Director: Yôjirô Takita
Writer: Kundô Koyama (screenplay)
Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Yôjirô Takita's 2009 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner, a subtle and moving tale about a Japanese cellist forced to change direction when his orchestra closes down leaving him and his young wife in financial difficulties.
His surprising choice of new career takes him on a profound and sometimes comical journey uncovers, through a close association with death, the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. The film is beautifully shot in a wintry landscape against a backdrop of the snow capped mountains.