki, a business owner who is sent to the hospital after a heart attack, thinks little of the other hospital patients, and hopes to die without being remembered by such "worthless" people. Another patient, a young girl named Paco, is in the hospital due to a memory disorder- she can only remember the events of one day at a time. Each day she reads a pop-up children's book, and often asks Onuki to read to her. Each day it is a new story for her.
Eventually, the two of them develop a friendship, and Onuki decides to enlist the help of the other people in the hospital to perform a play of the book, hoping it will help Paco.
- Ōnuki (Prince Gama): Kōji Yakusho
- Paco: Ayaka Wilson
- Muromachi (the demon crawfish): Satoshi Tsumabuki
- Tamako (the ricefish): Anna Tsuchiya
- Horigome (the dragonfly larva): Sadao Abe
- Kōichi (the water strider): Ryō Kase
- Masami (the swamp shrimp witch): Eiko Koike
- Ryūmonji (the whirligig beetle): Takaya Yamauchi
- Kinomoto (Queen Gama): Jun Kunimura
- Takita (the fish): Gekidan Hitori
- Asano (the pond snail): Takaya Kamikawa
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