Hanagatami – Japanese Film Festival 2020/ 2021


Hanagatami – Japanese Film Festival 2020/ 2021


Hanagatami caps off Nobuhiko Ōbayashi’s “war trilogy” with a film that was in development for 40 years.

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The Japanese Film Festival Programmer, The Japan Foundation and the Japanese Film Festival 2020/ 2021, Susan Bui said:

“The Japan Foundation, Sydney is very proud to showcase the four films of the late Director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi as part of the Japanese Film Festival and includes his work as a tribute to his creative vision and talent.” 

An adaptation of Kazuo Dan’s 1937 novel of the same name, HANAGATAMI is set in a picturesque seaside town on the western coast of Japan in the final lead up to WWII.

Hanagatami is a psychedelic, rose-tinted lament for the youth stolen by war.



Images Source: © Karatsu Film Partners/PSC2017


The story follows the innocent 16-year-old Toshihiko (Shunsuke Kubozuka) who leaves Amsterdam and moves in with his aunt in Karatsu, a city located in the Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu Japan.

He develops friendships and romances with the inhabitants of the town in the backdrop of World War II.



Images Source: © Karatsu Film Partners/PSC2017


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Tension builds as the carefree adolescents share fleeting intimate exchanges while reflecting on the value of their lives and the inescapable impending doom on the horizon.

The cast is sensational and includes Shunsuke Kubozuka, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Keishi Nagatsuka and Honoka Yahagi.


Images Source: © Karatsu Film Partners/PSC2017


Nobuhiko Ōbayashi’s signature directional style of jarring, iconoclastic edits and texturally audacious cinematography make for a disorientating visual shockwave, indicative of avante-garde techniques that first inspired his films during the sixties.

‘Hanagatami’ screens Friday 12 March @ 6pm and Sunday 14 March @ 2.30pm at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Sydney.

This film is part of a special film series, Finding Serenity in Chaos: A Nobuhiko Ōbayashi Tribute, that celebrates the late director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi (1938-2020), an endlessly innovative filmmaker, screenwriter and editor.

A pillar of modern cinema and pioneer of Japanese experimental film, Ōbayashi’s illustrious six decade career spans feature films, short films and TV commercials. The program comprises the director’s final four films, which represent his life’s mission to inspire peace through his works.

For more information and to reserve your free tickets click here visit the Japanese Film Festival website and click here to visit the Japanese Film Festival Facebook.

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