Nobuhiko OBAYASHI 大林宣彦
Labyrinth Of Cinema
Nippon Cinema ª
The last cinema in the coastal town of Onomichi is about to be shut down for good, screening one final marathon of old war films. Three young viewers become so immersed in the action that they find themselves on the other side of the screen, chasing through the annals of war and film. Nobuhiko OBAYASHI’s final opus is as playfully experimental as many of his previous works, frenetically edited, and bursting at the seams with visual effects. It is a drastic yet never hopeless condemnation of the horrors of war, and above all a monumental eulogy to the power of cinema. For those who want to see more after the film: In our section BEST OF NIPPON CONNECTION, we will present Nobuhiko OBAYASHI’s cult classic HOUSE as well.
Umibe no eigakan – Kinema no tamatebako
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.