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Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Ashita AKA Goodbye for Tomorrow (1995)

People from all walks of life (a high-school student, a middle-aged businessman, a yakuza chief, etc.) all receive mysterious messages from loved ones who were killed 3 months earlier in a shipwreck. They are instructed to go to a small island in the Inland Sea that evening. At the stroke of midnight, the lost ship emerges from the sea and they are given a brief time to say their final words to their lost loved ones, before the deceased must once again board the ship and it sinks back into the depths. (Summary from IMDB) Read More »

Nobuhiko Obayashi – Cute Devil AKA Kawaii Akuma (1982)

Cute Devil (Kawaii Akuma) is a two-hour TV movie directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi that aired on Nippon TV on 10 August 1982.

It was based on The Bad Seed and starts with a brutal murder that was fairly shocking for network TV at the time and could be easily compared with the first murder in Suspiria. The movie moves on to be the story of a woman who has been released from a mental institution and is to reside with the murderous little girl and her mother in a secluded house. More cruel deaths occur and the mentally ill woman must convince those around her that the child is a psychopath. A pedophile also turns up to keep the proceedings lively. Read More »

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Riyû AKA The Reason AKA The Motive (2004)

A storm rages over Tokyo. Meanwhile, inside a high-rise apartment block, the bodies of four people are discovered – apparently the victims of a brutal crime. At first, the victims are all thought to be members of one family, but then it transpires that they were not related to each other at all. Investigations run aground. Who were the victims? Who was responsible for – it has to be said – having slaughtered them in such a way? And why on earth were the murders committed? What could possibly have been the motive? Innocuous citizens who do not normally have anything to do with such horrific crimes are dragged onto the case. And the more testimonies that are collated, the closer the case moves towards a surprising conclusion. Read More »

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Kindaichi Kosuke no boken AKA The Adventures of Kosuke Kindaichi (1979)

Obayashi’s take on the famous Kosuke Kindaichi series, made popular partly thanks to the numerous movie-adaptions by Kon Ichikawa, the most well known being The Inugami Family. Read More »