Departures 2009

Departures (Okuribito) is a 2008 Japanese film by Yōjirō Takita. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2009 Oscars and has earned $61,010,217 in Japan as of April 12, 2009.

Plot: Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and now finds himself 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.

* Masahiro Motoki as Daigo Kobayashi
* Ryoko Hirosue as Mika Kobayashi
* Kazuko Yoshiyuki as Tsuyako Yamashita, a lady running sento
* Tsutomu Yamazaki as Shōei Sasaki, President of NK Agency
* Kimiko Yo as Yuriko Uemura, an employee of NK Agency

Watch Departures 2009 Trailer