or


[07/05/12 - 09:32 AM]
Oscar(R) Nominee "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" Captures a Nation's Resilience in the Wake of Tragedy When it Debuts July 16, Exclusively on HBO
The film debuts immediately after the debut of the SXSW Film Festival hit "Birders: The Central Park Effect."

[via press release from HBO]

OSCAR(R) NOMINEE "THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM" CAPTURES A NATION'S RESILIENCE IN THE WAKE OF TRAGEDY WHEN IT DEBUTS JULY 16, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, leaving 15,372 people confirmed dead and 7,762 reported still missing. In the wake of the largest earthquake in the country's history, some people drew the courage to revive and rebuild from cherry-blossom season, which began within weeks of the tragedy.

Oscar(R)-nominated this year for Best Documentary Short Subject, THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM shows how nature can be a rejuvenating - as well as a destructive - force when it debuts MONDAY, JULY 16 (10:00-10:40 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Directed by Lucy Walker (the Oscar(R)-nominated documentary feature "Waste Land"), this poignant film debuts immediately after the debut of the SXSW Film Festival hit "Birders: The Central Park Effect," which offers a different look at how nature touches people.

Other HBO playdates: July 18 (12:15 p.m.), 24 (4:15 p.m.) and 28 (6:00 a.m., 3:15p.m.)

HBO2 playdate: July 18 (9:00 p.m.)

HBO Documentary Films presents another weekly series this summer, debuting provocative new specials every Monday through July 30. Other July films include: "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island" (July 9); "Birders: The Central Park Effect" (July 16); "Vito" (July 23); and "About Face: Supermodels Then and Now" (July 30).

THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM is a stunningvisual poem about the ephemeral nature of life, and the healing power of Japan's most beloved flower. The nation is transfixed by cherry blossom season, which runs from late March through April, with many people tracking the blossoms' short lifecycle and attending "hanami," or viewing parties, with family and friends.

Walker had originally planned to visit Japan to make a film about cherry-blossom season, but on March 11, 2011, while she was making final preparations for her trip, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck, triggering tsunami waves of up to 133 feet on Japan's northeastern coast. Initially unsure whether to continue, she flew to Tokyo with a small film crew and headed north to the Tohuku region, where she captured both the utter devastation and stoic resolve of survivors, many of whom had lost family members and friends.

THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM opens with harrowing home-video footage, shot from a hill, of a huge wave destroying the town below. A month later, a young woman stands on the same hill, remembering how she "watch[ed] people being consumed by the tsunami." An older man tells how he tried and failed to save his oldest friend, proclaiming, "I don't want a house. I don't want clothes. I don't want anything. I just want his life back."

Others tell their stories of survival, escaping in their slippers and seeing whole houses rush toward them on a wave of black water. One couple living at a community center returns to the ruins of their house, hoping to rebuild. Their town is within the 30km exclusion zone around the Fukushima power plant, and many people wear cotton masks as protection from radiation.

Amidst the despair in the days following the tsunami comes a glimmer of hope in "sakura" (cherry blossom), a harbinger of spring in Japan and a national symbol of renewal. One man explains how the cherry blossom reflects the Japanese character, saying, "Each flower is tiny, and you can't see one individually. But it's beautiful when you see lots of flowers together. Japanese people see themselves that way too."

Out of respect for the victims, many viewing parties were cancelled this year, but people still visit the blossoms and take pictures. A man who lost his house shows where new plant shoots have sprouted on the beach, commenting that if plants can hang in there, humans can too. A young woman looking at the cleanup and construction adds, "Every year that the trees bloom, they'll give us the courage to keep going."

In addition to its Oscar(R) nomination, THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM received the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival and BFI London.

For more information on the documentary, please visit: Facebook: facebook.com/hbodocs; and Twitter: @HBODocs #tsunamiblossom.

THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM was directed by Lucy Walker; executive producers, Tim Case and Charles V. Salice; producers, Kira Carstensen and Lucy Walker; director of photography, Aaron Phillips; editor, Aki Mizutani; music by Moby.





  [july 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[07/17/18 - 03:10 PM]
"New York's Funniest" Comedy Winner Julian McCullough to Host "Shark Week's" Live Late-Night Talk Show "Shark After Dark" with Appearances by "Bob the Shark"
Each night, McCullough will be joined by celebrity guests and shark experts alike to look back at some of the most fintastic highlights.

[07/17/18 - 10:01 AM]
Science Channel to Air "Robot Wars" - Robot Fighting Series Premieres August 8
The series aired for nine seasons from 1998-2004 before returning to BBC2 in 2016.

[07/17/18 - 10:00 AM]
OWN Expands the Network's Podcast Slate with "Oprah's Master Class"
A sneak preview of the podcast featuring actor and producer Dwayne Johnson is available today, July 17.

[07/17/18 - 09:51 AM]
Paramount Network Presents "I Am Paul Walker," Premiering Saturday, August 11
Walker's family opens up for the first time to share untold stories and never-before-seen family footage in the film.

[07/17/18 - 09:13 AM]
Adult Swim Festival Adds Mastodon, Neko Case, Flying Lotus, T-PAIN, and More
11 new musical headliners will be joining hip-hop powerhouse Run The Jewels for the first annual Adult Swim Festival in Downtown Los Angeles, October 6-7.

[07/17/18 - 09:04 AM]
Netflix Announces First Slate of Series and Films Based on the Stories of Mark Millar
"Jupiter's Legacy" and "American Jesus" are both on tap as TV series adaptations.

[07/17/18 - 08:10 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Bachelorette" Keeps ABC on Top
The Alphabet wins the night among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/17/18 - 07:29 AM]
Vanilla Ice Is Back on DIY Network with a New Season of "The Vanilla Ice Project" Premiering Aug. 11
The fresh 10 episodes star Vanilla Ice and his team of "construction ninjas" as they transform a derelict 1970s house into an ultra-modern, state-of-the-art home with over-the-top amenities.

[07/17/18 - 07:01 AM]
Nickelodeon and Paramount Players to Bring "Rugrats" Back for the Next Generation of Kids with an All-New TV Series and Feature Film
Original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return to the TV series as executive producers.

[07/17/18 - 06:30 AM]
The "61st Annual Grammy Awards(R)" Returns to Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, Live from the Staples Center on CBS
Nominations will be announced in all 84 categories on Wednesday, December 5.

[07/16/18 - 02:30 PM]
Paramount Network's "Yellowstone" Notches Series High Ratings
Paramount Network further spins the numbers for Wednesday, July 11.

[07/16/18 - 02:09 PM]
A Statement from Showtime Networks on "Who Is America?"
"Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that," said the pay channel.

[07/16/18 - 12:43 PM]
Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Laura Dreyfuss, Rahne Jones Join Ryan Murphy's "The Politician"
Murphy will serve as writer, showrunner and executive producer.

[07/16/18 - 12:30 PM]
Presenters and Attendees Announced for "The 2018 ESPYS Presented by Capital One," Hosted by Danica Patrick, July 18, on ABC
Chloe Kim, Adam Rippon, Nick Foles, Jennifer Garner, Jon Stewart, Chadwick Boseman and Allison Janney are among this year's attendees.

[07/16/18 - 11:31 AM]
Nick Cannon to Host "Teen Choice 2018"
Airing live from the Forum in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, August 12 on FOX, the choicest, star-studded, two-hour event will celebrate this year's top teen icons in television, music, film, sports, comedy and digital.