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Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

Summary: Departures follows Daigo Kobayashi, a devoted 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. (Regent Releasing)

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Runtime: 130 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material.
Production: Amuse Soft Entertainment
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Music
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Home Release Date: Jan 12, 2010
Director Credit
Yôjirô Takita Director
Writer Credit
Kundo Koyama Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Masahiro Motoki Daigo Kobayashi
Ryoko Hirosue Mika Kobayashi
Tsutomu Yamazaki Ikuei Sasaki
Cast Credit
Kazuko Yoshiyuki Tsuyako Yamashita
Kimiko Yo Yuriko Kamimura
Mitsuyo Hoshino Kazuko Kobayashi
Ryôsuke Ôtani Tomeo's Father
Sanae Miyata Naomi Togashi
Takashi Sasano Shokichi Hirata
Tarô Ishida Sonezaki
Tatsuhito Okuda Cast
Tatsuo Yamada Togashi
Tetta Sugimoto Yamashita
Tôru Minegishi Yoshiki Kobayashi
Yukari Tachibana Cast
Producer Credit
Ichirô Nobukuni Producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa Producer
Toshihisa Watai Producer
Yasuhiro Mase Executive Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: