American Buddhist Study Center’s Saturday Afternoon Movie – Departures (OKURIBITO)
Saturday, August 3 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
American Buddhist Study Center Library – 331 Riverside Drive (between 105th and 106th Streets)
Suggested Donation: $10/$5 for ABSC members
The American Buddhist Study Center presents a screening of director Yojiro Takita’s award-winning film Departures.
When his orchestra disbands, Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) decides to start over and moves back to his small hometown. Desperate for work, he secretly takes a job as a “Nokanshi,” a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. But while working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he finally experiences the joy and wonder of living.
Departures won ten Japan Academy Prizes, including Picture of the Year, Screenplay of the Year, Director of the Year (Takita), and Outstanding Performance by and Actor in a Leading Role (Motoki). The film also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in February 2009.
Founded in 1951 as the American Buddhist Academy by the late Reverend Hozen Seki, the American Buddhist Study Center provides Americans with a greater knowledge and a deeper understanding of Shin Buddhism, the most common form of Buddhism in Japan.
To purchase tickets, please visit ABSC’s Eventbrite page.