One Thousand Cranes

Director Hunter James Cox was paid by James Franco to write, direct, and edit this short film inspired by a true story. The film has claimed many awards all across the United States.

The story centers on an ill-fated couple who put all their faith in a Japanese legend of origami.

This short was based on the life of Sadako Sasaki a Japanese girl who was 24 months old when she was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Sasaki soon developed leukemia and, at age 12 after spending a significant amount of time in a hospital, began making origami cranes with the goal of making one thousand. She folded only 644 before she became too weak to fold anymore, and died on October 25th, 1955; in her honor, her classmates felt empathy and agreed to complete the rest for her. There is a statue of Sadako holding a crane in Hiroshima Peace Park, and every year on Obon day, people leave cranes at the statue in memory of the departed spirits of their ancestors.

Hunter has always made origami a hobby of his growing up and always envisioned the idea of paper coming to life through one's imagination. This idea has led him to consider a short animation for this story, and that is currently under development.  He hopes to share his vision of the animation in future years and has crafted this short as a way to push the idea forward.

The production of this film took place over one day in two locations. Hunter worked with some amazing cast and crew and is very ecstatic about sharing his project so please feel free to share this story. 

Visit the reality show this was a part of for James Franco HERE.