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In "Paco and the Magical Book," a cantankerous old man, Okunuki, collapses during a board meeting and is sent off to the hospital. He grew his company from a small time shop to a mega corporation by having the personality of a pit bull. At the hospital, Okunuki is put off by everyone around him. The cast of characters include a transvestite, a former child actor now a suicidal adult, and a scarred man shot from a mysterious bullet. He then comes across young Paco. The cheerful young girl asks Okunuki to read out loud her favorite picture book. At first he refuses, but relents after more prodding. What Okunuki doesn't know is that Paco suffers from severe short term memory loss. After a car accident that killed her parents Paco can only hold new memories for one day. The next day, Okunuki comes across Paco, but Paco doesn't recognize Okunuki. Paco again asks Okunuki to read to her, but Okunuki becomes furious believing the girl is playing a child's prank. When Paco pulls out a lighter that Okunuki mistakenly believes she stole from him, he becomes even more enraged and punches her in the face. The following day, Okunuki meets Paco again and again Paco doesn't recognize him. Okunuki then realizes that girl wasn't playing a prank and for the first time in his life he starts to feel guilt. But is it too late to make amends? Edit Translation

  • English
  • Español
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Sep 13, 2008
  • Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 93 users)
  • Ranked: #78559
  • Popularity: #17513
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 10
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Wholesomely Beautiful

Watching it feels like being a kid. It's beautiful and wholesome. 

It started with a storytelling, the same method used on Memories of Matsuko. I noticed a Disney reference but not Disney at all, it's more like Tetsuya's style. I love the colorfull display, the fantasy like musics, humorous comedy, and the well performed dramatic acting perfomances. Even though it's more a comedy at first, it doesn't help me to hold my tears at the first 40 minutes. I've connected myself to the film that I understand each characters and their reason for being. 

Onuki who's arrogant, selfish, violent and doesn't like people to know him suddenly wanted to be remembered by a little girl which can't remember him. It's beautiful how Onuki desperately trying to remain in the Paco's heart and instead managed to remain in the heart of everyone.

I was so down that I decided to watch movies and ended up with this film and it helped me to cheer up.

I was moved when Onuki asked the doctor.

why I can't stop crying even though I never cried since when I was a child?

The doctor answered:

It's easy, just cry a lot it will stop.

Koji Yakusho and Jun Kunimura performances are beyond excellent.

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  • Movie: Paco and the Magical Picture Book
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Sep 13, 2008
  • Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages


  • Score: 7.2 (scored by 93 users)
  • Ranked: #78559
  • Popularity: #17513
  • Watchers: 234

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