"Departures" wins best foreign language Oscar


June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 23, 2009 at 1:13 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES,(Reuters) - The Japanese movie
"Departures," about a man who works as an undertaker, was the
surprise winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film

The movie was directed by Yojiro Takita and stars Masahiro
Motoki as an unemployed cellist.

In the film, Motoki's character answers a job ad that he
believes was placed by a travel agency, but learns that the
position is with a company that prepares corpses for funerals.
To his surprise, he discovers that he has an aptitude for the
job and it teaches him about life and death.

Japan staged an upset win with "Departures" because the
Israeli animated documentary "Waltz with Bashir" was widely
expected to take the honor.

"Departures" is scheduled for limited release in the United
States in May.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Dean Goodman and
Cynthia Osterman)

What are your thoughts CLICK HERE to leave us a "QUESTION OF THE DAY” comment.

© Copyright 2016, A Quincy Media broadcasting station. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.