Departures : Okuribito

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Call number: DVD FLC-JPN Departures

Available Copies: Malletts Adult

Additional Details

Title and credits transliterated from the Japanese.

DVD release of the 2008 motion picture.

Special features: interview with director Yôjirô Takita.

Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kimiko Yo, Tetta Sugimoto, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Takashi Sasano.

Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and finds himself without a job. He decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency. He discovers that the job is actually for a 'Nokanshi' or 'encoffineer,' a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art, acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed.

DVD ; Region 1 ; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation ; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.

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Community Reviews


I read a short summary of this movie before I watched it and heard that it won an Academy Award. Okay, cool. But I wasn't expecting what I was expecting. Oh man, it was so much more. It was BRILLIANT. For such a fragile subject, this movie tells a story with much beauty that is completely palpable and understandable. It's a Japanese movie, yes, but the idea of death and the concept of death being unclean is an international idea. I didn't have problems understanding the characters or the realization that character had. Why didn't I watch this movie sooner?

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