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Average of 574 ratings: 3.9 Stars

2008 M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

After Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) loses his job as a cellist, he feels lost. Daigo returns to his hometown in search of work, and a job ad leads him to work at a funeral home. While those around him shun his new career, Daigo finds solace and direction in his work. This thought-provoking look at life and death was Japan's submission for the Oscars in 2008.

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131 minutes

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Anamorphic Widescreen
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0

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5 by Red Gold

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

5 by Pauapatty

Loved this movie, made me laugh, made me cry. It was great

4 by JET

An amazing movie,very moving and starkly shows the difference between cultures on their attitude towards respect for the dead.

5 by qofd

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.

5 by pixie99

A beautiful and sensitive movie. My partner and I were both very moved by it - several times to tears!

5 by jas1238

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

5 by Lyn of Taupo

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.

3.5 by Diana22

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

3 by morepork

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

3.5 by OrangePeko

Well done, some odd humour but likeable characters and interesting plot. Some of it was a bit tedious/predictable, but quietly entertaining.