Thursday, March 5, 2009

An achingly beautiful film.




Okuribito (Departures) is a film by 54-year old Yojiro Takita. You must do everything possible to watch this Oscar winning film, as soon as you can.

58 comments:

Jumping Jane said...

Will do! Rinduu.

And I keep forgeting that Korean filem, somethinng sunshine? Secret sunshine? Er.

Anonymous said...

But where to find / watch it?

Looooved the Director's Oscar acceptance speech!

yasmin said...

i saw it at a cinema here in singapore. a friend in malaysia said he got cetak rompak copy, but the film is so visually beautiful, you should watch it on big screen.

Kris Law said...

"ACHINGLY beautiful"

...wow....definitely aching me to watch this film, as oppose to "BANTUT-ly beautiful". Will surely catch it for sure!

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kinteruvoid said...

this was the closing film for the sydney japanese film fest last year. i didn't get the chance to watch it. mana nak cari tak tahu lah. the opening film for the festival was my favourite out of the ones i watched. 'after school'. silalah tonton juga.

Faisal Admar said...

Ah great. So I have 3 movies in the must-watch list including this one.

I haven't watched Milk and Slumdog Millionaire.

Books and movies make me crazy sometimes.

Anonymous said...

yes!! at last tgk jugak ye..hehe

(yg first skali promote departures kat comment post dulu)

Anonymous said...

I just saw this film in taipei, it really a good film that should showing on big screen in Malaysia...

theosofie mashon said...

"Are you ready to do it?"

"Yes..."

one of the film that one should watch... beautiful.

yasmin said...

"It tastes so good, I hate myself."

Endoru said...

I am glad you enjoyed it. :)

ary said...

mak..cant wait for wasuranega...hehehe

Zamir Hady said...

i'm going to watch it!
aunty yasmin. pls post about earth hour!! harap2 ramai yg dpt participate! :)

Maya said...

Salam,
Maya menangis dalam ketawa..the music is so captivating in every moment of grief.Okuribito was a fantastic movie with some quirky moments that made it funny as well. One of the best movies you'll see this year.

Beng Tian said...

Watched Departures this afternoon and received a phone call regarding the passing on of my teacher's wife a few hours after the movie. She was dear to my heart and she still is.

The after effect of this movie is like a double whammy for me. I am in the process of coming to terms with this news....

Kris Law said...

Just to let you know I saw a SilkyGirl TVC featuring your film Talentime with the lead actress and a chinese fan-covered "drag"?

Whose idea was it? Do clarify the idea, I might misunderstood the concept. Ehem...


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Jayden said...

Hi Yasmin,

I'm very honored to be able to meet you today, it was great to hear you speak. All best for your upcoming projects! And I can't wait to look at this family TVC!

P/S: You're very inspiring and you've got a big fan here! :)

-Jayden

Ai Da said...

I bawled my eyes when I watched this movie on a flight. Fellow passengers thought I was heart-broken and passed their airplane crackers and water to me. I accepted, of course ;)

And thanks for coming down to Singapore last Saturday. It was lovely to see and hear you in person. Thank you so much!

adee said...

assalamualaikum

thanks again for dropping by singapore! it was a pleasure meeting you. obviously I was dumbfounded till I forgot to talk to you about Muallaf. But anyways, do come again ok.:D

Adee

Boo Tofu said...

Japanese films have always been so...lets say captivating and moving...have always been a fan of them....watched "Welcome Back Mr Ronald McDonald" and "Hotel Waichoten" (not sure whether I got the right titles here...it was really a long time ago!)

They were all so kewl...

Will surely try and catch Okuribito !!!!

ary said...

mak how come got ur photo in sayang u can dance?..u have an affair with samuel ya?hehehehe

yasmin said...

salaam, ary. they asked for my photo and i gave it. hehe!

Ciki said...

Kak Min, one question: Are you going to write a book based on your blog, just like Dina Zaman & Marina Mahathir? I will definitely buy one coz your posts have always inspired me, somehow. So, re-reading them from a book will be more gratifying. Hehe.

yasmin said...

ciki, someone made that suggestion once, but i felt that would be some kind of bloated self-importance, no? i don't know. maybe writing a blog is the same thing too!

