Americans know Nobuhiko Ôbayashi best for his debut feature, House (a/k/a Hausu), which was a sensation when it was released in Japan in 1977 but wasn’t widely seen in America until 2009 (and had a successful run at the Webster Film Series in 2010). Still ripe for discovery by a wider audience is a large body of work he left behind when he died last year. In the period of 2012 to 2017 he made three World War II films, Casting Blossoms to the Sky being the first, and after this war trilogy only made one more film (Labyrinth of Cinema) before passing. Casting Blossoms follows a journalist named Reiko as she travels to Nagaoka to cover an annual fireworks festival dedicated to those who died in the war. Fans of House will immediately recognize Ôbayashi’s inimitable style, here applied to more serious matter than what they might be accustomed to. In Japanese with English subtitles.