Three films from legendary Japanese director Nobuhiko Obayashi.
Casting Blossoms To The Sky (2011): Endo Reiko is a journalist visiting Nagaoka to comment on the aftermath of the earthquake in Tohoku. From local residents, Endo learns about the city’s fireworks traditions, and how the region was destroyed during the war.
Seven Weeks (2014): Weaving the life of a 92-year-old doctor into the history of a small Hokkaido city, “Seven Weeks” addresses Japan’s wartime responsibility, its present nuclear crisis, and the heartaches of youth and love.
Hanagatami (2017): In the spring of 1941, sixteen-year-old Toshihiko leaves Amsterdam to attend school in Karatsu, a small town on the western coast of Japan. Immersed in the seaside’s nature and culture, Toshihiko soon befriends the town’s other extraordinary adolescents as they all contend with the war’s inescapable gravitational pull.