Hanagatami

Nearly three hours of dense story-telling roll by while a sprawling and vividly drawn cast of characters explore young love and the meaning of life.

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Hanagatami

After being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer at the age of 80 and given six months to live, Nobuhiko Obayashi set out to fulfill his filmmaking dream: an adaptation of a 1937 novella by Kazuo Dan that the director had originally hoped to make even before his legendary debut House in 1977.

In the spring of 1941, wide-eyed 17-year-old Toshihiko Sakakiyama arrives in the coastal town of Karatsu in Saga Prefecture and befriends a group of teenage classmates who fall in love, quarrel and stumble through their remaining days of youth as war looms on the horizon. An extravagantly stylized epic that makes the most of green screens, elaborate lighting and dizzying editing, Obayashi’s passion project and swan song is a grand culmination of the great director’s dazzling visual style and a poignant reminder of the tragedy of war for this generation.

Tokyo international Film Festival
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Helsinki cine Asia Film Festival
Beijing International Film Festival
Toronto Japan Film Festival
Shanghai International Film Festival
Taipei Film Festival
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
Fantasia Film Festival
Japan Cut
Boston Japan Film festival
Not Rated
Genre
Drama, War
Runtime
169
Language
Japanese
Director
Nobuhiko Obayashi
Writer(s)
Nobuhiko Obayashi, Chiho Katsura
Cast
Shunsuke Kuboza: Toshihiko Sakakiyama, Shinnosuke Mitsushima: Ukai, Keishi Nagatsuka: Kira, Tokio Emoto: Aso, Honoka Miki: Mina Ema, Hirona Yamazaki: Akine, Mugi Kadowaki: Chitose, Takako Tokiwa: Keiko Ema

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