Labyrinth of Cinema
Umibe no Eigakan – Kinema no Tamatebako-
Japan | 2020 | DCP | Color | 179 min | Nobuhiko Obayashi
MONDAY 5 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 3 | 15:30 HRS. | 179 MIN.
THURSDAY 8 | CINEMEX INSURGENTES SALA 5 | 16:30 HRS. | 179 MIN.
Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
Screenplay: Nobuhiko Obayashi, Tadashi Naito, Kazuya Konaka.
Producer: Tadashi Nakamura, Hiroyuki Ogasawara, Daichi Monden.
Cinematography: Hisaki Sanbongi
Editing: Nobuhiko Obayashi, Hisaki Sanbongi.
Sound: Makoto Uchida.
Production Company: PSC
Cast: Takuro Atsuki, Takahito Hosoyamada, Yoshihiko Hosoda, Rei Yoshida, Riko Narumi, Hirona Yamazaki, Takako Tokiwa.
Setouchi Kinema, the only movie theater on the Onomichi seafront, is about to close its doors. Its last night of existence will be an all-night marathon screening of Japanese war films. When lightning strikes the theater, three young men in the audience find themselves thrown back in time into the world inside the screen. The trio are thrust into the Boshin War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Okinawa and then finally Hiroshima on the eve of the atomic bombing. There, they meet the traveling theater troupe “Sakura-tai”. But can they alter the course of destiny to save the troupe?
Born in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture in 1938, Nobuhiko Obayashi started making films at the age of three, with a kinetoscope he found in the family storage room. After moving to Tokyo, he screened his independent film Émotion, shot on 16mm, at art galleries, halls and universities, and received glowing reviews. The Person Who Is Eaten (Tabeta Hito, 1963） won the Jury Award at EXPRMNTL, an international competition of avant-garde films held in Belgium. He then became involved in the early days of TV commercials, and created over 3,000 commercials, often with foreign stars such as Charles Bronson, Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve and many more. His first feature, House (1977), won the Blue Ribbon Award, in his most recent filmography a youth version of Casting Blossoms to the Sky, and Seven Weeks (2014). Despite being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016, Obayashi completed his War Trilogy, which includes Casting Blossoms to the Sky (2011), Seven Weeks (2014) and Hanagatami (2017).