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Nevertheless, Cherry Blossoms alluded strongly to the 1953 Japanese-language film Tokyo Story. In turn, Tokyo Story draws on the English-language film Make Way for Tomorrow (1937).
I found them all thought provoking. The recurrence of the theme moving from 1937 to 1953 to 2008 makes a strong case for recommending all of them. But start with just one. All three take a good, hard look at how adult children respond to their parents' aging process. And it's not a pretty scene.
I was mesmerized by Cherry Blossoms (2008). As with all three films, it's an ensemble cast of characters portraying aging parents and their children. This most contemporary version is paced faster than Tokyo Story and is much less preachy than Make Way for Tomorrow.
Here is a trailer for the fairly contemporary film Cherry Blossoms (2008):