Departures (2008)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Music


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A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

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  • Masahiro Motoki and Tsutomu Yamazaki in Departures (2008)
  • Ryôko Hirosue and Kazuko Yoshiyuki in Departures (2008)
  • Masahiro Motoki in Departures (2008)
  • Ryôko Hirosue and Masahiro Motoki in Departures (2008)
  • Ryôko Hirosue and Masahiro Motoki in Departures (2008)
  • Masahiro Motoki and Tsutomu Yamazaki in Departures (2008)

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20 March 2010 | Gordon-11
A very powerful film
This film is about an unemployed man taking up a job as a person who prepares body before putting into the coffin.

"Departures" is a beautiful film. It is about the last journey before a person is reduced to ashes, yet it never feels gloomy. In fact, it shows that all humans die one day, and it is how we view it and how those left behind cope with death that matters. Kobayashi treats the bodies with such enormous respect and dignity, which touches me a lot. "Departures" is a film to feel. It makes you think and feel about such a taboo topic which is not normally discussed. I commend the filmmakers for making "Departures". It's a must see.

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