Watching Departures in Japanese with no Subtitles

Departures おくりびと, Okuribito

It was a talking point in Japanese class back in 2009 as it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. It didn’t attract me at the time: slow, quiet story (I was going through my Darker than Black phase) and I was frantically studying for my exams so movies wouldn’t help me study. I’ve now caught it and I highly recommend it for its storytelling and its ability to teach Japanese.

I watched it without subtitles to test my listening skills and I enjoyed the movie tremendously and it helped me to learn Japanese.

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