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A onetime indie wunderkind, Kaizo Hayashi has since become a respected teacher of film at Kyoto University of the Arts and Tohoku University of Art and Design.

With the backing of the latter institution, Hayashi has directed “Bolt,” a three-part film based on the meltdown disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant of 2011. Made over a period of three years, the film is an object lesson on how to derive maximum on-screen impact from a minimal budget.

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