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Japan, 2008, 131 Minute Running Time
Topics: Asian, Black Comedy, Drama, Family Friendly
Programs: 2009 Award Winners, Awards Buzz, Best of the Fest
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles

Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2008, Best Foreign Language Film Montreal 2008 Competition Grand Prix Pusa

PSIFF 2009 AWARD: Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

A failed cellist connects with his inner undertaker, his rural hometown and his newly deceased father in this tonally eccentric, lushly scored, movingly funny drama. Crushed at the breakup of his Tokyo orchestra, Daigo retreats to his picturesque northern Japan hometown, with adoring wife Mika in tow, to find his true calling.

DIRECTOR: Yojiro Takita
Producer: Toshiaki Nakasawa, Toshihisa Watai
Editor: Akimasa Kawashima
Screenwriter: Kundo Koyama
Cinematographer: Takeshi Hamada
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Principal Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue, Kimiko Yo, Takashi Sasano
Filmography: The Battery (2007), Ashura (2005), When the Last Sword is Drawn (2003), The Secret (1999)
Print Source: Shochiku Co. Ltd.

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