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A Tree of Palme (2002)

Akiko Hiramatsu , Megumi Toyoguchi , Takashi Nakamura  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Akiko Hiramatsu, Megumi Toyoguchi, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Yurika Hino, Kappei Yamaguchi
  • Directors: Takashi Nakamura
  • Writers: Takashi Nakamura
  • Producers: John Ledford, Mark Williams, Taro Maki
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007D4M9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Tree of Palme" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making of "A Tree of Palme" - A behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Character, mechanical, and prop design sketches
  • 5 key sequence animates
  • original japanese promos and trailers

Editorial Reviews

The feature Tree of Palme (2001) was reportedly a pet project of writer-director Takashi Nakamura, who has worked with both Katsuhiro Otomo and Hayao Miyazaki. The plot borrows liberally from Pinocchio, Robot Carnival, Akira et al. Palme, a puppet created by a scientist to aid his wife, has hung mutely from a tree since her death. But he reawakens when he receives the mysterious Egg of Touto from a woman, who tells him to take it to Tama. En route, Palme meets a band of street urchins and Popo, a mistreated girl. As they search for the way to Tama, the story loses what little coherence it ever offered. Characters appear, disappear, and change sides for no reason, and at 136 minutes, the film is a half-hour too long. Tree of Palme offers some striking visuals, but it’s the cinematic equivalent of a trackless swamp. (Unrated, suitable for ages 12 and older: violence, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

A dark Pinocchio tale with a science/fantasy robotic twist! Palme, a puppet, is created to care for the dying wife of his master. After her death, Palme ceases to function until a mysterious woman, who is being followed, appears asking for help in delivering a precious package. This is Palme's first step in his long and incredible journey to becoming a real boy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a film, a eternally misunderstood masterpiece. December 28, 2005
A tree of palme is a beutiful animated film loosely based upon the ever iconic Pinnochio. That is not to say this is a retelling of that story, it is a film based on the CONCEPT of Pinnochio rather than the NARRATIVE, those who were angered or confused by the fact that the filom has little to nothing to do with the fairy tale are just missing the point.

A Tree of Palme is the story about one puppets (Palmes') quest to become human. And as a side note to ANYONE claiming that this is not his(Palme's) original intent, his pseudo father says upon reactivating him that he called the Fairy Xian and chased the giant fish because he was searching for a purpose, all he wants to be is human, he merely does not relize that it is the very longing to be human that makes him human.

The film is lovingly crafted and full of wierd alien landscapes designed soley to evoke wonder and curiosity.

It is also a tragic film, full of hardship and horrible hapenstance, one can not help but shed a figuritive tear at the horrors Palme and his friends both face and become.

It is constantly criticized for not having a "Cohesive narritive" or being "over developed but under realized" the naysayers that claim this are mistaken and again, are missing the point.

A tree of Palme is a allegory as well as a fairy tale. Not Everything is supposed to make absolute sense. Why doesn't anybody criticize Miyazaki (the director of the animated films Spirited Away,Howl's Moving Castle, and Princess Mononokee) for the same reasons? His works are just as (if not more surreal)than A tree of Palme yet are never criticized as such.
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4.0 out of 5 stars talk about underrated August 3, 2013
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The few reviews that I had read about A Tree of Palme had mentioned that there was some problems with the flow and the pacing of the story. The pace was even a complaint listed in the Anime Encyclopedia about the film. Do not let these reviews scare you away from this film. The pace is fine and any slow parts appear to be part of the creative direction and are not due to negligence.

The film falls between a post apocalyptic telling of Pinocchio and the anime film Metropolis. Sure that maybe a wide range in between the two, but if you liked Metropolis then you will find Tree of Plame worth the watch. If you like to see wide ranging destruction in your anime this one has a bit of that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect import, a perfect release. July 12, 2012
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This is not going to be a review of the movie. IMDB exists for that purpose; go there for that. This is a technical review of the medium the movie is presented on.

THIS IS HOW YOU RELEASE A FOREIGN FILM. Beautifully transferred, the original aspect ratio of the work is preserved and presented in anamorphic widescreen. The image quality is perfect, color, sharpness, and such. Both the original and English audio tracks are included, and the subtitles are masterfully done and timed (and they're yellow; I LOVE yellow subs!). In addition to the movie, you get all the extras they could get. There is the (must-include) "making of" featurette, which includes the director/writer interview, some history behind the project, and footage from film festivals during the International premiere. There are art galleries and some storyboards. NICE.

