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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.

Director:

Masanobu Deme

Writer:

Motomu Furuta
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Cast

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Ken Matsudaira ... Matsue
Bruno Ganz ... Kurt Heinrich
Hiroshi Abe ... Iko
Jun Kunimura ... Takagi
Oliver Bootz Oliver Bootz ... Carl Baum
Kostja Ullmann ... Hermann Lake
Suzuka Ohgo ... Shio
Shinobu Nakayama Shinobu Nakayama ... Matsu
Etsuko Ichihara Etsuko Ichihara ... Sue
Shirô Mifune Shirô Mifune ... Matsue's father
Hiroshi Katsuno Hiroshi Katsuno ... Shimada
Ren Osugi ... Kuroda (as Ren Ôsugi)
Eiji Bandô Eiji Bandô ... Nango
Shigeru Izumiya Shigeru Izumiya ... Tada
Mitsuru Hirata Mitsuru Hirata ... Umatsu
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Storyline

A number of German soldiers have been taken prisoner during World War I and are incarcerated in Japan. The camp and its commander, however, have opted to not mistreat the prisoners, which contributes to a more effective imprisonment and better atmosphere for both sides. The Germans are allowed recreation and perform Beethoven's Ode To Joy in Japan. Moreover, the Germans introduce a baking tradition to their captors, but the style of the bread does stop at the prison's gates. Written by aghaemi

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Genres:

Drama | History | Music | War

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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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | German

Release Date:

17 June 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ode to Joy See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,688,249
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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