"Hanagatami" by Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Flix it at the OCC 2017-2018
21 APR 2018
With English subtitles
2 hours and 49 minutes
A film that was worth the 40-year wait. Or, “Hanagatami” is nothing like you’ve seen before.
OCC Friends presale: from 4 APR 2018, 12:00
General presale: from 9 APR 2018, 09:00
Full price: 5 €
Reduced, OCC's Friends, People with disabilities, Companions, Neighbourhood residents, Small groups (5-9 people): 4 €
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One of the greatest Japanese filmmakers fulfills a 40-year-old cinematic dream with his latest film Hanagatami, a diachronic story about the virtue of youth during the chaos of war.
Born in 1938, with a career that runs for sixty years, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi is a filmmaker that is considered a “master” and “enchanter” of cinema in his own country, but remains almost entirely unknown to the West with the one possible exception being House, his first feature film, a surrealistic horror story which has by now reached the status of cult.
One of the last still living Japanese filmmakers who has experienced the horrible events of WWII, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi returns at a critical moment of History. Taking place in 1941, when WWII leads Japan into chaos, Hanagatami is anything but a typical period film and the exact opposite of a film in which an older filmmaker reminisces the past. On the contrary, it is an entirely modern, avant garde extravaganza of poetic moments, uncontrollable cinematic power and genius writing.
In the spring of 1941, 16-year-old Toshihiko returns to Japan from Amsterdam and registers for school in Karatsu, a small town on the west coast of the country. He stays with his aunt Keiko, who takes care of her sick daughter Mina. Soon, Toshihiko will become friends with the town’s teenagers who already feel heavy on their shoulders the shadow that war casts.
Trailer | Hanagatami | Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
creditsDirector: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Script: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, Chiho Katsura
Director of Photography: Hisaki Sanbongi
Montage: Nobuhiko Obayashi, Hisaki Sanbongi
Art Direction: Koichi Takeuchi
Sound design: Makoto Uchida
Music: Kosuke Yamashita
Cast: Shunsuke Kubozuka, Tokio Emoto, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Honoka Yahagi, Takako Tokiwa, Keishi Nagatsuka, Hirona Yamazaki
Organized by: Flix.gr, Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens