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Grüsse aus Fukushima (2016)

A young German woman bonds with an elderly Japanese woman while touring the Fukushima region of Japan in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake.

Director:

Doris Dörrie

Writer:

Doris Dörrie (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rosalie Thomass ... Marie
Kaori Momoi ... Satomi
Nami Kamata Nami Kamata ... Nami
Moshe Cohen Moshe Cohen ... Moshe
Honsho Hasayaka Honsho Hasayaka ... Jushoku
Nanako Nanako ... Yuki
Aya Irizuki Aya Irizuki ... Toshiko
Thomas Lettow Thomas Lettow ... Jonas
Masa Kokubo ... Toshiko's husband
Kurumi Aizawa Kurumi Aizawa ... Geisha (as Kurumi)
Megumi Megumi ... Geisha
Tokuko Eguchi Tokuko Eguchi ... Old lady
Hosetsu Sato Hosetsu Sato ... Catman (as Housetsu Sato)
Tadashi Endo Tadashi Endo ... Butch dancer
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Storyline

Following a botched love story, Marie, a young German, lands in Fukushima, determined to change her life. But it is easier said than done. Marie indeed has difficulty in adapting not only to Japanese life but even more so to life in a martyred city. She ends up finding refuge with old Satomi, the last living geisha in town. The young woman even follows her to the house she was born in regardless of the fact that it lies within the forbidden contaminated zone. The cohabitation between the two women proves anything but easy, different as they are from each other. But little by little true friendship develops between them. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama

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Country:

Germany

Language:

English | German | Japanese

Release Date:

10 March 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Fukushima mon amour See more »

Filming Locations:

Fukushima Region, Japan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In order to not endanger the crew by filming in the area around the Fukushima disaster nuclear reactor, the director took measurements with a contamination meter; the film crew took dust samples and was counselled by radiation experts in Japan and Munich. See more »

Goofs

When Marie and Satomi are sleeping next to each other, Satomi takes a cup of salt behind her pillow, places it between their two beds and throws some salt around Marie to keep ghosts away. In the next shot, the cup of salt is again behind Satomi's pillow. See more »

Quotes

Marie: You're so elegant.
Satomi: You're an elephant.
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Soundtracks

Impromptu # 3
Composed by Franz Schubert.
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Occasionally awkward, just like real life is
21 October 2017 | by ligia-groza-16-892471See all my reviews

I liked the acting of Rosalie Thomass. And I can relate to her decision to venture to a faraway place in order to escape her messed up life. And the fact that she almost gave up, but decided at last moment to stay, to follow through. Kind of pivotal point in the character's life, suggesting that from now on she will take life seriously, she will show grit and not give in to easy temptations (like the one that ruined her almost marriage). Occasionally the character acts awkwardly (like bursting in tears, or not knowing how to sweep the floor). I think this is not unlike real life: people do behave awkwardly sometimes, or change their mind, or change their view of the world; all these apply to both main characters in the movie: the German young woman and the former geisha.


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