BFI Japan: Obayashi Shorts (adv15)

BFI Japan: Obayashi Shorts (adv15)

Mon 1 January 0001 - Sun 28 November 2021

The Wonderful World of Ôbayashi 
Japan | 1960-66 | 92’ | adv15 | FL | Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

A package of short films specially curated by Matchbox Cineclub, who have also created the English captions to make these films accessible for all audiences. These wonderful, rarely seen early films are a showcase of the surreal fantasias of Ôbayashi. 

The Girl in the Picture 
Japan | 1960 | 32’ | FL | Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

A man reminisces about a girl in his past in this debut film by the filmmaker starring his future wife Kyoko. An experimentation in 8mm using split-screen techniques and a fractured narrative. 

Japan | 1961 | 19’ | FL | Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Inspired by the pastoral poeticism of European classics like People on Sunday (1930) and Partie de campagne (1946, this short follows a young couple who have a life-changing picnic in the forest.

Japan | 1966 | 39’ | FL | Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Emi travels to the city where she encounters her counterpart Sari and falls in love with a creature who may be a vampire. Inspired by Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses, yet full of the zany pop-art style he would later display in Hausu, this is a delightful and surprising surreal treat.

Screening as part of BFI Japan 2021: 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.



£6 / £4

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