Seven Weeks – Japanese Film Festival 2020/ 2021

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Seven Weeks – Japanese Film Festival 2020/ 2021

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‘Seven Weeks’, the second of Nobuhiko Ōbayashi’s trilogy created after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami is characterised by flashbacks, fragmented scenes, as Ōbayashi skillfully uses the microcosm of one man to examine the wider social psyche of Japan and the devastating impact of war and the nuclear race on love, family and even art itself.


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.” 




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When 92-year-old doctor Mitsuo Suzuki (Tōru Shinagawa) passes away, his sister, grandchildren and great-granddaughter come back to their small hometown of Ashibetsu in Hokkaido to participate in the nanananoka (a Buddhist funerary ritual of holding a memorial every seven days for 49 days). 


 Images Source: © Ashibetsu Movie Production Committee, PSC


Upon their arrival, they meet the mysterious Nobuko Shimizu (Takako Tokiwa), a former nurse at Mitsuo’s clinic.

Nobuko seems to know more about Mitsuo and his family than she should and the secrets Mitsuo took to the grave start to come alive.


 Images Source: © Ashibetsu Movie Production Committee, PSC


‘Seven Weeks’ screens Saturday 13th March @11.00pm and Sunday 14 March @ 6.00pm 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.

The Japanese Film Festival is brought to you by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. 

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