Departures is Showing at macrobert tonight, and here are our film notes…


A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals, 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.


  • The film is also known as ‘Okuribito’‘Departures’ is its international title.
  • The Japanese title “Okuribito” means “the sending [away/off] people” (as in: people who send) – but this word is not normally used in Japanese.
  • It was filmed in Sakata and Yamagata in Japan.
  • In 2009 it won the Oscar for best foreign language film of the year.
  • Okuribito is loosely based on Aoki Shinmon’s autobiographical book Nkanfu Nikki (1993), published in English as Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician (2004).

If you liked this you should see…

The Painted Veil (2006), Welcome (2009 – at macrobert 23rd March) or Only When I Dance (2009 – at macrobert 24th and 23rd March).

The Hills are alive with the sound of music


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