Nobuhiko OBAYASHI 大林宣彦

Casting Blossoms To The Sky


Nippon Cinema   ª 

The Nagaoka fireworks in remembrance of the air raid of 1945 serve as a symbol of peace and hope. With this inspiration, Nobuhiko OBAYASHI arranged the stories of various people in postwar Japan in an extremely fast paced semi-documentary-drama that seeks to encourage people to overcome the present situation and presents the terror of war through a truly unique visual appeal.

Kono sora no hana: Nagaoka hanabi monogatari

Japan 2011

160 minutes

About Nobuhiko OBAYASHI

Nobuhiko OBAYASHI was born in Onomichi (Hiroshima Prefecture) in 1938. He directed several experimental films throughout the sixties before making his commercial feature film debut in 1977 with the horror movie HOUSE (NC ’12 and NC ’20), which is now considered a cult classic. SADA won him the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1998. In his work, he often dealt with the struggles of life in wartime, as in CASTING BLOSSOMS TO THE SKY (NC ’12), SEVEN WEEKS (NC ’15), and HANAGATAMI (NC ’18). In addition to his cinematic oeuvre, he also shot over 3,000 commercials with international actors and actresses. He passed away on April 10, 2020.