The Japanese Film Festival presents a special film series that celebrates the late director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi (1938-2020), an endlessly innovative filmmaker, screenwriter and editor.
This program comprises the director’s final four films, which represent his life's mission to inspire peace through his works. Casting Blossoms to the Sky, Seven Weeks and HANAGATAMI are a trilogy of films conceived in response to the nuclear disaster following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, in which Ōbayashi ruminates on war, nuclear power, community and the lasting impact of tragedy and loss. Labyrinth of Cinema saw Ōbayashi return to his hometown to shoot his final opus, a culmination of these themes and an homage to his love for cinema.
Bookings are now available in person and online (online bookings incur a $2.50 booking fee)
Cinema capacity will be capped to 75% and physical distancing between seats is enforced between groups. Wearing a mask is not mandatory but is strongly encouraged. Additional hand-sanitiser stations will be available and best hygiene procedures will be followed. There will be confidential contact tracing for online bookings and over the counter sales.