Anonymous said...

Hey Kak Min;

My fren saw the show in Spore....it's really a beautiful show...i check already..the show would be playing on big screen somewhere in June 09 here..the ori dvd wud be release in March 09 in Japan...the poor thing is...our country susah showing nice shows...majority those horror..big budget...shows...the sad thing is local directors also folow butabuta jugak...n dont have the chance to watch Muallaf here,,,wud Kak Min release the DVD here? if possible...full version le...really tak mampu watch in Spore le..

Terima Kasih...

Ah Meng here....

Anonymous said...

aper pendapat aunty tentang film yng ramai orng perkatakan skng nie(geng pergembaraan bermula)orng kater best tapi saya x tngk lagi..leh aunty post tentang film tue..nak gak tau..xlah menghabiskn duit jer nnti :)

(white monkey)

*cosmic freak* said...

alaaa, why la I tak check this blog before I go to Jakarta. If not sure can get one ... veli cheap. dvd for 2ringgit. yes, lets support cetak rompak for international film.

hehe. well, guess now authorities can definitely tangkap me now.

anyone know how I can get in touch with these cetak rompakers? I want to be their substitlist. sure make big money wan ....

p/s:- mam, I just bought nia dinata's box set collection and thought, you SHOULD do it as well! Even for 100ringgit, I surely buy it (altho much lesser would be nice ;-P ). I bet, you do it and put it on Amazon, surely ramai giler yang beli.

yasmin said...

abby, i general reward smalltime flmmakers who make a good one by ordering the original. they're struggling and i want them to make more films.

Kris Law said...

You are very kind to help others. I read your comment for "Gone Shopping". But hey, would love to read your review on that particular film.

PS: I could not find "Okuribito" ANYWHERE! Anyone help!

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yasmin said...

some parts of "gone shopping" are priceless.

Kris Law said...

"THE UNSPOKEN"



Why does it seem like we're a lot happier when we were children as compared to adulthood? I have this group of foreign friends from Myanmar who work as foreign labor for this pathetically "kedekut" kopitiam in the neighborhood where I lived. I used to have so much fun with them, probably because I don't speak their language and it was fun trying to communicate with them in all the creative ways I could think of.

When I was still a newbie with this group, I found it fascinating that each of them would do their own thing immediately after work: one would sing Myanmar songs with his precious karaoke machine, one would be hard at learning the English language while the other would just laze on his bed text-messaging away with his dowdy handphone. During that time, I could easily just approach anyone of them and had such great choice of fun: sing duet in ridiculously fun sentimental Myanmar melodies ALOUD, or coach a friend by pulling his funny Myan-lish tongue into proper understandable English, or simply just hop onto the bed and jump madly to unbalance my friend's unsteady attention onto his handphone screen.

All these friendly, open camaraderie ended quite abruptly one unexpected evening with the arrival of a new Myanmar guy. At first impression, he looks like a strappy lad because of his tall stature and athletic built. His dark skin shrouds his expression, leaving only the whites of his eyes which evokes in me the feeling of curiosity. Feeling happy and anticipating to know more of this new member of the group, I went to their quarters one night with my very la-la attitude. That night, when I went up to their quarters, one of them signalled silently to me not to wear the socks inside. Then it was the bed with the no jumping warning while refering to the newly arrived mystery Myanmar guy without him knowing. In my mind, somehow I knew this is their new leader. I could see how one of his minions (who used to be my friend) poking and gently wrestling with him in a way that seeks his approval at the wash basin after his shave.

I could not blame their attraction for this tall, dark and almost handsome new leader, I myself am tempted to fall prey but I refrained. I am convinced it is because of the arrival of this new "leader" that all my Myanmar friends changed from their open ways to group conformity. It is because of his broodingly dark towering physique that caused all my friends lose their uniquely beautiful individuality and gave in to strict routine of fear and macho-ism. So back to the question of "Why does it seem like we're a lot happier when we were children as compared to adulthood?" The reason is because we always forget our own beautiful individuality and unconsciously allow the dictate whenever a perceived leader took rein.


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m3d said...

