Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast

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Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi.
With Saburo Boya, Sen Hara, Yasufumi Hayashi.
Japan, 1986, 16mm, color, 135 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.

Obayashi captures the erratic and turbulent but sincere energy of youth with this story of a group of rebellious boys who form an uneasy alliance to save a local girl from being sold into prostitution. The film breaks with the somber and tortured critiques of wartime Japan by previous generations to present a positive and anarchic vision of resistance. Shot in one of the busiest phases of his career and chock-full of Obayashi’s silent film-inspired bursts of cinematic imagination, it is also one of the final films produced by the legendary Art Theatre Guild (ATG). Obayashi went on a creative and commercial roll in the mid-1980s, capturing large audiences with filmic experiments that combined arthouse sensibility, avant-garde techniques and pop-cultural cool – used here to explore a dark period of Japanese history. – Alexander Zahlten, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard


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    Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi.
    Japan, 1964, 16mm, color, 14 min.

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