Acropolis Cinema presents: Hanagatami
Hanagatami (Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2017)
Date: October 15, 2021
Location: 2220 Arts + Archives
Address: 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Los Angeles premiere! Co-presented by the Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities.
Part three of Tragedies of Youth: Nobuhiko Obayashis War Trilogy.
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, Obayashis passion project and swan song is a grand culmination of the great directors dazzling visual style and a poignant reminder of the tragedy of war for this generation.
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2220 Beverly Blvd.
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