Hanagatami

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Hanagatami

Based on a 1937 novella by Kazuo Dan and set in a Japanese coastal village a few months before Pearl Harbor, the film focuses on a teenage boy whose friendships, romances, and thoughts about the future, are soon subsumed by the war.

Japan | 2017 |Nobuhiko Obayashi

The late Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi (1938-2020) wanted to make this anti-war epic even before he directed his first feature, the cult classic House (Hausu), in 1977! He finally realized it at age 80, after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and given six months to live. Based on a 1937 novella by Kazuo Dan and set in a Japanese coastal village a few months before Pearl Harbor, the film focuses on a teenage boy whose friendships and romances

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