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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

German visa # 157122 delivered on 13-1-2016. 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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Missing is Living With Ghosts
2 February 2018 | by avblue2-244-816001See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the movie even though i went to see it without knowing what it was about. its art house - if you find black and white movies, experimental aspects (like e.g. when feelings are actually visualized or personified) and the odd feeling of art movies in general annoying and pretentious, you probably wont like this one.

if you do enjoy art cinema, you might appreciate this movie. i was skeptical, but i like the feeling, you dont notice the black and white visuals consciously, feelings are well transported, and i love the languages used. its a german movie, the protagonist is and speaks german, the movie is set in fukushima, japan, so people around her speak mostly and often exclusively japanese, and the communication the viewer understands is in broken english. it feels real. the protagonist is quite german, in an authentic way. i loved the movie in the end, i love movies and this is one of my favourites, a tattooed myself a line from the movie. the friends i have watched it with who are hesitant about artsy movies did enjoy themselves definitely.


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