Director: Yojiro Takita Screenplay: Kundo Koyama Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue Time: 130mins Age Restriction: 10M
This charming, whimsical film will keep you intrigued and gently reveals valuable lessons about acceptance, respect and that it is never too late to forgive.
Departures is a fascinating, Oscar-winning Japanese that film follows Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist in a Tokyo orchestra who moves back to the rural village he grew up in when the orchestra dissolves and he finally has to face that he’ll never be a good enough musician to make as a professional cellist.
He is hired on the spot for the first job he applies for; not knowing that he’s juts signed up to be a coffineer, who prepares dead bodies for encoffinment. He keeps his job secret from his family and friends out of shame, but the more he learns the more he comes to see the pivotal role he can play in helping families come to terms with the loss of their loved ones.
Although this may sound extremely morbid and depressing, the film has an innocent and ironically humorous tone that wins one over in the first five minutes, and the movie revels in the beautiful Japanese scenery and the gorgeous Asian people, giving insight into this ancient culture.