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ESC to close 4.25 (by 760 users)okuribito
  • 2008
  • film
  • Japan

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Titleinterface

romanized okuribito
native
english Departures (literal)

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genres drama, family, life

Language

language Japanese

Production

country Japan
type real
format film

Release

date 13 Sep, 2008
duration 130 minutes
status finished

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Synopsis

Kobayashi Daigo's big dream was to become a cellist for a renowned orchestra. To fulfil said goal he even invested a lot of money into a really expensive cello, but even that didn't help him -- the orchestra he played in for a living dissolved. Jobless he returns home with no bright future as a cellist. His wife remains passive upon hearing the news, but is quite surprised discovering how much he had invested in the cello. He decides to sell the cello and thinks of moving back to his home town, his wife agreeing to everything passively. And as soon as they've installed themselves in his home town, he searches for job offers, quickly finding one in the newspapers. It's described as 'Assisting Departures'. Thinking that this refers to a travel agency he immediately pays the agency a visit for a job interview, but quite a surprise awaits him there.

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Roles

Sasaki Shouei
main
Kobayashi Mika
main
Kobayashi Daigo
main
Yamashita
supporting
Yamashita Tsuyako
supporting
Uemura Yuriko
supporting

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Reviews


12 Feb, 2011
This is a visually stunning movie. A beautiful work of art.

It's a glorious movie to watch, with the changing of the seasons seamlessly woven into the story and the charm of the ceremonial practice it focuses on: encoffination. It's both a reverential and humorous look at death and its taboo place in society, while managing to stay on the right side of sentimentality and tackle the subject with the sense of respect it deserves.

Honestly, it's one of the best movies I've watched within the last 10 years. It's heart-warming, funny, witty, wise, heartfelt and profound.

It truly deserves the Oscar Award it won.
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23 Feb, 2011
After his dream falls apart, a man is left in a huge debt. This circumstance make him decide to return to his hometown and find a new job there. It's about this person's journey to himself.

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Comments

purefault 16 Feb, 2013
Subtle, but with a lot of emotion. This was very touching, but I can proudly say that it didn't make me cry... more than two or three times.
alicedreams 26 Jan, 2013
That part where the deceased's father points at Daigo and says to the biker boys 'do you want to do a job like this? a job no one will do' was very hard-hitting. Especially the look on Daigo's face afterwards, because his wife hates his job as well. The violin scenes with the mountains were picturesque and made me fall in love with the cinematography. I would definitely say watch this film. The ending was kinda eh, though.
kiyoshi 25 Aug, 2012
Overrated.
missblackrabbit 25 Dec, 2011
Simple, honest and touching, this is quite the tear jerker!
Motoki Masahiro & Hirosue Ryouko were sublime.
5/5
linny 18 Dec, 2011
really beautiful~
getshock 11 Dec, 2011
Had to watch this for university and it's truly amazing!!
otonashi 02 Nov, 2011
One word ... wonderfull !
musicimmortalmelody 15 Oct, 2011
beautiful movie!rather slow paced but still it has its beauty!
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