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Erleuchtung garantiert (1999)

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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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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...if Enlightenment means at least a smile
26 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a funny movie and an interesting perspective on culture shock (Germans in Japan) and, generally, of coming to terms with one's life. It is at least not as superficial as many other movies I've seen, and that's not because the dialog is in German or because it is mostly shot with a hand-held camera. It's just a different movie.

Don't expect, however, that a movie will give you the answers to everything, or that a movie, any movie, will depict Japan or Zen philosophy in their entirety and in detail. This movie, and any movie, will necessarily have loose ends and inconsistencies. Do expect to be amused for a couple of hours, what else can you ask for?


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