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The Ode to Joy (2006)

Baruto no gakuen (original title)
German soldiers are transported to a prisoner-of-war camp in Japan after the First World War.

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Matsue
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Kurt Heinrich
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Iko
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Takagi
Oliver Bootz ...
Carl Baum
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Hermann Lake
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Shio
Shinobu Nakayama ...
Matsu
Etsuko Ichihara ...
Sue
Shirô Mifune ...
Matsue's father
Hiroshi Katsuno ...
Shimada
Ren Ohsugi ...
Kuroda (as Ren Ôsugi)
Eiji Bandô ...
Nango
Shigeru Izumiya ...
Tada
Mitsuru Hirata ...
Umatsu
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German soldiers are transported to a prisoner-of-war camp in Japan after the First World War.

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17 June 2006 (Japan)  »

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Ode an die Freude  »

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Many of the German soldiers in the movie were not Germans, but Hungarians, Russians, Norwegians, Swedes, Americans, British and Canadian people. Many of which were students from Universities from around the Kansai area, like Osaka and Kyoto. Thus, when the soldiers were going to shout and talk and make noises, only the German people and people who could pronounce perfect, or good enough German were allowed to say something. See more »

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After the German III.Seebataillon (3rd Seabatallon; the Imperial German Navy's equivalent to the Marine Corps) capitulated after the siege of Tsingtao, some 4700 German POW's were transported to different POW Camps throughout Japan. One of those Camps was Bando POW Camp. Before their return to Germany, the soldiers organize a huge party for the villagers. The highlight is a performance of "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which was the first time this work was ever performed in Japan. Since then it has become the most-liked piece of music in that country. Some of the depicted characters are fictitious, some are real life characters like Karl, a German soldier and baker in civil life, who repeatedly flees until Matsue puts him in charge of the camp bakery. This man, in real life Karl Juchheim, stayed in Japan and established a bakery, which grew into the successful Juchheim bakery chain in Japan, where you still can get "sehr guter Baumkuchen" today. Another other famous company founded by a former Bando POW is Lohmeyer Corporation in Tochigi. The movie itself is a slow paced movie which shows us the importance of understanding, the power of music and that war sucks big time.


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