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Enlightenment Guaranteed (1999)

Erleuchtung garantiert (original title)
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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Doris Dörrie
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Complete credited cast:
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Uwe
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ... Gustav
Petra Zieser Petra Zieser ... Petra
Ulrike Kriener Ulrike Kriener ... Ulrike
Anica Dobra ... Anica
Heiner Lauterbach ... Heiner
Franz X. Gernstl Franz X. Gernstl ... Ehepaar
Gisela Gernstl Gisela Gernstl ... Ehepaar
Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht ... Jimmy (as Jimmy Ochsenknecht)
Wilson Gonzalez ... Wilson (as Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht)
Leopold Zieser Leopold Zieser ... Leopold
Emilia Zieser Emilia Zieser ... Emilia
Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss ... Ulrikes Liebhaber
Imaseki Imaseki ... Sumo-Ringer
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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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Drama | Comedy

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Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410
Written by Johann Strauss
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Enjoyment Gauranteed
8 November 2003 | by stuffedcapsulesSee all my reviews

I took a change with my movie rental dollars when I grabbed ENLIGHTENMENT GAURANTEED at the video store and found it to be a delightful, low budget picture. It's a German PLANES, TRAINS and AUTOMOBILES with spiritual overtones. The two main characters, who are brothers, make their way to a Japanese (Buddhist) Monastery to escape their lives and their troubles. The trip to the Monastery is great. However, once at the Monastery the film slows down too much. Too many shots of people banging drums in ritualistic bliss. Thankfully, the film soon picks up again with main characters gaining new perspectives on life. Throughout the film cemeteries, homeless people and ravens are referenced leaving the viewer to figure some things out on their own. If you like funny, semi-deep movies with no effects or explosions you may really dig this. Curiously, the actors used their real names for their characters which explians why Petra's kids look just like her.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Japanese | English

Release Date:

20 January 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sabiduría garantizada See more »

Filming Locations:

Monzen, Japan See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,948
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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