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SPOTLIGHT

DEPARTURES

FEATURE NARRATIVE 130 Minutes New York Premiere
FILM GUIDE DEPARTURES
With the breakup of his Tokyo orchestra, Daigo, a young cellist, decides to return with his adoring wife Mika to his hometown in Japan's far north. Searching for work, he responds to a cryptic classified ad for work in "Departures" only to find out that the position is in the field of "encoffining," the ritual preparation of a corpse before it is placed in a casket for cremation. Daigo gradually takes to the work and finds he has a real talent, but he is too ashamed to tell Mika, leaving him torn between his true calling and his marriage.

Winner of the Academy Award® for best foreign language film this year, Departures achieves a pleasingly droll blend of screwball-like humor with a moving story about reconciliation, acceptance, and finding one's place in the world, enhanced by a richly orchestrated score. By taking us into the uniquely Japanese tradition of the "Nokanshi"-who washes, dresses, and grooms the dead body in front of the deceased's family, helping the living to bid farewell and the dead to move on to the next world-director Yojiro Takita also offers a refreshingly light and life-affirming vision of how we can reconcile ourselves with death and dying.
Drama
About the Director(s)
Yojiro Takita joined Hiroshi Mukai's Sushi Productions as an assistant director in 1976. He made his directorial debut in 1981 with Chikan Onna Kyoshi and went on to helm more than 20 films, including Komikku Zasshi Nanka Iranai!, The Yen Family, We Are Not Alone, The Exam, Secret, Ashura, and The Battery. In 2001, his special effects fantasy Onmyoji (The Ying-Yang Master) stormed the box office and generated a sequel. His historical drama When The Last Sword Is Drawn earned best film at the 2004 Japan Academy Prize Awards.
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Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    130 minutes
  • Language:
    Japanese
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    New York
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kimiko Yo, Takashi Sasano, Kazuko Yoshiyuki
  • Director:
    Yojiro Takita
  • Screenwriter:
    Kundo Koyama
  • Producer:
    Toshiaki Nakazawa
  • Music:
    Joe Hisaishi
  • Director of Photography:
    Takashi Sasano
  • Editing:
    Akimasa Kawashima

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Helene Nielsen Beal
    Regent Releasing
    10990 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Phone: (310) 806-4269
    hnb@regentreleasing.com
  • Main Contact
    Jonathan Aubry
    Here! Films / Regent
    10990 Wilshire Blvd., Penthouse Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Phone: 310-806-6382
    jaubry@regententertainment.com
  • Sales Contact
    Kiwamu Sato
    Shochiku Co.
    4-1-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku Tokyo, 104-8422
    Phone: 81355501623
    ibd@shochiku.co.jp
  • Submitter
    Helene Beal
    Regent Releasing
    10990 Wilshire Boulevard, Penthouse Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Phone: 310 806 4278
    info@regentreleasing.com
  • Print Source
    Helene Nielsen Beal
    Regent Releasing
    10990 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Phone: (310) 806-4269
    hnb@regentreleasing.com
  • Main Contact
    Jonathan Aubry
    Here! Films / Regent
    10990 Wilshire Blvd., Penthouse Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Phone: 310-806-6382
    jaubry@regententertainment.com
  • Sales Contact
    Kiwamu Sato
    Shochiku Co.
    4-1-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku Tokyo, 104-8422
    Phone: 81355501623
    ibd@shochiku.co.jp
  • Submitter
    Helene Beal
    Regent Releasing
    10990 Wilshire Boulevard, Penthouse Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Phone: 310 806 4278
    info@regentreleasing.com

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