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Hanagatami

Drama 2h 49m 2017


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.

  • 72nd Mainichi Film Award for Best Film

“Nobuhiko Obayashi’s time-skipping historical drama is a dense weave of the personal and the political.” — Variety


Streaming in the U.S. from July 9-August 6 as part of Tragedies of Youth: Nobuhiko Obayashi’s War Trilogy | Rent all three films together for $24

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

English

Bonus Content

JAPAN CUTS 2018 | Q&A with Shunsuke Kubozuka

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