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Reney Warrington - 2010-01-18
Director: Yojiro Takita
Daigo loses his job as an orchestra cellist, moves back to his hometown, and answers a newspaper ad for what he thinks is a job at a travel agency. The ad contained a spelling mistake, though. Departures was meant to be The Departed. Yes, the job entails preparing the departed for burial/cremation.
There is no surprising twist in the tale. You know what is coming. Daigo is removed from himself, from the process of death. As he starts his job he moves closer to life, himself and the people in his life. The beauty of this film lies, however, in the understated way the story is told and the graceful acting of the whole cast.
Where films such as (the hugely enjoyable) Inglorious Bastards has no moral compass (even for a Tarantino film), Departures is the exact opposite. It takes you into a sacred part of Japanese culture: Nokanshi, or “encoffineering”, and demonstrates the value of life and having respect and patience for those sharing their lives with you.