A touching and moving film from director Dorrie that grasps the bond of marriage and traces the journey of a man who after her death realizes he kept her from realizing her dreams and thus travels to Japan to achieve them somewhat before reuniting with her. Splendid performance by Elmar Wepper anchors the muted emotions lying underneath and brings the script to life. Perhaps Dorrie's best.
A recent German widower travels to Japan to fulfill some of his wives unrealized dreams. In the process, he becomes closer to the woman he realizes he did not know very well. Kind of a homage to Ozu, though not really anywhere near his league. Still, this is a rewarding film with some really wonderful, subtle characters and a fair number of pleasing plot surprises.
3.75 Not without flaws and some improbably plot points but the accuracy of the family dynamics and the touching nature of the ideas that it explores makes this worth a viewing if you appreciate contemplative cinema. Ozu comparisons might be overstating it but it remains a good film despite it's rather unappealing look (being shot on video - such a shame for such beautiful locations) and generally poor camera work.
The first ten minutes of Up but if it kept to the harsh truths of reality, without balloons or a boyscout or a talking dog. Intensely reflective, poignant and tragically whimsical in its search for hope and lost hearts in an uncertain future and a land without letters. Wonderful.
The movie is not "unconventional" or "deep" as many have reviewed. It is a bad combination of Tokyo Story (Ozu 1953), Ikiru (Kuros4awa 1952) and Lost in Translation (Coppola 2003) and some weird taste of the director on contemporary Japanese/ Tokyo culture. This is the first disappointment in Mubi selection I've seen so far. Sorry guys!
A beautiful, beautiful film... It's filled with melancholy, loneliness we often face at some point in our lives. It deals with the paradoxes of our lives and conflicting nature of it. This film has a serious tone, and while some situations are tragic, there are also great and lifelike tragicomical moments mainly when the main character gets lost in Tokyo :) Definitely amazing film!
A remarkable film. One where MUBI's now legendary technical glitches add to the film (a couple of freezes which seemed like planned moments of stillness). The film isn't easy to sum up without spoiling its effect but it feels like a film of two parts and they complement one another perfectly. It's about life and death and all in between.
Cherry Blossoms is barely a story of grief which does not go deep enough... & not much more. Dorrie does not explore this grief or venture herself further than the obvious shallow emotions perceived by a bystander. These other subplots, perhaps a take on growing old, growing apart from a world you once knew, growing distant from the kids they were once part of you, are here perhaps too chillingly German to relate to.
I sensed very sentimental criticism about individualism in modern european culture. Even a husband is indifferent to his wife and a child to his parents. The sequences in Japan emphasise the contrast between two cultures over two caring japanese characters, a dancer and a homeless. Besides, it's worth watching for its Ozu references.