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Film Screening - Hanagatami
In celebration of 50 years at UMass, and in conjunction with the 15th Japan Foundation Film Series, East Asian Languages and Cultures presents:
Hanagatami (Obayashi Nobuhiko, 2017)
Presented in conjunction with New Asia Cinema - in Japanese with English subtitles
"In this cinematic adaptation of Dan Kazuo's 1937 novel by the same name, director Obayashi Nobuhiko depicts life amidst the chaos of war. Hanagatami follows a group of young friends living in the coastal village of Katsura. This coming of age story focuses on 16 year-old Toshihiko who leaves his parents in Amsterdam to attend university in Japan. On the eve of the Pacific War (1941-1945), Toshihiko immerses himself in the exquisite nature and culture of the seaside town where he lives with his aunt Keiko and ailing cousin Mina. Here Toshiko befriends the beautiful Ukai, the contemplative Kira, the ingenuous Akine and the brooding Chitose as they all contend with an unknown future."