R.I.P. Nobuhiko Obayashi, Director of Cult Classic 'Housu'

He was 82
R.I.P. Nobuhiko Obayashi, Director of Cult Classic 'Housu'
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Celebrated Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi, the director of the iconic 1977 cult hit Housu (House), has died. He was 82.

Sources report that he died at his home in Tokyo, following a four-year battle with lung cancer. He was diagnosed in 2016 but continued to make films; his latest release, Umibeno Eigakan Kinemano Tamatebako (Labyrinth of Cinema) premiered in 2019.

Hailing from Onomichi, Hiroshima, Obayashi had a decades-long film career and was known for his psychedelic, experimental films. Of his dozens of releases, he's best known for the surreal horror classic Housu, which has risen in esteem in North America over the past decade. It's now a staple of the midnight movie circuit.

He remained prolific later in life, and continued to regularly release films throughout recent decades.