• Film ID:
  • 15919
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=130 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Japan.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Japanese.
A financially struggling cellist returns to the rural community of his birth and finds a job as a nokanshi, someone who prepares dead bodies prior to burial and reincarnation, a somewhat despised job in Japanese culture. However Daigo learns to take a professional pride in his job, comforting the bereaved and promoting respect for the dead, and, through his task, helps himself and others reconcile themselves with how to live a more meaningful life. This much loved tale won a 2009 Oscar for best foreign film.
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