Four people have been murdered in a high-rise Arakawa apartment, only none of them lived there – and none of them are related. With a fly-on-the-wall, faux-documentary style, Obayashi sets about interviewing everyone involved, cops, witnesses, suspects, neighbors, some shot straight to camera, in an effort to find the motive behind the baffling crime. —AsianMediaWiki
Nobuhiko Obayashi (大林 宣彦 Ōbayashi Nobuhiko?, born 9 January 1938) is a Japanese director, screenwriter and editor of films and television advertisements who is well known for his surreal visual style. He began his career as a pioneering figure in Japanese experimental film during the 1960s before transitioning to directing more mainstream works such as television and feature films. Though he remains mostly unknown outside of Japan he has made a prolific number of films in his 50 years of working with the medium.
Obayashi was born on the 9th of January 1938 in the city of Onomichi, Japan. He was the eldest son of a father who was one in a long paternal line of medical doctors. As his father was called to the battlefront during World War II, he was raised in his early infancy by his maternal grandparents. Through his childhood and adolescence Obayashi followed many artistic pursuits including drawing, writing, playing the piano, and a growing interest in animation and film. read more