Paco and the Magical Book

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Paco and the Magical Book
Paco and the Magical Book poster.jpg
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Japanese パコと魔法の絵本 
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
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $22,679,633[1]

Paco and the Magical (Picture) Book (パコと魔法の絵本, Pako to Mahō no Ehon) is a 2008 Japanese film written and directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, based on a play by Hirohito Goto.

It was shown at the Munich Asian Filmfest in 2008[2] and has been nominated for three awards for the 2009 Asian Film Awards.[3] Actors Kōji Yakusho and Ayaka Wilson and director Tetsuya Nakashima have been nominated for the 2008 Japanese Academy Award.[4]


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.



  1. ^ "Paco and the Magical Picture Book". Boxofficemojo. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 

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