THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM

Tsunami Earthquake Nuclear Japan Japanese Cherry Blossom Waste Land Lucy Walker Countdown to Zero

Film:  The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom  (津波そして桜)

Year:  2011

Director:  Lucy Walker

Venue:  BFI, London

Running time:  40 minutes

Cast:

The brave Japanese

Tsunami Earthquake Nuclear Japan Japanese Cherry Blossom Waste Land Lucy Walker BLINDSIGHT

Other Info: 

  • First Public Screening – Premiere
  • Shown as part of the BFI London Film Festival

Further Info: 

  • Plus… Lucy Walker in Conversation

Official Film Website

Facebook

@TsunamiBlossom

Tsunami Earthquake Nuclear Japan Japanese The Cherry Blossom Waste Land Lucy Walker Countdown to Zero
Film Festivals:
2012  Sundance Film Festival – Official Selection
2011  Toronto International Film Festival – Official Selection
2011  BFI London Film Festival
2011  Hamptons International Film Festival

Awards:

2012  Academy Awards – Documentary Short Subject – Nominee
 
 
Tsunami Earthquake Nuclear Japan Japanese Cherry Blossom Waste Land Lucy Walker DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND
 
On this evening two of my passions came together – my love of things Japanese and Cinematic Documentaries.

Unfortunately, the circumstances and subject matter are on the low side.

We fade in on a much talked about opening scene.  It’s one of destruction, the loss of homes, vehicles, belongings and worst of all, lives.  The Tsunami has hit this area.

Tsunami Earthquake Nuclear Japan Japanese Cherry Blossom ASIAN DOCUMENTARIES Lucy Walker

It’s March 11th 2011.  To many, this is a date best forgotten about or one to be for remembrance of those who perished in the latter quake-come-tsunami.

If the latter wasn’t enough the events had a dramatic and terrifying effect & impact on the local nuclear plant. Haven’t these folk suffered enough?  This is all a viewer can ask at this time.

Family, friends, homes and more have been lost. It’s witnessed in the peoples’ voices, tears, eyes and hearts. This tragic turn of events is going to take so long to be forgotten.  Although, if the truth be told, it will always be remembered, & unfortunately often.

Tsunami Earthquake Nuclear Japan Japanese Cherry Blossom DOGWOOF Lucy Walker

I was beginning to wonder how the title’s flower – Lucy Walker’s original intended study, story and documentary – would appear in this film.  How can we turn from traumatic occurrences to a plant of great beauty?

I can’t explain how but this transition does take place, engagingly, cinematically and therefore stylishly.

You see, the Cherry Blossom is known for it’s short life.  The Cherry Blossom’s Living and then Dying & then re-Living serves as a more than apt metaphor and comparison for those loved ones who’ve disappeared from ones’ sights.  On the subject of re-living, or at least re-appearing it’s worth noting that Ms Walker again has enlisted the help of her good friend Moby for the soundtrack to this picture [a fact made to the audience by Ms Walker after the film, whilst in conversation with a certain Jess Search – incidentally a long-time and old-days acquaintance of Lucy’s].

Tsunami Earthquake Nuclear Japan Japanese Cherry Blossom Waste Land Lucy Walker OSCAR BFI PREMIERE JESS SEARCH

From photos and memories being taken of this popular flower, to wishes of long life and ‘never again’ praises to the Glamorous & Glorious Gardener’s Gem of a favourite, we note it’s significance on many levels.

Ultimately, this almost wondrous cinematic document shows that nature springs both beauty and tragedy on us.

Tsunami Earthquake Nuclear Japan Japanese Cherry Blossom Waste Land Lucy Walker OSCAR BFI PREMIERE JESS SEARCH

Keep an eye out for Mini Mini’s interview with Lucy Walker, the director of this film and other ones. Check out those others if you can – essentially Countdown To Zero, Blindsight, Devil’s Playground & Waste Land.  The latter being another Oscar Nominated documentary but at the same time a title not to far from what we witness in The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom… An area of Japan which almost becomes a wasteland.

Lucy’s brief chat before the film and in conversation afterwards elaborated on both her experience in this film itself plus her career, along with clips from the various documentaries.

Tsunami Earthquake Nuclear Japan Japanese Cherry Blossom Waste Land Lucy Walker OSCAR BFI PREMIERE JESS SEARCH

So, you want a taster?

OK…

Find the following Mini Mini Movie (i.e. Trailer) & other Mini-er Movies at:

 http://www.youtube.com/miniminimovie

“Tiny Tiny Tsunami”

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