The Red Spot (2008)


The Red Spot (2008)
Der rote Punkt (original title)

A young Japanese student discovers a box of old photographs that leads her on a journey to Germany where she learns about her childhood. "The Red Dot" she finds on a map holds a special significance.
IMDb   6.3 /10
TheMovieDb    7.0 /10
FilmAffinity   4.5 /10
Director Marie Miyayama
Writer Marie Miyayama
Writer Christoph Tomkewitsch
Release Date2009-06-04
Runtime1h 22mins
Content Rating
Awards3 wins & 2 nominations.
CompanyChase Film Co., FGV Schmidle GmbH, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF)
CountryGermany, Japan
LanguageJapanese, German
Aki Onodera
Hans Kremer
Hans Kremer
Johannes Weber
Orlando Klaus
Orlando Klaus
Elias Weber
Erika Weber
Zora Thiessen
Zora Thiessen
Martina Weber
Shin'ya Ohwada
Shin'ya Ohwada
Akis Onkel (as Shin'ya Ôwada)
Yuu Saitô
Yuu Saitô
Toshihiro Yashiba
Toshihiro Yashiba
Akis Vater (as Yashiba Toshihiro)
Nahoko Fort-Nishigami
Nahoko Fort-Nishigami
Akis Mutter (as Nahoko Fort)

The Red Spot

The Red Spot (original German: Der Rote Punkt, original Japanese: 赤い点) is a German-Japanese film, marking the feature film debut of writer and director Marie Miyayama, who is the first Japanese student at the University of Television and Film Munich. The shooting took place in August and September 2007 in Allgaeu and in October 2007 in Tokyo.

Short Synopsis

The Japanese student Aki Onodera travels in her family’s tracks from Tokyo to Germany. In idyllic East Allgaeu she meets the Webers, who take her in as their guest. But soon, the situation of the family becomes turbulent by her appearance…

Long Synopsis

The young Japanese student Aki Onodera is haunted by dreams of long-lost memories from her early childhood. While she should really be concentrating on finding a job after her studies, instead she goes to her parents’ house and discovers an old package from a foreign land tucked away in a storage closet. An old camera containing film and a yellowed envelope with a letter and a map of a foreign country with a red spot marking a particular location seem to be the key to her dreams.

Despite her parents’ and boyfriend’s apprehension, she travels alone to Germany to look for this place. On her search in the idyllic East Allgaeu area, she goes to the local police station looking for help, where the 18-year-old Elias Weber is being questioned. When Elias’ father comes to the police station to pick him up, the policeman asks him to take the Japanese girl with them, as the place she is looking for is near their house.

Father and son drop Aki off near the edge of a forest and drive home. After dinner, Elias takes off with his sister to pick up his motorcycle from the police station and they run into the Japanese girl, who, drenched from the rain, is desperately looking for a place to stay for the night. They take her into town, and after not being able to find a hotel room, they take her back home with them and offer her their guest room.

The next day, Elias helps Aki look for the location on the map where the red mark is. According to Aki, there is supposed to be a memorial stone there for Aki’s biological family, who died at that spot 18 years ago. Later on that evening, Elias gets into a hefty argument with his father which then turns physical. Elias runs out of the house, followed by his father who already has a guilty conscience about hitting his son. Although it is not her intention, Aki’s presence and the search for the past seem to intensify the tension among the Weber family and finally lead to light being shed on family secret.

When Aki finally finds the spot she has been looking for, everyone involved must come to terms with the past in order to make way for a new beginning…


The script is based on real incident: Father, mother and daughter of the japanese family Tsuda were killed October 4, 1987 in a hit-and-run accident on Bundesstrasse 17, near the "Red Spot" shown on maps in the movie. Only the little son of the japanese family survived. The accident perpetrator fled the scene and was never found, the little boy grew up with japanese relatives. There is a memorial stone by the street where the accident once happened. The memorial stone shown in the film is a different stone, having the same text, but different dates and names on it.

Festival screenings

  • Montreal World Film Festival 2008
  • Hof International Film Festival 2008
  • Cairo International Film Festival 2008
  • International Film Festival of India at Goa 2008

External links

  • The Red Spot at IMDb
  • Official Site