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)





[01/19/17 - 02:15 PM]
History's "Six" Opens Strong with 2.6 Million Total Viewers
History spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 18.

[01/19/17 - 01:18 PM]
Amazon Original Series "Sneaky Pete" Renewed for Season Two
The series was the second most streamed original scripted series on an opening day, behind "The Man in the High Castle."

[01/19/17 - 12:29 PM]
Catch Up with Past MVPs in "Puppy Bowl: Where Are They Now?" New Date - Friday, January 27
The one-hour special was previously slated to air tomorrow night on the cable channel.

[01/19/17 - 11:52 AM]
Food Network Orders Seconds of "Ginormous Food"
The series features comedian and food fanatic Josh Denny as he travels the country tasting the greatest and biggest dishes, while learning about the amazing stories and people behind them.

[01/19/17 - 11:46 AM]
A&E Network's Emmy-Nominated Series "Cold Case Files" Gets a Reboot Narrated by Danny Glover
The return of "Cold Case Files" will explore compelling new cases that have gone cold for years and chronicle the journeys of the detectives who reopened them.

[01/19/17 - 11:02 AM]
New Series "Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within" to Debut on CW Seed on Thursday, Feb. 2
The finale will premiere as a one-hour broadcast special event on The CW, Tuesday, February 14.

[01/19/17 - 10:42 AM]
Discovery's New Survival Series "The Wheel" Delivers Cable's Best Friday Launch Since 2015
Discovery further spins the numbers for Friday, January 13.

[01/19/17 - 10:01 AM]
Aspiring Gladiators Are Put to the Test in New Six-Part Digital Series "Scandal: Gladiator Wanted"
In the series, Huck (Guillermo Diaz), Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.) are tasked with finding an intern for Olivia Pope & Associates.

[01/19/17 - 09:31 AM]
Oscar(R)-Nominated Actor Stephen Rea and Emmy(R)-Award Winner Richard Schiff Cast as Guest Stars in Starz Spy Thriller "Counterpart" from MRC, Gilbert Films and Anonymous Content
J.K. Simmons stars as a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency, who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension.

[01/19/17 - 08:51 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Speechless" Tops Tight Demo Race for ABC
ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC all finish within a tenth of each other among adults 18-49.

[01/19/17 - 08:30 AM]
Jane Lynch Cast as Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in Discovery's Highly-Anticipated Scripted Series "Manifesto"
The series will tell the story of how FBI agent Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), also known as the "Unabomber."

[01/19/17 - 08:27 AM]
MTV Brings the Laughs with All-New "Ridiculousness Fridays" Block Live with Rob Dyrdek Beginning January 20 at 8:00 PM ET/PT
Every Friday night MTV will air two all-new episodes of "Ridiculousness" during which, Rob and friends will be live in studio.

[01/19/17 - 08:01 AM]
On April 14, The World Meets Sandy Wexler, A Hollywood Icon
Adam Sandler stars in the Netflix original, about a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s who diligently represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business.

[01/19/17 - 06:49 AM]
Video: Netflix Releases First Clip from Casting JonBenet
Directed by Kitty Green, Casting JonBenet will have its world premiere on Sunday, January 22 at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

[01/19/17 - 06:30 AM]
CBS Announces "Grammy(R) Red Carpet Live," An Entertainment Special Hosted by "ET's" Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier, to Be Broadcast Live Feb. 12 on CBS
Previously announced performers include John Legend, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.