|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Kimiko Yo, Takashi Sasano|
|Genres:||Drama - Comedy, World Cinema - French|
|Collections:||Award Winners, Award Winners & Nominees, Films for Mum, Popchocs, Sick Of Soccer, Top Indie, Top Indie Films, Top World Cinema|
|Run time:||2 hours 10 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Apr 2010|
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Interesting StoryBy a customer from London , 27 Jul 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]This movie takes on a light hearted approach towards a sombre procession and the protagonists journey towards discovering this ritual, himself, and subsequently persuading outsiders to discard their prejudices. It is a very interesting storyline, compared to movies in Hollywood movies these days which are either remakes, or movies made out of typical templates. Strong ensemble to provide fluid support to the movie, especially Tsutomu Yamazaki's subtle portrayal of the funeral home director, despite the lack of dialogue, conveys huge amount of messages.
In an ageing society like Japan, dealing with the dead appears to be more and more common and the subject of death is less of a taboo anymore. This movie slowly helps transit the idea into mainstream.
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Don't botherBy LouLou2013 (1 review) , 13 May 2013BORRRRRING!!! I fell asleep after about 20 minutes then I watched the rest on fast forward which made it bareable because the voices were squeaky and it made it quite humourous. Other than that dont bother!
A touch sentimental, but...By Opa (4 reviews) , 23 Apr 2013Although a touch sentimental at times, this is a well-acted movie with an unusual subject and some thought-provoking ideas about what life (and death) are all about. Well worth watching
Beautifully realised filmBy Lyrical (1 review) , 23 Mar 2013A sometimes funny, but deeply moving film. The death ceremonies were lyrical and amazing and I could not stop the tears. You will not be disappointed. Some beautiful moments with lovely acting throughout.
Against all oddsBy a customer , 12 Mar 2013Considering what could have been a macabre film, this was amazingly moving, gently humourous, beautifully shot and sensitively acted and directed.
Lovely filmBy LeicesterMark2 (6 reviews) , 03 Dec 2012Beautifully shot, moving story which is very watchable despite being in Japanese. Funny at times, it's definitely worth a watch.