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Two brothers want to get their screwed-up lives together by going to Japan for a retreat in a Zen monastery. Enroute, their midlife crisis turns into a midnight crisis when they get lost in Tokyo's neon jungle and can't find the way back to their hotel. It's down and out in Asia's brave new world. With no papers, credit cards, directions, and with no Yen in their pockets, they wander through a kaleidoscopic alien environment where the simplest everyday things become major, often comical, challenges. They have to survive by their wits and certainly never expected the Zen concept of "leaving everything behind" to be like this.

Life in the monastery is an immersion of a more subtle kind. The mundane and the sublime - where does the one stop and the other start? What does cleaning the floor have to do with cleansing your heart? Still, the enigma of enlightenment keeps them going. But although it often seems just within their grasp, it continues to elude them. And yet, even if they don't fully realize it, at the very core ot their being, it's changing them ...
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Doris Dörrie
Screenplay Doris Dörrie
Cinematography Hans Karl Hu
Arne Sinnwell
Cast Gustav Peter Wöhler, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Heiner Lauterbach, Anica Dobra, Ulrike Kriener
Producer Franz Xaver Gernstl
Production Company Megaherz Film & Fernsehen/Munich
Runtime 108 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Hof 1999, Berlin 2000, Gothenburg 2000, Rotterdam 2000, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Tokyo 2007
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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