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Cherry Blossoms & Demons


Ten years after the death of his parents Rudi (Elmar Wepper) and Trudi (Hannelore Elsner), youngest son Karl’s (Golo Euler) life is in ruins: he has lost his job, lives separated from his wife and child and can only appease his dark, inner demons with large amounts of alcohol. Karl no longer knows who he is. Suddenly, Yu (Aya Irizuki) pops up like a hallucination, amazing and shrouded in mystery. Yu appears like a sign from a past world and turns Karl’s life upside down. Karl very reluctantly accompanies her to his parents’ empty house in Bavaria – the memories of his parents and his own, difficult childhood are all too vivid. Why won’t Karl’s dead parents let him go? What demons are pursuing him? Yu’s Japanese origins mean she has experience with demons and ghosts. Supported by Yu, with whom he falls more and more in love, Karl fights against himself and his past – in order to do this he nearly dies and has to travel to Japan to find out if he is already a ghost himself or still alive after all.


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"Cherry Blossoms & Demons” is an intelligent, emotional and colourful film." STERN
"Film director Doris Dörrie keeps the spiritual connection between Germany and Japan going" FAZ
"(…) fulfilling drama about depression, loss and a ray of hope. Well done, Doris Dörrie!" BILD

About the director

Doris Dörrie (born in Hanover on 26 May 1955) is one of the most important and successful female filmmakers in Germany and international arthouse cinema. She has been represented at countless renowned festivals all over the world with her more than 30 feature films and documentaries. In 2002 she was invited to Venice Film Festival to take part in the Golden Lion competition with her film “NAKED”. In 2008 she competed for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival with her work “CHERRY BLOSSOMS – HANAMI”. The film was subsequently seen at movie theaters by more than 1 million cinemagoers in Germany alone. Another glittering highlight of her festival career was her appointment to the Feature Film Jury chaired by David Cronenberg in Cannes in 1999. Additionally, her films have also been shown at, among other places, internationally renowned film festivals in Toronto (“AM I BEAUTIFUL”), Rotterdam, Tallinn and Tokyo (“ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED”), Moscow and Rio (“THE WHOLE SHEBANG”), Palm Springs, Montreal, Goa, Havana (“CHERRY BLOSSOMS – HANAMI”), Cairo (“MEN”), Los Angeles, Warsaw and Seattle (“HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE”) as well as in Shanghai, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Guadalajara (“GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA”). Doris Dörrie herself and her films have received numerous awards (including the German Film Award and the Bavarian Film Award). Since 1997 Dörrie, who now lives in Munich, has also been a Professor of Creative Writing at the Munich University of Television and Film. In 2019, Doris Dörrie was invited to join the famous Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a screenwriter. Every year, the organisation decides on the most important film awards in the world, the Academy Awards (Oscars). In addition to her cinema work, Doris Dörrie is also an author of short stories, novels and childrens‘ books and an opera director. Her love of music theater has already taken her to the Berlin State Opera, the Salzburg Festival and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in the role of director.

Cast & crew



Golo Euler


Aya Irizuki


Felix Eitner


Floriane Daniel


Birgit Minichmayr


Sophie Rogall


Elmar Wepper


Hannelore Elsner

Yu's grandmother

Kiki Kirin



Doris Dörrie


Doris Dörrie


Anita Schneider, OLGA FILM GmbH
Viola Jäger, OLGA FILM GmbH


Redaktion BR: Carlos Gerstenhauer,
Harald Steinwender

In cooperation with ARTE

Redaktion BR/ARTE: Monika Lobkowicz
Redaktion ARTE: Barbara Häbe

Executive Producer

Ruth Stadler

Original music

Karsten Fundal


Frank Müller

Production Design

Debora Reischmann, Tony Crosbie

Costume Design

Tony Crosbie, Natascha Curtius-Noss


Hanno Lentz


Rainer Plabst

Production Details

Original title

Kirschblüten & Dämonen

English title

Cherry Blossoms & Demons

Country of production





German, English, Japanese

Running time

110 minutes

Picture format


Aspect ratio



Dolby 5.1

Frames per second

25 fps

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Vancouver International Film Festival

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Mill Valley Film Festival

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German Film Festival Singapore

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Kolkata International Film Festival