DEPARTURES Movie Trailer
Check out the trailer for DEPARTURES starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Kimiko Yo, Takashi Sasano, and directed by Yojiro Takita.
Departures won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film this year, and so I think it’s worth a least taking a look. I have to say that the trailer spiked my interest. The story sounds good and the acting also seems pretty strong.
Departures will be released to theaters on May 29, 2009. Watch the trailer below.
Departures Synopsis: Departures follows Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki), a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and who is suddenly left without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled “Departures” thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a “Nokanshi” or “encoffineer,” a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of “Nokanshi,” acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.