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Preview screening of Departures (members only)

What Catch the preview screening of this year's Oscar winner of the Best Foreign Film, Departures.
When 3 March 2009 (Tuesday), 7pm sharp
Where Golden Village Plaza
Plaza Singapura Shopping Centre
(near Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station)

10 pairs of free tickets to this preview screening will be given away to the first 10 respondents.


SFS is giving away 10 pairs of tickets to the preview screening of Departures -- this year's winner of the Best Foreign Film of the Academy Awards.  If you are a current member, and if you respond quickly enough, you may be able to get 2 tickets to this screening. To respond, go to:

Tickets are compliments of Golden Village. Thanks to Bianca for organizing the screening.


Japanese title: Okuribito (“The Senders”)

Singapore release date: 5 March 2009


Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and now finds himself without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of "Nokanshi," acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.