30.09. - 09.10.2021

Departures Japan 2008 | 130 min | OV | Colour | FF 2009

rated for 0 + years
The unfortunate Daigo has lost his position as a cellist and returns to Japan’s north with his wife. Unwittingly, he applies for a job with an undertaker’s, mistaking it for a travel agent’s. But an ample salary and a grotesque self-experiment lead him to discover the dignity that the old ritual he must perform gives the last farewell in the face of the next of kin. His wife, however, does not approve. A beautiful drama about love, family ties and the final hour.
Original title: Okuribito
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Japanese
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Yôjirô Takita
Screenplay: Kundo Koyama
Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomo Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Producer: Toshiaki Nakazawa
Director of Photography: Takeshi Hamada
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Production Design: Fumio Ogawa
Editor: Akimasa Kawashima
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: 35 mm
German Distributor: KOOL Filmdistribution
World Sales: Content Film International, 19 Heddon Street, W1B 4BG London, United Kingdom, Tel: +44 2078 516 500, Fax: +44 207 851 6506, email:,
Production: Shochiku Company


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