Directed by Akira Osaki
Official Selection, 2015 Raindance Film Festival
It’s struggle city for filmmaker Takeshi (Kiyohiko Shibukawa), who has more on his mind these days than his next script. He’s praying for his on-the-rocks marriage and his cancer-stricken brother, in addition to waiting for the green-light on his next film, but he’s not doing much to help himself. When faced with trouble, he’s but a good-natured leaf in the wind, waiting for divine intervention to blow him in the right direction. However, when he meets pretty Ryoko (Aoba Kawai) through eccentric friend Fujimura (Koki Okada), there are hints of a fresh start if he only knew how to grasp it. With the help and hurt that comes with friendship, heartache, and a considerable amount of beer, Takeshi just might make it through.
OBON BROTHERS, the second collaboration between director Akira Osaki and screenwriter Shin Adachi, skillfully pairs the bitterest rinds of life with sweet, unpretentious humor. Here, ridiculous, larger-than-life characters play for more than a laugh, utilizing the ensuing hilarity to acknowledge the reality of life’s often bizarre and bittersweet turns. Osaki manages to discuss difficult subjects like depression, personal growth, and acceptance with an unbelievably light-hearted, down-to-earth grace. –Madeleine Ho