Origami Sightings - Movies (Part 2)

Compiled by Janet Hamilton

Thoki Yenn started out doing Documentary films at MINERVA FILM A/S Copenhagen in the 1950es. under the pseudonym Thok. Sondergaard.  He started experimenting with animating paper cut and folded animals, making short pieces of paper being folded into simple shapes as part of a puppet film series.  He later got a contract with Halas & Batchelor in London in 1958, making 26 animated, 8 minutes long films of papersculpture in the series "Snip and Snap".

Nicholas Cage is folds origami in the movie "Con Air". Nicholas Cage is handed the book "Complete Origami" by Eric Kenneway through the bars of his cell. He is later shown demonstrating the flapping bird as he's sitting on his prison bunk.  The New Yorker magazine reviewed the movie, with several references to the origami motif.

In the movie "Brassed Off", Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) attends practice of the Grimley Colliery Band.  She's greeted with:  "Tuesday was band practice, tonight's origami."

There were origami boats and pajaritas in "The Man In The Iron Mask" (the new version with Gabriel Byrne and Jeremy Irons). The scene showed moonlight coming in through the metal bars of the prison cell and reflecting on the models that had been made from pages of a book. Above the chalked word "luna," you see the prisoner adding one more to a small line of paper boats.

In the out-takes at the end of the movie "Liar, Liar", Jim Carrey, standing before the witness stand, takes a piece of paper and does what might best be described as a "continous dynamic squash fold" and forms a "goose".

In the film "Awakenings" with Robin Williams (based on Oliver  Sacks's book about postencephalatic patients), the doctor's desk was decorated with a familiar looking series of paper models made of brightly colored patterned papers (mainly reds, oranges and yellows).

In the movie, "Clockwatchers" (an independent film staring Parker Posey and Toni Collette), the first scene opens with a receptionist browsing through a book waiting for the work day to begin. When the clock strikes 9 a.m., we see him close the book and manage to catch a glimpse of its cover. The title of the book is "Creative Origami'' by Kasahara.

In the movie "Airplane" the pilot asks, "What do you make of this weather report???" and is answered with "a hat, a broach, a pteradactyl".

In the Hallmark Movie, "What the Deaf Man Heard", the Pastor folds his sermon notes into origami boats (looked like the traditional sampan) and floats them in the baptismal pool.

There is a short video (25 minutes) called "Paper Camera". Here's the description from the jacket: "Paper Camera tells the story of a ten year old oriental immigrant student and his transition into an English speaking school. Kwok speaks no English, but he befriends Eric by exchanging his Chinese folded paper toys for baseball cards. Kwok and Eric develop a significant friendship that is filled with caring and humor, one that transcends the verbal language barrier of the moment."    In addition to the paper camera, Kwok also makes a frog and a dragon. The ISBN # is: 1-56353-128-3 and it was put out by New Dimension Media, Inc. 85803 Lorane Highway,  Eugene,  OR 97405-9408.

In "Halloween: H20" there is a scene where the camera pans across the room to a door. Hanging in the center of the room is a mobile of large cranes, and one crane makes a nice shadow on the door right before it opens to reveal the fellow in the hockey mask.

The new release of "Great Expectations" (starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow) has a scene where Robert DeNiro and Ethan Hawke are standing in an art studio. Over Ethan's right shoulder there's a mobile of green birds that looks like origami. If you watch the mobile, you'll get to see one of those entertaining congruity errors. In one face shot, the mobile gets bumped, and the birds are jumping up and down. A few seconds later they are perfectly still and Ethan is standing further away from them as well.

In the 1962 version of "The Manchurian Candidate" starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, there is a scene in which Raymond Shaw (played by Lawrence Harvey) is in a sanitorium bed surrounded by a Chinese communist commander and a Russian doctor. Khigh Dhiegh, who plays Dr. Yen Lo, is seen in two clips folding origami cranes and an origam ikabuto (warrior's helmet) as he discusses sending the brainwashed Sgt. Raymond Shaw on a mission to assassinate newspaper publisher Holborn Gaines. There are several already folded on the table next to him. 

