Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
Cast: Shunsuke Kuboza: Toshihiko Sakakiyama, Shinnosuke Mitsushima: Ukai, Keishi Nagatsuka: Kira, Tokio Emoto: Aso, Honoka Miki: Mina Ema, Hirona Yamazaki: Akine, Mugi Kadowaki: Chitose, Takako Tokiwa: Keiko Ema
Genres: Drama, War
In the spring of 1941, wide-eyed 17-year-old Toshihiko Sakakiyama arrives in the coastal town of Karatsu in Saga Prefecture and befriends a group of teenage classmates who fall in love, quarrel and stumble through their remaining days of youth as war looms on the horizon. An extravagantly stylized epic that makes the most of green screens, elaborate lighting and dizzying editing, Obayashi's passion project and swan song is a grand culmination of the great director's dazzling visual style and a poignant reminder of the tragedy of war for this generation.
"Nearly three hours of dense story-telling roll by while a sprawling and vividly drawn cast of characters explore young love and the meaning of life." -Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter