Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

(Kirschbl├╝ten - Hanami)

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cherry Blossoms © Strand Releasing

Film · Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination
Saturday, November 9, 4:30 PM

The third film partially shot in Japan by German director Doris Dörrie (whose interest in Japanese culture began with a visit to the 1985 Tokyo International Film Festival), this profoundly moving drama takes inspiration from Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story (1953) and adds a cross-cultural twist. An elderly couple, Rudi and Trudi (Elmar Wepper and Hannelore Elsner), travel from the Bavarian countryside to Berlin to visit their children, only to be greeted as inconveniences upon arrival. When tragedy befalls Trudi, a grief-stricken Rudi travels to Japan, a country that his wife longed to visit but never could, and meets a young butoh dancer (Aya Irizuki) who helps him tap into Trudi’s lifelong love for the Japanese dance form.

2008, Germany, 124 min., DCP, in English and German and Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Doris Dörrie. With Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki, Maximillian Brückner.

“A tender tale of cultural crossings and a double portrait of grief.”
The New York Times

Part of Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination

Tickets: $14/$11 seniors, students & persons with disabilities/$10 members

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