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  • Casting Blossoms to the Sky

    Casting Blossoms to the Sky


    Journeys in Space and Time: Nobuhiko Ōbayashi

    🎆Our flowers of prayer that bloom in these skies🎆

    Casting Ōbayashis to the Sky, making a poignant masterpiece for the ages. How can cinema be this good?

    The most powerful achievement of cinema I've seen and my new favourite film of all time, by Nobuhiko Ōbayashi, the absolute master of filmmaking. Recreating history while forging the future, building the present while honoring the lost, remembrance and celebration of life. Ōbayashi's style to blend…

  • Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast

    Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast


    Journeys in Space and Time: Nobuhiko Ōbayashi

    "Even if I wake up, I feel as if I'm still dreaming"

    Ōbayashi's crushing proto-Hanagatami, born 30 years before. Perhaps not as distinctive but just as masterful and thematically rich, with flavours of Ozu, Ichikawa, Mizoguchi and even Ōshima. The rebellious youth with invigorating lightweight comedy against the foolishness nature of the world, mad society and the Japanese myths about manhood & war; the current and upcoming traumas of a nation from children's viewpoint,…

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  • Deadfall


    Join the Age of Cage


    What a hilarious disaster. Is there a single understandable reason - anything at all - to not love the absolutest form of COMPLETELY absolute insanity in Deadfall? Delivered by, of course, our hero, the myth, the legend... Nic Cage. What a man, what a national treasure. We love you, Nicolas.

    Also: it's co-written by the same damn guy who co-wrote Green Book, Frank Vallelonga's son Nick. Book of The Cage, yes please!

  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country

    Pastoral: To Die in the Country


    To quote Nobuhiko Ōbayashi's masterpiece Hanagatami

    "Was I truly alive back then?"

    Or rather: was I ever?

    Can I ever trust my memories, as my childhood gets distorted, twisted fantasies and ideals, colours against the monochrome abyss, my dreams and tragedies, all the years in Joni Mitchell's carousel of time

    "It's life's illusions I recall"

    And time keeps going on, burying the history - or so we wish, at least

    Shūji Terayama To Die in the Country

    You want change,…

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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


    🎶And the seasons they go round and round
    And the painted ponies go up and down
    We're captive on the carousel of time🎶

    What's most striking about Tarantino's novelty is its playful, yet surprisingly affectionate and sorrowful atmosphere. As the director bends genres all the way from horror to Westerns (thanks Sergio Corbucci & Sergio Leone!), a melancholic heart gets formed into the film's core that cries for nostalgia, vanishing beauty and lost years. It's not surprising to witness Once Upon…

  • Hanagatami



    Helsinki Cine Aasia 2018


    "Was I truly alive back then?"

    Hanagatami is an unbelievably unique Japanese war period drama only Nobuhiko Ōbayashi could have made. Like no other film before! Ōbayashi is a director that most of the even slightly more active moviegoers know - after all his debut film, the absurd horror comedy Hausu, enjoys from its worldwide cult status. However, how many has seen much else from the director's long career? Only the most committed. Each of…