The Departures

Yojiro Takita

This delicately-crafted Japanese saga about an unemployed cellist who works as an encoffiner (nokanshi) is a unique journey into the meaning of life and death. How his wife, who had left him on finding out the nature of his work, discovers the dignity and beauty of his delicate job and how he prepares the body of his long-lost father for cremation are touchingly portrayed without any sentimental overkill or frills.

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