Cherry Blossoms (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Cherry Blossoms (2008)
  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 2,773 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 6 March 2008 (Germany)
  • Runtime: Argentina:127 min | Germany:127 min
  • Filming Location: Allgäu, Bavaria, Germany
  • Gross: $6,245,400(Germany)(27 April 2008)
  • Director: Doris Dörrie
  • Stars: Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner and Aya Irizuki
  • Original Music By: Claus Bantzer   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Japan | Estranged Family Member | Estranged Father | Cherry Blossom | Pubic Hair

Writing Credits By:

  • Doris Dörrie (screenplay)

Known Trivia

    Plot: When Trudi learns that her husband Rudi is dangerously ill, she suggests visiting their children in Berlin without telling him the truth… See more »  »

    Story: 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  


    Synopsis: Trudi and Rudi Meier Anger live in a small Bavarian village. Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is dangerously ill. The doctor suggests a final joint enterprise, something the two have probably done some time, but never did. Trudi decides to keep the disease secret and to follow the advice. She convinces Rudi to visit their children and grandchildren in Berlin. But there arrive, they find them, that their children are busy with their own lives too, in order to take care of the parents.

    You then decide to which Baltic Sea to drive. There, Trudi dies unexpectedly. Rudi is thrown completely off track and do not know how to proceed. When he was still the friend of his daughter learns that Trudi the life that she really wanted to live, have obviously sacrificed out of love him, he sees his dead wife with new eyes.

    Rudy tries to make up for lost time Trudi’s life. Since her secret obsession Japan and the Japanese modern dance Butoh was, Rudi traveled to his son after Tokyo. This is soon overwhelmed by the situation, and wishes his father away again. Since Rudy is learning in a park, in the Cherry Blossom is to know a young Japanese woman named Yu, who strikes him, because it hands daily Butoh dances. Yu lives in a tent, has lost her mother only a year ago, Rudy’s situation can well understand, and helps him to find in the city cope. understand, despite their language problems, and despite the great cultural differences, the two soon became very good.

    As Trudi has always talked about how much they like once the sacred mountain Fuji would have seen Rudi persuaded his new companion, travel together with him there. The hill is so "shy", that he constantly hides behind clouds. So the two relate a hotel room on a lake and wait for days for better weather. Rudy’s health is deteriorating. When he awoke one night restless and goes to the door, it welcomes the mighty Fuji, the bright moon light lit. Rudy puts on the clothes of his wife, paints his face like a Japanese dancer and the lake begins to imitate the slow movements of Butoh. In a recent vision appears to him his dead wife, takes him by the hand, and both unite to form the common dance before the majestic backdrop of mountains and water. – When Yu sees the next morning Rudis empty bed, looking for him, she finally found him dead on the shore of the lake. In his luggage there is a packet ("For You, Yu"), left in the Rudi her his life savings.

    Two contrasting scenes decide the film: first, the cremation Rudis, balance in which his son and Yu in a solemn ceremony, the remaining in the ashes of bones with chopsticks in a Japanese box, the other which remains characterized by complete lack of understanding table talk of his children, the indignant at the grumpy father and his scandalous weakness for Trudi’s dresses.

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    Produced By:

    • David Groenewold known as executive producer
    • Harald Kügler known as producer
    • Bettina Reitz known as producer: BR
    • Molly von Fürstenberg known as producer
    • Hubert von Spreti known as producer: BR
    • Patrick Zorer known as associate producer
    • Patrick Zorer known as executive producer
    • Patrick Zorer known as line producer

    FullCast & Crew:

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

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Evelyn Döhring known as makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Stefan Balzer known as property master


    Production Companies:

    • Olga Film GmbH
    • Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (co-production)
    • ARD Degeto Film (co-production)
    • Arte (in association with)

    Other Companies:

