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DEPARTURES (OKURIBITO )(1)(原文)

WHY OKURIBITO?

First time l heard about ‘Departures’ (Okuribito) l was in Japan and my poor knowledge of Japanese made me wait until the movie could be shown in Hong Kong or Mexico City. I was excited to see it because some friends, whose opinion l respect very much, had been enthralled by it; when they mentioned the theme and some aspects of the plot l imagined ‘Okuribito’ as the Japanese version of ‘Six Feet Under’, the HBO series about a family who runs a funeral home in LA.
Then came the Oscars Ceremony Awards, ‘Departures’ was awarded the Best Foreign Film and l was glad, both for the film industry in Japan and for me, knowing this would make easy now to find my way to see it; so l hurried up to the Broadway Cinemateque as soon as l arrived in Hong Kong where ‘Departures’ was being shown.
The first sequence showing Daigo (Masahiro Motoki) performing the ritual of a nokanshi (since then l acquired some more words in Japanese) lets clear that ‘Okuribito’ has little to do with the American series or with any kind of Western approach to death. Daigo performing those hypnotic elegant movements, the sudden contrast of humour and sexual life reference of the deceased in front of the family create an amalgam of beauty and sadness, so particular to the Japanese culture.

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by xavier_astro | 2009-05-07 00:00 | 映画  

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