November 15, 2010Posted in: News
The Japan Society of Fairfield County, a non-profit organization with over 100 household and individual members throughout Fairfield County in CT and Westchester NY would like to invite a volunteer (or more) from JET Alumni in CT to one of their events in near future and have a talk on teaching and living experiences in Japan for about 15 minutes. The next event is our Japanese Movie event on December 4th (Sat) in Easton CT.
Japan Society of Fairfield County will show and discuss the film,Â “Departures” (Okuribito)Â for members and their guests, Saturday, December 4, noon-2PMÂ at the home of George and Mayumi Kleinman, Easton, CTÂ (driving directions on request)
Event is free; light snacks are served
If you plan to attend please notify Harry Sakamaki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-912-3757
About the Film:
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards and 10 awards at the 32nd Japan Academy Awards.
“Departures” (Okuribito) takes a sensitive look at life through the rituals of death. “Departures” follows the experiences of a young undertaker as he grows into his work. Daigo, a down and out cellist and his wife leave Tokyo and move back to his sleepy hometown. He answers a help-wanted ad for what he thinks is a travel agency, but it turns out to be a Japanese funeral home. Taking the job anyway, he begins a new life as an Japanese mortician (nokanshi) under grisly owner Sasaki. Despite his initial Â fears and misgivings about cleansing and clothing corpses, Daigo soon discovers the job and the town suit him just fine. Carefully preparing the departed for their final journey with a musician’s precision, he finds a greater appreciation and understanding for life. The stigma of the profession, however, is not lost on his wife, and his choice of work gradually takes toll on their marriage.
Directed by Takita Yojiro, elegant scoring by Hisaishi Joe, starring Motoki Masahiro as Daigo, Hirosue Ryoko as his wife, and veteran actor Yamazaki Tsutomu as Sasaki.