Casting Blossoms to the Sky – Japanese Film Festival 2020/2021

Casting Blossoms to the Sky

Casting Blossoms to the Sky – Japanese Film Festival 2020/2021

Casting Blossoms to the Sky この空の花―長岡花火物語

Released after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, ‘Casting Blossoms to the Sky’ is the first film in the late Director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi’s “war trilogy.”

 

The Japanese Film Festival Programmer, The Japan Foundation and the Japanese Film Festival 2020/ 2021, Susan Bui said:

“The Japan Foundation, Sydney is very proud to showcase the four films of the late Director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi as part of the Japanese Film Festival and includes his work as a tribute to his creative vision and talent.” 

Journalist Reiko Endō (Yasuko Matsuyuki) travels to Nagaoka in Niigata Prefecture to investigate why the city welcomed so many victims of the Tōhoku tsunami.

 

Casting Blossoms to the Sky

© 2011 Nagaoka Movie Production Committee, PSC

Related Stories: 

 

There, she learns about the town’s history during World War II by speaking with the residents, along with the town’s yearly fireworks tradition to honour the lives lost.

At the same time, Endō’s ex-boyfriend is in charge of organising the local high school’s play depicting the town’s WWII history, intertwining the narratives of past and present, fireworks and bombs into one.

 

© 2011 Nagaoka Movie Production Committee, PSC

 

A poignant look at the impact nuclear power has on ordinary Japanese citizens beyond the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Casting Blossoms to the Sky educates while at the same time offering a humanistic perspective on what war can do to a community.

 

Editor of  Cheers, the Japanese Entertainment Paper, Yumi Oba said:

It’s great to see the Japanese Film Festival  honouring the late Director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi. The war trilogy was created in the hopes to not let the war fade into the past, a beautiful gift that he has left with us.”

 

Casting Blossoms to the Sky

© 2011 Nagaoka Movie Production Committee, PSC

 

‘Casting Blossoms to the Sky’ screens Saturday 13th March @2.30pm and Sunday 14 March @ 11.00am at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Sydney.

This film is part of a special film series, Finding Serenity in Chaos: A Nobuhiko Ōbayashi Tribute, that celebrates the late director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi (1938-2020), an endlessly innovative filmmaker, screenwriter and editor.

A pillar of modern cinema and pioneer of Japanese experimental film, Ōbayashi’s illustrious six decade career spans feature films, short films and TV commercials. The program comprises the director’s final four films, which represent his life’s mission to inspire peace through his works.

For more information and to reserve your free tickets click here visit the Japanese Film Festival website and click here to visit the Japanese Film Festival Facebook.

The Japanese Film Festival is brought to you by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. 

If you are looking to learn more or engage with the Japanese community in Australia, please contact us at [email protected]

Dee Raghavan

Dee Raghavan is the Senior Manager, Engagement Marketing at CulturalPulse. She has a passion for writing, travelling and experiencing other cultures through sport, music, film, art and food. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]