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Departures (2008)

  • Rate: 8.1/10 total 16,506 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 13 September 2008 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 130 min
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Departures (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Departures (2008)
  • Rate: 8.1/10 total 16,506 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 13 September 2008 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 130 min
  • Filming Location: Sakata, Yamagata, Japan
  • Gross: $61,010,217(Japan)(12 April 2009)
  • Director: Yôjirô Takita
  • Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue and Tsutomu Yamazaki
  • Original Music By: Joe Hisaishi   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Cellist | Death | Orchestra | Funeral | Cello

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Kundô Koyama  writer

Known Trivia

  • Japan’s contender for the 2009 foreign language Oscar.
  • The Japanese title “Okuribito” means “the sending away/off people” (as in: people who send) – but this word is not normally used in Japanese.

Plot: A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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.Written by Regent Releasing  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Yasuhiro Mase known as executive producer
  • Toshiaki Nakazawa known as producer
  • Ichirô Nobukuni known as producer
  • Toshihisa Watai known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Masahiro Motoki known as Daigo Kobayashi
  • Tsutomu Yamazaki known as Ikuei Sasaki
  • Ryôko Hirosue known as Mika Kobayashi
  • Kazuko Yoshiyuki known as Tsuyako Yamashita
  • Kimiko Yo known as Yuriko Uemura
  • Takashi Sasano known as Shokichi Hirata
  • Tetta Sugimoto known as Yamashita
  • Tôru Minegishi known as Yoshiki Kobayashi
  • Tatsuo Yamada known as Togashi
  • Yukari Tachibana
  • Tarô Ishida known as Sonezaki
  • Sanae Miyata known as Naomi Togashi
  • Ryôsuke Ôtani known as Tomeo's father
  • Mitsuyo Hoshino known as Kazuko Kobayashi
  • Tatsuhito Okuda
  • Akemi Fuji
  • Shinji Hiwatashi
  • Hiroyuki Kishi
  • Yukimi Koyanagi
  • Genjitsu Shu
  • Tarô Suwa
  • Ryôichi Suzuki
  • Yukiko Tachibana
  • Takao Toji
  • Atsushi Yamanaka
  • Miki Hayashida known as Okuyamakenomusume (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Etsuko Egawa known as special makeup effects artist
  • Iaso Tsuge known as beauty director

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Amuse Soft Entertainment
  • Asahi Shimbunsha
  • Dentsu
  • Departures Film Partners
  • Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS)
  • Sedic
  • Shochiku Company
  • Shogakukan
  • TBS Radio & Communications (as TBS Radio)
  • Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS)

Other Companies:

  • Aquarita  hairmake cooperation
  • Aveda  hairmake cooperation
  • Butaiya  hairmake cooperation
  • Continental Far East  Dolby consultant
  • East Japan Railway Co. (JR East)  filming cooperation
  • Fuji Eiga (II)  vehicles
  • Imagica  film processing and prints
  • Kamiyama City  filming cooperation
  • Kodak Japan  film stock supplied by
  • Kyuu Kappou Obata  filming cooperation
  • Kyuu Minatoza  filming cooperation
  • Make Up For Ever  hairmake cooperation
  • NK Agent  filming cooperation
  • Nihon L'Oréal  hairmake cooperation
  • Nihon Shomei Co.  lighting equipment supplied by
  • On-Air Azabu Studio  recording studio
  • Paul & Joe  hairmake cooperation
  • Reeltime Creative  advertising agency (Trailers, Posters, Websites)
  • Rodeo Street  vehicles
  • Sakata City  filming cooperation
  • Sakata Civic Hall Kibou Hall  filming cooperation
  • Sakata Location Box  filming cooperation
  • Sankyo Souko  filming cooperation
  • Sanwa Cine Equipment  camera equipment supplied by
  • Shonai Eigamura Co.  filming cooperation
  • Snack Wa  filming cooperation
  • Tsurunoyu  filming cooperation
  • Tsuruoka City  filming cooperation
  • Utowa  hairmake cooperation
  • Victor Studio  recording studio
  • Wonder Station  recording studio
  • Yamagata Prefacture  filming cooperation

Distributors:

  • Regent Releasing (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Shochiku Company (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Studio S Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical) (D-Cinema)
  • Wild Bunch Benelux (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Alfa Films (2010) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Arrow Films (2010) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • CN Entertainment (2009) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Emperor Motion Pictures (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore (2010) (Italy) (DVD)
  • Golden Screen Cinemas (2008) (Malaysia) (all media)
  • Golden Village Entertainment (2008) (Singapore) (all media)
  • KD Media (2008) (South Korea) (all media)
  • KOOL Filmdistribution (2009) (Germany) (all media)
  • Lark Films Distribution (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Madman Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (all media)
  • Madman Entertainment (2009) (New Zealand) (all media)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2009) (France) (all media)
  • Paris Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Regent Releasing (2009) (Canada) (all media)
  • Studio S (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Videorama (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Zeus Films (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Release Date:

  • Canada 23 August 2008 (Montréal Film Festival)
  • China 10 September 2008 (Golden Rooster and Hundred Flower Film Festival)
  • Japan 13 September 2008
  • South Korea 5 October 2008 (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • USA 16 October 2008 (Hawaii Film Festival)
  • South Korea 30 October 2008
  • Australia 28 November 2008 (Japanese Film Festival)
  • USA 16 January 2009 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
  • Japan 1 February 2009 (Yokohama Film Festival)
  • Germany 6 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Taiwan 27 February 2009
  • Singapore 5 March 2009
  • Greece 12 March 2009
  • France 15 March 2009 (Deauville Asian Film Festival)
  • Hong Kong 19 March 2009
  • Israel 2 April 2009
  • USA 3 April 2009 (Wisconsin Film Festival)
  • USA 16 April 2009 (Washington D.C. International Film Festival)
  • Turkey 19 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
  • Italy 28 April 2009 (Udine Far East Film Festival)
  • USA 28 April 2009 (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • USA 7 May 2009 (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
  • USA 22 May 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Brazil 23 May 2009 (Rio de Janeiro) (premiere)
  • Netherlands 28 May 2009
  • USA 29 May 2009 (limited)
  • France 3 June 2009
  • Brazil 5 June 2009
  • Puerto Rico 11 June 2009 (Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico)
  • Canada 12 June 2009 (limited)
  • USA 17 June 2009 (Maui Film Festival)
  • Malaysia 18 June 2009 (limited)
  • Thailand 18 June 2009
  • Poland 26 June 2009 (Tofifest Festival)
  • Spain 3 July 2009
  • Russia 9 July 2009 (limited)
  • New Zealand 20 August 2009
  • Canada 26 September 2009 (Edmonton International Film Festival)
  • Turkey 2 October 2009
  • Australia 15 October 2009
  • Germany 29 October 2009 (Munich Asia Filmfest)
  • Austria 30 October 2009 (Vienna International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 4 November 2009
  • Denmark 6 November 2009
  • UK 6 November 2009 (Leeds International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 18 November 2009 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Germany 26 November 2009
  • Poland 29 November 2009 (Camerimage Film Festival)
  • UK 4 December 2009
  • Argentina 14 January 2010
  • Sweden 15 January 2010
  • Poland 22 January 2010
  • Mexico 29 January 2010
  • Italy 8 April 2010
  • Uruguay 28 May 2010
  • Peru 28 July 2010 (limited)
  • India 24 October 2010 (Mumbai Film Festival)
  • Germany 11 February 2011 (Japanische Filmwoche Düsseldorf)
  • Philippines 1 July 2011 (Manila Eiga Sai)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for thematic material

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