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Maihime (1989)

Young military doctor goes to study in 1880s Berlin and falls in love with a local dancer. Tragedy ensues.

Director:

Masahiro Shinoda

Writers:

Hans Borgelt, Ogai Mori (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hiromi Gô Hiromi Gô ... Oota Toyotaro
Lisa Wolf Lisa Wolf ... Ellis Weigelt
Brigitte Graham Brigitte Graham
Haruko Katô Haruko Katô ... Toyotaro's mother
Mareike Carrière ... Baroness Von Bülow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heidi Bachmann Heidi Bachmann
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Fritz Krüger
Christoph Eichhorn ... Von Meintheim
Brigitte Grothum ... Anna Weigelt
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Hofmarschall
Gregor Hansen Gregor Hansen ... Hannes Seeger
Daijirô Harada Daijirô Harada ... Meiji-Kaiser
Rolf Hoppe ... Robert Koch
Takuzô Kadono Takuzô Kadono ... Soejima Wasaboro
Silke Klan Silke Klan ... Emma
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Young military doctor goes to study in 1880s Berlin and falls in love with a local dancer. Tragedy ensues.

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Country:

Japan | West Germany

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dancer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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An alien in Berlin, as Sting might sing
5 September 2005 | by kraemerdenisSee all my reviews

"Maihime" is more or less the slightly "cleaned up" autobiography of the rather self-conscious but none the less famous Japanese writer Mori Ogai during his stay in Berlin around the turn the 19th to 20th century. While studying medicine with the best of German professors at the request of Emperor Meiji, he falls in love with a German ballet dancer. While the ending of the movie is bad enough (not from a cinematographic point of view), reality seems to have been even worse and the movie follows the autobiographer's trend in making him seem a victim of circumstance rather more than might perhaps have been appropriate. Nevertheless, it gives an interesting insight to a foreigner's life in Imperial Berlin (and back then it probably did not get any more foreign than being Japanese). Just beware that this movie was actually made in the then still existent German Democratic Republic and is therefore not free of some rather surprising (considering the original writings) references to class struggle as well as a slight anti-war tint, which probably never crossed Mori Ogai's mind either. Interesting to watch for all those interested in Second Reich Germany or Japanese Literature. Perhaps (but not necessarily) a tad boring for everybody else.


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