There is a quick glimpse of a little origami frog in Wim Wenders' "Der Himmel über Berlin" in the scene that takes place in Berlin's library. A girl is reading and an angel looks over her shoulder. The frog is visible only a second or two, on the table near a big book and a pencil. It resembles the simplest frog model of A. Yoshizawa found in "Origami Hakubutsushi 1 - Dobutsu no iro iro" (1979).

In Ken Russel's "Savage Messiah", a history of the relationship between Gaudier and Sophie Brzeska, the first scene shows Gaudier in a library where he folds a flapping bird to impress Sophie.

The Australian film "Two Hands" (staring Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown, Rose Byrne and Susie Porter) has two references to Origami, including a scene where Brian Brown and his son folds something from a TV show or video.

In an old Sherlock Holmes movie, Sherlock sits at his his desk folding a boat that looks like a sampan.

The movie "Snow Falling on Cedars" is a mystery/love story involving Japanese Americans that is set in the Pacific Northwest during WWII. There is a scene with strings of hanging paper cranes in the background. Ishmael also had two cranes folded from one sheet - love birds that he was saving in the book.

"The Cup" is about displaced Tibeten Monks and new culture displacing the old.  The boys in the monastery are folding origami when they should be praying.

James Stewart folds and Marlene Dietrich is impressed in a 1951 British film called "No Highway". In the role of an eccentric professor, Stewart explains the intricacies of aerodynamics to co-passenger Dietrich while convincing her that his design of their air-liner could lead to their imminent crash.

Sandra Bullock makes a gum wrapper chain in the movie "28 Days".

In "Me, Myself, & Irene", Jim Carrey's evil personality, Hank, talks about the sweet personality, Charlie: "He's like origami -- folds under pressure." 

"Knockin' on Death's Door" stars David Carradine as a country doctor in New England. In his exam room, there are several mobiles with origami models, including cranes and some other simple birds, and something that looked like a box (maybe a waterbomb).

Winona Ryder's character in "Autumn in New York" is a 22-year old who designs funky hats. On one of the them she places a simple origami crane at the end of a wire. In another scene, Ryder folded 2-3 black cranes to wear to a party.

The Singapore Origami group was contacted by a local production company making a four-part TV serial entitled "Paper Trishaw" about a homely girl whose favorite pastime is origami. Albert Sng helped provide origami models for the shoot.

At the very end of "Dead Calm", Sam Neill is bringing a breakfast tray up from the galley. On the tray is a vase with a traditional lily in it tips. The vase tips over and he picks it up and places it upright.

In "Planet of the Apes" there's a scene where Taylor (Charlton Heston) is with Cornelius and Kira arguing who he is and where he came from, and he writes (he can't talk yet) that he "fell out of the sky". "Flying?", cries Cornelius. "Flight is a scientific impossibility!" To prove him wrong, Taylor makes a paper airplane and flings it his way.

The movie "Yi Yi" (which won a best director prize at Cannes for Edward Yang), has a grandmother character who folds what looks to be a butterfly for her granddaughter. This occurs near the end of the movie and is somewhat significant considering what happens next (no spoilers here though!).

A movie by Eugenia Barbu for the University of  Drama and Cinematography Bucharest called “Why Giraffes Have Long Necks” uses stop-motion photography to animate origami animals used illustrate this folk tale.

"Star Wras" by Ceri Llewellyn (Running Time: 1:36 min). "What if a Japanese film company had decided to remake Star Wars on a budget using the noble art of folded paper? Origami fighters, cardboard gun emplacements...This film is the result of such a question." http://www.ifilm.com/ifilm/skeletons/film_detail/0,1263,830324,00.html?movie=/media/1,1783,,FF.html?fid=830324&mt=rm&bw=MULTI&pre=rtsp%3A//a1130.r.akareal.net/ondemand/7/1130/1591/3a7a1bfb&v=1&w=&h=&refsite=&mid=500&flash=true&aol6=0&  

"Pearl Harbor" features origami cranes in the relationship between the lovers (The character said it took him six hours to fold them!). From Entertainment Weekly  6/5/2001 REEL STORY “Not only is Affleck's Rafe a nimble aviator, but he's skilled in the ancient art of origami as well. REALITY CHECK The practice of folded-paper sculpture was discovered by occupation troops in Japan after the war. ''Prior to the war, Americans didn't really understand Japanese culture,'' [Jack A. Green, a curator at the Naval Historical Center] says. ''And chances are Rafe would not be interested in origami. He's a fighter pilot; they're macho guys.''”

"Event Horizon" (with Sam Neill), is about a spaceship that travels from one point to the other by "folding" flat space.

At the beginning of the movie "Groove", one of the characters is struggling to fold a traditional crane from Montroll's Easy Origami. He later gives the crane to his lover for their first anniversary, explaining that the first anniversary is paper. The lover is less than enthusiastic about the gift.

In "I am Sam", the main character is a compulsive folder of both simple models and modulars. He strings curtains of  cranes and also makes the gyroscope that is in Gay Merrill Gross' book. There are animated folds at the beginning of the DVD version.

"Crying Origami" ( Director, Scriptwriter: Atta Chui, Starring: Angela Peachey, Herman Kwong, Ann Chow, 1999, 34 mins. English and Cantonese with Chinese/English subtitles), is based on a story by Hong Kong writer Tung Kai Cheung. It won a Gold Seal at the International Film & Video Festival 2000 held by The Institute of Amateur Cinematographers, and the 5th Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Award. “... the beautifully-made paper models that permeate the action become symbols for a perfect love... “ (Will McKenzie, The Cambridge Student). Synopsis - 'Crying Origami' traces the relationship between two people as they each struggle to reach their own definition of 'perfection' within the fragile confines of their lives. And does that 'perfection' preclude freedom? Extracts – “... Tat learned about paper-folding from one of the books. The book has a chapter on Crying Origami. How can paper cry? At the highest point of perfection when art becomes life. The idea kept turning in his mind days and nights. The author of the book, Noriko, is still living in the town. Tat decided to give her a visit.”
”... Noriko took a blue bird from her bag. It took off from her hand and flew into the sky. She told Tat what her mother once said, `To fold a bird that can fly, you must love the bird and want it to fly. When your feeling is inside the bird, it becomes alive.' “
”... `Think of your love one whom you must leave. Fold a model with the special paper. The model will carry your love all the time.' When Noriko's mother died, the model she made got wet overnight. It cried.”

An article reviewing the movie "Suspicious River" in Japan Times 3/6/2000 - “Jump right in, the water’s murky” by Kaori Shoji. "'Suspicious River,' from Canadian director Lynn Stopkewich, explores the stark emptiness of people who don't even bother going through the motions and, instead, hurl themselves into a dark and thorny place. … Indeed, the whole work is charged with an Asian (in the cinematic sense) feel: the simple and streamlined set design; perpetual cloudy or rainy weather; the rocky riverbank; origami cranes hanging from the ceiling.” http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?ff20020306a2.htm

There is an origami crane in "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" scrapbook. It can be viewed at http://yayasisterhood.warnerbros.com/cmp/final.html. You click on the book to turn the pages (click 11 times).

The 2002 movie “Ballisic: Ecks vs. Sever” features Lucy Liu as a secret agent that has mastered origami. She makes an origami mobile for a boy that she has kidnapped from the bad guys. She also folds a 2 legged crane with raised wings, similar to the crane in Montroll's "Animal Origami for the Enthusiast".

The Hannibal Lechter movie "Red Dragon", (prequel to Silence of the Lambs), has a scene where the head psychiatrist states his frustration with trying to get inside Hannibal's mind. He says that none of the usual psychiatric tests work on Hannibal because he just keeps folding them into origami. He then takes a nicely folded crane and swan out of a drawer.

“Chuck and Buck” (2000), has nerdy Buck (played by Mike White) playing with a fortune teller.

