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DEPARTURES

原題
おくりびと
Original Title
Okuribito
Production Year
2008
Running Time
131min
Genre
Color
Color
Director
Cast
Masahiro MOTOKI
Ryoko HIROSUE
Kimiko YO
Tsutomo YAMAZAKI

Introdcution
Top creators from all fields including director Takita Yojiro (ASHURA, When the Last Sword Is Drawn) and music composer Hisaishi Joe (Sonatine, Spirited Away) gathered to create this emotionally moving drama about a young man who becomes a "Encoffineer" – a person who prepares the ceremonial washing, dressing, and placing of the deceased in to the coffin.
Synopsis
Departures follows a young man, who has just started working as a "Nokanshi" (Encoffineer). Cleaning up the body, placing the dead into the coffin, and sending the dead to the next world… he is the gatekeeper between life and death.
The young man is Daigo Kobayashi, who was a cellist in an orchestra which had just been dissolved. Suddenly thrown out onto the streets without a job and no hope for life, Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown, with his wife. However, his life is revived by the job of "encoffineer". The job is despised by his wife and the people around him, but through the "Deaths" that he encounters, he starts to finally find what "Life" is all about.
Until our own "departure" comes, we must all eventually "send off" those we love. The universal theme evokes the love between married couples, of parents for children, of children for parents, and the ties that bind relatives, friends, and co-workers, in a film that will raise powerful emotions of both laughter and tears.