Japanese director Nobuhiko Obayashi died Friday in Tokyo of lung most cancers. He was 82.

Born in Onomichi, a port on Japan’s Inland Sea, in 1938, Obayashi started making movies as a baby, utilizing a projector and movie owned by his doctor father.

A pioneering experimental filmmaker within the 1960s, Obayashi went on direct practically 3,000 TV commercials in a protracted profession, many with worldwide expertise together with Charles Bronson and Catherine Deneuve.

In 1977 he made his function debut with “Home,” a free-spirited, wildly imaginative horror-fantasy that was a success on its launch in Japan and later grew to become a cult favourite overseas.

In Japan, Obayashi is finest identified for a trilogy of movies he shot in Onomichi: “Alternate College students” (1982), “The Woman Who Leapt by Time” (1983) and “Lonely Coronary heart” (1985).

These and different movies he made within the 1980s and after usually starred younger feminine skills and had sci-fi and fantasy components. Obayashi additionally labored a extra severe vein, together with the 1989 “Beijing Watermelon” concerning the lives of Chinese language college students in Japan, and the 1994 “Turning Level,” a drama a few middle-aged feminine journalist who struggles for recognition in a male-dominated enterprise.

His movies had been extensively screened at Berlin, Moscow and different festivals. In 2016 the Udine Far East Movie Competition introduced an Obayashi tribute part with the director in attendance.

Identified with Stage four lung most cancers in August 2016 and given three months to dwell, Obayashi went on to make two extra movies with antiwar themes, the 2017 “Hanagatami” and this yr’s “Labyrinth of Cinema,” whose March opening was postponed due to coronavirus.