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Casting Blossoms to the Sky

If all the bombs in the world could be changed to fireworks.
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 (Yasuko Matsuyuki) 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.

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

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