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Kundô Koyama (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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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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  (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 ... Angry father at embalming session
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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Yôjirô Takita attended funeral ceremonies to understand the feelings of bereaved families, while Tsutomu Yamazaki never participated in the encoffinment training.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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Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.35" (2009)See more »
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 - 'Choral': IV. Presto, Allegro assaiSee more »


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91 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
The odd job, 19 March 2009
Author: 8thSin from Tokyo / Toronto

"Okuribito", literally "The person who sees off", is about a supposedly untalented cellist's new job. After returning to hometown as a failure in the music world, he applies for a job with vague description. It turns out to be a job posting for "encoffiner", a person who performs rites and rituals before placing the body into the coffin. A 'tainted' job in the eyes of the society, but he eventually develops pride and purpose in this profession.

The movie started with subtle humor that had me chuckling for first hour, but I was slowly drawn into the story. It turned out to be a very touching and deep film.

The acting in this film was superb. Motoki Tomohiro's performance was especially amazing, hilarious at times, and played the serious and professional scenes very convincingly. I also really liked his narration, which really sets the mood and tone of the following scenes. Yamazaki Tsutomu was also excellent as the protagonist's cool mentor. The film had incredibly nice flow and very well-directed. Music in this movie played a huge role, expressing the protagonist's feelings and harmonized with every scene. It was simply beautiful.

This movie gave me a glimpse of the profession of "encoffiner", as a very respectable job, as it requires absolute accuracy, professionalism, and the respect for the dead even though it is looked down by the society. It is the encoffiner who sees off a person's last journey after dressing them up. This movie successfully depicts the pride in one's job, and questions the meaning of death.

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