I never considered discussing movies on this blog, but I just finished one and had to tell someone about it.
Departures is a Japanese film by director Yojiro Takita. It won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as several Japan Academy Prize Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Sound, Best Editing, and Best Lighting).
More importantly it is one of the most moving films I’ve seen in quite some time. It is imbued with humor, love and celebration of life. Ironically it is about death. In short it is about a cellist whose symphony is disbanded. Needing to find a job, her returns to his hometown and makes a most unusual career change. Having won an Academy Award, it should be available all around the U.S. I hope those outside the U.S. can see it too.
Here is a link for more information: Departures
If you watch it, and I encourage you to give it a try, I would love to hear what you honestly think about the film.