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(c) 2005 HINOKIO Film Venturer

(c) 2005 HINOKIO Film Venturer

(c) 2005 HINOKIO Film Venturer

(c) 2005 HINOKIO Film Venturer

Release Date
July, 9th, 2005
Running Time
111 min
Screening Format

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

SHOCHIKU, Image, Movie-Eye Entertainment, H-Partners, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Rentrak Japan, Takara, KTV, Eisei Gekijo, I&S BBDO

[ Story ]

Satoru (Hongo Kanata) was injured in a freak accident, which took his mother's life. In a state of shock, he withdraws from the world and won't leave the house. Satoru's father, an engineer named Kaoru (Nakamura Masatoshi), is worried about his son and gives him a robot developed at his workplace which Satoru can manipulate by remote control and send to school in his place. The robot is nicknamed "Hinokio" by the other pupils. Through Hinokio, Satoru makes friends with a tomboy named Jun (Tabe Mikako) and the other children until a rumor circulates at school that the robot, Hinokio, was built for military purposes. Satoru suffers a second shock and throws Hinokio away, but Hinokio comes with an built-in "emotional feedback" system and Hinokio's shock transfers to Satoru, and affects his brain. Jun sets out to cure Satoru and finally manages to nurse him back to health.
This is the first film by Akiyama Takahiko who was the Visual Effects Art Director on the films Acri and Final Fantasy.

[ Film Festivals, Awards ]

International Festival of Film & Video for Children and Young Adults (Iran)
Cross-Cultural Currents Between the Children of Korea and Japan Walking Together
Busan International Kid's Film Festival 2005 (Closing)
Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival 2005
9th Japanese Film Festival (Sydney)
Golden Butterfly Prize for Best Feature Film, Competition of Asian Cinema

[ Contact (International) ]

13F, Togeki Bldg., 4-1-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8422
Attn: SATO Kiwamu
tel: +81-3-5550-1623
fax: +81-3-5550-1654