- THEATER ENYA: KAIDA Haruko
Based on the original work by literary master DAN Kazuo, master filmmaker OBAYASHI Nobuhiko has dreamed of bringing “HANAGATAMI” to the silver screen for 40 years. When Obayashi visited DAN Kazuo and asked for advice on film locations of “HANAGATAMI” , then Dan said, “Go to Karatsu.” The project to realize this dream began when Director Obayashi and KAIDA Haruko, the director of THEATER ENYA (formerly known as Karatsu Cinema Club), crossed paths during an interview in the magazine of the cinema, “IMAKARA”. The passion of Director Obayashi to someday bring “HANAGATAMI” to life in Karatsu, and the vision of THEATER ENYA’s director Kaida who was dedicated to revitalizing the town through films, aligned perfectly. Subsequently, Karatsu City set up a platform for donations to cover the film’s production costs, with influential figures representing Karatsu’s economy rallying behind the initiative, and both the public and private sectors collaborated on the film production efforts. With an all-Karatsu shooting, over 3,000 citizen volunteers participated as extras, and the iconic “Karatsu Kunchi” festival provided wholehearted support, leading to the successful completion of this movie.
As the culmination of Director OBAYASHI Nobuhiko ‘s illustrious career, this film received high praise from both domestic and international audiences, winning numerous prestigious film awards in Japan and receiving invitations to over 20 film festivals across the globe.
Presently, THEATER ENYA continues its monthly regular screenings since its opening, aiming to pass on this film to future generations as a legacy of the town of Karatsu.
- OBAYASHI Nobuhiko
The initial draft of the screenplay that serves as the foundation for the film “HANAGATAMI” was written over 40 years ago, long before I, OBAYASHI Nobuhiko, directed my first theatrical film, “HOUSE” (1977). The plan was to produce my debut work under the title “Hanakatami”.
In 1937, on the announcement day for the publication of the debut short story collection “Hanagatami”, DAN Kazuo received a military draft notice and was sent to the battlefield. Many precious lives vanished like the morning dew on the battleground. At first glance, the attitudes and actions of the young characters in this work, who may seem carefree and rebellious, actually embody a deep-seated determination to live—Was my life, my soul, a manifestation of the fervent belief coursing through my blood that I wished to be free as I believed? I now aim to retell this story, but set in the year 1941, during the outbreak of the Pacific War. This is because it represents a more poignant memory of the war for those of us living in the present.
“This is a film that is needed now”. encouraged by the words of a local from the Karatsu city…
A comment via the official website of the film “HANAGATAMI”