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Author: 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, ; ; Ichirō NobukuniToshiaki NakazawaToshihisa WataraiKundō KoyamaAll authors
Publisher: Port Washington, NY : E1 Entertainment, 2010.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Japanese : Anamorphic widescreenView all editions and formats
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A former cellist moves back to his hometown with his wife and accepts a position preparing corpses for burial. Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist, dreamt of going around the world with his wife Mika. Unfortunately, the orchestra folds, so he sells his instrument, retreats to the small town he came from, lives in his late mother's house, and tries to start a new life. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction films
Feature films
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: 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, ; ; Ichirō Nobukuni; Toshiaki Nakazawa; Toshihisa Watarai; Kundō Koyama; Yōjirō Takita; Masahiro Motoki; Ryōko Hirosue; Kimiko Yo; Tetta Sugimoto; Tōru Minegishi; Kazuko Yoshiyuki; Takashi Sasano; Tsutomu Yamazaki; Sedikku Intānashonaru.; Shōchiku Kabushiki Kaisha.; Tōkyō Hōsō.; E1 Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN: 6313301757 : DVD 9786313301751 : DVD
OCLC Number: 645784800
Language Note: In Japanese with optional English subtitles.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
Special features: Trailer (2 min.); Interview with director Yōjirō Takita (12 min.).
Credits: Ongaku [original music], Hisaishi Jō ; satsuei [cinematography], Hamada Takeshi ; henshū [editor], Kawashima Akimasa.
Director of photography, Takeshi Hamada ; editor, Akimasa Kawashima ; music, Joe Hisaishi.
Cast: Motoki Masahiro, Hirosue Ryōko, Yo Kimoko, Sugimoto Tetta, Minegishi Tōru, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, Sasano Takashi, Yamazaki Tsutomu, Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki.
Awards: Winner, 2008 Academy Award: Best foreign language film; Winner, 2009 Awards of the Japanese Academy: Best film, Best director-Yôjirô Takita, Best actor-Masahiro Motoki, Best supporting actor-Tsutomu Yamazaki, Best supporting actress-Kimoko Yo, Best screenplay-Kundô Koyama, Best cinematography-Takeshi Hamada, Best editing-Akimasa Kawashima, Best lighting-Hitoshi Takaya, Best sound-Satoshi Ozaki, Osamu Onodera.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: PG-13.
Description: 1 videodisc (131 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Contents: In mourning --
Departures --
Harmony --
NK agent --
Minatoza Theater --
Casketing procedure --
Tsurunoyu public bath --
Trial --
Favorite lipstick --
Drink --
Acting job --
Child's instrument --
We'll meet again --
Stone letter --
Personal belongings --
End credits.
Other Titles: Okuribito
Responsibility: produced by Toshiaki Nakazawa, Ichiro Nobukuni, Toshihisa Watai ; written by Kundo Koyama ; directed by Yojiro Takita.
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A former cellist moves back to his hometown with his wife and accepts a position preparing corpses for burial. Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist, dreamt of going around the world with his wife Mika. Unfortunately, the orchestra folds, so he sells his instrument, retreats to the small town he came from, lives in his late mother's house, and tries to start a new life. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is for a travel agency. Daigo's actual responsibilities entail preparing the local decedents for their "casketing," a process with an elaborate ritual of preparation, cleansing, and presentation, all done with great precision, grace, and utmost respect for both the deceased and watching family members. In dire financial straits, Daigo embarks on this new (and ancient) career path. 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 their families.

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