We’re in the middle of summer and its time to let a little fantasy sci-fi hit the screen. This month’s movie of the month is Hinokio!
This is another great film for Movie Night = Family Fun. Whether you show it in your backyard or in the comfort of your living room, Hinokio is a great film for the family to enjoy. This film is rated for ages 10+. Hinokio is the story of Saturo, a young boy who has lost his mother and been injured in an automobile accident. Saturo is confined to a wheelchair and has become isolated in his room, angry at his father and at the world. His father, in an attempt to help Saturo, has created a robot that can go to school on Saturo’s behalf and who is controlled by Saturo. There is a lot more to see and experience in this film which is in Japanese with either English or Spanish subtitles.
Hinokio was filmed in Japan and was state-of-the art VFX in 2005. The film was written and directed by Takahiko Akiyama, a pioneer in VFX. The robot, Hinokio, is very cool and the plot is endearing. There are some hiccups and bumps along the way so it is advised that parents watch with children of 10-11 years old.
Of course, here at Movie Night = Family Fun, we want to use the film as a vehicle to invite you and your children to explore another culture. This film is Japanese and so we’ll be providing some simple Japanese recipes for you to try.
Here are links to easy traditional, everyday Japanese recipes.
- Salmon Teriyaki — You can substitute chicken or pork
- Sake-Steamed Chicken with Winter Squash
- Cucumber Sonomono Salad
- Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
- Cucumber and Avocado Sushi
- Japanese Cheesecake (serve with berries on top)
If these recipes don’t seem right for your family, just search the internet. We looked for easy recipes from Japan.
Ideas for art/writing your kids could create:
- Draw a robots.
- Make robots with Lego blocks
- Show your children the webpage for the film and have them create a movie poster for the film
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