Nobuhiko Obayashi - Film Director
The Rocking Horsemen – “Seishun dendekedekedeke” (Japan, 1992) 135 min.
Obayashi ventures to the mid-1960s when Japanese youth discovered the electric guitar and rock and roll. Four high school students in a small coastal town hear “Pipeline” on the radio and decide to form their own band. The film features the problems usually found in a teen film, but Obayashi enthusiastically joins the band with his camera, giving a bravura performance with his instrument.
A Movie: The Cinema of Nobuhiko Obayashi
One of the last major Japanese directors’ active since the 1960s, Obayashi Nobukio 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 speakers of Japanese
Registration is required - Please email:
Light lunch will be provided.