"I am very much like Hugo," said the filmmaker, who claimed to have lived a childhood isolated from the three years, when he had a severe asthma attack. Because of illness, Scorsese was prevented from playing sports, being in contact with nature and have animals. "The only thing I did was go to the movies," he added.
With 11 Oscar nominations, Hugo recounts the adventures of an orphan boy, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), who lives hidden in a train station in Paris. The film is Scorsese's adaptation of the novel infantojuvenil The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007), by Brian Selznick.
Selznick's book is a tale inspired by the true story of Georges Melies, director of the film Le Voyage Dans Lune (1902) and named one of the pioneers of fantastic cinema.
Scorsese admits that "the connection that the film creates characters like Hugo is the psychological impact" that he felt when watching a movie along with the family.
"In my view, Hugo has personal connections that make me go back to the drawings he did when he was little," said Scorsese, who detailed that still remember The Magic Box (1951) - a film "very sad" about William Fritasse-Greene , considered the inventor of cinematography. According to the American director, this film was one of those responsible for his "obsession" with the moving image.
Hugo, which will debut in Japan only on the 1st of March, was presented Thursday at a Tokyo hotel for about 350 journalists. The exhibition also included the presence of Japanese actress Koyuki, known for his role in The Last Samurai.
Scorsese, who has been awarded a Golden Globe for Hugo, said he chose to make a film "personal" and with the clear intention of plunging "into the world of children's imagination."The filmmaker has also noted that a 12 year old daughter and this facilitated his mission.
Following an old wish of the filmmaker, the movie was also filmed in 3D. According to Scorsese, this technique creates a closer, but there's nothing special. "All we see in three dimensions," the filmmaker