Labyrinth of Cinema

Labyrinth of Cinema

Fast forward 40 years to Labyrinth of Cinema, a 2019 release that is receiving a rare level of attention and (limited) theatrical distribution in America this year due to it being Obayashi’s final film. Labyrinth of Cinema is one of those movies that is easily described as a career-capping magnum opus: it’s 3-hours long, it’s a highly experimental work by a filmmaker who had been experimenting with form for half a century already, it’s a metafictional movie-about-movies that spans a great deal of Japan’s sociopolitical and cinematic history, it was written, directed, and edited during Obayashi’s battle with cancer, and it was likely made with the full understanding that it would be Obayashi’s final statement as a filmmaker.

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