Cherry Blossoms
Rating: Year:2008
Cast:Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki Length:2h 7m
Director: Doris Dörrie Country:Germany
Writers: Doris Dörrie Genre:Drama
Synopsis: After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.
Rating:
Cast:Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki
Director: Doris Dörrie
Writers: Doris Dörrie
Year:2008
Length:2h 7m
Country:Germany
Genre:Drama
Synopsis: After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.

This is really two movies in one. The first centers on Rudi and Trudi a couple living in Germany. She finds out that Rudi has a terminal illness. Rather than tell him this, she decides to spend time with him. They visit their adult children and they go to their favorite vacation spot on the sea. Suddenly Trudi dies.

In attempting to deal with his wife's death, Rudi begins to discover a part of her he never knew. This leads him to cash in all of their money and travel to Japan, a secret dream of Trudi's. This is the second movie. Trudi had been interested in Butoh, a form of Japanese dance theatre, and Rudi meets up with a Butoh dancer named Yu. Together they attempt to fulfill Trudi's dream.

This is a gorgeous and touching movie. Although parts of it are emotionally hard, the culmination of Rudi's journey is simply beautiful. One problem we had with the video though is we always use subtitles, even with movies in English, as one of us is hard of hearing. In this movie the first half is in German, with subtitles, the second half takes place in Japan, with subtitles, but when Rudi and Yu get together, they only share English and for some reason there are no subtitles for the English dialog.