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Departures

Departures

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A classical musician loses his job, and moves with his wife back to his tiny village. Desperate for work, he accepts a job of fixing up dead people for their burial... making them look their best. As this is a very low-level job, he tries to keep it secret from his wife and friends, but the truth leaks out, and he has to deal with the consequences. Reviews have been mixed, and it appears that it won the Best Foreign Language Oscar as a result of a split vote for two other movies.


130 minutes, Mature Accompaniment under 10
Drama, Musical, On the art circuit

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Credits
Cast
Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoki Hirosue, Kazuko Toshiyuki, Kimiko Yo, Takashi Sasano
Director
Yôjirô Takita
ScreenplayKundo Koyama
MusicJoe Hisaishi
CinematographyTakeshi Hamada
EditingAkimasa Kawashima
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2008
Produced byAmuse Soft Entertainment, Asahi Shimbunsha, Dentsu, Mainichi Hoso, Sedic, Shochiku Company, Shogakukan, TBS

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FPB Report (SA)
GenreDrama
LanguageMild
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceNone
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsJapanese award-winning film. Finely scripted, sensitively and beautifully produced
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.


Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
Cape Argus/The StarTheresa Smith quote icon 15
Die BurgerLaetitia Pople quote icon 20
Cape TimesBetsy Sharkey quote icon 15
International Media
Box Office (USA)John P. McCarthy quote icon 8
Chicago Sunday TimesRoger Ebert20
eye Weekly (Canada)Jason Anderson5
Metacritic.com16 critics13
RottenTomatoes.com77 critics14
RottenTomatoes.comTomatometer quote icon 16
IMDB4704 Netizens quote icon 16
Average .. 71%14


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