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October 15, 2021


(Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2017)

Los Angeles premiere!


7:00 PM


7:30 PM


2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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PART THREE of Tragedies of Youth: Nobuhiko Obayashi’s War Trilogy.

*Join us after the screening for a reception in the 2220 Arts + Archives lounge, featuring drink specials and live music by DJ Tsugu Itagaki!*

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 (Shunsuke  Kubozuka) 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.

Co-presented by the Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities.

Although [Obayashi's] subject is youth, these are autumnal works, a spirited eye tempered with the wisdom of a long life.

- Pat Padua, Spectrum Culture

A ghost story folded into a town portrait, dotted with romance and history lessons, [Casting is] a stylistic, emotional balancing act unlike anything else you’re likely to see.

- Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times

Seven Weeks pulses with more hot-blooded vitality and audacity than most films by [Obayashi’s] younger compatriots.

- Don Brown, The Asahi Shimbun

[Hanagatami is] ultimately a cautionary plea to avoid the perils of the past, in the form of an auteurist fever dream.

- Siddhant Adlakha, The Village Voice

[Hanagatami's]  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.

- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

(Available to download after screening date)

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