dvd & blu-ray information

The gift of last memories.

DVD / BLU-RAY Release Date:
January 12, 2010

Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Kimiko Yo, Takashi Sasano

Director: Yojiro Takita

Genre: Drama
About the film:
"Departures" follows Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki), a devote 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" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and 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. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.

13 Japan Academy Award Nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor
Winner - Grand Prix de Ameriques, Montreal World Film Festival
Winner - Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Masahiro Motoki) Golden Rooster Award
Winner - Audience Award, Hawaii International Film festival
Winner - Best Film, Hochi Film Awards
Winner - Best Film, Best Director, Nikkan Sports Film Awards

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