We will show a brilliant film entitled "Departures" this Thursday. As usual, the admission is free and it has English sub-titles. This is the winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 2008. Don’t miss it!
FREE Monthly Japanese film showing – November 2010
Date: Thursday 11 November 2010
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 838-4042
No booking required!
Director : Yojiro Takita
Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue, Toru Minegishi, Kimiko Yo
The gift of last memories.
Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures is a delightful journey into the heartland of Japan as well an astonishingly beautiful look at a sacred part of Japan’s cultural heritage.
Departures follows Daigo Kobayashi, 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, a traditional funerary celebrant who prepares bodies for 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. Daigo experiences a profound and sometimes comical journey as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.
Presented by The Consulate-General of Japan, The University of Waikato, The Japan Foundation and Madman Entertainment