over 2 years
A beautiful film about life, love and death.
Gentle, wise, beautifully acted and at times hilarious.
over 4 years
Takes a somewhat taboo subject and shows its true beauty
over 5 years
Very well told, intimate story of choices, death and culture
almost 7 years
surprisingly touching...excellent movie.
almost 7 years
A touchingly insightful Japanese drama with a man finding fulfillment handling the dead.
Moving film. You rated this 4 stars on 5/11/2010
Departures (おくりびと, Okuribito) is a 2008 Japanese film by Yōjirō Takita. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Oscars in 2009.
Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki), a cellist in Tokyo, loses his job when his orchestra is disbanded. He decides to move back to his hometown, Sakata, Yamagata, with his wife Mika (Ryōko Hirosue). Daigo's family used to run a small coffee shop. His father ran away with the waitress when Daigo was very young, and his mother raised him by herself. His mother died two years ago, and left him the house where he grew up. Daigo feels guilty about not having taken better care of his mother.
Back home, Daigo finds an advertisement in the newspaper for "assisting departures". He goes to the interview, uncertain of the job's nature. He is hired on the spot after only one question ("Will you work hard?") and being handed an "advance" by his new boss Sasaki (Tsutomu Yamazaki). He discovers that the job involves preparing the dead. Daigo...