    • ARRI Sound  sound re-recording
    • Deutsche Filmförderfonds (DFFF)  funding
    • FilmFernsehFonds Bayern  funding
    • Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA)  funding
    • Filmton Service Hinderks GmbH  sound equipment
    • Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg  funding


    • Against Gravity (2008) (Poland) (all media)
    • Alfa Films (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
    • Alliance Lumiere (2008) (India) (all media)
    • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2008) (Switzerland) (all media)
    • Cine Colombia (2008) (Colombia) (all media)
    • Cine Video y TV (2008) (Mexico) (video) (TV)
    • Cinemax (2009) (Hungary) (TV)
    • Cinemien (2008) (Belgium) (all media)
    • Cinemien (2008) (Luxembourg) (all media)
    • Cinemien (2008) (Netherlands) (all media)
    • Dogwoof Pictures (2008) (UK) (all media)
    • EDKO Film (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
    • Feelgood Entertainment (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
    • Fidalgo (2008) (Norway) (all media)
    • Filmes da Mostra (2008) (Brazil) (all media)
    • HBO Latin America (2008) (Chile) (TV)
    • Home Box Office Latin America (HBO) (2008) (Brazil) (TV)
    • Homescreen (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • JinJin Pictures (2008) (South Korea) (all media)
    • Jour2Fête (2008) (France) (all media)
    • MGM Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Majestic-Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (all media)
    • Maywin Media (2008) (Russia) (all media)
    • Mongrel Media (2008) (Canada) (all media)
    • Mongrel Media (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
    • PCV (2008) (Greece) (all media)
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
    • Strand Releasing (2008) (USA) (all media)
    • Swallow Wings (2008) (Taiwan) (all media)
    • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
    • Wanda Distribución Cinematográfica de Films S.A. (2008) (Spain) (all media)

    ..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

    • David Laubsch known as digital compositor
    • Stefan Tischner known as digital compositor
    • Tobias Wiesner known as digital compositor: ARRI Digital Film

    Release Date:

    • Germany 11 February 2008 (Berlin International Film Festival)
    • Germany 6 March 2008
    • Switzerland 27 March 2008 (German speaking region)
    • Austria 11 April 2008
    • Norway 9 May 2008
    • USA 13 June 2008 (Seattle International Film Festival)
    • Taiwan 4 July 2008
    • Canada 24 August 2008 (World Film Festival)
    • France 10 September 2008
    • Argentina 12 September 2008 (German Film Festival)
    • Greece 27 September 2008 (Athens Film Festival)
    • USA 27 September 2008 (Los Angeles, California)
    • Belgium 1 October 2008
    • Czech Republic 2 October 2008 (German Language Film Festival)
    • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
    • USA 18 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
    • Spain 26 October 2008 (Valladolid Film Festival)
    • Japan 1 November 2008 (Deutsche Filmfestival in Tokyo)
    • Greece 27 November 2008
    • Mexico 27 November 2008 (limited)
    • Netherlands 4 December 2008
    • Indonesia 5 December 2008 (Jakarta International Film Festival)
    • USA 16 January 2009 (New York City, New York)
    • Poland 30 January 2009
    • UK 14 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
    • Hungary 15 February 2009 (TV premiere)
    • South Korea 19 February 2009
    • Spain 6 March 2009
    • Argentina 11 March 2009 (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)
    • USA 21 March 2009 (Cleveland International Film Festival)
    • UK 3 April 2009
    • Turkey 4 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
    • USA 4 April 2009 (Wisconsin Film Festival)
    • Mexico 17 April 2009
    • Czech Republic 22 April 2009 (European Union Film Festival)
    • UK 16 May 2009 (International Buddhist Film Festival)
    • Russia 11 June 2009 (limited)
    • USA 16 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Denmark 21 August 2009
    • Argentina 17 September 2009
    • Brazil 25 December 2009
    • Israel 18 February 2010
    • Israel 18 February 2010
    • Japan 2 June 2010 (EU Film Days)
    • Japan 9 September 2011 (Aichi International Women's Film Festival)


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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