Departures

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Departures
A classical musician loses his job, and moves with his wife back to his tiny village. Desperate for work, he accepts a job of fixing up dead people for their burial... making them look their best. As this is a very low-level job, he tries to keep it secret from his wife and friends, but the truth leaks out, and he has to deal with the consequences. Reviews have been mixed, and it appears that it won the Best Foreign Language Oscar as a result of a split vote for two other movies.

130 minutes.
Mature Accompaniment under 10.
Drama, Musical, On the art circuit

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoki Hirosue, Kazuko Toshiyuki, Kimiko Yo, Takashi Sasano
Director
Yôjirô Takita
ScreenplayKundo Koyama
MusicJoe Hisaishi
CinematographyTakeshi Hamada
EditingAkimasa Kawashima
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2008
Produced byAmuse Soft Entertainment, Asahi Shimbunsha, Dentsu, Mainichi Hoso, Sedic, Shochiku Company, Shogakukan, TBS

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageMild
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceNone
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsJapanese award-winning film. Finely scripted, sensitively and beautifully produced
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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconThere is life to be found after death
15
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople quote icon'n intense,geestelike ervaaring
20
Cape Times
Betsy Sharkey quote iconPowerful themes gently handled
15
Box Office
John P. McCarthy quote iconToo long and glacially paced to catch fire in international markets.
8
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
20
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson
5
Metacritic.com
16 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
77 critics
14
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconIf slow and predictable, Departures is a quiet, life affirming story.
16

What the People say

Internet
4704 Netizens quote iconThe odd job.
16

Average .. 71%

14

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