“Departures,” a film by Yôjirô Takita, is a most definitely a beautiful thing.


If you haven’t already seen “Departures,” you must watch this extraordinary film.  I  never want to discuss a plot, because I think it’s better when you don’t have any idea of what to expect.


But, run, don’t walk, to see this movie.

Here is the actual poster for the film, which won the Japan Academy Prize for “picture of the year” in 2009 as well as the American Academy Award for “best foreign language film.”


I promise you won’t be disappointed.  It is beautiful, touching, and inspiring.  You will smile and, if your heart isn’t made of stone, you will cry or at least feel like it. I envy your opportunity to watch this film for the first time.