In the movie "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", Harry's friend Ron receives a "Howler" from his mother in the form of a card that hops out of its envelope, folds itself into a mouth (complete with teeth), and begins to loudly scold Ron for his indiscretions.

The third Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", had origami folded by Paul Jackson. The models included special magical boxes (at Honeydukes candy store), pouches that looked like wizard's hats, and a flying origami moth. In the teaser for the movie, there is a scene where Malfoy releases a traditional flapping bird which promptly flaps its wings and flies away.

The forth Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", features some folded paper, but no real origami. The parchment that comes out of the goblet of fire naming Fleur Delacour to the tri-wizard tournament  is a circular fan-fold with gold attachments. An owl message that Harry receives from Sirius is a simple square of paper with the corners folded into the center in like a blintz base.

“The Sweetest Thing” (2002, Directed by Roger Kumble, starring Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate), has one scene where some forgotten leftovers in swan-shaped aluminum foil are discovered in the car. When maggots start to come out of the food, it is thrown out the window and “flies around” awhile.

In a kung fu film called "2002", the hero's love interest is returning some money. She's on a balcony, while he's below, and she throws down the note, which has been folded into a twirling helicopter or maple leaf. The hero called it a Fei Kei, which was translated to "plane", but later he is scolded by an elder, that it is not a Fei Kei, but a Fei Kei Sum! (Plane Heart). He is shown the model again, and sees how it looks like a heart.

Fast Film (http://www.widrichfilm.com/fastfilm/) is a 14-minute films of heros and villians told through film and Origami. To create the film they printed 65,000 individual images from 300 classic films, folded them into paper objects, arranged them in complex tableaux, and then brought them to life with an animation camera. The result is a 14 minute film that is absolutely amazing! Models included David Brill's horse, tons of paper airplanes, and a train. The website has several "making of" clips. The film can be viewed here - http://www.channel4.com/film/reviews/film.jsp?id=127021 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td6UObEEaQQ 

In the Australian comedy movie "Rikky and Pete" (1988), the inventor Pete is riding down the street on his machine. He is delivering newspapers by folding them into planes and launching the planes left and right towards houses.

The film "Ella Enchanted" (2004), has Anne Hathaway starring as a woman under a spell of obedience. At one point, Ella mentions origami while trying to fool her enemies.

"Napoleon Dynamite" (2004) is a "new kind of hero with a tight red 'fro, some sweet moon boots, and skills that can't be topped." One of those skills must be origami - an origami Ninja star was spotted near the beginning of the movie.

The British movie "Century" (1993), directed by Stephen Poliakoff and starring Clive Owen, has a scene where medical researcher Paul Reisner is shown holding a paper flapping bird. The film takes place in 1899 as the characters are about to enter a new millennium, and the film is seen as a commentary on the relationship between science and ethics and the impact of the combination on society.

A stop action animation of some tricks with paper can be seen at http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/195363 . The film is called Papertricks 1-6.

Spotted November 2004 - A man finds a self improvement books and follows the instructions for creating a dinner party, including folding paper napkins for the table. When the promised guest does not show up, he believes he must have followed the instructions incorrectly and refolds the dinner napkins over and over, trying to get it right. In the end, the whole dinner, the napkins, and the man go into the dishwasher. As the dishwasher starts, we hear a knock on the door...  http://streamingmedia.xtra.co.nz/live/vf62301.asf?the_guest_300.asf 

"Les Choristes" (English title "The Chorus" or "The Chorists" - 2004), directed by Christophe Barratier, depicts a new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school working to positively effect the students' lives through music. There are several scenes of showing the boys, and even the principal, playing with paper airplanes. In one scene, the children say farewell to their teacher, sending messages in paper airplanes. The models are the traditional dart and one known as swallow. The soundtrack has a song called "Les Avions en papier" (paper airplanes) http://www.leschoristes-lefilm.com/ You can catch sight of a paper plane toward the end of the film clip here: http://www.oscar.com/nominees/nom_34064.html 

"The Pacifier" (2005) starring Vin Diesel, has the wrestling coach (Brad Garrett) berating Seth (Max Thieriot) when the coach finds him practicing the dance steps for a musical. Seth announces that he wants to quit wrestling. The coach calls him a quitter and says he is scared. Seth finds the courage to stand up for himself: "I'm not scared. I want to act". Coach: "And I want to take up origami". I guess origami is meant represent an insignificant or meaningless pursuit.

