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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2006 - 14.22 July

Sections & Films

HELEN THE BABY FOX

Category: Edition 2006

Synopsis

Early spring in Hokkaido, northern Japan. Taichi, a young boy who tends to be a dreamer, has just arrived from the big city to live with his mother’s new boyfriend, a veterinarian, and his daughter. One day after school, Taichi discovers the cub of a northern fox crouching near the side of the road and despite the objections of those around him, decides to take care of the lovable creature. The baby fox cannot see, cannot hear and cannot bark. Even when offered milk, it just ignores it. So Taichi names it Helen, after Helen Keller, the first blind, deaf and mute woman who was able to communicate using the sign language. Helen responds to Taichi’s devoted caring efforts and begins to strive for live, in spite of her frail body. The boy and his veterinarian family watch over her with encouragement and love.

Original Title KOGITSUNE HELEN
Category Official Competition
Section First Screens
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 109'
Production Year 2006
Nationality Japan
Directed by Keita Kono
Screenplay Masako Imai
Based on the book "Memories of Helen the Fox"
by Minoru Taketazu
Director of photography Takeshi Hamada
Editor Takuya Taguchi
Production Design Yukiharu Seshimo
Sound Hiromichi Kori
Music Yukie Nishimura
Main cast Takao Osawa (Yajima)
Yasuko Matsuyuki (Ritsuko)
Arashi Fukasawa (Taichi)
Ryoko Kobayashi (Misuzu)
Shunji Fujimura (Professor Uehara)
Ryoko Tanami (Yamaguchi)
Produced by Yoshitaka Ishizuka, Shigeaki Yoshida, Nozomu Enoki, Kiichi Iguchi

helen the baby fox regKeita Kono

Born in 1958, in Tokyo, he has directed many successful TV dramas produced by Fuji Television such as JAJAUMA NARASHI (1993), FURIKAEREBA YATSUIRU (1993), KEIBUHO FURUHATANINZABURO (1994), OSAMA NO RESTAURANT (1995), HR (2002) and WONDERFUL LIFE (2004). HELEN THE BABY FOX is his first feature film.

 

Director’s statement

“I was deeply impressed when I read the original story written by Doctor Minoru Taketazu. Based on his true story, the screenplay depicts the relationship between a boy and a baby fox. I would be happy if every audience could feel the affection for family, animals, and life thanks to this film”.

Production
Festival contact
Shochiku
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www.shochikufilms.com

 

Italian distribution
Revolver
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 145, 00186 Roma - Italy
phone +39 06 68215774
fax +39 06 68801802
www.revolverteam.com