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Director:
Writer:
Kundô Koyama (writer)
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Release Date:
13 September 2008 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
The gift of last memories
Plot:
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 33 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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
Yoko Imamoto
Kei Kawai
Yuji Kido ... Assistant Director
Hiroyuki Kishi ... Tomeyo's Uncle
Yukimi Koyanagi
Mina Kudo
Yuki 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)
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Directed by
Yôjirô Takita 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kundô Koyama  writer

Produced by
Yasuhiro Mase .... executive producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Ichirô Nobukuni .... producer
Toshihisa Watai .... 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)
 
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Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Okuribito" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic material
Runtime:
130 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:G (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:A | Finland:K-12 | Germany:o.Al. (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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Trivia:
The Japanese title "Okuribito" means "the sending [away/off] people" (as in: people who send) - but this word is not normally used in Japanese.See more »
Quotes:
[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:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.35" (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Death is not the end, 12 July 2009
Author: badidosh from Philippines

Fixating itself on the pretext of death as a strong stigma to the Japanese rather than on the necrophiliac titillation possessed by those outside this particular societal circle, "Departures" approaches this issue with credible poignancy made more relevant when seen as a mitigation by director Yojiro Takita and screenwriter Kundo Koyama to a prevailing Eastern taboo. Although slightly undercut by an ultimately predictable script, Japan's Oscar-winning entry for this year's foreign-language film category is thoughtfully expressive, portraying a morbidly incriminating profession with dignified grace.

Daigo (Masahiro Motoki) is a cellist for a symphony orchestra which disbands after a performance for failing to gather audiences. Having no job, he and his wife Mika (Ryoko Hirosue) move to his hometown in his deceased mother's house where, upon answering a help-wanted ad he mistakes for a travel agency, he ends up as "encoffiner"-in-training, helping his boss Sasaki (Tsutomu Yamazaki) perform a set of ceremonial rites for the dead before cremation. Aware of the social demonizing of such job, he lies to his wife about it until she learns of it anyway and pleads that he finds a "normal job," an appeal he finds tough when he increasingly develops a meticulous fondness for his work.

Takita's charming and ultimately touching apologetic on mortality charts the disorderliness arising from an individual's social circle while he pursues his sense of purpose, with the titular itinerary suggesting more than the moribund ritual the film's protagonist is subjected to. Thus, it also becomes a plaintive meditation on Daigo's spiritual and moral development as he attends to the various abandonment issues that haunt him (a father who ran off when he was young and a wife that stigmatizes him for his newly found "filthy" career). Ultimately, "Departures" is as much a story of atonement as it is about dealing with mortality; that in order to fully embrace one's existence, it is necessary to cope with death -- both literally and figuratively -- while nurturing the bonds that exist among those who still live.

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