Departures Poster

Release Date: May 29th, 2009

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

Distributors: Regent Releasing

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Winner Foreign Language Film