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Director:
Writers:
Masumi Suetani (screenplay)
Takahiko Akiyama (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 July 2005 (Japan) See more »
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Intergalactic Love
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Awards:
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Cast

  (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
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
 
Stunts
Misako Nagashima .... stunts
 

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Also Known As:
"Hinokio" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:111 min
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Sweet, 24 December 2005
Author: Meganeguard from Kansas

To be completely honest, this is a film that I had little to no interest in watching. However, because a couple of my Internet friends seemed quite interested in it, I decided to give it a shot. Now I am glad I did. I was concerned at first that the film was going to be nothing more than a kid makes friends with a robot film, but Hinokio does not fall into this overdone plot device. Instead this film delves into a number of the ills of modern society in a fresh and entertaining manner.

The film opens with Hinokio making its entrance into an otherwise mundane homeroom class consisting of such students as the nerdy Joichi, the hyperactive Kenta, and the teacher's pet Sumire. Also in the classroom is the moody Jun who, although a bit intrigued with the new "student", is not overly impressed by the new arrival. We soon learn that Iwamoto Satoru a young boy who is rehabilitating from a car accident controls Hinokio. The robot allows him to attend school and interact with other students while he recuperates at home. However, instead of being warmly embraced by his new classmates, Satoru, or Hinokio, is the victim of pranks. However, after he refuses to tattle on Jun, Kenta, and Joichi, the four soon become friends.

While Satoru's relationship with his friends, especially with Jun, is the primary story, Satoru's relationship with his father, who the boy blames for the death of his mother, is also central to the film. Because of his reluctance to interact with the outside world and muteness with his father, Satoru resembles a Hikikomori, or shut-in, a social ill that has spread in modern Japanese society.

At times humorous and at times quite moving, Hinokio is a good film to watch for those immersed in the violent films of Miike Takashi or the nostalgic oeuvre of Ozu Yasujiro. It reminds us that there are other films that while not overly artistic can really move an audience or just make one smile.

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