Departures (Okuribito) (2008)

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Death is a weird and scary concept. Ironically, the only way movies have been successful in covering it is through humor (Sunshine Cleaning and Beginners are other great examples). Departures gives this trend a new home, Japan. This film almost never saw the light of day, since at first many distributors refused to release it given the taboos against people who deal with death. Eventually, it received the credit it was due, including an Academy Award. It’s one of those rare movies that will take you on a journey through all of your emotions: it will move from making you laugh, to making you cry, then happy, and finally highly engaged in its subject matter. It’s a beautiful, funny, and compelling movie.

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My husband and I stumbled on to this treasure–love, life and death treated with care and subtle humor. An absolute surprise and one of our favorite foreign films.

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Sara Osama

You may watch hundreds of movies and forget them ,only few movies would affect you and stick to your memory .. this masterpiece is one of these few. it takes your mind in a journey full of highly detailed scenes with a wonderful music that tells a lot and provoke intense emotions without a single ward . departures is very honest, tender and realistic movie it discusses death. and although death is the only fact in our lives it is still a confusing and disturbing issue ,so how would be your life if you see death face to face every… Read more »


I saw Departures years ago and it overwhelmed me with the tender respect it gave such taboo subject. One of my all time favorites.


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      Maisie Williams, Nina Dobrev, Tyler Hoechlin
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      Yōjirō Takita
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      Fergal Rock
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