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16 March 2002 (Japan) See more »
Palme is a puppet created by a man for his sickly wife. After her death, Palme becomes paralyzed with... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Akiko Hiramatsu ... Palme
Megumi Toyoguchi ... Popo
Daisuke Sakaguchi ... Shatta
Yurika Hino ... Koram
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Roualt
Motomu Kiyokawa ... Fou
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rikako Aikawa ... Barron

Christine M. Auten ... Soma (Female) (voice: English version)

Chris Ayres ... Sawadust (voice: English version)

Jessica Boone ... Popo (voice: English version)

David Born ... Hota (voice: English version)
Luci Christian ... Darumaya (voice: English version)

Michael Coleman ... Roualt (voice: English version)
Tyler Galindo ... Hat (voice: English version)

Tiffany Grant ... Pu (voice: English version)

John Gremillion ... Soma (Male) (voice: English version)
Chris Hawley ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jay Hickman ... Jamji (voice: English version)
Mika Kanai ... Poo
Etsuko Kozakura ... Moo
Mike MacRae ... Crickle, Gandel (voice: English version)
Kelly Manison ... Woman Guerilla (voice: English version)

Andy McAvin ... Fou (voice: English version)
Nancy Novotny ... Juggler (voice: English version)
Chris Patton ... Shatta (voice: English version)

Monica Rial ... Mu (voice: English version)
Don Rush ... Scruffy (voice: English version) (as Nomed Kaerf)
Allison L. Sumrall ... Koram (voice: English version) (as Allison Sumrall)
John Swasey ... Gus, Zakuro (voice: English version)
Mike Vance ... Baku (voice: English version)
Kira Vincent-Davis ... Palme (voice: English version)
Mike Yantosca ... Pirate (voice: English version)
Mari Yokô ... Daruyama (voice: Japanese version)

Directed by
Takashi Nakamura 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takashi Nakamura 

Produced by
Taro Maki .... producer
Mark Williams .... executive producer (english version)
Original Music by
Takashi Harada 
Cinematography by
Takashi Azuhata  (as Takashi Atsuhata)
Film Editing by
Shûichi Kakesu 
Art Direction by
Mutsuo Koseki 
Mutsuo Ozeki 
Art Department
Kayoko Nishi .... color coordinator
Sound Department
Kunio Ando .... sound recordist
Afshar Kharat .... adr recordist (english version)
Masafumi Mima .... sound director
Animation Department
Toshiyuki Inoue .... character designer
Hirotsugu Kawasaki .... animator
Mamoru Sasaki .... animation director
Music Department
Eru Harada .... musician
Other crew
Josh Cole .... translator (English version)

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Also Known As:
"Parumu no ki" - Japan (original title)
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130 min
Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating)


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5 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Mindboggling, 13 May 2005
Author: Sarah from United States

The teasers for Tree of Palme try to pass it off as a sort of allegory for a fairy tale with actual meaning, then immediately start raving about the animation. I should have known what that meant.

The main character, Palme, is a good example of the whole movie's problem. One minute, Palme is a humble hero in search of himself, the next a violent psycho with an unhealthy fixation on a girl he once took care of.

Like all of the characters in the movie, Palme is poorly defined. You do not bond with the characters at all, although Shatta has acquired a couple of fan girls. It seems that the writer was more interested in cramming all the drama and complexity he could into this movie than actually exploring his characters' motivations and personalities.

New, useless story lines were being introduced in the last fifteen minutes of the movie. The writer seriously needed to streamline his story. Perhaps he was trying to be epic, but it was simply too much information for a two-hour movie. However I can't help but wonder if a plot with so many dimensions and characters would have been better suited for a TV series or graphic novel.

In the last five minutes of the movie, I simply could not endure the sheer lack of quality any longer and began laughing at how contrived the characters, the relationships, and the whole plot was. I touched my companion and he started cracking up too, as did a young man seated behind us. We tried so hard to control ourselves, but we simply could not take the terrible quality of this movie.

On the bright side, the animation is incredible and viewers will find themselves admiring the lush backgrounds and charming character designs. The animation almost guides you; when you don't care about the characters, it tells you how to feel.

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