Thursday, March 11, 2010

Friday Film Screening Friday March 12, '10 at 9:00 pm

Film: Okuribito (Departures)
Director: Yojiro Takita
Language: Japanese
Runtime: 130 min

Venue: IDC
Time: 9:00 pm

Won Oscar for Best Foreign Language  Film.

Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and now finds himself without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of "Nokanshi," acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. [ditto from]



1 comment:

  1. It's the most amazing movie, simple and sweet and with a heart that would make you cry. It's a must, must, must watch. Those who haven't seen it, do go.