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[United States] : E1 Entertainment, 
1 videodisc (131 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; 2.0 Dolby Digital.
In Japanese, with English subtitles.
Title from container.
Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kimiko Yo, Tetta Sugimoto, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Takashi Sasano.
Producers, Toshiaki Nakazawa, Toshihisa Watai ; screenplay, Kundo Koyama ; director, Yojiro Takita ; director of photography, Takeshi Hamada ; editor, Akimasa Kawashima ; music, Joe Hisaishi.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for some thematic elements.
Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and finds himself without a job. He 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. He discovers 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, acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed.
Special features: interview with director Yôjirô Takita.
E1E-DV-6757 E1 Entertainment