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Greetings from Fukushima (2016)

Grüsse aus Fukushima (original title)
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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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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$589,491
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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Marie: You're so elegant.
Satomi: You're an elephant.
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beautiful cinematography, trite story
23 March 2016 | by sh_bronsteinSee 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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