The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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…
Death. Beautiful and peaceful. Interesting peek into japanese culture surrounding the death. Enjoyable.
Funny that the scene that the poster is culled from is the absolute worst in an otherwise decent movie.
Yôjirô Takita (con un passato nel cinema erotico) dirige un film incentrato sul corpo, preparandolo ad una sorta di reviviscenza finale atta a nobilitare e umanizzare la morte, di fronte alla quale tutti si scoprono sensibili. Bisogna seguirlo con attenzione (il ritmo è quello che è) e nonostante un impianto orientale il film sembra fatto apposta per catturare un pubblico più occidentale. Nel finale dilaga il sentimentalismo.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Bits I liked:
Basically first off I really liked this film. Story was unlike anything I've ever seen, for the most part all the actors were great and it had a great range of emotions conveyed, as people have already said.
Really liked the start when he's just coming to grips with the job, because presumably he's coming from the same opinion as others have of it. Disgusting and below them, and his characters turnaround is very well handled.
The old guy who takes him under his wing was sort of the 'Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master' of this movie, sort of effortlessly stealing the show for me, I thought he was wonderful.
Some scenes just were so nice…
even better than remember. moving yet realistic. one to recommend.
Wrote a bit about it here: myanimelist.net/featured/1608
MOVIE OF THE WEEK: "Departures" Nobody does death nor rituals like the japanese. Watch enough of their movies and you might come away with thinking that's all life is, one long ritual preparation for death. Yet, if you've let, or plan to leave, death into your life, you'll find what a life-affirming act a funeral can be--done right. Streaming on the 'flix:
Departures is a Japanese 2008 movie about a professional cellist, (Masahiro Motoki) who when his orchestra breaks up in Tokyo due to bankruptcy, returns to the country village he grew up in and takes a job as the assistant to a funeral professional (Tsutomu Yamazaki) without the knowledge of his wife (Ryoko Hirosue). The film, directed by Yojiro Takia, is a moving, sensitive comic drama that shows how the dead in Japan are not only treated with respect and dignity, but also love and kindness in there journey to the hereafter. Of course the rituals are for the benefit of the survivors, who tend to melt out of there statuesque posturing as the ceremonies progress.
The film won 10 Japanese…
One of the wonderfull soundtrack you will ever listen to
Complete list. :-(