Seven Weeks

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Seven Weeks
Directed byNobuhiko Obayashi
Release date
  • March 2, 2014 (2014-03-02) (YIFFF)
  • May 17, 2014 (2014-05-17) (Japan)
Running time
171 minutes

Seven Weeks (Japanese: 野のなななのか, Hepburn: No no nanananoka) is a Japanese drama film, produced in 2014, directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. The film stars Tōru Shinagawa, Takako Tokiwa, Tokie Hidari, Takehiro Murata, Yutaka Matsushige, Shunsuke Kubozuka, Saki Terashima and Hirona Yamazaki. The screenplay by Obayashi and Tadashi Naito was based on the novel by Koji Hasegawa.[1] The residents of the small northern town of Ashibetsu, where the film was set, helped fund the film.[2][3]


The film examines such issues as Japan's wartime responsibility, the current nuclear fallout issue, and romance. The director, Nobuhiko Obayashi, has referred to the film as "Guernica in moving images."[1] The film's story follows the funeral of Mitsuo Suzuki, played by Toru Shinagawa, where the family, including his sister Eiko (Tokie Hidari); grandchildren Fuyuki (Takehiro Murata), Haruhiko (Yutaka Matsushige), Akito (Shunsuke Kubozuka), Kanna (Saki Terashima); and his great-granddaughter Kasane (Hirona Yamazaki)[1] all meet to discuss his death. Much of the film focuses on flashbacks to Suzuki's youth, and covers the history of the town of Ashibetsu during the 1930s. The film crisscrosses the stories of a dozen different characters, from different decades.[2][4]


The film stars


The residents of the small northern town of Ashibetsu, where the film was set, helped fund the film, which resulted in the film having a small budget.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Lee, Maggie (2015-06-10). "Film Review: 'Seven Weeks'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  2. ^ a b "Seven Weeks – Film Review – The Japan Society "
  3. ^ "Yubari-2014-exclusive-interview-house-director-obayashi-nobuhiko-talks-seven-weeks"
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  5. ^ Walkow, Marc. "The Best Japanese Filmmaker You've Never Heard Of | IndieWire". Retrieved 2017-08-17.

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