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Departures ()

Okuribito (original title)
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A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

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Daigo Kobayashi
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Ikuei Sasaki
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Mika Kobayashi
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
Tsuyako Yamashita
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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
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
Kenzô Ryû ...
(as Kenzou Ryu)
Pablo Sacco ...
Instrument dealer
Sadami Sakamoto ...
Orchestra Manager
Takejyu Sato ...
Togashi's Relative
Sayuri Shirai ...
Tomeo
Genjitsu Shu
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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

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Yôjirô Takita

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Kundô Koyama ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Yasuhiro Mase ... executive producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa ... producer
Ichirô Nobukuni ... producer
Toshihisa Watai ... producer
Hideharu Yamashita ... line producer

Music by

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Joe Hisaishi

Cinematography by

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Takeshi Hamada

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Akimasa Kawashima

Editorial Department

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Yoshiko Fumoto ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Takefumi Yoshikawa

Production Design by

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Fumio Ogawa

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Etsuko Egawa ... special makeup effects artist
Isao Tsuge ... beauty director

Sound Department

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Osamu Onodera ... sound editor
Satoshi Ozaki ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

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Hitoshi Takaya ... gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Katsuhiko Kitamura ... costume supervisor

Music Department

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Hiroyuki Akita ... music engineer / music mixer
Nobuo Furukawa ... musician: cello
Joe Hisaishi ... conductor / music arranger / music producer / orchestrator (uncredited)

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Helene Nielsen Beal ... director of distribution
Yelena Makarczyk ... localization
Adam D. Wright ... distribution executive (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The gift of last memories See more »
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Also Known As
  • Departures (World-wide, English title)
  • Departures (United States)
  • Departures (United Kingdom)
  • Departures (France)
  • Nokan - Die Kunst des Ausklangs (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 130 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend Japan $2,194,799, 14 Sep 2008

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Worst Films of 2009 (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 - 'Choral': IV. Presto, Allegro assai See more »
Quotes Tsuyako Yamashita: Look after him. Daigo's a dear boy. He takes it all on himself. When his folks split up, he'd never cry in front of his Mum. But he would when he was alone in that bath. The poor little thing, his shoulder's shaking... So thats how he is. Please understand him.
Mika Kobayashi: I will.
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