"Departures" wins best foreign language Oscar

By REUTERS

June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 23, 2009 at 12:13 AM EST

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
Sunday.

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)




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