Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature – as an undertaker’s assistant.
Fourth watch of March around the World: Japan. Why does everybody in this film eat in such a disgusting manner? Or is that something Japanese? Departures feels like entry level Asian cinema; the sort of movie you’d recommend to one of your friends who just started digging the first layers of serious film watching and who asks you to give him some titles with which he may commence his journey. That positions is also resembled in the absurdly high IMDb-score for Departures, whilst most Letterboxd-users will certainly agree with me that the rich world of Asian cinema has plenty of better gems to offer than this light-hearted experience. Personally, I think it is too longwinded and lacking in scenes that leave much impression. It’s typical, and a pity, that this is one of the few Asian films that has managed to win an Oscar.
The postmortem is wholly conclusive and far from a pretty one. Loved ones may want to leave the room. Those that wish to stay please feel free to leave your messages of condolence below along with any respects you wish to pay. It would be nice to reflect upon a quick passing, a painless death onto a better place. But in a time of grief such as this, hiding the truth will hinder far more than it will help.
In reality Departures is a stinker of a film, a saccharine infested Oscar vehicle that smashed through the gates of the Academy and took what it came for. Any ideas given toward seeing a world in which conflicted characters overcome complicated…
A truly great piece of film making.
Departures is a beautifully acted Japanese movie, which managed to utterly immerse me into the fascinating life of Daigo Kobayashi, a successful cellist, who suddenly finds that his orchestra is to be disbanded.
This life has been a safety net and the regular income vanishes leaving Daigo with no money to pay for the brand new cello he has just bought and is facing big debts. Daigo has to go home and explain this all to his wife Mika.
His confidence in playing or working with another orchestra is all but lost and Daigo decides to sell his instrument and try something else.
From this point the story becomes incredibly touching and poignant…
Such a touching portrayal of life and death. Unfortunately it is a movie that has been spoilt by my viewing conditions so I cannot rate it as highly as I think it probably deserves as I wasn't always concentrated. However, having said that I do think it is a poignant film and a deeply moving one at that. I could just feel it, even though I wasn't always mentally there!
My problem is that I have bought a new TV that has come with a technical issue that is frankly driving me bonkers! The thing is to most eyes it would be such a minor thing - which is probably why no word on the issue can be found online,…
Departures is the second movie in as many days to leave me on the verge of blubbering like a baby. I just can't handle this, I need to watch something manly. Damn you, Departures. Damn you for being so good.
Daigo, a Cello player, suddenly loses his job as the orchestra he plays in disbands. Returning home, he reluctantly accepts a job as an encoffiner, an act in which one prepares bodies of the deceased before they are placed in coffins. I had never heard of this practice before, so the whole process was at first a little strange but grew to be quite intriguing and by the end I fully understood why people would want to have it done.…
I really must not have been paying attention to the Oscars for the last half-decade or so, as I only recently discovered this movie existed, let alone won the Foreign Language award in 2008.
Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) is a cellist who is forced to give up his dream of professional musicianship, and his expensive cello, when the orchestra he has recently joined folds. He moves back to his home town and the house left to him by his deceased mother, accompanied by his loyal wife. He answers a job advert in 'departures' and finds himself in the business of 'encoffining'; a traditional art of embalming performed inf front of the deceased's family during the funeral ceremony.
Like Karl Markovic's…
watched with vernon, excellent
Favorite scene is where he tries to make love to his wife in the kitchen, because he wanted to feel her warmth and life after having worked all day with dead people. He wanted her warmth, wanted her touch, she wasn't use to this type of outward affection, and pushed it off.
simplistic and not that nuanced....however, very cathartic. recommended watching perhaps six months to a year after a loved one has passed.
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Quiet, lovely look at death, impermanence, compassion and care for others.
Otra películón atacada por el síndrome del póster promocional de film romántico que afortunadamente ofrece mucho más de lo que parece: una peli total sobre la vida (incluyendo las decepciones familiares, laborales, la comida, la muerte, los placeres, el sentido del vivir, el humor, la importancia de los rituales...).
A simple and pure cinema.
The stroy is a simple one but it is beautiful. Music and the screenplay was too good. After a very long time, this is the movie I have given 5 stars.
Directed by Yojiro Takita this film stars Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue and Tsutomu Yamazaki. After the orchestra he works in goes bankrupt a man and his wife return to his home town where he gets a job helping prepare the dead to be buried.
As much as anything this is a look at the process of grieving and how rituals can help us say good by to loved ones. The film is touching and manages to stay clear of the melodrama it skirts around at times. There are really good performances from the cast, especially the leads that have to perform the delicate ceremonial preparations.
A tale of a man who leaves his dream job in an orchestra and becomes a nōkanshi—a traditional Japanese ritual mortician. The social and emotional effects of this decision and impact on his life are explored in great detail, and at times it can be a little melodramatic. However, this 2009 Academy Award winning Japanese film has an abundance of style, a score to match and a fantastic cast, its difficult not to be captivated by this story. At just over 2 hours long, and the bulk of the film about death, it’s not for those easily triggered by long drawn out upsetting scenes backed by classical music.
Auch wenn Nokan-Die Kunst des Ausklanges manchmal etwas zu ruhig erzählt wird, ist es doch eine wunderbar leichte Komödie über das Sterben, Rituale und Außenseitertum. Mit sehr nette Figuren, toller Musik und wirklich warmherzig erzählt
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