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Seven Weeks

September 29, 2021

Seven Weeks

(Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2014)

Los Angeles premiere!


7:00 PM


7:30 PM


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

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

In his follow-up to Casting Blossoms to the Sky, Nobuhiko Obayashi continues to explore themes of lost love, memory, war and art.

At 2:46  PM on March 11, 2013 in Ashibetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture, Mitsuo Suzuki  (Toru Shinagawa) takes his last breath at the ripe age of 92. As the  patriarch’s far-flung family gathers to make preparations for his  passing, a mysterious and unknown woman (Takako Tokiwa) appears among  them. Together, they begin to unravel the secret history of Mitsuo’s  long life, including shocking tales of war in Sakhalin (an island in the  Japanese archipelago that is now a part of Russia). Ruthlessly  fragmenting scenes and setting a furious pace with one experimental  technique following another, Obayashi’s breathless film breaks down the  barriers between past and present, reality and illusion, and even self  and other, all in order to create an emotionally profound experience of  loss and hope.

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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