Yoko the Cherry Blossom


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The Main 5 Fri, Apr 22, 2016 2:00 PM
The Main 3 Mon, Apr 25, 2016 2:40 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Child (12 & Under):$7.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Regional Premiere
Festival Programs:- Asian Frontiers
- Best of Fest
True Story
Release Year:2015
Runtime:115 min
(with English subtitles)
Director:Gen Takahashi
Producer:Yayoi Machida
Masanori Aikawa
Cinematographer:Philip Harder
Screenwriter:Gen Takahashi
Editor:Yoshinori Ota
Composer:Benjamin Be'doussac
Principal Cast:Takashi Sasano
Koji Matoba
Maki Miyamoto
Yuki Kazamatsurid
Filmography:Court of Zeus ('13)
Goth ('08)


Director Gen Takahashi + Cinematographer Philip Harder Attending

In 1940, Masaaki Takaoka works as a teacher in the agricultural division at a youth training institute. Although Japan’s defeat seems immanent, all of Masaaki’s students are drafted in a futile last-ditch effort. In an attempt to give the young men some hope, he makes everyone promise that they will all meet again under the cherry blossoms upon their safe return. Consumed by sadness over the fate of his students, Masaaki devotes the next 30 years of his life to develop a new species of cherry blossoms that could thrive in any climate in remembrance of his students.

Director's Bio

gen takahashi, mspiffGen Takahashi started his filmmaking career in 1984. Since his directorial debut in 1991, Gen has directed a total of 12 feature films. These include Charon, the critically acclaimed Confessions of a Dog, GOTH (released in Canada and the UK), and Court of Zeus. His most recent Yoko the Cherry Blossom was released nationwide in Japan to rave reviews and has screened in multiple international film festivals.