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Hanagatami

Hanagatami
Movie: Hanagatami(2017)[tt6887624] Based on Kazuo Dan's 1937 novella, Director Nobuhiko Obayashi, whose surreal phenomenon 'House (Hausu)' became an international cult classic, achieves his filmmaking dream of forty years with his new feature 'Hanagatami'. In the spring of 1941, sixteen-year-old Toshihiko leaves Amsterdam to attend school in Karatsu, a small town on the western coast of Japan, where his aunt Keiko cares for his ailing cousin Mina. Immersed in the seaside's nature and culture, Toshihiko soon befriends the town's other extraordinary adolescents as they all contend with the war's inescapable gravitational pull. With his memories as a survivor of World War II echoing in the uncertainty of world events unfolding today, director Obayashi returns us to 1941, a pivotal time for Japan, as the unstoppable momentum of war forcibly seized the lives of youth away to battlefields where they disappeared forever. In dazzling, full-bloom Obayashi style, 'Hanagatami' captures the passion, innocence, and struggle of the ...
Title Hanagatami
Release Date 16 December 2017 (Japan)
Runtime
Genres Drama, War
Production Companies PSC, Karatsu Film Committee
Shinnosuke Mitsushima
Shinnosuke Mitsushima...
Ukai...
Honoka Miki
Honoka Miki...
Mina Ema (as Hon...
Mugi Kadowaki
Mugi Kadowaki...
Chitose...
Kiyotaka Nanbara
Kiyotaka Nanbara...
Toshihiko's Father...
Toshie Negishi
Toshie Negishi...
Woman at the Brothel...

Reviews

dnpian0 on 17 December 2019
What I believe people should know before they decide to watch this is that it is long, the pace is slow, the imagery sometimes very confusing and there's some nudity (both male and female). There's also not much of a story. It's basically about a group of youths struggling with their relationships in the wake of WW2 (and by that I mean that each character has a strangely charged relationship with literally everyone else). That being said, it is a beautiful movie to look at. Many scenes are made to look like they were taken from old movies with overly saturated colours. Everyone acts as if in a daze which gives the whole movie a very dream-like atmosphere. In contrast to that you have the horrors of the looming war which feel completey out of place and all the more horrible.I'm honestly not sure if I liked it or not. The length and pace made it a very hard watch for me, but in retrospect I do appreciate what it tried to achieve.

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