The Japanese Film Festival presents a special free film series 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.
Finding Serenity in Chaos: A Nobuhiko О̄bayashi Tribute comprises the director’s final four films, which represent his life's mission to inspire peace through his works. Casting Blossoms to the Sky, Seven Weeks and HANAGATAMI are a trilogy of films conceived in response to the nuclear disaster following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, in which Ōbayashi ruminates on war, nuclear power, community and the lasting impact of tragedy and loss. Labyrinth of Cinema saw Ōbayashi return to his hometown to shoot his final opus, a culmination of these themes and an homage to his love for cinema.
For more information and to book, please visit jffau.net/ObayashiSH
Images: Labyrinth of Cinema: ©2020 “Labyrinth of Cinema” Film Partners/PSC
Hanagatami: ©karatsu film partners/PSC2017
Seven Weeks: ©Ashibetsu Movie Production Committee, PSC