- Won 1 Oscar. Another 39 wins & 12 nominations.
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|Rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
(as Yoko Imamoto)
(as Kenzou Ryu)
Angry father at embalming session
|Yasuhiro Mase||...||executive producer|
|Hideharu Yamashita||...||line producer|
|Takeshi Hamada||...||director of photography|
|Yoshiko Fumoto||...||first assistant editor|
|Ilan Wainstein||...||(art direction)|
|Etsuko Egawa||...||special makeup effects artist|
|Isao Tsuge||...||beauty director|
|Osamu Onodera||...||sound editor|
|Katsuhiko Kitamura||...||costume supervisor|
|Hiroyuki Akita||...||music engineer / music mixer|
|Nobuo Furukawa||...||musician: cello|
|Joe Hisaishi||...||conductor / music arranger / music producer / orchestrator (uncredited)|
|Helene Nielsen Beal||...||director of distribution|
|Jamie Carmichael||...||President: ContentFilm International|
|Adam D. Wright||...||distribution executive (uncredited)|
- Amuse Soft
- Asahi Shimbun
- Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS)
- TBS Radio & Communications
- Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS)
- Regent Releasing (2009) (United States) (theatrical) (subtitled)
- Russian Report (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
- Shochiku (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
- Studio S Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical) (D-Cinema)
- Tucker Film (2009) (Italy) (theatrical)
- Wild Bunch Benelux (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
- A-Film Benelux MSD (2011) (Netherlands) (Blu-ray)
- A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
- Alfa Films (2010) (Argentina)
- Amuse Soft (2009) (Japan) (DVD)
- Arrow Films (2010) (United Kingdom) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
- CN Entertainment (2009) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
- China Movie Channel (2012) (China) (tv)
- Emperor Motion Pictures (2009) (Hong Kong)
- Entertainment One (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
- Entertainment One (2010) (United States) (DVD)
- Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore (2010) (Italy) (DVD)
- Golden Screen Cinemas (2008) (Malaysia)
- Golden Village Pictures (2008) (Singapore)
- KD Media (2008) (South Korea)
- KOOL Filmdistribution (2009) (Germany)
- Lark Films Distribution (2009) (Hong Kong)
- Madman Entertainment (2008) (Australia)
- Madman Entertainment (2009) (New Zealand)
- Metropolitan Filmexport (2009) (France)
- Narrative Capital (2020) (World-wide)
- Paris Filmes (2009) (Brazil)
- Rai Movie (2016) (Italy) (tv)
- Regent Releasing (2009) (Canada)
- Studio S Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
- Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
- Videorama (2009) (Greece)
- Yleisradio (YLE) (2013) (Finland) (tv)
- Zeus Films (2009) (Taiwan)
- Aquarita (hairmake cooperation)
- Aveda (hairmake cooperation)
- Butaiya (hairmake cooperation)
- Continental Far East (Dolby consultant)
- East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) (filming cooperation)
- Fredell Pogodin and Associates (Publicity)
- Fuji Eiga (II) (vehicles)
- Imagica (film processing and prints)
- Kamiyama City (filming cooperation)
- Kodak Japan (film stock supplied by)
- Kyuu Kappou Obata (filming cooperation)
- Kyuu Minatoza (filming cooperation)
- Make Up For Ever (hairmake cooperation)
- NK Agent (filming cooperation)
- Nihon L'Oréal (hairmake cooperation)
- Nihon Shomei Co. (lighting equipment supplied by)
- On-Air Azabu Studio (recording studio)
- Paul & Joe (hairmake cooperation)
- Reeltime Creative (creative advertising materials) (Trailers, Posters, Websites)
- Rodeo Street (vehicles)
- Sakata City (filming cooperation)
- Sakata Civic Hall Kibou Hall (filming cooperation)
- Sakata Location Box (filming cooperation)
- Sankyo Souko (filming cooperation)
- Sanwa Cine Equipment (camera equipment supplied by)
- Shonai Eigamura Co. (filming cooperation)
- Snack Wa (filming cooperation)
- Tribeca Film Festival (festival)
- Tsurunoyu (filming cooperation)
- Tsuruoka City (filming cooperation)
- Utowa (hairmake cooperation)
- Victor Studio (recording studio)
- Wonder Station (recording studio)
- Yamagata Prefacture (filming cooperation)
Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and now finds himself without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of "Nokanshi," acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. Written by Regent Releasing
|Taglines||The gift of last memories See more »|
|Parents Guide||View content advisory »|
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|Opening Weekend Japan||$2,194,799, 14 Sep 2008|
|Cumulative Worldwide Gross||$69,932,387|
|Trivia||Masahiro Motoki also learned how to play a cello for the earlier parts of the film. See more »|
|Goofs||The main protagonist (Masahiro Motoki) has his cheek cut during the filming scene. This is covered in subsequent scene. In the next scene both the covering and the scar of the cut is gone. See more »|
|Movie Connections||Featured in Up/Drag Me to Hell/The Brothers Bloom/Departures/Pontypool/What Goes Up (2009). See more »|
|Soundtracks||Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125 'Choral' IV. Presto, Allegro assai See more »|
What are you doing?
Daigo Kobayashi: This one. Here.
Mika Kobayashi: What?
Daigo Kobayashi: A stone letter.
Mika Kobayashi: Stone letter?
Daigo Kobayashi: Long ago, before writing, you'd send someone a stone that suited the way you were feeling. From its weight and touch, they'd know how you felt. From a smooth stone they might get that you were happy, or from a rough one that you were worried about them.
Mika Kobayashi: Thank you.
Daigo Kobayashi: What did you feel?
Mika Kobayashi: Not telling. That's a lovely story. Who told you?
Daigo Kobayashi: My dad.
Mika Kobayashi: You mean... that big rock?
Daigo Kobayashi: Yep. I got it from him.
Mika Kobayashi: I didn't know that.
Daigo Kobayashi: He said he'd send me one every year, but that's all I ever got. That jerk!
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