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Departures

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"One of the best Japanese films I've seen"
5 stars"
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The story line was simple but frightfully well carried out. Makes you think that it's such a respectable and beautiful occupation.

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"A great story and respect for one who has passed."
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This is the most sensitive, respectful Film. Lovely story and very touching.

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"Simply Wonderful..."
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One of the best foreign films I have ever seen, totally deserving of all its awards. Amazingly touching, humorous, and a fascinating glimpse into the intricacies of Japanese culture. A film that not only deals with its subject matter in a way that will surprise you but also leaves you realising that behind every job in the world there is a real human being…a totally new way of looking at death, grief and ultimately dignity and sensitivity in the way we treat each other.

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The gift of last memories...

Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures is a delightful journey into the heartland of Japan as well an astonishingly beautiful look at a sacred part of Japan's cultural heritage.

Departures follows Daigo Kobayashi, a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and who is suddenly left 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, a traditional funerary celebrant who prepares bodies for 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. Daigo experiences a profound and sometimes comical journey as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.

Special Features:
  • Theatrical trailer
Release date NZ
April 15th, 2010
Length (Minutes)
131
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Language
Japanese
Subtitles
English
Studio
Country of Production
  • Japan
Genre
  • Drama
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Original Release Year
2008
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9322225080591
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
4443379

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