Casting Blossoms to the Sky

Released after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Casting Blossoms to the Sky is the first film in Nobuhiko Ōbayashi’s “war trilogy.

Journalist Reiko Endō travels to Nagaoka in Niigata Prefecture to investigate why the city welcomed so many victims of the Tōhoku tsunami. There, she learns about the town’s history during World War II by speaking with the residents, along with the town’s yearly fireworks tradition to honour the lives lost. At the same time, Endō’s ex-boyfriend is in charge of organising the local high school’s play depicting the town’s WWII history, intertwining the narratives of past and present, fireworks and bombs into one. A poignant look at the impact nuclear power has on ordinary Japanese citizens beyond the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Casting Blossoms to the Sky educates while at the same time offering a humanistic perspective on what war can do to a community.

Film Festivals
2012 Nippon Connection Film Festival
2013 Toronto Japanese Film Festival
2014 Eiga Sai (Philippines)
2015 Film Week (Poland)
2015 Japan Film Festival (Ghana)
2016 Dni Japónskovo Kino (Belarus)
2021 Japanese Film Festival (Sydney)"

Cast: Yasuko MATSUYUKI (松雪泰子), Masahiro TAKASHIMA (高嶋政宏), Natsuki HARADA (原田夏希)
Drama/2011/Color/160 min.
Japanese title: この空の花 長岡花火物語
Japanese Theatrical Release: May 12th, 2012
Director: Nobuhiko OBAYASHI

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