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Cherry Blossoms (2008)

Kirschblüten - Hanami (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 6 March 2008 (Germany)
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After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.

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Doris Dörrie

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Doris Dörrie (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Elmar Wepper Elmar Wepper ... Rudi Angermeier
Hannelore Elsner ... Trudi Angermeier
Aya Irizuki Aya Irizuki ... Yu
Maximilian Brückner ... Karl Angermeier
Nadja Uhl ... Franzi
Birgit Minichmayr ... Karolin Angermeier
Felix Eitner Felix Eitner ... Klaus Angermeier
Floriane Daniel ... Emma Angermeier
Celine Tanneberger Celine Tanneberger ... Celine Angermeier
Robert Döhlert Robert Döhlert ... Robert Angermeier
Tadashi Endo Tadashi Endo ... Butoh Dancer
Sarah Camp Sarah Camp ... Butcher
Gerhard Wittmann Gerhard Wittmann ... Doctor #1
Veith von Fürstenberg Veith von Fürstenberg ... Doctor #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Hess Walter Hess ... Pfarrer
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Storyline

When Trudi learns that her husband Rudi is dangerously ill, she suggests visiting their children in Berlin without telling him the truth. As Franzi and Karl don't care much about their parents, Trudi and Rudi go to the Baltic Sea, where Trudi suddenly dies. Rudi is thrown out of gear, even more when he learns that his wife wanted to live a totally different life in Japan... Written by fippi2000

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Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Japanese

Release Date:

6 March 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Las flores del cerezo See more »

Filming Locations:

Allgäu, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,322, 18 January 2009

Gross USA:

$104,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,861,658
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer. See more »

Quotes

Karolin Angermeier: Your cue, mama.
Klaus Angermeier: Go on, mama.
Karolin Angermeier: Mama, please, 'The Mayfly'. Come one, mama. For us.
Trudi Angermeier: 'Stop! What you're doing is murder!'
Klaus Angermeier: 'Such cruelty is not a must... '
Trudi Angermeier: 'The Mayfly has but one short day... '
Karolin Angermeier: 'One single day of pain, one single day of lust... '
[chuckles]
Rudi Angermeier: 'Oh, let it hover there, until it meets it's end. It's heavens last forever. It's life one day to make amends.' Right, mama?
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Connections

Version of Tokyo Story (1953) See more »

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Airs A Faire Fuir - II. Modestement (Pieces Froides)
by Reinbert De Leeuw
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A Beautiful And Delicate Poem About Mourning
21 October 2009 | by kennethd-3See all my reviews

I will not say 'Cherry Bloosoms' perfectly flawless. The first half of the movie is a bit too plain, beautiful though. It is easy for audience to find traces of 'Tokyo Story' (Ozu's 1953 work) in the film. The filmmaker attempted a large amount of 'pillow shot'. Audience may feel like she was trying to replicate what Ozu did. It may not be a bad idea,especially young generation nowadays has not even spent a minute on watching old films like Ozu's work. But to me, 'Tokyo Story' is too perfect, and the movie I am talking now is not anywhere near it in the case when both of them are critiquing the relationship between parents and grown-up children.

Yet I did experience a sublime journey throughout the course of this beautiful film. What really moved me is the second half of the movie- its delicate description on 'mourning', on how a man copes with the mourning with all kinds of valuable memories of the dead. Beyond doubt the filmmaker did a great work on conveying the feeling of loss. The character'Yu' is impressive enough I still thought of her face that night after watching the movie. She is not the kind of girl with a beautiful face. We the audiences know nearly nothing about the character, but she really hit my heart in a deep way. She is lonely and sad, easily grabs the heart of audiences.Thanks to the soundtrack also. The film is soft, slow, sad, but at the same time it taught me a lesson. To treasure every single person besides me, and to pursue what really matters to me, as can life be ever predicted.


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