おくりびと – The Departures

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Funny… Sad… Excellent!

I’ve been eyeing the DVD for a few weeks already but never really wanted to buy it. I was hoping someone (ehem… Cat) would actually own the DVD and I could borrow to watch. But after a very good review from my Aunt, I watched it last night.

It is a lovely story about a man who had a turnover. From city, back to small town after losing his job. And then, he found an ad in the newspaper, which says ‘working with departures’. He quickly assumed that it was a travel agency and accepted the job. Little that he knos, it was a funeral home.

No spoiler here. A must watch movie. I laughed hard and cried harder. In my opinion, preparing the demised for their final journey is probably one of the noblest profession. I went for Kursus Jenazah once, when I was doing my A-Level. It’s not easy. First and foremost, not for the faint-hearted, of course. Depending on the condition of the body, you must have a strong stomach. And I believe that, those who handles the dead, must respect the dead. No backtalking them bodies. No revealing personal info from the ceremony. A lot more lah that you have to prepare for.

And when The Don passed last May, I was very sad because I couldn’t help to prepare him for the last rite. The only thing that I managed to do was prepare his bath water. And I was also sad because other than my uncle and 2 cousins, non of my family members were there to kapan him. Everyone were on their way back to KK to prepare the kubur. As I sat on my seat in the plane, I made a decision to learn how to handle jenazah, from mandi to kapan, so that when the time comes, I will be able to lead it, and not just be a helper. I want to be the person who prepares my loved ones for their final journey. Insya-Allah… If God permits…

So, my friends, let’s take a minute (or in this case, 131 minutes) and humble ourselves by watching this excellent take on a profession, which sometimes have a stigma on it. I give the movie an A+!

6 thoughts on “おくりびと – The Departures

  1. aku gile gile gile nk tgk movie ni!!!!!! ever since menang academy award! dvd ade jual ke!!!! ko rase ade kat dubai tak hihi aku nk cari!!!! aku nk tgk sgt2!!

    in fact i didnt even read ur review…aku nk fresh watch hihi…..aku nmpak title n baca first paragraph! aku nk tgk!!!

  2. Cat says:

    ahem – sorry I don’t /didn’t have the DVD. but now that you have it… pass it here!!🙂

    you’re the 2nd person to give it good reviews. i want.

  3. abby says:

    “I want to be the person who prepares my loved ones for their final journey. Insya-Allah… If God permits…” – Sargia… kalau saya mati boleh ka kau kasi mandi saya…?? Boleh ka kau tahan tengok suami kau yang hensem ni dah tidur untuk selama-lamanya…??? Mungkin tidak ish.ish..

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