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still from Departures (Yohjiro Takita, JP 2008)

Departures

Departures

Yohjiro Takita / JP, 2008 / 130 min.

It seems a tough change of career: from playing the cello to caring for corpses. But a change of job can bring hidden talents to the surface: cellist Daigo prepares the dead for their journey to the hereafter in this Oscar-winning film by Yôyirô Takita.

poster Departures (Yohjiro Takita, JP 2008)
For years now, Daigo has played as a cellist in an orchestra in Tokyo. Until the orchestra is disbanded and all the musicians are cast out onto the street. Daigo doesn’t lose heart and returns with his wife Mika to the village in the north of Japan where he was born, where he finds a new job. Not as a musician, but caring for the dead.

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Details

Director

Yohjiro Takita

Production year

2008

Country

JP

Original title

Okuribito

Length

130 min.

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

NLD

Format

35mm

Part of

Shochiku 100

Yasujiro Ozu, Masaki Kobayashi, Takeshi Kitano: the masters of Japanese cinema. But did you know that their work was made possible by Shochiku? In 2022 Eye is marking over one hundred years of one of Japan’s oldest, and largest, film companies.

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campaign image Shochiku 100 (still from Carmen Comes Home (Keisuke Kinoshita, JP 1951))
still from Departures (Yohjiro Takita, JP 2008)
still from Departures (Yohjiro Takita, JP 2008)

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