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Masumi Suetani (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 July 2005 (Japan) See more »
Intergalactic Love
Satoru (Kanata Hongo), a wheelchair-bound elementary student, locks himself away from the outside world after his mother dies... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Masatoshi Nakamura ... Kaoru Iwamoto

Kanata Hongô ... Satoru Iwamoto
Mikako Tabe ... Jun Kudo
Maki Horikita ... Eriko Akishima
Ryôko Kobayashi ... Sumire Takasaka
Yuta Murakami ... Jouichi Hosono
Ryô Katô ... Kenta Hirai
Sachie Hara ... Natsuko Fubuki
Riho Makise ... Yuko Sakagami

Mieko Harada ... Sayuri Iwamoto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuki Murakami (as Yuta Murakami)
Misako Nagashima

Directed by
Takahiko Akiyama 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takahiko Akiyama  screenplay
Masumi Suetani  screenplay
Shoji Yonemura  screenplay

Produced by
Shuuji Uchiyama .... producer
Hidekazu Uehara .... producer
Takuji Ushiyama .... producer
Original Music by
Akira Senju 
Cinematography by
Masakazu Oka 
Film Editing by
Sôichi Ueno  (as Soichi Ueno)
Casting by
Yumiko Kuga 
Production Design by
Noriyoshi Ikeya 
Costume Design by
Mari Miyamoto 
Makeup Department
Sôichi Umezawa .... special makeup effects artist
Visual Effects by
Takahiko Akiyama .... visual effects supervisor
David Edwards .... digital compositor
Peter Moran .... digital compositor
Yuetsu Murakami .... digital artist
Hajime Nakamura .... cg artist
Masahiro Onda .... visual effects producer
James Rogers .... compositing director
Edward Twiss .... digital compositor
Misako Nagashima .... stunts
Other crew
Hiromitsu Soma .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Hinokio" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:111 min
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
a masterpiece on simple values of friendship and forgiveness, 29 November 2005
Author: olz_15 ( from Australia

I saw this at the Japanese Film Festival in Sydney and I thought it was fantastic. The whole story is clichéd as a whole, however with all the plot twists changing directions you have to just let it take you where it wants to go.

The story involves a young boy who lost his mother and was confined to a wheel-chair from a car accident. He spends his time locked in is room, using a robot that he can communicate from his computer as his eyes to the outside world.

Some moments in the film could be considered to many audiences as quite corny, however, the darker elements manage to balance the film as a whole quite nicely. At times the film feels it gets a bit long too, however this is only because there are so many ideas crammed into it that sometimes you really have no idea where it is going and are wanting to find a resolution all too soon. The ending, however, is far more than satisfying enough.

Use of cg is really great too, although it is usually saved for the right moments so that it is most effective. The use of first person perspectives and computer game footage was masterfully utilized to make interesting comparisons between reality and virtual-reality. Much more interesting than it was in say, Doom.

I think the most important thing about this film though, is that the characters are presented in ways that you can only feel compassion for them. You get the sense that the makers also felt the same way.

Verdict: You'll laugh, you'll cry.

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