MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 184 this week

Departures (2008)
"Okuribito" (original title)

8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 28,990 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 96 user | 154 critic | 27 from Metacritic.com

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 24 Jun 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 22 May 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 25 Feb 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Departures (2008)

Departures (2008) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Departures.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Chorus (2004)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively effect the students' lives through music.

Director: Christophe Barratier
Stars: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He finds work as a church organist and develops a rewarding relationship with a priest and her young son. However, ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Poppe
Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Trine Dyrholm, Ellen Dorrit Petersen
Almost Famous (2000)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson
Drama | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel
8 Mile (2002)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems around gives him doubts.

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A violin prodigy and his father travel to Beijing, where the father seeks the means to his son's success while the son struggles to accept the path laid before him.

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Yun Tang, Peiqi Liu, Hong Chen
4 Minutes (2006)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An elderly piano teacher trains a young convict at a women's penitentiary.

Director: Chris Kraus
Stars: Hannah Herzsprung, Monica Bleibtreu, Vadim Glowna
Nana II (2005)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A chance encounter between two girls of the same name, "Nana," triggers a series of events and relationships.

Director: Kentarô Ohtani
Stars: Mika Nakashima, Aoi Miyazaki, Hiroki Narimiya
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. ... See full summary »

Director: Claudia Llosa
Stars: Magaly Solier, Susi Sánchez, Efraín Solís
Vitus (2006)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The film tells the story of a highly-gifted boy whose parents have demanding and ambitious plans for him - they want him to become a pianist. However, one day the boy, Vitus, is no longer ... See full summary »

Director: Fredi M. Murer
Stars: Fabrizio Borsani, Bruno Ganz, Teo Gheorghiu
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Soichi Negishi moved to Tokyo to chase his dream of becoming a musician playing stylish, Swedish-style pop. Instead, he finds himself leading the death metal band Detroit Metal City, or DMC... See full summary »

Director: Toshio Lee
Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yoshihiko Hosoda, Ryûji Akiyama
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Daigo Kobayashi
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
Ikuei Sasaki
Ryôko Hirosue ...
Mika Kobayashi
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
Tsuyako Yamashita
Kimiko Yo ...
Yuriko Uemura
Takashi Sasano ...
Shokichi Hirata
Tetta Sugimoto ...
Yamashita
Tôru Minegishi ...
Yoshiki Kobayashi
Tatsuo Yamada ...
Togashi
Yukari Tachibana
Tarô Ishida ...
Sonezaki
Sanae Miyata ...
Naomi Togashi
Ryôsuke Ôtani ...
Tomeo's father
Mitsuyo Hoshino ...
Kazuko Kobayashi
Tatsuhito Okuda
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The gift of last memories

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 September 2008 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Departures  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$74,945 (USA) (29 May 2009)

Gross:

$1,542,503 (USA) (11 June 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Japan's contender for the 2009 foreign language Oscar. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daigo Kobayashi: [voice over narration] When I was a child winter didn't feel so cold. It's nearly two months since I moved home from Tokyo. It's been an awkward time.
See more »

Connections

Remade as Untitled Departures Remake See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach/Charles Gounod
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A Beautiful and Full of Sentiments Story about Life and Death
18 August 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Tokyo, the violoncellist Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) loses his job when the sponsor dissolves his orchestra. Deigo decides to return to his hometown Yamagata with his wife Mika (Ryoko Hirosue) to live in the house that his mother, who has just passed away, left for him. While seeking a job in the newspaper, he finds an advertisement entitled Departures in the NK Agency and he schedules an interview believing it is a travel agency. However, he finds out that the position is to work in a funeral business as a sort of undertaker that prepares the corpse for cremation and the afterlife. While Mika and his friends look down on his job, Daigo feels proud with the recognition of the families of the diseased persons with his work. When the owner of the bathhouse Tsurunoyu dies, Mika finally recognizes the beauty of the artistic work of Daigo. When they are informed that his absent father has died alone in a fishing village, Daigo resolves his innermost issues with him.

The winner of Best Foreign Language Film of 2009 "Okuribito" is a touching movie with a beautiful and full of sentiments story about life and death. The idea of death as a gateway to the afterlife has been explored in many movies; but in "Okuribito" it is disclosed in an artistic and beautifully sad way, through a dramatic and respectful but never corny relationship with the families of the diseased person. This wonderful movie was awarded with thirty-one (31) wins and three (3) nominations to several film festivals, and is supported by an original screenplay based on the rich Japanese culture that brings the most different and antagonistic feelings to the viewer; magnificent direction and performances of the lead and support cast; fantastic cinematography, lighting and art direction; and a stunning and stylish music score. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Partida" ("The Departure")


27 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This boring japanese kitsch beat 'Waltz with Bashir' to the title? jollyroger200
Japanese Films youngerthanbuck
'I hate myself' DukeBryant
Hollywood remake in the works... Kinglott
Two Questions about Japanese Culture In the Film eedan
Want to know other films like this? redwed
Discuss Departures (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?