Nobuhiko Obayashi - Film Director
I Are You, You Am Me [a.k.a. Exchange Student] – “Tenkōsei” (Japan, 1982) 112 min.
Two classmates, the girl Kazumi and the boy Kazuo, tumble down a flight of stairs and find they’ve switched bodies. Obayashi colors the resulting gender confusion with a tinge of autobiographical nostalgia, not only filming in his hometown of Onomichi, but also framing the story through B&W 8mm film. A major hit that he remade in 2007.
A Movie: The Cinema of Nobuhiko Obayashi
One of the last major Japanese directors’ active since the 1960s, Obayashi Nobuhiko is doing a four-city tour of the East Coast, with Yale as the first stop. Little known outside of Japan, he gained a following in America with the DVD release of his debut feature film House, but our Yale event will present his other sides through screenings of three of his films and separate informal talk sessions. A pioneer of experimental film in Japan, Ōbayashi continued to stun audiences with his stylistic flourishes even as he became one of the hit-makers of the 1980s and 1990s. A wonderful study in contrast, he combined pop culture with literary sensibility, visual innovation with a love for classical Japanese film, and a nostalgia with a celebration of cinematic artifice, a stance evident in the words “A Movie” he attaches to many of his films.
All movies in Japanese with English subtitles. Introduced and followed by a Q&A with the director.
Talk Session with Director Obayashi at 12:00 PM
Room 218, East Asia Library, 120 High Street
For the general public (with interpreter)
Registration is required - Please email:
Light lunch will be provided.