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‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” quipped Oscar Wilde, but in the film world mining one’s own life for the sake of art — or rather, a script — is an ancient and hallowed practice. The resulting film, however, may have only a tenuous relationship with the filmmaker’s actual biography.

Director Akira Osaki’s bittersweet black-and-white comedy “Obon no Ototo” (“Obon Brothers”) certainly sounds a lot like his own. The film is about a failing director’s struggles to make a new movie while dealing with his cranky older brother and his estranged wife’s demand for a divorce.

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