Labyrinth of Cinema
Wednesday, October 20 through Tuesday, October 26
Metrograph – 7 Ludlow Street
Admission: $17/$10 Metrograph members
Metrograph screens Labyrinth of Cinema, the final film by revered late director Nobuhiko Obayashi. In this three-hour saga, Obayashi returns to the subject of Japan’s history of warfare. This is on the heels of his “War Trilogy” (Casting Blossoms to the Sky, Seven Weeks, and Hanagatami). It’s a wildly edited tour de force that is complex and at times confusing, but unmistakably Obayashi.
About Labyrinth of Cinema
On the last night of its existence, a small movie theater in Onomichi—the seaside town of Obayashi’s youth where he shot nearly a dozen films—screens an all-night marathon of Japanese war films. When lightning strikes the theater, three young men are transported into the world onscreen. They experience the violent battles of several wars leading up to the bombing of Hiroshima.
A breathless cinematic journey through Japan’s past, Labyrinth of Cinema finds Obayashi using every trick in his book to create an awe-inspiring, visually resplendent anti-war epic that urges us to consider cinema as a means to change history. The film is the culmination of an exceptional 60-year career worth celebrating.
Watch the trailer here.
For showtimes and to purchase tickets, please visit Metrograph’s website.
Metrograph’s COVID-19 Protocols
Without exception, all guests 12 and over must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. In compliance with New York City’s vaccine mandate for indoor entertainment, Metrograph accepts a CDC Vaccination Card with photo ID, Excelsior Pass, and NYC Covid Safe App. Metrograph staff will conduct a brief verbal questionnaire prior to entry into the building, and all guests must wear a mask.
To see the Metrograph’s full guidelines, please visit the theater’s website.
About Nobuhiko Obayashi
Born in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, in 1938, Nobuhiko Obayashi was a director, screenwriter, and editor of films and television advertisements. According to boutique distribution company Crescendo House, Obayashi started making films at the age of three, with a kinetoscope he found in the family storage room.
After moving to Tokyo, he began his filmmaking career as a pioneer of Japanese experimental films screening his independent film Émotion, shot on 16mm, at art galleries, halls, and universities to glowing reviews. He later transitioned to directing more mainstream media, and his resulting filmography as a director spanned almost 60 years.
The award-winning director’s first feature film, House, set the tone for his distinct, surreal filmmaking style. Obayashi also frequently embedded the anti-war themes in his films.
He died of lung cancer on April 10, 2020 at the age of 82.
About Crescendo House
Crescendo House is a new boutique distribution company that aims to reinvigorate the American film landscape with a new model for distribution. The company’s goal is to expand the mainstream visibility of international or otherwise underrepresented films to provide viewers with an array of choices that more accurately reflects the diverse world we inhabit.
For more information, please visit Crescendo House’s website.