Kak Yasmin,saya baru balik dari premier "Talentime" di Uitm shah alam. I was so nervous plus i invited all my click in MMU,Cyberjaya to watch it with me. The story was so beautiful. Saya betul2 ketawa,menangis dan kawan2 ucap terima kasih sebab ajak mereka tengok skali. Cuma yang saya kecewa bila Kak Yasmin tak ada during the premier. =(
Sorry comment pjg2.excited sangat sebab dapat jadi yang terawal tengok film favourite director saya ni.anyway kak yasmin, thank you so much for directing such a great,meaningful and loving story.You've done a great job(i knew you always here this) again!

love Yasmin Ahmad film always...

yasmin said...

salaam, m3d.

alhamdulillah, i'm really glad you had good feelings watching talentime.

Roronoa Zoro said...

this may sounds stupid, but i'm glad this movie won the oscar just because i thought 'waltz with bashir' sounds so corny.

Zamir Hady said...

talentime!!!!!!!! dah keluar ke??????
*so excited* actually kan, filem aunty yasmin ada unsur2 comedy skit. yg tu best skit.

*cosmic freak* said...

Yeah, I don't mind supporting the small-time moviemakers tho. Just the big hollywood productions. As much as we want to support them, the money went directly to the production house executives. Even the hardworking PAs doesn't get to smell the profits from our huge orders from around the world. Plus I don't intend to make the richer any richer.

Thats just a personal opinion. Distributors and Production house executives have full control whether film makers are greatly talented or not. And its such a pity really.

Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum Kak Yasmin,

I like the way you direct your films, in your own unique way suitable with the genre of the film up to international acceptance.

Actually I'm nobody in the film industry.

I'm in process of developing myself in screenwriting, learning through internet. I'm a self -learner and consider to be a novice.

I wish to learn at colleges like Aswara, or IPTA or Finas but financial ..... So, I just have a notebook, Final Draft and streaymx at home. Actually I'm working now in private sector, but to consider second career as a screenwriter as my serious choice. I'm mid 40's.

I hava an idea of the story genre about love and Malaysian society, now have started developing the screenplay. Once 100% finish, this spec script I will send for evaluation.

I'm not sure to which Director I should send the synopsis and the script of this genre but Kak Yasmin is really expert on this.

If Kak Yasmin sudi untuk menilai, which correct address should I send to.

Kak Yasmin can reply to my email ehsani@streamyx.com.

I'm from Sarawak.

Wassalam.

Master Pamy said...

I watched the trailer of Talentime yesterday. The first thought that crossing my mind was "this is a film that should be watched in these 2 weeks". From the very fist scene of the trailer, I realize that this must be a work from Ms. Yasmin and co.

Credits go to Ms. Yasmin & co. Keep making films reagardless what people say about 'em...

;)

m3d said...

Salam Kak Yasmin,

Alhamdulillah. I'm a big fan of all you amazing artwork! Before i went to watch Talentime,kawan saya cakap Kak Yasmin akan ada masa tayangan tu,saya sangat2 excited plus nervous sebab tak sabar nak jumpa Kak Yasmin. Hehehe. Anyway,i love everything about Talentime from the start until the end saya tersenyum je. Dalam hati,"I'm proud to be one of the earliest yg dapat tgk Talentime.Thanks again Kak Yasmin and thanks again sebab reply my comment here...^^,

love Yasmin Ahmad film always... -Med-

Aidi Rahimi Ibrahim said...

Baru selesai tengok your film "talentime" at university. Remind me of my school days in the late 80's. I will write about it as soon as possible in my blog insyaAllah.. in my own humble words..just from a lay man p.o.v. What can i say; "Talentime" is your masterpiece. Kak Min, your "love" philosophy is now "expanding" in Talentime...:-)

Maizura Mohd Ederis said...

Salam Kak Yasmin,

Ptg tadi saya jumpa kak yasmin di previu Talentime CineLeisure Damansara. (Yang kak betulkan tudung senget saya tu..ha..ha..malunya!)Dan itu lah pertemuan pertama kita setelah agak lama saya follow filem kak plus blog story teller ni.
Terus terang, saya agak nervous jumpa org berbakat besar mcm kak yasmin. Sampai saya malu pulak nak beritahu, "i'm a scriptwriter".

