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Departures (Okuribito) (2008)

Departures
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8.1 IMDB rating

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Masahiro Motoki

Masahiro Motoki

Daigo Kobayashi
Tsutomu Yamazaki

Tsutomu Yamazaki

Ikuei Sasaki
Ryoko Hirosue

Ryoko Hirosue

Mika Kobayashi
Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Tsuyako Yamashita
Kimiko Yo

Kimiko Yo

Yuriko Uemura
Takashi Sasano

Takashi Sasano

Shokichi Hirata
Tetta Sugimoto

Tetta Sugimoto

Yamashita
Tôru Minegishi

Tôru Minegishi

Yoshiki Kobayashi


Written by
Kundo Koyama

Kundo Koyama

writer


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Departures

3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 29 14:31
When everyone thought that "Departures" was selected among the five finalists to win the Oscar for best foreign language film, just to meet the quota of Asian cinema, when we all were debating between 'class' and' Waltz with Bashir ', appeared Yojiro Takita's film and broke the bank. Neither the frustrating problems of French education system, not rote gaps of the Israelite nation. The Academy end... read more

A good movie

3 years, 3 months ago at May 13 7:49
According to Roger Ebert, this was one of the best movies coming out in 2009 and it won the Academy Award fot the best foreign movie so I was definitely curious about it. It had been a while since I watched a Japanese movie and within the first 10 minutes, I understood why I was always so found of those. The directing and acting was so understated and quite fascinating to behold. It is such a big ... read more
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When a cellist's orchestra disbands, he takes a job as a undertaker, and through his relationship with death on a daily basis, he begins to understand what life is really about.
Release date: 19 June 2009
Japan (16), Death (10), 2000s (9), Japanese (9), Drama (8), Funeral (7), Oscar Winner (4), Coffin (4), Musician (4), Family (3), 2008 (3), Prejudice (3), (3), Music (3), Husband Wife Relationship (3), Ritual (2), Father Son Relationship (2), Cello (2), Sort (2), 130 Min. (2)
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A good movie

“According to Roger Ebert, this was one of the best movies coming out in 2009 and it won the Academy Award fot the best foreign movie so I was definitely curious about it. It had been a while since I watched a Japanese movie and within the first 10 minutes, I understood why I was always so found of those. The directing and acting was so understated and quite fascinating to behold. It is such a big difference with Western movies, especially American movies, which tends to explain every single thing happening on the screen, something I always find rather boring. Furthermore, this movie deals with a very interesting ceremony dealing with the cleansing of dead bodies before they're cremated. It is something we obviously don't have in the Western culture and those proceedings were rather emotion” read more

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Departures

“When everyone thought that "Departures" was selected among the five finalists to win the Oscar for best foreign language film, just to meet the quota of Asian cinema, when we all were debating between 'class' and' Waltz with Bashir ', appeared Yojiro Takita's film and broke the bank. Neither the frustrating problems of French education system, not rote gaps of the Israelite nation. The Academy ended up preferring this curious mixture between life and death, between the comic and the tragic.

Although more than mixing genres, making Takita is subtly shaking with drama and comedy which are transformed into two immiscible liquids that form two almost independent. Both work really well apart (especially the first, when comes out delicious and some hooligan humor of the tape), and perh” read more

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