"Sweet", a short film by Alex Tanner, uses origami models provided by members of the BOS. In the film, a male office worker gives gifts of fruit (representing hedonistic pleasures) to a female office mate, and they both seem to look forward to this little break in the boredom. A new male office worker arrives and gives gifts of origami (representing material possessions) to the woman. Competition between the two men escalates, and she chokes on a piece of fruit when retrieving one on of the origami models that has fallen off her desk. She quits the job, as her first office mate realizes too late his true feelings. http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/filmnetwork/A4610620 

The animated movie "Chicken Little" has quite a bit of origami, including a scene where origami "saves his dignity".

Writer/director Rian Johnson’s early amateur short, Ninja Ko: Origami Master.

Tropi-gami by Russell Browning shows a world made entirely of paper. A man stranded on a desert island searches the horizon for signs of rescue. Instead he sees something beyond belief - the woman of his dreams on a nearby island. But there is only one problem; how can he reach her without dissolving into the origami sea between them?! All thoughts of rescue forgotten, he resolves to reach his object of desire by any means possible! The film was Browning's final animation project for the Media Design School’s Diploma of 3D Computer Animation in Auckland, NZ. http://www.thread.co.nz:80/article/2384 

Night at the Museum features a natural history museum off Central Park in New York City. The name is changed from the American Museum of Natural History (location of OrigamiUSA offices) and no origami appeared in the movie (an oversight, I'm sure). However, an article appeared in the Garden City News online on 1/11/2007 called "Pack 55's Own 'Night at the Museum'" referring back to the movie. One of the activities the Scouts enjoyed in their overnight stay at the museum was origami lessons "The boys were taught how to make origami whales and dinosaurs in the main lobby, near the Teddy Roosevelt exhibit and then enjoyed the bedtime story "A Night at the Museum" read by the head security guard." http://www.gcnews.com:80/news/2007/0111/Community/022.html On April 11, 2007, washingtonpost.com printed "Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Blue Whale Bite" by Andrea Sachs. "During A Night at the Museum [a sleepover program at the museum, not the movie], for example, there were origami lessons (penguins, easy; rocket ships, hard)..." The article states that the museum re-instituted the sleepoverprogram before finding out about the movie. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/10/AR2007041001350.html 

A stop-motion animation on YouTube called ExtraStrong by Lorenzo Latrof shows a battle between two pieces of paper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8SYHxlH9mI There are may other origami related videos on YouTube

Carnival des Animaux, by Saint Sants, folded mostly with Isao Honda models.

April 2007 "Paper vs. Paper" is a stop motion animation of a battle between a green and a yellow sheet of paper, as they fold themselves into different shapes for the battle. http://paperkraft.blogspot.com/2007/04/paper-vs-paper.html 

April 20, 2007 - The Fifth Annual SCAN-TV Film Festival presented 24 films directed and produced by University of New Hmapshire students. "...The festival continued on with mostly comedic movies, including one of my favorites called "Origami Boy" directed by Tavia Lee Goldstein and starring Chris Knowles and Brian Paul, in which a boy was obsessed with origami during childhood and grew up to become the superhero, Origami Boy. Origami Boy also has a sidekick in the film named Boomerang, who insisted, in a completely random clip, that not only has he gone to France, but also that his passport states that his real name is in fact Boomerang." http://media.www.tnhonline.com/media/storage/paper674/news/2007/04/20/ArtsLiving/ScanTv.Film.Festival.Showcases.The.Talent.Of.Unhs.Student.Body-2870136.shtml 

In the movie Next with Nicolas Cage, his character's profession is a magician. At one point, he makes a napkin rose and changes it into a real rose for the character played by Jessica Biel.

