“NIPPON EIGA” SERIES: PART 17
US PREMIERE OF
A Tetsuya Nakashima Film
PACO AND THE MAGICAL BOOK
Japan/2008/105 min./color/Japanese with English subtitles
Tue. April 07, 2009
Door 6:15pm, Film 7:00 pm
Cantor Film Center : 36 East 8th Street, NYC
Need RSVP to http://www.newyork-tokyo.com/wp/paco
Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima who made big hits with Kamikaze Girls and Memories of Matsuko, PACO AND THE MAGICAL BOOK is a film with miracle story packed with laughter and tears, featuring a dazzling cast for an epoch-making, rainbow-colored entertainment! In the build-up to the climax, the sumptuous casts are turned into 3D full CG characters by the wand of the genius director Nakashima. These characters interlock with the live-action performance of the actors, for an outrageous and unbelievable movie experience!
There once was a hospital where patients and even doctors and nurses were all strange. Above all, Onuki, a patient who built up his own company, is a super cranky old man. One day, he meets up a girl named called Paco, who cannot retain memory beyond one day due to a car accident. She reads the same picture book everyday. As time passes, Onuki starts bonding with Paco, and begins to doubt his way of living. He starts wanting to do something for Paco with his remaining life, and comes up with a brilliant idea. This pleases Paco, but their fate is…
Born in 1959 in Fukuoka, Tetsuya Nakashima won numerous awards as a commercial director before moving into feature film directing and writing. His fusion of live-action and animation in the film,” Kamikaze Girls” which was awarded a grand prize at CannesJR.Festival 2006, won him global critical acclaim. The “Memories of Matsuko” which was weaved realistic human drama with offbeat comedy was awarded outstanding performance by the actress in a leading role, outstanding achievement in music and in film editing at JAPAN Academy Prize.
Koji Yakusho (Shall we dance?), Satoshi Tsumabuki (Dororo), Anna Tsuchiya (Kamikaze Girls), Ryo Kase (TOKYO!) ,
Ayaka Wilson, and others.
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