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Cherry Blossoms (2008)
"Kirschblüten - Hanami" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  6 March 2008 (Germany)
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After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.

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Credited cast:
Elmar Wepper ...
Rudi Angermeier
Hannelore Elsner ...
Trudi Angermeier
Aya Irizuki ...
Yu
Maximilian Brückner ...
Karl Angermeier
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Franzi
Birgit Minichmayr ...
Karolin Angermeier
Felix Eitner ...
Klaus Angermeier
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Emma Angermeier
Celine Tanneberger ...
Celine Angermeier
Robert Döhlert ...
Tadashi Endo ...
Butoh Dancer
Sarah Camp ...
Butcher
Gerhard Wittmann ...
Doctor #1
Veith von Fürstenberg ...
Doctor #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Hess ...
Pfarrer
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When Trudi learns that her husband Rudi is dangerously ill, she suggests visiting their children in Berlin without telling him the truth. As Franzi and Karl don't care much about their parents, Trudi and Rudi go to the Baltic Sea, where Trudi suddenly dies. Rudi is thrown out of gear, even more when he learns that his wife wanted to live a totally different life in Japan... Written by fippi2000

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Move Thee Reviews: A Tug at the Heartstrings
17 August 2009 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

A German director Doris Dorrie's third film in her trilogy on Japan, Cherry Blossoms, is an exquisite, absorbing and deeply moving meditation on life, death, loss, loneliness and grief.

Talking about old parents with alienated and indifferent descendants, the first half of the film may remind the audience of Yasujiro Ozu's film made in 1953, Tokyo Monogatari. The six hugging-or-massage (by family members and strangers) scenes and the father's harmonious relationships with his daughter's girlfriend and a Japanese girl successfully highlight the poor relationship between the father and his children.

The second half in which the main character embarks on a reflective journey in search of traces of the deceased love captures the mood of Lost in Translation and Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles. The cultural shock experienced also makes the film distinguishable from Under the Sand.

Cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji symbolize the fleeting and unpredictable nature of life. The film delivers a message that we should treasure the people around us, pursue our dreams and enjoy life to the full so that we will have no regrets. Besides, it is also about the main character's inability to communicate with not only the dead, but also the living family members. Butoh, a Japanese dance, helps people to feel and establish connections with others. What's more, the audience can pay attention to the symbolic meaning of the drawings at the beginning of the film and the photos at the end.

The cinematographer and the composer also succeed in evoking different tones from several shooting locations in Germany and Japan. The suburbs contrast sharply with the hustle and bustle of city life. Apart from the poetic and stunning visual images and the Japanese music playing upon the audience's heartstrings, the characters are so lifelike that the audience will care about what happen to them.

On the whole, although Cherry Blossoms is a bit too long, without emotional bludgeoning or syrupy manipulation, it is a little road movie producing emotional resonance and reflective ripples in a whisper.


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