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おくりびと [videorecording] - Okuribito

Departures
(DVD - 2009 - Japanese)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Okuribito
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Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and finds himself without a job. He 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. He discovers 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, acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed.
Title: Okuribito
Departures
[videorecording (DVD)]
Title (Original Script): おくりびと [videorecording]
Publisher: Port Washington, N.Y. : E1 Entertainment, [2009]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (131 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: interview with director Yôjirô Takita.
Summary: Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and finds himself without a job. He 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. He discovers 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, acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some thematic elements.
Awards & Distinctions: ["<br>Academy Award, 2009: Best foreign language film.", "<br>Awards of the Japanese Academy, 2009: Best actor, Best cinematography, Best director, Best editing, Best film, Best lighting, Best screenplay, Best sound, Best supporting actor (Yamazaki), Best supporting actress (Yo).", "<br>Awards of the Japanese Academy, 2009: Best actor (Motoki), Best cinematography (Hamada), Best director (Takita), Best editing (Kawashima), Best film, Best lighting (Takaya), Best screenplay (Koyama), Best sound (Ozaki, Onodera), Best supporting actor (Yamazaki), Best supporting actress (Yo)."]
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 信国一朗
中沢敏明
渡井敏久
小山薰堂
滝田洋二郎
本木雅弘
広末涼子
余貴美子
杉本哲太
峰岸徹
吉行和子
笹野高史
山崎努
ISBN: 1417232919
9781417232918
Statement of Responsibility: seisaku purodakushon, Sedikku Intānashonaru ; seisaku, Nobukuni Ichirō ; purodyūsā, Nakazawa Toshiaki, Watarai Toshihisa ; kyakuhon Koyama Kundō ; kantoku, Takita Yōjirō
Statement Of Responsibility (Original Script): 制作プロダクション, セディックインターナショナル ; 製作, 信国一朗 ; プロデューサー, 中沢敏明, 渡井敏久 ; 脚本小山薰堂 ; 監督, 滝田洋二郎
Credits: Ongaku, Hisaishi Jō ; satsuei, Hamada Takeshi ; henshū, Kawashima Akimasa.
Credits (Original Script): 音楽, 久石譲 ; 撮影, 浜田毅 ; 編集, 川島章正
Performers: Motoki Masahiro, Hirosue Ryoko, Yo Kimiko, Sugimoto Tetta, Minegishi Tōru, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, Sasano Takashi, Yamazaki Tsutomu.
System Details: DVD; widescreen (1.78:1) presentation; 2.0 Dolby Digital or 5.1 surround sound.
Other Language: In Japanese, with optional English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Cellists Japan Drama. Undertakers and undertaking Japan Drama. Married people Japan Drama. Migration, Internal Japan Drama.
Genre/Form: Fiction films.
Feature films.
Foreign films.
Motion pictures, Japanese.
Japanese language materials.
Foreign films-Japan.
Topical Term: Cellists
Undertakers and undertaking
Married people
Migration, Internal
Publisher No: E1E-DV-6757
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Jun 02, 2014
  • EL_Ay_Samvid rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful.
Highly recommended especially for those that love ritual and reverence

Jan 18, 2014
  • isabella86 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Probably the most beautiful and gentle movie I've ever seen. After losing his orchestra job, a man moves back home and takes a job preparing bodies for departure.

Dec 14, 2013
  • tamisl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you have not watch this great foriegn film it's a must see.
It was interesting to learn about
the Japanese art of Nokanshi, beautiful method of preparing the body for cremation. This is a movie I can watch time and time again!

Oct 18, 2013
  • SusannahElf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the most beautiful movies I've seen in a long time. I could have watched the sequences where they prepare the bodies for the casket over and over. It was like a very gentle ballet. And, yes, it is definitely a three-hankie movie.

Jul 06, 2013
  • empbee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well acted, culturally interesting, beautifully shot movie.

Jan 18, 2013
  • mac6036 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

maybe the best movie i ever saw...

Dec 28, 2012
  • modestgoddess rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

densco47 is absolutely right - this is an Ugly Cry movie for sure. A very lovely, gentle movie. The delicate and reverential way the main character carries out his job wins everyone over in the end, and why wouldn't it? Funny moments sprinkled throughout for levity - especially enjoyed the scene on the bus and the ensuing scene at the public baths.... Loved the story of the stone letters. So much to ponder and enjoy of this movie long after it's over.

Dec 08, 2012
  • harrybrowne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absolutely stunning film. Funny and sad, touching and provocative. A must-see if you need an antidote to the violence and depravity of most films today.

Nov 21, 2012
  • TheDr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The acting and main storyline are very nice. It was a really good and enjoyable movie that hit all the right notes.

Nov 19, 2012
  • yumsushi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A touching movie about life and death from a uniquely Japanese prespective. Very deserving of its Oscar.

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Apr 23, 2010
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