Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

DVD - 2009 | German
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Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. She decides not to tell him and convinces him to visit their family in Berlin. When Trudi dies suddenly, Rudi vows to make up for her lost life and takes his last journey to Tokyo in the midst of the cherry blossom festival.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Strand Releasing Home Entertainment, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD Cherry 7-DAY 2008
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 30, 2017

A gem. Enough already written praising this film.

Nov 11, 2014

I would definitely suggest watching this DVD. It's such a beautiful and touching movie about a loving older couple, Rudi and Trudi. Rudi feels that adventure isn't important and that home is home (for him) and that they don't have to travel to Japan to see Mt. Fuji. He says that mountains are all the same. It's a place though that Trudi has always wanted to go see. When Trudi dies unexpectedly, he has a change of heart and decides to go to visit his son in Tokyo, and while there, he goes through his time of grieving his beloved wife's death. It's such a special movie that I shall always remember.

Sep 03, 2013

I was made aware of this gem by xlibn 's Jul 30, 2013 review of "The Intouchables". Wow! what a moving story on the visceral love between a couple of empty nesters, mother and children, father and children of one traditional German family which was caught in the changing sea of modern times. The film also captured the essence of Butoh dance expression, mystic of Mt. Fuji and celebration of the cherry blossom festival, no less through the eyes of a homeless 18 year old orphan. As xlibn did, like to recommend the 2010 Korean film Poetry as another great foreign film.

Aug 08, 2013

Definitely a waste of 2 hours. Predictable and unrealistic in its conclusion, as well as in its character development. (The practical and stoic husband is not going to suddenly become sensitive and expressive. That would not be his manner of grieving.)
For me, the only positive element was in bringing to light the isolation and rejection of the elderly..
On a separate note, the subtitles occasionally cause confusion when several people are talking at once.

Feb 13, 2013

This was a wonderful surprise! Yes, the treatment of family is oh so real (read: typically dysfunctional)... and how the husband took on the spirit of his deceased wife by wearing her clothes is very touching & respectfully handled (and quite plausible).

Aug 21, 2012

One of the best films I've ever seen: a mystical and exhilerating love story. A bereaved husband, whose deceased wife studied Butoh dance, visits Japan to become spiritually reunited with his wife by finding out why she was so enraptured by the art form and the culture of Japan. A homeless 18 year old girl teaches him the dance and becomes his guide. Although his children are scandalized, the relationship between the two is completely wholesome. There are actually no sex scenes in the movie, unless you count the part of the movie before they meet, where Rudi gets lost in Tokyo and accidentally becomes mixed up with the wrong type of dancers. Towards the end of the film, he reaches his goal when he literally walks in her shoes, performing the steps and movements of Butoh himself. A surprisingly beautiful and happy ending.

Oct 21, 2011

Surreal and touching. I definitely believe that a man would take his wife's clothing halfway around the world to try and apologize and connect with his wife after her passing. Grief does unaccountable things to people and the way it is presented here is touching, creepy and inserted with the very real family that finds the older generation a burden.

Sep 20, 2011

This seemed to be about a real family. It felt like it could be anyone's family going through this same scenario, until the last third, which seemed a bit 'out there' for a typical father, but still plausible. German with English subtitles and a fair bit of English (last third). Some interesting Japanese dance form, and some powerful messages about how we live as families. This would make for a great discussion group.

Dec 13, 2010

Beautiful and very touching. A film about illness and death, but it's strangely comforting. A very neat perspective from Japanese culture as well.

Sep 04, 2010

i loved this film; slightly mystical; good look at family dynamics and ageing parents; wonderful photography; interesting experiences of some japanese culture and life style; sensitive consideration of the grieving process

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Sep 17, 2013

The music:

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Chinsagu No Hana (translated by Yuko Ishii) ----

chinsagu no hana ya chinsachi ni sumiti uya no yushi gututoya chimu ni sumire (red of balsam flower colour finger tips but parents words colour one's mind)

yoru harasu funiya nirufabushi miate wannacheru uyaya wando miate (sailing in the dark, one is in need of the starlight but old parents are in need of me)

ten no muribusiya yumiba yumarisiga, uya no yushigutoya, yumin naran (One can count the number of stars, but one cannot count parents love and wisdom)


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