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Release Year & TMFF Edition:
2017 - April 2017 (TRAILER competition); May 2017
Kazuhito Takazawa
22 minutes
TMFF Awards:
April Winner - Trailer of the Month; May Nominee - Documentary of the Month

    Obuse, the smallest town in Nagano. The town planning of Obuse started about 30 years ago, with the idea of creating a comfortable space where the townspeople can enjoy themselves and building a town to be proud of. As a result, the deserted town in Northern Nagano transformed into a tourist destination, attracting a million visitors a year in a town with a population of ten thousand. This film is a documentary focusing on the fascinating and charming locals living in Obuse, including key players in the town planning. The way they live may be an inspiration for town planning in Japan and around the world.




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