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Kundô Koyama (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 June 2009 (USA) See more »
The gift of last memories
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 33 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Remarkable Movie, Deserved the Oscar See more (107 total) »


  (in credits order)

Masahiro Motoki ... Daigo Kobayashi
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Ikuei Sasaki
Ryôko Hirosue ... Mika Kobayashi
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Tsuyako Yamashita
Kimiko Yo ... Yuriko Uemura
Takashi Sasano ... Shokichi Hirata
Tetta Sugimoto ... Yamashita
Tôru Minegishi ... Yoshiki Kobayashi
Tatsuo Yamada ... Togashi
Yukari Tachibana
Tarô Ishida ... Sonezaki
Sanae Miyata ... Naomi Togashi
Ryôsuke Ôtani ... Tomeo's father
Mitsuyo Hoshino ... Kazuko Kobayashi
Tatsuhito Okuda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akemi Fuji
Miyako Hattori ... Grandmother
Mari Hayashida
Shinji Hiwatashi
Norichika Iimori
Yôko Imamoto (as Yoko Imamoto)
Kei Kawai
Yûji Kido ... Assistant Director
Hiroyuki Kishi ... Tomeyo's Uncle
Yukimi Koyanagi
Mina Kudo
Yûki Mashita
Kenzou Ryu
Pablo Sacco ... Instrument dealer
Sadami Sakamoto ... Orchestra Manager
Takejyu Sato ... Togashi's Relative
Sayuri Shirai ... Tomeo
Genjitsu Shu
Tarô Suwa
Ryôichi Suzuki
Yukiko Tachibana
Masaaki Takarai ... Miyuki's Boyfriend
Takao Toji
Rin Uchida ... Young Daigo
Atsushi Yamanaka
Miki Hayashida ... Okuyamakenomusume (uncredited)

Directed by
Yôjirô Takita 
Writing credits
Kundô Koyama (screenplay)

Produced by
Yasuhiro Mase .... executive producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Ichirô Nobukuni .... producer
Toshihisa Watai .... producer
Hideharu Yamashita .... line producer
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
Cinematography by
Takeshi Hamada 
Film Editing by
Akimasa Kawashima 
Casting by
Takefumi Yoshikawa 
Production Design by
Fumio Ogawa 
Makeup Department
Etsuko Egawa .... special makeup effects artist
Isao Tsuge .... beauty director
Sound Department
Osamu Onodera .... sound editor
Satoshi Ozaki .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Hitoshi Takaya .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katsuhiko Kitamura .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Yoshiko Fumoto .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Hiroyuki Akita .... music engineer
Hiroyuki Akita .... music mixer
Nobuo Furukawa .... musician: cello
Joe Hisaishi .... conductor
Joe Hisaishi .... music arranger
Joe Hisaishi .... music producer
Joe Hisaishi .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Okuribito" - Japan (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for thematic material
130 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:G (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:A | Finland:K-12 | Germany:0 (f) | Hong Kong:IIA | Mexico:B | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:M | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45351)
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Did You Know?

To provide realistic bodies while preventing the corpses from moving, after a lengthy casting process the crew chose extras who could lie as still as possible. For the bath house owner Tsuyako Yamashita, this was not possible owing to the need to see her alive first, and a search for a body double was unfruitful. Ultimately, the crew used digital effects to transplant a still image of the actor during the character's funeral scene, allowing for a realistic effect.See more »
[first lines]
Daigo Kobayashi:[voice over narration] When I was a child winter didn't feel so cold. It's nearly two months since I moved home from Tokyo. It's been an awkward time.
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Movie Connections:
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Was it filmed in English or Japanese?
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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Remarkable Movie, Deserved the Oscar, 22 April 2009
Author: smexpert from Turkey

Many things can be told about this movie;How it remarkably handle the "Dead" issue, Meaning of life, family relations etc... But What I've mostly grasped from the movie is (I also witnessed that during my 6 months of stay in Japan) that the way the Japanese people do their job. Absolutely devoted, in perfect patience and discipline. No matter What they are doing and What the salary is... They could be a Waitress,a Garbage man or as in the movie; an encoffiner. They just concentrate and do their job. So if you got bored from your job, I simply recommend you watch this movie and compare yourself with the Guy in the Lead role.And think again.

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