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Enlightenment Guaranteed (1999)
"Erleuchtung garantiert" (original title)

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Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese zen monastry. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both ... See full summary »

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Uwe
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ...
Gustav
Petra Zieser ...
Petra
Ulrike Kriener ...
Ulrike
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Anica
Heiner Lauterbach ...
Heiner
Franz X. Gernstl ...
Ehepaar
Gisela Gernstl ...
Ehepaar
Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht ...
Jimmy (as Jimmy Ochsenknecht)
Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht ...
Wilson
Leopold Zieser ...
Leopold
Emilia Zieser ...
Emilia
Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss ...
Ulrikes Liebhaber
Imaseki ...
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Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese zen monastry. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both really have to leave their ordinary lifes behind and are on a voyage to themselves. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Real Japan
29 April 2006 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

If you want to see a little of the real Japan then watch this movie rather than "Lost in Translation" (which would have been better if it was filmed in New York so the director knew what she was talking about). Yes, it is a bit slow in some parts but anyone who has been on a self-finding journey will relate, and laugh even more at the funny situations they get into. Germans and Japanese have a lot in common so that makes the misunderstandings real rather than the usual "foreigners in Japan trying to make the Japanese seem like savage aliens".

In this time of reality TV and home-movies being used on various TV shows, the hand-held camera shots are very real. Also interesting is that the characters names are the actors real names so it adds to the effect.


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