Nobuhiko Obayashi and Kyoko Hanyu met in 1959 as students at Seijo University in Tokyo. Within a year, they made their first film together—the rest, as they say, is history. Charting their 60-year personal and professional partnership, this loving documentary portrait follows the Obayashis during post-production of their final film together, Labyrinth of Cinema, as they share stories spanning over half a century of Japanese cinema history. While it is an obvious must-see for fans of the House director, Seijo Story also illuminates the essential and occasionally uncredited contribution of Kyoko Obayashi as an above-and-beyond producer on all of her husband’s films whose essential work behind the scenes ranged from raising money to managing staff and feeding the crew with her own cooking.
Available streaming territory: U.S. only
in Japanese with English subtitles