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The Red Spot (2008)

Der rote Punkt (original title)
A young Japanese student discovers a box of old photographs that leads her on a journey to Germany where she learns about her childhood. "The Red Dot" she finds on a map holds a special significance.

Director:

Marie Miyayama
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yuki Inomata Yuki Inomata ... Aki Onodera
Hans Kremer Hans Kremer ... Johannes Weber
Orlando Klaus Orlando Klaus ... Elias Weber
Imke Büchel Imke Büchel ... Erika Weber
Zora Thiessen Zora Thiessen ... Martina Weber
Mikiko Otonashi Mikiko Otonashi ... Akis Tante
Shin'ya Ohwada Shin'ya Ohwada ... Akis Onkel (as Shin'ya Ôwada)
Yuu Saitô Yuu Saitô ... Jun
Tôru Minegishi Tôru Minegishi ... Fotoladenbesitzer
Toshihiro Yashiba Toshihiro Yashiba ... Akis Vater (as Yashiba Toshihiro)
Nahoko Fort-Nishigami Nahoko Fort-Nishigami ... Akis Mutter (as Nahoko Fort)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathrin Anna Stahl Kathrin Anna Stahl ... Katrin
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A young Japanese student discovers a box of old photographs that leads her on a journey to Germany where she learns about her childhood. "The Red Dot" she finds on a map holds a special significance.

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

Germany | Japan

Language:

Japanese | German

Release Date:

4 June 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Spot See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A touching film about a young woman's search for her identity
25 July 2010 | by cathy_hotesSee all my reviews

I rarely post reviews of films on IMDb, but was moved to do so by escadamausgaby's unnecessarily scathing one-pont review of the film.

In contrast to his deeply negative impression, I found the film very beautiful & moving. Miyayama employed beautiful framing and use of light. The acting was very good.

Sure there were odd things like the Jack Wolfskin rucksack that were not explained, but this did not detract from the storytelling. It would have been pretty boring to include a scene of her buying a German brand rucksack because her Japanese bag got damaged en route just to satisfy a handful of pendants like escadamausgaby. To be sure, we were given hints ahead of time of in what way the story would unfold, but for me that only enhanced the emotional impact of the story.

For me Marie Miyayama was very successful at conveying the heart of her story - one certainly felt the sincerity of the director's intent. I look forward to seeing more films from Miyayama in the future.


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