Hanagatami (2017)

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For over 40 years, master "hometown film" director Nobuhiko Obayashi has been longing to make a film adaptation of Kazuo Dan's novel "Hanagatami." The book cover is illustrated by Haruo Sato, a mentor of Mr. Dan, and Mr. Dan's friend Osamu Dazai wrote a comment for the obi, the strip paper looping around the book. Director Obayashi will bring this masterpiece, which has inspired many great writers like Yukio Mishima, to life as a film.

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It's ultimately a cautionary plea to avoid the perils of the past, in the form of an auteurist fever dream.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Nearly three hours of dense story-telling roll by while a sprawling and vividly drawn cast of characters explore young love and the meaning of life.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

For all its eye-popping music video weirdness, there's a deep core of humanism to Hanagatami's story of children doing their damndest to maintain their innocence.

Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The result is a phantasmagoria of rapid cutting, perfervid acting and extravagant visuals, with the moon a giant ball bathing the sea and islands near Karatsu in heavenly splendor.

Dec 6, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Even with its myriad confusions and frustrations, there's nothing else quite like Hanagatami around.

Oct 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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