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L ily Franky is a true multitalent, having found success as an illustrator, designer, essayist, lyricist, photographer, novelist and band vocalist. His 2005 autobiographical novel “Tokyo Tower: Okan to Boku to Tokidoki Oton (Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me and Sometimes Dad),” in which he described his relationship with his feisty mother as she was dying of cancer, became a best seller and was made into a hit film of the same title. He also appeared in the last film by cult legend Teruo Ishii, “Moju tai Issunboshi (Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf)” (2001), but he got his first starring role as the shoe-repairman turned courtroom artist in “Gururi no Koto (All Around Us).”

In person, Franky is the same low-key but alert and thoughtful guy he portrays in the film, with a warm baritone voice that suggests yet another career: late-night radio DJ.

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