The only flaw of this release is the kind of ads they play before jumping to the main menu; COMPLETELY OUT-OF-PLACE and really distracting. But those are not the part of the feature, and can be skipped (must be, always).

All in all, if you want to get this movie, be prepared for a perfect deal, for everything about this release is right (if you ignore the ads of course).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tree of Enjoyment May 29, 2011
By C. Nunn
When I picked up Tree of Palme to watch, I honestly didn't know what to expect. I also didn't notice that the story was supposed to be Pinocchio with a twist either. To put it simply, the summary drew me in and I found myself wanting to watch it for the sake of watching it. So, I didn't come into the movie with any expectations.

When the movie starts off, it comes across as slightly confusing and in the long run, there are bits that you wish could have been expanded upon. Thing is, the confusion is cleared up not long into the film and some of the things that aren't expanded upon were for time sake. There are also a few brash jumps, but over all, the film is enjoyable.

Something to keep in mind about this film is the fact that it the world it takes place in is not a realistic one, but in fact very surreal, something that will not appeal to the tastes of everyone who may pick this up. That said, the things that don't occur in reality are still believable, something that is very important for the viewer.

The characters were what I liked best. They had lovable personalities that make the viewer fall in love with them. The characters also aren't perfect, they have individual flaws to them that help to round out each one to be very unique. Well, Mu and Pu are very similar to each other, but then there is an obvious reason for that.

At the end, I was left wanting more about the characters, but knew with the way the story ended, I'll be unlikely to end up with sequel to the movie. Also, parents should be for warned that the theme of the movie is on the dark side and death is talked about from the very beginning of the movie. The whole thing is likable, not to mention enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This Japanese Animated tale is a beautiful fantasy that will transport the viewer to a completely original world of creativity-unbounded. Read more
Published on February 6, 2011 by Anton
4.0 out of 5 stars i liked it!!!
i love anime and twists on old stories/fairy tales. the main character is very lovable in his innocence and i thought the animation was very well done and beautiful.
Published on June 29, 2010 by cherry
3.0 out of 5 stars A strange mix of sci fi and fantasy quest
A fable of a Pinocchio sort of a reborn as a sci fi animation
with some very good art. The gas bag type of plants that float in the air and the clouds are all done very... Read more
Published on January 12, 2009 by Roger Bagula
4.0 out of 5 stars I ONLY WANT TO BE "HUMAN"...TO BE "ALIVE"
A journey of soul seeking for a robot with dreams of becoming human.
This is a film created, directed and written by Takashi Nakamura. Read more
Published on August 13, 2008 by Dennis A. Amith (kndy)
2.0 out of 5 stars not all it's cracked up to be
Ok, i'll make this short and sweet. If you like twisted tales then you'll love it! I mean really bizarre, strange music, so-so drawn anime characters, and truly strange and... Read more
Published on October 20, 2007 by I. A. Goulet
3.0 out of 5 stars Akiko Hiramatsu has got nothing on Hayao Miyazaki
The animation was good, the imagery was good, although not totally original, however the movie is too long, boring, confusing, and over the top dramatic. Read more
Published on January 22, 2006 by Ronnie Clay
3.0 out of 5 stars Any fan of twisted takes on children's tales apply below:
There is a scene in this film where a character climbs the tentacles of a massive floating jelly fish and, after splitting its juicy insides, he reappears at the top and detaches... Read more
Published on April 18, 2005 by GuineaPunk
5.0 out of 5 stars Pinnochio...AS IF!!!!!
Tree of Palme, was and excellent anime, and i cant pretend like it didnt just hike its way to my top ten of anime in the first watch of the film, BECAUSE IT DID. Read more
Published on April 1, 2005 by C. McNeill
4.0 out of 5 stars Echoes of Pinocchio
I can't pretend to know too much about Anime -- or even this film, for that matter. However, "Tree of Palme" is a beautiful, confounding, work of art. Read more
Published on January 30, 2005 by R. Jurosik
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