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Rating: 7.5 stars


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Seen on: 07/30/2020

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Labyrinth of Cinema (2019)

Directed by Nobuhiko Ōbayashi

Drama | History | War

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The story centers on a group of young people who travel back in time when they are in a movie theater just before closing time. They witness deaths during the closing days of Japan’s feudal times and on the battlefront in China before they are sent to Hiroshima just before the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city.

Length 179 minutes


Ayumi Ito | Tadanobu Asano | Mickey Curtis | Takehiro Murata | Eri Watanabe | Nenji Kobayashi | Toshie Negishi | Maiko Kawakami | Takashi Sasano | Takako Tokiwa | Riko Narumi | Isshin Inudô | Keishi Nagatsuka | Nobuhiko Ōbayashi | Shunsuke Kubozuka | Tsurutaro Kataoka | Gorô Inagaki | Yoshihiko Hosoda | Toshinori Omi | Wakaba Irie | Tetsuya Takeda | Kayoko Shiraishi | Hiroyuki Watanabe | Makoto Tezuka | Saki Terashima | Tokio Emoto | Yoshikazu Ebisu | Kiyotaka Nanbara | Tôru Shinagawa | Hiroshi Inuzuka | Takuro Atsuki | Hirona Yamazaki | Shinnosuke Mitsushima | Takahito Hosoyamada | Yukihiro Takahashi | Rei Yoshida | Yuri Nakae | Soujiro Hongo | Yoshiyuki Omori

Viewing Notes

Celebration and examination of Japanese film, more specifically how war has been depicted from feudal Japan to the Pacific theater, and what it has meant to the legacy of Japan. That’s this movie in its most simplest reading but there’s so much more. It’s a 3 hour epic that requires another viewing to absorb it all. Maybe multiple views.

My plan was to view it again but it’s not easy to fit in a 3 hour film with other things on the calendar. Also need to let this one sit for a while because there is so much to take in and process. I believe the main takeaway is to learn from history and avoid repeating the mistakes that caused awful tragedies. I really like how Chuya Nakahara’s poetry is incorporated into the narrative.

This is the movie that pushed me over into getting a bundle at JAPAN CUTS. When I initially saw that they were getting Obayashi’s last movie I was just gonna rent that title. But after reviewing the program I decided to gift myself a bundle. Overall it’s been nice and very much like going to a Japan-centric indie festival.


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