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Departures (2008)

Director: Yojiro Takita     Starring: Masahiro Motoki Ryoko Hirosue
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Format: DVD
Sku: 212636829
UPC: 741952675792
UPC 14: 00741952675792
Category Keywords: Classical Music  Japan  Musicians
Rating: Game Rating Code
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When his orchestra disbands, daigo kobayashi moves back to his h ometown and takes a job preparing corpses for burial. Too embar rassed to admit his new career to his family, daigo keep his pro fession a secret until he learns the true joy and wonder of livi ng.
Editor's Note
After Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) loses his job as a cellist, he feels lost. Daigo returns to his hometown in search of work, and a job ad leads him to work at a funeral home. While those around him shun his new career, Daigo finds solace and direction in his work. This thought-provoking look at life and death was Japan?s submission for the Oscars in 2008.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: E1
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/12/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 131 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video UPC UPC: 00741952675792
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Masahiro Motoki
Video Cast Info Ryoko Hirosue
Video Cast Info Tsutomu Yamazaki
Video Cast Info Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Video Cast Info Yo Kimiko
Video Cast Info Takashi Sasano
Video Cast Info Kundo Koyama - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Toshiaki Nakazawa - Producer
Video Cast Info Toshihisa Watai - Producer
Video Cast Info Yashuhiro Mase - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Takeshi Hamada - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Joe Hisaishi - Composer
Video Cast Info Yojiro Takita - Director

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"The score, heavy on the cello, is gorgeous, the visuals are painterly in their composition, and the film is calm and stately, even when depicting grief at its most raw." 05/29/2009

Wall Street Journal
"[B]eautiful moments abound. In DEPARTURES, the contemplation of death prepares the way for an appreciation of life." 05/29/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
4 stars out of 4 -- "The music is lush and sentimental in a subdued way, the cinematography perfectly framed and evocative, and the movie is uncommonly absorbing." 05/27/2009

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Winner of this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar, DEPARTURES offers a gentle, unashamedly sentimental take on death and reconciliation." 12/07/2009

4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]lack comedy is interspersed with moments of tenderness....Unique, clever and full of warmth." 06/01/2010

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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