Japan Society of Fairfield County
Sunday, December 4, 2010
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards and 10
awards at the 32nd Japan Academy Awards.
Departures (Okuribito) takes a
sensitive look at life through the rituals of death.
Departures follows the experiences of a young undertaker
grows into his work. Daigo, a down and out cellist and his wife leave
Tokyo and move back to his sleepy hometown. He answers a help-wanted ad
for what he thinks is a travel agency, but it turns out to be a
funeral home. Taking the job anyway, he begins a new life as an
Japanese mortician (nokanshi) under grisly owner Sasaki.
initial fears and misgivings about cleansing and clothing
corpses, Daigo soon discovers the job and the town suit him just fine.
Carefully preparing the departed for their final journey with a
musician's precision, he finds a greater appreciation and understanding
for life. The stigma of the profession, however, is not lost on his
wife, and his choice of work gradually takes toll on their marriage.
Directed by Takita Yojiro, elegant scoring by Hisaishi Joe, starring
Motoki Masahiro as Daigo, Hirosue Ryoko as his wife, and veteran actor
Yamazaki Tsutomu as Sasaki.
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