Nokan

Nokan

           Nokan – The art of the end
               Genre: Drama
               Japan, Musician, undertaker, unemployment
  The surprise was great when Yojiro Takita’s 2008 tragicomedy Nokan-The Art of the finale was still before the highly acclaimed competitors Waltz with Bashir and the class the coveted Oscar for best foreign language film. It is the emotional story of a quiet man, with his world, his father and is himself in conflict. After the dissolution of his orchestra Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki bursts) dream of life as a musician. Because the rate of 18 million yen expensive violin cello he can not pay without a job and is therefore forced to sell his beloved instrument. Frustrated, he leaves and goes to Tokyo, with his wife, Mika (Ryoko Hirosue) in tow, to his birthplace in northern Japan back. Although there is no orchestra, but, surprisingly, a company engaged as unskilled as his “guide.” It turns out that this is the “last trip” deals and the company is specialized in the ceremonial dressing of corpses. But an unusually high advance and soothing words of the manager Ikuei Saseki (Tsutomu Yamazaki, known verify from Tampopo) Daigo from taking the job. to make The idea of a film about dealing with death came by Masahiro Motoki, the lead actor of the film itself during a trip to India, he saw the death there is much more natural part of everyday life as in his native Japan. Fascinated by the relationship between life and death inspired him a book by a Buddhist funeral undertaker final to help handle the issue in a film. To prepare for his role, he guided and helped himself to a real funeral ritual. The stylized ceremony of laying out, which is performed in the presence of the mourners, is the leitmotif of the film. In slow gestures experienced family members and spectators with dignity transformation that eliminates the signs of life and death. Time and again during the laying-Daigo sees the importance of the ritual for dealing with the grief, the bereaved and is aware of its role as a medium between the living and the dead. And of course, Daigo has a very personal grief process, abandoned by his father in early childhood, He only has vague memories – and just play the cello. That Daigo’s career brings with personal problems and inconveniences, but it is not only due to the disgust that connects with its business. For European viewers de mostly unknown, his decision this profession has to be incorporated into the Japanese culture far-reaching consequences, because Daigo voluntarily enters into a lower caste existed for centuries: the Burakumin, take care of corpses and carcasses, and thus are considered unclean. The film passes through the ancient stigma in which he takes the time to show a beautiful ritual. Time and again, in the many intimate pictures observed carefully executed handles. Even as a spectator transforms the initial reluctance soon in fascination. Not quite as fascinating is the somewhat tacky, pseudo-classical music by Joe Hisashi (Spirited Away). Is regularly picked up the cello and the slow and melancholy muses about life, death and love. Right here is the ceremonial slowness of the film sometimes has inertia, which is fortunately displaced by the outstanding secondary characters and some slapstick a small deposit before the film is a pain. Nokan-The Art of the finale takes the time to create strong impressions. Although he is quite predictable in some places, especially musical, entlangschrammt narrowly on the edge of kitsch, he is able to express an eloquent social criticism and stop his audience in the grip until the final credits scroll across the screen. And of course, is accompanied by a cello. (Benjamin Richter)
  Title: Nokan – The art of the end Original Title: Okuribito Country of production: , Japan Year of Production: 2008 Length: ( #) 130 (Min.) Published at: Kool Film Distribution format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, German, Japanese EAN : 4047179406185 Extras: Interview with director Yojiro Takita min (16, German English without subtitles), reversing Cover

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