Director: Yôjirô Takita, Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki. 130 min. Rated PG-13. Japan. Drama.
Winner of last year's Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, "Departures" will you make you wish you were Japanese. The concept of death is welcomed in such a beautiful manner, any genuine confrontation with the dark subject suddenly becomes painfully heartbreaking. That's why every painful scene is followed by a comedic moment, just to ease the viewer. The ending is a little cheesy, but it's definitely worth the trip.
(Nevertheless, I still believe "Waltz with Bashir" should've won the Oscar.)