Nobuhiko Obayashi

Nobuhiko Obayashi – Nerawareta gakuen AKA School in the Crosshairs (1981)

Based on the juvenile sci-fi novel by Taku Mayumura. An ordinary high school girl finds that she has ESP power.
Merit Health Enacted (Pharmacist pill Bo-decorated) with a special Super Power, it will not only arbitrary mobile objects, but also to foresee the future! Day, a mysterious well-to-school suddenly, strangely, the whole school students are attracted to her! Read More »

Nobuhiko Obayashi – Futari aka Chizuko’s Younger Sister (1991)

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Futari (Two of Us) is about two sisters, one of them the perfect child, the other clumsy and slow. One day, the perfect sister dies, and comes back as a ghost to guide her little sister.

I’m not into old movies, but I’ve been told by a friend that this movie was the “ultimate seishun (coming-of-age) movie” and the overwhelmingly high user ratings at Japanese sites stirred my curiosity.

The movie had a lengthy runtime of over 150 minutes, but it kept me on the edge of my seat. The story and characters developed very well throughout the movie, with many memorable scenes. Read More »

Nobuhiko Obayashi – Noyuki Yamayuki Umibe Yuki AKA To the Fields, to the Hills, to the Beaches (1986)

During the fervently nationalist months leading up to World War II, a rebellious teenager is transferred to a new primary school in a small Inland Sea town. He vies with the school’s reigning bully, who takes a romantic interest in his older stepsister. When they learn she’s going to be sold to a brothel to pay off her father’s debts, they form an uneasy alliance to free her. With surprising moments of caricature and slapstick, Obayashi celebrates the anarchic world of adolescence while also satirizing adult hypocrisy and conformism. Read More »

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Hanagatami (2017)

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Spring, 1941. Sixteen-year-old Toshihiko attends school in the coastal town of Karatsu, where his aunt cares for his ailing cousin. 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 gravitational pull. Read More »

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Toki o kakeru shôjo AKA The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (1983)

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Tomoyo Harada is an average student in high school. She has an old friend Toshinori Omi who goes to the same school, and Ryoichi Takayanagi who is also her classmate, but is not quite the old friend she thinks he is. One day after a routine cleaning of the school’s chem lab, she starts to experience a time warp in her life where she experiences the same event multiple times. Quite by accident, she is getting drawn into the plan that came from the future. She soon discovers why she is experiencing the time warp. Read More »

Nobuhiko Obayashi – Hausu aka House [+Extras] (1977)

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How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it’s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years. Read More »