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  • Seven Weeks

    Seven Weeks

    ★★★★★

    Journeys in Space and Time: Nobuhiko Ōbayashi

    Ōbayashi Ranked

    "Children of the future: learn from the past, for the future. The future is in your hands."

    As originally with Ōbayashi's first Onomichi trilogy and Miss Lonely, I was forced to leave Maestro's greatest achievement – the War Trilogy – unfinished, due to Seven Weeks and its lack of subtitles. After the release of Labyrinth of Cinema some may say that the trilogy transformed into a quadrilogy, yet I would refute…

  • Labyrinth of Cinema

    Labyrinth of Cinema

    ★★★★★

    Endless Journeys in Space and Time: We Will Always Love You, Nobuhiko Ōbayashi!

    Reality and cinema are more connected than you might think, and fate often has a cruel sense of humor. One week ago, on the 10th of April 2020, Japan was meant to witness the theatrical release of Nobuhiko Ōbayashi's Labyrinth of Cinema. Ultimately delayed by COVID-19, that date would instead mark the passing of cinema's greatest maestro and magician, after four long years of fighting against cancer.…

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  • The Magnificent Nine

    The Magnificent Nine

    ★★★½

    I wish I could see the look on the faces of those westerners who went to see a film marketed as The Magnificent Nine and expected a crazy jidaigeki comedy, only to find a fairly slow-paced affair about a bunch of guys trying to lend money to their lord.

  • Dance With Me

    Dance With Me

    ★★★★

    🎶Are you still looking for it?
    Why don't you dance with me?
    Into a dream. Into a dream.
    Don't you want to go?
    🎶

    I WANT THIS DANCE TO (NEVER) END! 💃🕺

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  • Hanagatami

    Hanagatami

    ★★★★★

    Helsinki Cine Aasia 2018

    Journeys in Space and Time: Nobuhiko Ōbayashi

    Ōbayashi Ranked

    HANAGATAMI

    "Was I truly alive back then?"

    Hanagatami is an unbelievably unique Japanese war period drama only Nobuhiko Ōbayashi could have made. Like no other film before! Ōbayashi is a director that most of the even slightly more active moviegoers know - after all his debut film, the absurd horror comedy Hausu, enjoys from its worldwide cult status. However, how many has seen much else from the…

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    "Is it future or is it past?"

    Is it cinema or is it television? Who cares.

    The best Christmas gift was to have this masterpiece finally established here. Thanks to MoMa for the screenings.

    Last night, I had another David Lynch dream. It was called Twin Peaks: The Return. It was fucking brilliant.

    27 years later after the airing of the original show, Lynch and his partner in crime, co-creator Mark Frost are back to shatter…