Departures (2009)

Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 2hr 11mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Foreign
Keywords workplace
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Hitoshi Takaya Lighting n/a 798 6000002
Akimasa Kawashima Editor n/a 172 7000001
Takeshi Hamada Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Hidetaka Nagahama Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Shuji Yamashita Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Joe Hisaishi Music n/a 120781 8000001
Fumio Ogawa Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Satoshi Ozaki Sound Sound Recording 120816 14000001
Osamu Onodera Sound Mixer n/a 230 14000002
Isao Tsuge Hairdresser Beauty Director 121014 13000002
Katsuhiko Kitamura Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Naomi Koike Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
Kundou Koyama Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Yasuhiro Mase Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Takashi Sasano Actor Shokichi Hirata 1 1000005
Kazuko Yoshiyuki Actor Tsuyako Yamashita 1 1000006
Masahiro Motoki Actor Daigo Kobayashi 1 1000004
Ryoko Hirosue Actor Mika Kobayashi 1 1000003
Kimiko Yo Actor Kamimura Yuriko 1 1000002
Tetta Sugimoto Actor Yamashita 1 1000007
Toru Minegishi Actor n/a 1 1000008
Toshiaki Nakazawa Producer n/a 3 3000001
Toshihisa Watai Producer n/a 3 3000002
Yojiro Takita Director n/a 2 2000001
Yukiko Tachibana Actor n/a 1 1000010
Tatsuo Yamada Actor n/a 1 1000009
Tsutomu Yamazaki Actor Ikuei Sasaki 1 1000001
Daigo is a cellist who becomes jobless when his symphony orchestra in Tokyo disbands. Giving up his dream of being a performer, Daigo moves back to his close-knit home town with wife Mika to reevaluate his life while staying in his late mother's home. After answering a help wanted ad with hopes of an exciting job in tourism, he instead finds himself offered a position at a company specializing in "encoffinments," the ancient Japanese art of preparing a corpse for cremation in front of the bereaved. Sasaki, the surly sage of an owner, convinces Daigo to take the job after dangling a large salary in front of him. In spite of the strange prospect of bathing, dressing and grooming the dead, along with fearing the reactions of his wife and the outside world, Daigo discovers a renewed joy for living through learning to care for the grieving and the deceased and unwittingly begins a journey of reconciliation with his past. The comically caustic Sasaki serves as Daigo's anchor and stalwart advisor, passing the knowledge of a time-honored tradition to a new generation along with respect for the unifying finality of departure.