Labyrinth of Cinema
Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi Run Time: 179 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2019 Language: Japanese
Starring: Hirona Yamazaki, Rei Yoshida, Riko Narumi, Tadanobu Asano, Takahito Hosoyamada, Takako Tokiwa, Takuro Atsuki, Yoshihiko Hosoda
The final film by the remarkable Japanese director Nobuhiko Obayashi (HAUSU) finds the artist returning to the subject of Japan’s history of warfare and the scars that it has left behind. On the last night of its existence, a small movie theater in Onomichi—the seaside town of Obayashi’s youth where he shot nearly a dozen films—screens an all-night marathon of Japanese war films. When lightning strikes the theater, three young men are transported into the world onscreen where they experience the violent battles of several wars leading up to the bombing of Hiroshima. A breathless cinematic journey through Japan’s past, LABYRINTH OF CINEMA finds Obayashi using every trick in his book to create an awe-inspiring, visually resplendent anti-war epic that urges us to consider cinema as a means to change history. The culmination of an exceptional 60-year career worth celebrating. – Crescendo House
Also this weekend, check out Nobuhiko’s candy-colored 1977 ghost story, HAUSU, screening on 35mm!
“Forget a swan song: Nobuhiko Obayashi’s final film is a shriek, a tirade, a lecture and a rollicking action-adventure stuffed into a three-hour pop-art package.” – The New York Times
Please Note: All in-person screenings at the Brattle now require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test (within 72-hours).