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Departures movie: So nakakaiyak
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More than ten years ago, before the kids and before we got married, Jeroen and I spent many times together watching movies either in the cinema or at home.
We had such a simple life before the wifi and pirated DVDs came along. We would take the car to rent VHS tapes or Laser Discs at the neighborhood rental shop in San Juan. And we would have a date at home.
Now with all these toys, gadgets, work and the kids, I really appreciate my quiet time with Jeroen when I we would have movie dates in bed, just the two of us under the sheets and in the dark.
Last night Jeroen and I weren’t in the mood to read or go online, so I finally played this DVD I purchased from Amazon.

Departures

It is about a newly married cellist who loses his job when the orchestra he is part of is dissolved.
Having a debt of 9 million yen (the cost of the cello), he decides to sell the instrument and leave Tokyo with his wife. They settle for a simpler life far from the city where his late mother has left him with a rent-free house.

Departures

Searching for a job, he answers an ad in the newspaper, not knowing what is in store for him. It is in fact a job in a funeral home. He is hired on the spot and offered a salary of 500,000 yen a month (about Php 250,000).
At first he struggles with the grossness of the job (which he conceals from his wife) but soon enough he learns the trade from his boss.

Departures

I have experienced funerals only in Manila and in the Netherlands. I can tell you now that the Dutch are more solemn than Pinoys, whose wakes and funerals can become quite a party. It seems we have lost that touch of solemnity with the slide shows and the catering. That’s why I appreciate watching how the Japanese (such a lovely people) deal with their departed.
Seeing this movie will make you wish you were Japanese, just because of how they handle the final rites.

Jeroen and I finished the movie close to midnight, after which we turned off the lights and slept really well (until a mild earthquake woke me up in the middle of the night).
When I woke up this morning I was still thinking about it—a sign that a movie has really touched me, I just had to share.

http://www.departures-themovie.com/

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Mishy

Ms. C, I used to be traumatized na with Jap films. The 3 Jap films that I watched? were all ‘morbid’, tagos to the bone their movies. For eg: the film about bestfriends where the bff cut her breast for her to feel the pain of her bestfriend. and then the other one naman, cuts her tongue 🙁 the other one naman is where the super pretty jap actress cut her tongue to look like a snake tongue. Ouchie! Thank You that because of this, I’d finally have the “COURAGE” to watch Jap movies again 🙂

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Yeah, this is a very good film.  It deserved getting the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Why do the Japanese (or the Koreans) always know how to do things right, in this case, treating their dead with the utmost respect?

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Shar

This was actually shown in Manila a few weeks ago at the Eiga Sai, but I missed it. 🙁

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I remember this movie, as it won Best Foreign Language Film in the Academy Awards. It surely left a mark to me,  perceiving relationships on a different light. 

Oh, I’ve forgotten that my ex-partner hated these kind of movies.. Hence, I had to do my crying fest on my lonesome. But that was one unforgettable moment. J’adore. 🙂

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This is one of the best movies that I’ve ever watched that really moved me. By the end of the film,  I was deep in thought – and realized that it is such a humbling profession in preparing and aiding rites of those who have departed already. I was particularly touched in the scene when the family members , in their speech ( I think, or their message to their departed fam member ) were in deep thanks for that family member graced them in their lives. Ang ganda.

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Looks like a beautiful film. I didn’t realize a cello could be that expensive! 4.5 million pesos? Wow!

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kai montealegre

ohhh Ms C — this is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.  Im glad you enjoyed it.

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Catherine Anne1102

I love this film. After seeing this,  I look at death at different perspective

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Anonymous

just finished watching it. Maganda siya.two thumbs up for the cast and the director of this film.Ang intricate and precise nung wakes and solemn talaga unlike in some Filipino wakes medyo maingay kase may kasamang SUGAL and non stop chismisan from visitors who are staying at the wake

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JMA

I disagree with losing solemnity. We, Filipinos, naturally, are just light-hearted. We tend to celebrate the life of the person rather than dwell on the loss of life. Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that we don’t care. 

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jeff Reply:

pretty much!

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jeff

pretty much!

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I saw Okuribito around early 2009, before the Oscars hype. The copy I got had no subtitles. While watching, I realized that I can do away without actually understanding what they said but rather feeling them instead through their actions, facial expressions, visuals, and soundtrack. Beautiful piece, breathtaking… and I thought I would get scared of corpses! I cried when the old lady from the bathhouse died and the last part when he had to perform the ritual on his dad, that was so touching.

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I love this film! I watched it a couple of years ago when it just won the Oscar. I knew nothing about its plot so I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and touching it was. Many people say that it shouldn’t have won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film but since I haven’t seen any of the other nominees, I can’t really comment on that. But I do think it is worthy of the award. [Reply]lee jin-sung Reply:July 28th, 2011 at 1:34 AMthis won the same year we tried to get Ploning into the  Oscars race (not even close),… Read more »

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this won the same year we tried to get Ploning into the  Oscars race (not even close), so that’s one point of comparison for you.

 

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