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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.

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Credited cast:
... Marie
... Satomi
Nami Kamata ... Nami
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kurumi Aizawa ... Geisha (as Kurumi)
Moshe Cohen ... Moshe
Honsho Hasayaka ... Jushoku
Aya Irizuki ... Toshiko
Naomi Kamara
Thomas Lettow ... Jonas
Nanako ... Yuki
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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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French visa # 145802. See more »

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Marie: You're so elegant.
Satomi: You're an elephant.
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Impromptu # 3
Composed by Franz Schubert.
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beautiful cinematography, trite story
23 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

The plot of the movie is very straightforward and it is revealed from the lips of the protagonist in the very first minutes of the movie, so don't expect any suspense here. It is about a young German woman who goes to Japan in order to escape her grief, finding some sort of solace in repairing an old woman's hut in Fukushima. Fukushima is, of course, that city that was devastated by a Tsunami and a nuclear meltdown some years back. So, there you go, once again, for the umpteenth time, the same old heart-broken-person-finds-meaning-in-restoring-some-old-garbage narrative... I am sorry for being so negative, but I really expected a little more originality from the acclaimed director Doris Dörrie. What really saves the movie is the beautiful black-and-white cinematography, which is a humble nod to Tarkovsky's "Stalker" or perhaps to some of Bela Tarr's bleak pictures of the Hungarian puszta. This film is visually a gem, but the story provides one cliché after the other. So if you are to enjoy it, I would recommend ignoring the plot, turning a blind eye on the German protagonist's terrible acting, and soaking in the evocative imagery.


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