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Director:
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Kundô Koyama (writer)
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Release Date:
13 September 2008 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
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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Grandeur and noblesse, when death is seen as a prolongation of life See more (97 total) »

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
Yûji 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)

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
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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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:
Japan's contender for the 2009 foreign language Oscar.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:
Wiegenlied, Op.49, No.4See more »

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48 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Grandeur and noblesse, when death is seen as a prolongation of life, 9 November 2009
Author: roland-scialom from Brazil

The human dimension of this film touched me. Some of these things touched me to tears. I list a few of them.

1. The job of the professionals who prepares the dead for their last contact with the family (wake) and their passage to eternity (cremation). In the film, the characters who perform this job, teach the spectator a true ritual of respect and affection with the dead. "Respect and affection with the dead": feelings that the modern life tries to banish from its practices. In the modern world, the dead are inconvenient and dispatched quickly in funerals where the majority of those who are present, entertain themselves with parallel talks, instead of focusing on the reason why they are there.

2. The nobility and grandeur of this job that, in the film, is not associated with any religion, and is directly associated with dealing with human beings. This nobility and grandeur reflects also on to the dead, in the sense that it reminds us that the dead deserve our respect and affection, because a new stage of our relationship with them is starting.

3.The way Daigo grows, as he learns this job, and overcomes (i)the social stigma that society imposes upon the contact with the dead and, also, the people who have contact with the dead, as well as (ii) his personal repulsion with repulsive material aspects of death (odors, rot, etc.)

4. The way Daigo grows, as he incorporates the nobility and grandeur of the job he was forced to do because of the circumstances (he was jobless because the orchestra where he played cello was dismissed). And, when his wife discovers in what consists his job, and tries to force him to quit, he has grown so much that he chooses to keep the job instead to yield to his wife menaces.

5. The way Daigo grows and which leads him back to play the cello and celebrate life more than ever, playing outdoors and playing at home as he used to do when he was a boy.

6. The way Daigo wife grows when she has the opportunity to look close to the job of her husband, and begins to admire him and love him more. Wife who have the opportunity to convince Daigo to take care of his dead father, when Daigo runs away when he gets aware of his father death. Wife, who, when the opportunity showed up, says with pride to the individuals of the funeral, that were almost doing a dirty job with the deceased Daigo father, "my husband will take care of him, he is a professional"

7. The way Daigo grows when he encounter again the love for his father and forgive him for having abandoned the family, while he prepares his old man for the burial.

8. How death can be seen as part of life process, when it causes some people to become aware of how much love they missed, and how much they have been loved without being aware of it.

All this happens because Daigo goes back to his hometown, a small town. That is, the return to his origins helps to renew the ties with the traditions and helps the character to put himself together again.

I'm omitting many precious details that appear throughout the film. These details must be seen personally, because the film was made with great sensitivity and expertise, and deserves to be seen.

Roland.

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