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PG-13| 2 hr. 10 min.

Plot Summary
Soon after buying an expensive cello, Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) learns that his orchestra is disbanding. Daigo and his wife move back to his hometown in northern Japan, where he answers an ad for what he thinks is a travel agency but is, in actuality, a mortuary. As he learns and carries out the rituals used in preparing the dead for their final rest, Daigo finds his true calling in life.

Cast: Masahiro Motoki , Tsutomu Yamazaki , Ryôko Hirosue , Kazuko Yoshiyuki , Kimiko Yo , Takashi Sasano , Toru Minegishi , Tetta Sugimoto

Director: Yojiro Takita

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Departures (2008)

Release Date: May 29th, 2009|2 hr. 10 min.

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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is far from perfect but has enough going on to compensate for its excessive length and some sentimentality. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though events unravel predictably, the film is profoundly affecting, thanks to a well-written story, rich characters and superlative acting. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Beautiful moments abound. In Departures, the contemplation of death prepares the way for an appreciation of life. show more

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