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Okuribito (2008)

Drama | 130 minutes
3,71 596 votes

Genre: Drama

Duration: 130 minuten

Alternative titles: Departures / おくりびと

Country: Japan

Directed by: Yôjirô Takita

Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki and Ryoko Hirosue

IMDb score: 8,0 (55.057)

Releasedate: 13 September 2008


Okuribito plot

"The gift of last memories."

Daigo Kobayashi is a young married cellist. However, his orchestra is disbanded, leaving him with no hope of a job or a career. He decides to move to his hometown with his wife. Here he becomes a nokanshi, an undertaker who washes and clothes the corpses and carries them to the next world in their coffin. His wife and other acquaintances despise him, but through the daily confrontation with death, Daigo finally begins to see what life is all about.

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avatar van CorvisChristi


  • 361 messages
  • 338 votes

I work in the funeral home myself and recently, during the last care I gave to the deceased, along with the daughter, she told me about this film and whether I already knew it.

During a two-week tour of Japan last year, at one point, when the funeral business came up, the tour leader already told us that this subject should be counted as one of the lowest of the lowest in Japan, which you can practice there as a profession.

I was therefore surprised at myself, that I did not know this film yet. Which, of course, had to change quickly.

And it must be said, Departures gives a very good picture of how the main character, together with his colleague, in various beautiful scenes, provides the last care to the deceased. Often in the presence of the family. In a very special and meticulous way, it shows the patience, respect and rituals that go into preparing the deceased for his or her final journey. It also shows that the profession is indeed a rewarding and respectful profession and I can heartily recommend this film to anyone who is open to death. Because despite the sadness, it harbors something incredible, which in many cases, brings people closer together in a beautiful way.

It is also special to see how this film draws attention to the profession in both a negative and positive way. Especially now that I know that the profession is fairly taboo in Japan. Which is of course very unfortunate and certainly for such a special and fantastic country with such a rich culture.

In any case, Departures got me pretty quiet and I enjoyed this wonderful film which, in addition to the beautiful acting of the entire cast, is also provided with another great score by Joe Hisaishi. An absolute must!!!

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avatar van Movsin


  • 7818 messages
  • 8161 votes

A gem of a movie. Maybe a little melody at the end, but otherwise nothing superlatives. Very nice direction, structure, images, beautiful music in addition to beautiful silent moments, symbolism (the boulders, the salmon against the current, the swans) and very good acting in which I give the palm to Royko Hirosue, as the wife of the main character

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