JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL – OBAYASHI TRIBUTE: HANAGATAMI

Rating: NR
Length: 169 mins
Cast: Shunsuke Kubozuka, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Keishi Nagatsuka and Honoka Yahagi
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A vividly moving reflection on young love and heartache for all that’s lost.

Capping off Nobuhiko Ōbayashi’s “war trilogy” with a film that was in development for 40 years, Hanagatami is a psychedelic, rose-tinted lament for the youth stolen by war. An adaptation of Kazuo Dan’s 1937 novel of the same name, Hanagatami is set in a picturesque seaside town on the western coast of Japan in the final lead up to WWII. The story follows the innocent 16-year-old Toshihiko (Shunsuke Kubozuka) and his group of extraordinary friends. Tension builds as the carefree adolescents share fleeting intimate exchanges while reflecting on the value of their lives and the inescapable impending doom on the horizon.

Nobuhiko Ōbayashi’s signature directional style of jarring, iconoclastic edits and texturally audacious cinematography make for a disorientating visual shockwave, indicative of avante-garde techniques that first inspired his films during the sixties.

This film is part of a special film series, Finding Serenity in Chaos: A Nobuhiko Ōbayashi Tribute, that celebrates the late director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi (1938-2020), an endlessly innovative filmmaker, screenwriter and editor. A pillar of modern cinema and pioneer of Japanese experimental film, Ōbayashi’s illustrious six decade career spans feature films, short films and TV commercials. The program comprises the director’s final four films, which represent his life’s mission to inspire peace through his works.

This film is part of a special film series, Finding Serenity in Chaos: A Nobuhiko Ōbayashi Tribute, presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. The series celebrates the late director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi (1938-2020), an endlessly innovative filmmaker, screenwriter and editor.

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