Academy Award winning film finds comedy in death


© 2008 Departures Film Partners.


From director Yojiro Takita comes Departures, an emotive story of a man coming face to face with his own Japanese culture.

The Academy Award winning (Best Foreign Language) film follows Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist whose life is redirected when his orchestra is dissolved. Daigo and his wife move from Tokyo to his home town in northern Japan, where he comes across a socially controversial job opportunity.

The comical story follows Daigo’s experiences as he discovers the joy in living and confronts taboos through a passion for his new role as a mortician.

© 2008 Departures Film Partners.


Event details

Departures will screen at Massey University’s Auckland campus at Albany on Wednesday September 5. The monthly Japanese films play on the first Wednesday of the month, at 6.15pm. Preceding the main feature is a short documentary on life and culture in Japan, which starts at 6pm. Unless specified, the films are screened in the Atrium Round Room on the ground floor of the Atrium Building. There is free parking available on campus.

Director: Yojiro Takita

Running time: 131 minutes

Rating: M – Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over

For more information on the Japanese films visit the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland website here.

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