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Post  Twisted Trees on Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:46 pm

I recently watched the movie "Pain and Gain" (2013) which had some really nice bonsai in it.  This got me thinking, "What movies have you seen that included bonsai?"  The "Karate Kid" is an obvious answer.  What else?

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Post  Bob Pressler on Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:54 am

The last Batman had some of my bonsai in it.

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Post  sayotefries on Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:22 am

Ninja Assassin, which i found very annoying as they were against training trees. According to the movie, the tree should grow freely without force guidance.Rolling Eyes 

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:43 pm

I go to very few movies, but Crouching Tiger; Hidden Dragon had many very fine bonsai (penjing) in it.

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Post  Robert J. Baran on Sat Sep 07, 2013 2:09 am

Please see the section starting with  http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/BoldlyGrow.html  .  I do have a short list of additional movies that I haven't added yet, and we're always on the lookout for more.

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Post  Twisted Trees on Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:42 pm

Bob Pressler wrote:The last Batman had some of my bonsai in it.
Very cool!

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Post  wabashene on Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:02 pm

A lot of the Movie Bonsai have been well documented and well done Bob!

Spotted a juniper on Maura's the pathologist's desk in Rizzoli and Isles  in Episode 41  i.e. Season  4 show 1 "We Are Family" (I think it was that episode anyway) the other night

As with the Criminal Minds bonsai appearance referred to in Robert's piece - Bonsai in this show also seems to be a metaphor for a character overcompensating to cover a  degree of social inadequacy.

So as far as the media is concerned we're all a bunch of geeks

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:00 pm

JimLewis wrote:I go to very few movies, but Crouching Tiger; Hidden Dragon had many very fine bonsai (penjing) in it.
i love this movie!Very Happy 

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Post  Bonsaiteen on Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:56 am

NCIS has one episode with bonsai in it at the very end.

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Post  marcus watts on Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:33 am

closed circuit - italian horror movie where the psychotic control freak likes to trim his bonsai after murder !!!!

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Post  fiona on Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:03 am

A similarly irritating appearance in an episode of UK cop drama Dalziel and Pascoe where  the murderer having a bonsai in his living room was taken as an indication of his twisted personality.  Annoying enough on its own, but doubly so as the tree in question was a larch.  Indoors? Really?  Not even in Yorkshire.

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:54 pm

an episode of UK cop drama Dalziel and Pascoe
Enjoy the books. I wonder if the series will make it over here.

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Post  fiona on Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:52 pm

Should imagine if it hasn't already done so, it wont as it's been on over here since the mid-90s.  I found the books a bit plodding at times I have to say and didn't read more than a few because of it.

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Post  adam1234 on Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:05 pm

fiona wrote:A similarly irritating appearance in an episode of UK cop drama Dalziel and Pascoe where  the murderer having a bonsai in his living room was taken as an indication of his twisted personality.  Annoying enough on its own, but doubly so as the tree in question was a larch.  Indoors? Really?  Not even in Yorkshire.
How disgusting!! Larch in the living room???? At least he wasn't tending to his privets (Ligustrum) in his bedroom. Pornsai Very Happy .

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Post  Twisted Trees on Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:24 pm

adam1234 wrote:
fiona wrote:A similarly irritating appearance in an episode of UK cop drama Dalziel and Pascoe where  the murderer having a bonsai in his living room was taken as an indication of his twisted personality.  Annoying enough on its own, but doubly so as the tree in question was a larch.  Indoors? Really?  Not even in Yorkshire.
How disgusting!! Larch in the living room???? At least he wasn't tending to his privets (Ligustrum) in his bedroom. Pornsai Very Happy .

Cheers,
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Post  JMcCoy on Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:48 am

The lawyer TV show Franklin and Bash have bonsai almost in every episode. Their boss, played by Malcolm McDowell keeps Bonsai in his office. There is even one show where he's seen pruning his tree, and has real Bonsai tools (shears and concave cutter). Some props guy was paying attention! Also, I get miffed seeing Bonsai inside dark rooms like a vase. In this show, they're against a huge window in a sunlit office. The best was a large JBP (probably rented from a LA nursery), but lately they've been showing mallsai looking junipers.

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Post  Twisted Trees on Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:31 pm

Watched "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon" last night. Had some nice trees in it shown while Witwicky was job hunting..

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Post  Robert J. Baran on Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:35 am

Not a movie, but still a moving graphic.  Pay attention to the background of this commercial, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woJArcrKMY0

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Post  Twisted Trees on Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:05 pm

Robert J. Baran wrote:Not a movie, but still a moving graphic.  Pay attention to the background of this commercial, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woJArcrKMY0
Obviously staged. Not enough light for so many indoor plants. What were they advertising again? scratch 

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Post  Robert J. Baran on Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:27 pm

The vast majority of celluloid portrayals (http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/BoldlyGrow.html) of dwarfed potted trees are indoors with less-than-adequate lighting.  What kind of education to long-term tree care is that providing? The worst offender I think is the 2003 film The In-Laws: when Dr. Jerry Peyser (Albert Brooks) is on the phone in the bathroom of Barbra Streisand's airplane, as piloted by Steve Tobias (Michael Douglas), there is a juniper in that small window-less room.

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Post  Twisted Trees on Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:26 pm

I wonder what the thinking is and to what demographic the movie people are trying to reach when bonsai is included into scene design.

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Post  bonsaisr on Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:01 pm

Nothing else in the movies is real. Why should bonsai display be real? Forget it. lol! 
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