Hanagatami

Obayashi Nobuhiko

IFFR 2018

Signatures

  • 169'
  • Japan
  • 2017

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In what may be his last film after a career spanning almost sixty years, Obayashi Nobuhiko, the famed cult director of Hausu (1977), hasn’t shed any of his youthful style of charming exuberance in this period drama set on the eve of World War II. Quick zooms, rapid-fire cuts and a flicker of sumptuous colours create a rollercoaster ride through a frenzied historical moment that Japan usually prefers to forget.

Teenage boy Sakakiyama Toshiko returns from Amsterdam, of all places, to the coastal town of Karatsu, in the Saga prefecture. Staying at his aunt’s, he becomes part of a social circle of neighbourhood boys and girls who all get caught up in the chaos of the times.

When asked about his stylised tone, Obayashi commented that any amount of CGI would never compare to the lived experience of war.


Director
Obayashi Nobuhiko
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
169'
Medium
DCP
Language
Japanese
Producer
Obayashi Kyoko
Production Company
PSC
Sales
Espace Sarou
Screenplay
Obayashi Nobuhiko, Katsura Chiho
Cinematography
Sanbongi Hisaki
Editor
Obayashi Nobuhiko, Sanbongi Hisaki
Production Design
Takeuchi Koichi
Sound Design
Uchida Makoto
Music
Yamashita Kosuke
Cast
Kubozuka Shunsuke, Emoto Tokio, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Yahagi Honoka, Tokiwa Takako, Nagatsuka Keishi, Yamazaki Hirona
Website
http://hanagatami-movie.jp/