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Original Name  ヒノキオ
Starring Masatoshi Nakamura, Kanata Hongoh, Sachie Hara, Riho Makise
Screen Format 16:9 Wide Screen
Video Format NTSC
Audio Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, Japanese
Year 2005
Running Time 111 Minutes
Genre Japanese Movie
Version  Japan
PAX-Code PAX0000823446
Catalog No.  DA-787
Item Code  4988105046405


Directed by the minds behind Final Fantasy: Spirits Within, this movie is about a boy who is left without the use of his legs after a tragic car accident, and makes no attempt to leave his house (his online gaming doesn't count). His father, a programmer/robot developer , creates a robot for him so that he doesn't fall behind in his studies. The kids take one look at the robot and call it "Hinokio" (Pinocchio + wood from the Hinoki tree, which is what the legs of the robot are partially made of), and the robot is abused and bullied at first. But the boy learns to trust other people again, and rebuilds a relationship with his father with the help of his robot. Excellent heartwarming tale with just the right amount of CGI and video game otaku-ness added for good measure. The Japanese release also contains English subtitles, so is watchable by those who don't know any Japanese. Highly recommended!


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willett.meghan (1) on 22, Oct. 2006 12:15 (HKT)
I adore this movie.
I recommend “Hinokio: Intergalactic Love” to anyone who likes a family movie, or anyone who is tired of Too Much Angst and wants a happy ending. :)

\"Hinokio: Intergalactic Love\" is a story of Satoru and his classmates. Satoru lost his mom in the same car accident that left him in a wheel chair. One year after the death of his mother, Satoru\'s father gives him a robot that allows him to go to school from home. In this way, Satoru can re-enter life outside his room without ever leaving it.

The conflict in this movie comes at first from Satoru being alienated in his class. He wants to make friends with the other children, but they cannot see past the robot in front of them to the little boy talking to them through it. The children will not even call the robot by Satoru’s name—instead, they refer to him as “Hinokio.”

Another conflict comes from Satoru\'s relationship with his father-- who Satoru refuses to speak to.

The story is very well woven together with the introduction of a mysterious game \"Purgatory\"-- a game hidden within a game (Cyber City). This game catches Satoru\'s interest because it is centered on the after life.

How will Satoru come to terms with his mother\'s death? Will he every make friends in his class? Watch and find out. :)
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