While most people may only know the man for his insanely entertaining fever dream House, director Nobuhiko Obayashi is still alive, kicking and making films.
Toronto J Film Pow Wow has revealed (via Tokyograph) that the director will next direct a film entitled Kono Sora no Hana. The film, his 41st, will be set in Nagaoka, during the area’s annual fireworks festival. With the hopes of promoting world piece, the festival has been in existence since 1946. Obayashi’s film will star Yasuko Matsuyuki.
Personally, as a huge fan of House, this is definitely one film that I’d love to see hit stateside or at least through The Criterion Collection on DVD. Obayashi is a director that I’d love to see more of within the Collection, so maybe this could be a part of a time spanning Eclipse set like The Allan King set. I think the premise sounds really intriguing, so here’s to hoping this is one we’ll get a chance to see.