Apa-apa pun, saya sudah post review dlm blog :

http://www.tangisanbulanmadu.blogspot.com

tak sabar tunggu Muallaf.

semut kecil said...

Dijemput hadir ke majlis Retrospektif Sutradara Indonesia; RIRI RIZA yang terkenal dengan filem Laskar Pelangi, Gie, Eliana Eliana etc anjuran Fakulti Teknologi Kreatif & Artistik, UiTM.

Di Pawagam Mini P.Ramlee pada 14 & 15 Mac 2009 (Sabtu & Ahad) dari jam 10 pagi hingga 6.30petang.

Antara acara adalah tayangan 3 buah filem beliau, sessi apresiasi dan bengkel untuk pelajar perfileman.

Jadual acara boleh dirujuk di skrinfilem.blogspot.com

Jadi, moh le ke sana... =) datang, jangan tak datang... =)

Mintak tolong hebahkan sekali pada keluarga, saudara mara, ibu bapa, anak anak, kawan2 etc... =)

Anonymous said...

COUNTDOWN TO TALENTIME:
14 DAYS TO GO

Aidi Rahimi Ibrahim said...

my humble words for Talentime at aidirahimi.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

To all,
Do watch the Japanese film , "Departures". We all will depart one day too. Regardless of religion, each would be sent off looking beautiful , pure and peaceful. Is it because we departed from the worldly affair and our journey to another world begins?
Begin it beautifully and happily.
Go watch it! You will have a better understanding meaning of departed and be ready for it.
Happy Rainbow

Shikin Hambali said...

Salaam :) I saw you & the cast pagi tadi di MHI. I've been waiting for you new film with so much anticipation!

Will find a way to watch Departures somehow. I'm watching the video post at a computer with no speakers & and it's so amazing that I still get goosebumps by just watching & reading te subs! Crazy!

yasmin said...

salaam, shikin. talentime out in cinemas in 7 days!

and departures is by far my favourite film in the last 2 years.

nyssnisacha said...

will def watch it...it has an amazing storyline, plus Ryoko Hirosue is in it..love her since Beach Boys days...lolz..
ur movies are awesome too..it has something that most Malaysian movies don't have: honesty and creativity + actors who CAN really act + YOU!!
hohohoo..XD

Anonymous said...

I think Departures will be showing at GSC during their Japanese Film Festival in June. Have to wait 2 more months =.=

kong_hien said...

Just finished watching Departures. Simply touch by it. Like you said, it is an achingly beautiful film.
i'm loving it.

Ezarina Aziz said...

try this Korean movie, "The Way Home". its about a boy who's forced to live with his old granny, far away from the city. beautiful. and it has only two main casts.

venki said...

hi kak yasmin! thanx for this wonderful suggestion! i love the trailer..still searching this movie..and i'm sure will watch it soon...
and one more thing...i would really like to Thank and Congratulate u for directing beautiful movies like rabun, sepet, gubra, talentime and mukhsin(belum tgk lagi...soon)..i love all of them..personally i just LOVEEEEEE talentime.. May God bless u kak yasmin...
oh yah..Ezarina Aziz..i watched "The Way Home"..another wonderful movie..wish everyone will watch it..

Toon 权 said...

Both "Departures" and "Talentine" really make myself found in tears.
Tears just appear on the face like a small river. really Awesome movie.
i got to watch it in Singapore as it is not showing in Malaysia.
well, MESTI tengok.
really really wanna watch it over again and keep crying. (crying in the cinema can be malu)

kennhyn said...

is a beautiful show, I watch without subtitle still loving it, I have watch twice, still make me touch everytime... good movie!

ichigo said...

kak, saya tak sabar nak tgk movie ni nanti ditayangkan di gsc international screen bulan june!

SokomO said...

yeah, this movie is fantastically filmed..
i watched twice and am gonna watch real soon! TOMORROW!
=D

ConstanceGan said...

hi there, the video that you post has been removed...
but i has watched this film..
awesome...

Anonymous said...

Saw it at Pavillion, there were only 4 of us in the cinema. had a grand time, laughing, crying and smiling at the end.

Just beautiful.