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This a beautiful film, and while some of the elements were a touch predictable by the end, they were still deeply satisfying.
He's playing his cello on the cover of the DVD, but that is a very... Read more small part of the film. The acting and cinematography are excellent, although sometimes it is difficult to understand why the main character stays at a job that makes him so uncomfortable and when his friends and family seek to discourage him.
A love of the Japanese world will probably help you to appreciate this film, or at least an understanding that different cultures have their own ways of doing things.
Loved this movie, made me laugh, made me cry. It was great
An amazing movie,very moving and starkly shows the difference between cultures on their attitude towards respect for the dead.
This movie was everything a good movie should be. It was deeply moving, there were many tears but it was also a story of hope and there is nothing more beautiful than the sound of a cello.
A beautiful and sensitive movie. My partner and I were both very moved by it - several times to tears!
I really loved this movie, especially the Japanese setting. Everything done in the funeral home was silent, unhurried and always completely respectful. Relatives and friend watched the whole process... Read more silently too, although they must have been very moved. This movie reminds us that we all go these times and it is well that we think ahead and look at this Japanese example. by jas1238
Amazing subject matter, a lesson in Japanese culture and their respect for the dead. Very slow pace but that is the Japanese way. A great movie.
I didn't know what to expect when this film started but it turned out to be very absorbing and gave a good insight into Japanese culture. Although it's not a subject we think about at all, the preparations... Read more for the burial of the dead should be known and accepted, especially when they are done so lovingly and so reverently as in this movie. The rest of the story was nondescript, but somehow it didn't seem to matter. It was the subject that was the main point of this movie.
This is a great movie and also a terrible movie - which explains why it ends up with a non-descript 3 stars. We are given a wonderful and moving insight into Japanese culture. However, the acting is... Read more (at times) atrocious - think "soap opera over-acting" - and the script is frequently too wooden and banal. It is still well worth your time if you have any interest in Japan, or indeed in how we treat the dead and how this shapes our lives.
Well done, some odd humour but likeable characters and interesting plot. Some of it was a bit tedious/predictable, but quietly entertaining.