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Beyond Borders: Departures
Year: 2008
CC: Subtitled
Language: Japanese
Director(s): yojiro takita
Actors: masahiro motoki, ryoko hirosue, tsutomu yamazaki, kimiko yo, tetta sugimoto

In this Academy Award-winning drama, Daigo is a devoted cellist from a recently dissolved orchestra who 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.