Departures

Director:   Yojiro Takita
Year:   2008
Language:   Japanese with English subtitles
Time:   130 minutes

Daigo Kobayashi, an out-of-work musician, finds he has mistakenly applied for a job as an undertaker's assistant. With no other job prospects, he agrees to take the job and learn the painstaking process and reverence observed in Japanese culture to prepare the living and the dead for their final departure. As his education progresses, he comes to understand what the American undertaker and poet, Thomas Lynch, expresses in one of his poems "The dead don't care, but they do matter."

Rated PG-13 for depictions of the dead.

Post-film discussion led by Dr. David Gordon, Professor of History at Shepherd University.

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