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  • Indiewire  Reviews

    Cello and Goodbye: Yojiro Takita's "Departures"

    A feel-good dramedy about death, Yojiro Takita's "Departures" would seem to be the first Japanese import in the U.S. in quite some time with a real chance for art-house success, rather than mere fanboy buzz. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course, but "Departures" is a particularly silly, histrionic slab of moviemaking. Its setup would seem to imply classical Japanese formal control -- a young man gradually learning the graceful ways of casketing the dead, i.e. sending them off into the afterlife with ceremonial efficiency and elegance. It's both refreshing and also a bit of a letdown, then, that Takita is less a ikebana-like s...

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