Directed by: Yojiro Takita
131 minutes | PG-13
Friday, January 28, 2011, 7pm - 9pm
Diago Kobayaski, played by Masahiro Motoki, is a cellist from a recently dissolved orchestra. Finding himself without a job, he moves back to his hometown, and soon after answers a classified ad for a listing titled "Departures". Diago finds this to be a job of an encoffiner, a professional who prepares the recently deceased for burial and entry into the next world. The film follows Diago as he acts as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, and how this new profession serves to unravel the mysteries of life and death for him.