Okuribito (Departures) (2009)
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as Daigo Kobayashi
as Mika Kobayashi
as Ikuei Sasaki
as Kamimura Yuriko
as Shokichi Hirata
as Tsuyako Yamashita
as Yoshiki Kobayashi
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Critic Reviews for Okuribito (Departures)
The movie gestures towards deep emotions, but an abiding soft-grained superficiality effectively insulates us from the piercing realities of grief.
A moving celebration of life through showing reverence for death.
The winning nature of the performances outweighs Takita's more obvious choices.
Departures is sometimes macabre and sometimes manipulative, but the way it speaks to the spirit is miraculous.
Audience Reviews for Okuribito (Departures)
A beautiful, sensitive and profoundly moving ode to the beauty of life and death, with a surprising sense of humor and a gorgeous score - the kind of film that touches deep inside our feelings like few others, making us appreciate and celebrate the wonder of being alive.
Beautiful, tightly-woven plot, powerful scenes that are keenly Japanese, by turns funny and tearful, and all the story nuggets are carried through and wrapped up in a satisfying manner. The filmmakers really explored the full dramatic potential of this unconventional line of work, exploiting its comical surprises and 'body humour' when Daigo is first initiated into his job, then gradually developing our understanding of the dignity and importance of the work, as well as capturing Japanese society's (through the lens of Daigo's wife and friend's) attitudes towards the dead as "unclean" or disreputable. The scenes where the protagonists works devotedly to win everyone over, and where he confronts his childhood demons, stand testament to the sublime elegance of this film. Highly recommended.
A musician/cultural sophisticate wannabe is shocked when hired to regularly participate in the traditional though frowned upon Japanese preparation for departure ceremony but slowly comes to find humanity in the highly orchestrated rituals of the process. A well done work and very engaging, altho often as obvious as all hell. I personally found the old timer's (Yamazaki) version of the process more poetic.
Okuribito (Departures) Quotes
|Mika Kobayashi:||So what is it?|
|Mika Kobayashi:||Like weddings? Maybe you can play cello for them. I'll get the sukiyaki ready.|
|Ikuei Sasaki:||That's a misprint. It's not departures, it's the departed.|
|Daigo Kobayashi:||The departed.|