Part of the pre-release hype for Spider-Man 3 included an special spider exhibit, featuring several mutant arachnids and lots of artsy spider origami at  the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West in NYC.

Joaquin Baldwin, an animator and website designer from Paraguay, created a animated short called "Papiroflexia" in which the main character creates a calmer world by folding the chaotic elements into various origami models. http://www.pixelnitrate.com/upload/papiroflexia_web.mov 

Bee Movie (2007) is an animated feature about Bees suing the human race. There is a sequence in the film where the main character (voiced by Jerry Seinfeld) is out collecting evidence and asks his friend to stall the court proceedings for a while. The friend decides to teach an Origami Boat to the jury.

It has been reported that Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) contains some origami, though it is not easy to spot.

February 2008 - Josh Hartnett will be entering a new world of martial arts in Bunraku for indie producers Snoot Entertainment. "Although the film takes its name from a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater, "Bunraku" is a live-action telling a classic story of a stranger coming to town in the tradition of spaghetti Westerns, samurai movies and gangster flicks. Hartnett will plays the Drifter, a man set on revenge who finds himself in an even bigger fight than he bargained for. The film is set in an original universe a la "Sin City" and draws from a mixed bag of genres including puppets, origami, comic books, video games and German expressionism, according to the film's producers." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i2b58004ff7cfb262a85d92a8f4fb8bf9 

March 2008 - Brian Chan, Jason Ku, and members of  the MIT origami club, Jen Tran and Aviv Ovadya, filmed an entry for the "Campus MovieFest", an Apple/AT&T sponsored video competition that's held at colleges all over the country*. Their entry was Origami Ultimate Challenge. http://www.ourstage.com/video/channel/66-cmf/XVLSUSPNWJAY-origami-ultimate-challenge-cmf 

April 2008 - "Insight", An animated short film by Salvador Simo, featured origami. The main character, an old lady, folds models for a young girl. She folds Komatsu's horse, one of Montroll's elephants, and and a few other models. The film is currently being shown at various film festivals.  http://www.salvadorsimo.com/index.html

The film "silk" by François Girard is about a 19th century French merchant/smuggler who travels to Japan in search of silkworm eggs to replace his town's supply that were killed by disease. He meets a Japanese woman and in one of the last scenes with them together, she passes him a note, folded into an obi-knot.. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0494834/

June 27,2008 - contactmusic.com reported on the London opening for Kung Fu Panda: "Meanwhile, Black's co-stars Dustin Hoffman and Lucy Liu demonstrated the peaceful art of origami to reporters at the event." Liu made a paper boat and Hoffman crafted a plane, which he threw to the crowd.

Canary,” from writer-director, Akihiko Shiota, is a Japanese drama that follows Koichi, as he is placed into foster care when the cult his family belongs to is involved in a terrorist act. He runs away from foster care and encounters other runaways and a frightening adult world. At one point another child, Yuki, watches a blind woman fashion an origami bird, representing a simpler, more hopeful childhood.

August 7, 2008 - In the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, "Movie review: 'Baghead' is full of engaging tricks" by Colin Colvert. "When the origami model of the plot finally unfolds, and the well-justified surprises are disclosed, there are still a couple of revelations up the Duplass brothers' sleeves." http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/26382619.html?elr=KArks:DCiUo3PD:3D_V_qD3L:c7cQKUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU 

September 2008 - Netflix, a company that provides mail-order movie rentals, has prided itself on making the mailers it sends the DVDs in resuable for returning them. However, there is a flap that's gets torn off the mailer that must be disposed of. But there is now a way to recycle those flaps - origami! A website provides instructions on folding the Netflix mailer flaps into 13 different traditional models. http://www.netflixorigami.com/index.htm 

"The Story of Coraline," a stop-motion animated movie due out February 2009, includes an origami dragonfly. Robert J. Lang is mentioned in the movie credits. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/dor/objects/735644/coraline/videos/coraline_feat3_081308.html 

"Alvin and the Chipmunks" (2007)  - The chipmunks use Dave's sheet music to fold paper airplanes.

Nicolas Terry reports that he has been involved with a project to make an origami movie. The models are origami and backgrounds are kirigami. The movie should be released in 2009. http://design.origami.free.fr/commissioned/movieorigami.htm 

January 2009 in the Mercury News, "Coming Attractions: East Bay's Okazaki Oscar-bound again" by Barry Caine. In an interview with Steven Okazaki, he is asked where he keeps his Academy Award. ""On top of the refrigerator," Okazaki says. "It's getting a little tarnished. The Emmy's up there, too. Peggy (his wife, writer Peggy Orenstein) made little origami caps for them." http://www.mercurynews.com:80/movies/ci_11575395 

"The Age of Stupid" (2009) takes place in 2055 with the founder of the Global Archive looking back at footage of our time to understand why we did not take action to stop climate change. There is a scene with a folded paper airplane in it.

April 2009 - a short YouTube video called "Kamisumou", a word contraction of Kami (paper) and Sumo Wrestling. The video starts off as a standard paper sumo bout, but stop motion animation turns the little origami wrestlers into warriors ready to take on Bruce Lee (almost). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylZhcg8FNA4 

April 2009 from Joseph Wu: "Killer Whale and Crocodile," is about a Canadian carver's collaboration with a similar artist from Papua New Guinea. The Papuans perform a dance in which one of the dancers wears a decoration on her head that looks much like a "Swedish" star woven out of leaves.  http://www.killerwhaleandcrocodile.net/about/ 

May 2009 - a Japanese video on YouTube called "The Japanese Tradition: Origami" featuring pictures of some interesting models, but also a spoof on a folding challenge between origami masters. http://www.origamifun.info:80/videos/index.php?category=videos 

May 2009 - In the comedy movie "The Brothers Bloom", Rachel Weisz plays Penelope Stamp, a reclusive heiress who spends all of her time acquiring new hobbies. Her activities include the harp, the piano, the accordion, the banjo juggling, table tennis, gymnastics, karate, pinhole cameras, unicycles, rap music, and ... origami! 

July 2009 - A short movie on YouTube called "Papiroflexia" starts with a woman entering a bookstore. The male clerk is folding some kraft paper wrappings for books. She watches from behind a bookshelf, fixes her makeup, then approaches with a book to purchase. He wraps the book with fancier paper, and then proceeds to fold two butterflies to adorn the package, finishing up with a Kawasaki rose which he gives to the woman. She appears to be quite impressed with the models.

According to a review of "(500) Days of Summer", Zooey Deschanel plays the lead female character, Summer, who loves origami.

"Eyewitness DVD: Pond and River" by DK (Dorling Kindersley) Publishing The eye witness DVD, "Pond and Rivers" includes an origami sailboat that appears several times going down streams, over waterfalls, and across lakes. There are some short sequences where the boat is folded into a bird and a fish. (December 2006, ISBN 9780756628314) http://us.dk.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780756628314,00.html?strSrchSql=pond+river/Pond_and_River 

"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four" (1983, directed by Desmond Davis) had Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson looking for the Great Mogul, the second-largest diamond in the world. One scene shows a mobile of origami birds.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/36358276@N00/sets/72157621752702475/ 

"A Place Of One’s Own" (written and directed by Ian Lou and produced by Singing Chen) is a dark comedy starring Mo Tzu Yi as a struggling rock musician and Jack Kao as an origami artisan who makes funeral origami houses intended to provide people a small, elaborate dwelling for the afterlife. Their lives intertwine as the film examines questions both of ones place in society and ones living place in life and the afterlife.

One of the International Mathematical Olympiad contestants in the documentary "Hard Problems" has lots of modular origami. The film follows some "extraordinarily gifted students who represented the United States in 2006 at the world's toughest math competition". http://www.hardproblemsmovie.com/ 

Kevin McKidd stars in the upcoming film "Bunraku", which combines live action and animation to create a universe that is constantly folding paper to create a cityscape or interiors of rooms or the sunrise.

Copyright © Janet Hamilton 2009

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