Aka Hausu, directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi in 1977, 88min

In Nobuhiko Obayashi´s (b. 1938) House schoolgirl Oshare travels with her classmates to her aunt’s country home, where they are one by one devoured by the house habited by strange forces and ceatures, including a human-eating piano and a blood-thirsty bakeneko (ghost or monster cat). Several of Obayashi´s pre-teen daughter Chigumi’s ideas and childhood fears were included in Chiho Katsura´s screenplay, such as a reflection in a mirror attacking the viewer.  House was originally released as a double feature with the teen romance film Pure Hearts in Mud. Obayashi won the Blue Ribbon Award for Best New Director in 1978 for House.

Nobuhiko Obayashi (1938- ) started his career doing experimental works in 8 and 16 millimet  film, using stop-motion animation techniques connected to live action, including hand-drawn and collage animation. Obayashi became a member of the Japan Filmmaker’s Cooperative in the 1960s along with Takahiko Iimura and Donald Richie. At that time the advertising firm Dentsu suggested that the experimental filmmakers should come to work for them and use the experimental techniques in the advertisements. Only Obayashi started to work for them, creating over 2000 commercials. After gaining success with the feature film Hausu, Obayashi became an influential director of youth films and many literary adaptations of popular Japanese novels.

 

OISHII – JAPANESE DELICACIES: HOUSE
SUN 15.4.2012, Juhlasali, 18:00
Venue: Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1


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