Paco and the Magical (Picture) Book (パコと魔法の絵本 Pako to Mahō no Eho?) is a 2008 Japanese film written and directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, based on a Japanese play by Hirohito Goto.
It was shown at the Munich sian Filmfest in 2008 and has been nominated for three awards for the 2009 Asian Film Awards. Actors Koji Yakusho, and Ayaka Wilson and director Tetsuya Nakashima have been nominated for the 2008 Japanese Academy Award.
The movie is set in a hospital where "strange" people are sent.
One of the older, gruffer patients, Onuki, is quite annoyed with the arrival of Paco. She is in the hospital due to a memory disorder- she can only remember the events of one day at a time. Each day she reads a pop-up children's book, and often asks Onuki to read to her. Each day it is a new story for her.
Eventually, the two of them develop a friendship, and Onuki decides to enlist the help of the other people in the hospital to perform a play of the book, hoping it will help Paco.