Fairy, Einstein and the Cherry Tree

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Fairy, Einstein and the Cherry Tree

Original title: Fairy, Einstein and the Cherry Tree

Directed by: Haruo Inoue

Produced by: Mitsuhiro Nakamura (Japan), Makoto Sugano (Japan)

Country of production: Japan, Kyoto/Hiroshima

Runtime: 50', 90'

Expected release: September, 2023

Production stage: In production

Budget: $262,000 USD (35% secured)

1st feature: No

Looking for: Sales agents, international distributors, Co-producers, strategic guidance, investors, funders


Sano Toemon, 93 years of age, is a worldwide celebrated cherry blossom expert. Sano – who listens to the “voices” of his beloved cherry trees – has lived through as many experiences as the thousands of trees he cared for but never talked about these. However, he realizes that soon – like the weathered leaning cherry tree he might not be able to save – his juices of life will stop flowing, and his memories will wither away like fallen blossoms. So his grand-granddaughter visits him and, in an intimate conversation, gently rakes together the life lessons he now wants to share with the audience.

Director’s profile:

Inoue Haruo’s film The Reality Behind What We See was selected for competition at 19 international film festivals and won 10 awards including the Best Director Award and Grand Prix. He recently finished a documentary film, Vertigo, in memory of the late poet Jonas Mekas, who was considered the father of American avant-garde art cinema.

Producers’s profile:

Nakamura Mitsuhiro spent his school days in Kyoto and worked as a math teacher at a cram school before entering the TV production business. He has also worked for many years on programs introducing the history, culture, and tourist information of Kyoto and Nara, and has made it his life’s work to make use of his knowledge and connections. Co-Producer, Sugano Makoto has been working as a TV program director on art and science documentaries since 2005. In 2017, he also internationally co-produced a documentary of the first female surfer in Bangladesh. He also plays a role as a committee member of Tokyo Docs, the Japanese largest industry event for docs.